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Dock a Tot Grand Review

Finally a full review of the Dock a Tot grand.  I am sad to admit that we are outgrowing baby gear over here in the Jura house, and starting to prepare for a bigger more mobile baby.  One of the items that I was dreading Walker out growing was the DockATot.  

We loved the deluxe which I reviewed here, and although he doesn’t sleep in it every night, it has made travel and naps so much easier on us.  Now that he is outgrowing the deluxe I decided to try out, and give a Dockatot Grand Review.

Dockatot grand with baby girl


Dock a Tot Grand Review

This post was written originally on 1/18 and was updated on 6/20. The post may contain affiliates. 

Walker has somewhat moved past the point of wanting to be totally contained, but he doesn’t want to just sleep on our bed either, so I recently tried putting him in the DockATot Grand on our bed to take a nap while we were hanging some new curtains in his room and he was OUT!!

slumberkins and dockatot

Although those moments and situations will probably not be often, having a place for that is a life saver when needed.  I mean let’s face it – as moms sleep is our most prized thing in life, so anything that can help is a huge win in my book.  

I know that buying the Dock a Tot Grand is a pretty big investment – and so many moms don’t know if it is worth the money, or how long their baby will use it, so I wanted to give a little more insight to help you decide if it is right for you. 

baby sleeping in dock a tot grand

When to Move to the DockaTot Grand

If you are looking at the Dock a Tot Grand you probably are already a big fan of the deluxe (read the review and a bit more about that one here – but it is pretty similar just smaller!) and thus know you love the brand and the product – the biggest question tho is when do I move to it, and how long will baby use it?

Moving to the DockaTot Grand normally happens somewhere around 9/10 months – the Deluxe is meant to seam snug before they move, and honestly moving them too soon can make you think they don’t like their new one. 

If your baby is sleeping in the Dock a Tot nightly then I would say they will love the Grand just as much and it will be worth the investment – I have friends who’s kids used it daily for years making their bed seem more comfortable, so it is definitely worth looking into it.

baby girl in pink outfit inside Dockatot Grand


Because this is a true and honest review from a mom of 4 (I am updating this post after having yet another sweet baby), I would say one thing to think about with using the Grand is if you fly very often or will have room to take this when you travel.  

The Dock a Tot Grand is a pretty big piece of baby gear, and if your baby is dependent on it, it could make travel tricky.  I would just put some thought into your lifestyle before you decide if moving them to the next size up is a good idea, or if that is the time to break the habit. 

That is a very circumstantial decision, and also one that you will likely want to make based on how you travel, how often you travel, how much room in a vehicle you have, and how good of a sleeper your baby is. For us we have had had relatively good sleepers and we travel a lot by plane, so it would probably bite me in the butt to use it nightly. 

Dockatot Grand with baby girl in it

Differences in Grand vs Deluxe

Aside from the size – the DockaTot Grand is nearly identical to the Deluxe – but one thing that is different is when in use you never use the Grand buckled at the bottom.  You are to always leave it open just like you would on the Deluxe as your baby starts to get bigger.  

This is done for safety and something may people don’t know about. The Grand comes in the plastic zip up case just like the Deluxe so it does make it easy for storage and for travel, so keep that in mind if travel is something on the radar. 

DockaTot Safety Considerations

I mentioned when reviewing the deluxe, and will say again how amazing this product is.  Its safety features and testing makes this nervous mama feel at ease!  

It is all natural, 100% cotton, and has been tested for breathability (by them, and my husband HA).  We are loving having the DockATot Grand in our home, and can’t wait to see it used for years to come!

So How do We Use it?

For us the Dock a Tot grand has been used mostly as a safe place for our babies to lounge on the main floor – and honestly my older kids love to lay in it to watch a show. We use it when we go to grandmas house to nap, and it really helps Goldie in the pack n play because she doesn’t seem to impressed with those mattresses.

We didn’t get into Dock a Tot’s until my 3rd baby so I didn’t use them religiously like I might have if they had been around when I had Jack, that said I think the Deluxe is one of the best pieces of baby gear you can buy, and I think that the Grand is also well worth the price. 

baby sitting in dock a tot grand


Overall – DockaTot has been a brand that I have loved with my younger two kids.  They are cutting edge as far as coming out with fun, on trend prints and colors (which for me does matter – because if you are paying that price you want something you like to look at).  They take safety very seriously, and they are a product that in my opinion really helped my youngest two sleep well from night 1!  

Other Favorite Baby Products!

With my 4th baby I have been tracking the products I used month by month – be sure to check out this tab with the monthly tracking.  This can be helpful to see how long certain items remained heavily used in our home!

Monthly Baby Favorites

The Dock a Tot Grand is more of a fun – NOT NEEDED, but helpful product, and I am sure you have gathered that we love it, but if you get  one, or already use one with your baby or toddler I would love to hear more.  Leave me a comment below or DM me on Instagram!

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    January 16, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    These things look amazing! I wish I would have known about them a few years ago!

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    January 16, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    We LOVE our Dock-A-Tot Deluxe! My son is almost 1 month old and it has seriously been our lifesaver! When baby boy gets bigger we will definitely invest in the Dock-A-Tot Grand!

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    Tayler DiGiacomo
    January 16, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    We have a deluxe and absolutely love it! I totally agree it is perfect for a safe place to play around the house! I’ll have to check out the grand now that our little one is getting bigger!

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    January 16, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    I have heard really good things about dockatot! I love the print!!

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    Entirely Kristen
    January 16, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I wish I would’ve known about this when My daughter was that small! It looks like it keeps them contained well for napping!

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    January 16, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Oh man! So cute! We loved using the dockatot when E was little. So great!

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    January 16, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    I wish I’d had this when my daughter was an infant! It would have made my life so much easier. It is funny how you mourn those tools they needed when they were babies. I still miss putting my little girl in her little inflatable duck tub.

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    January 16, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    We loved our dockatot grand we always take it on vacation and sometimes set it up in the living room for family movie nights! I love the pattern on this one! Gorgeous!

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    January 16, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    That print is awesome! I’ve heard so many things about Dock a Tots. My baby won’t let me put him down, like, at all. This might be the solution!

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    January 17, 2018 at 3:28 am

    I’ve been wondering about this, thanks so much for the great review!

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    January 17, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    This is great!! Wish I would have know about this when my son was smaller, and would hold still, Now he just wants to run and run. LOL I will have to keep this in mind if I decide to have another child.

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    January 17, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    I am so jealous of all the lucky moms who get to use one of these amazing things! I would have loved them!

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    January 17, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    I always hear such great things about this brand. Glad it was a positive experience! Think I might have to try it out for my next babe 🙂

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    January 18, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Ah cue the baby fever! That dockatot looks like the most amazing thing!

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    January 19, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    We love our Grand too! This product is my number one baby MUST!!!

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    January 22, 2018 at 8:08 am

    First of all he’s perfection! Second, I can’t wait to try one for the next Babe! (Whenever that happens lol)

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    January 22, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    I wish we could have tried one of these out! I never heard of them until my kids were older

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