“When should we upgrade to the Grand?”

One of our most frequently asked questions amongst all you mamas out there. For your little ones who have been snug and cozy in the Deluxe, upgrading to the Grand might seem like a big & slightly scary step up. On the other hand, you might feel as if your child has outgrown the Deluxe too soon.

We find that parents often think their little ones have outgrown the Deluxe long before they are uncomfortable. The length of the Deluxe size is fully adjustable, thanks to the clip at the foot end. As your little one grows in his Deluxe, the clasps can remain open for added length. 

It’s also helpful to consider your baby’s width. The Deluxe is 18 inches wide, which is typically wide enough to accommodate babies 0-8 months that are even in the most upper percentile. It is meant to be snug to create a comforting sense of being held. 


Photo c/o @stephhh19

Have you decided that is time to go Grand? Are you wondering if it’s necessary?

Here are some awesome ways to use the Grand around the house and beyond that might help you decide: 

Bed Transitioning

One of the reasons the DockATot Grand was created was to help ease the transition from crib to toddler or big kid bed. The Grand dock is ideal for bed transitioning, thanks to built-in sides that allow young children to settle more easily in a bigger bed. It will give little ones a snug sense of security in their newer, bigger beds.


Photo c/o @michellemoehle

 Lounging Around the House

Whether they’re just hanging out, watching TV, playing with their toys, or just want to be close to you while you work, toddlers will be happy hanging in their own personal little space created by the Grand dock. Grab a few of their favorite toys or put on a show and they’ll be content and cozy lounging on their dock while you get things done around the house.


Photo c/o @aubreykinch

Storytime

The Grand serves as the perfect place to cuddle up with a good stack of books. Place the dock next to their little libraries and watch them entertain themselves flipping through their stories, or cuddle up next to them for shared story time.


Photo c/o @mama__heath

Travel

Bring the comfort of your child’s bed with your on the road. The Grand will help your little one feel at home wherever they are by providing a familiar place amongst the newness of traveling. They’ll love the feeling of having their own little private place just for them. The DockATot is lightweight and simple to travel with. We even have travel bags to protect the dock on-the-go. As for the Airlines, you will likely need to check the Grand size dock.


Photo c/o @emeraldandoakblog

Napping

Mama @henleyandhadley says "I originally chose a @dockatot for Reese to use, but when I opened the box, Sadie's eyes lit up. I've been letting her use it, as she's had trouble transitioning to a bed/staying in one (but will climb out of a crib,) and she feels so special and snuggly in it. She's even back to her napping self."

Whether planned or impromptu, the Grand is a great place to encourage naps for toddlers. Just give them a book and a snuggly blanket and watch them feel comforted and secure in the dock - enough so to even doze off. 


Photo c/o @henleyandhadley


Photo c/o @elliyoki

A Hangout Spot when playing outside

The Grand will be your little one’s go-to spot when it’s time to take a break while playing outside. Whether you’re hanging out in the backyard or at the beach, camping or at the park, and beyond, they will run to their docks as a safe space to have a little rest from the excitement of outdoor play!


Photo c/o @domenicaoorofino

It's important to note…

Once your child is approximately 9 months depending on their size and weight, he can begin sleeping in the DockATot Grand. However, in order for him to rest safely in the Grand, the Grand must be placed at a height that allows the child to safely descend on his own. Meaning, the dock must not be placed on a bed of an unmanageable height (from which the child cannot descend on his own) nor in a confined space, like a crib.