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February 26, 2021 4 min read



Watching your baby grow and reach special milestones is a precious parenting moment. Those first little smiles, the milk drunk flutters, the squeals of laughter - it's just magical. From feeling your baby’s first kick while pregnant to baby's arrival earth side, each milestone is so special.

We have put together this little piece to note the key milestones associated with the first 12 months of a baby’s life and to also track little Marlow growing from newborn to 12 months in his DockATot Deluxe

Firstly a little note about the DockATot and the best fit for your baby. You will notice the DockATot recreates a womblike space to snuggle Marlow. This gives the soothing feeling of being held and subdues the startle reflex babies often experience. A snug fit may not be your bedtime cup of tea as an adult, but it's worth remembering your baby has spent 9 months tight and secure in your womb. So what may seem too snug to you, is actually just what your baby loves to feel soothed and settled. Just think of the DockATot like a wrap-less swaddle!


1 to 2 Months Milestones

Congratulations on welcoming your little one earth-side. We hope you are enjoying all the deliciousness of the newborn bubble. Around one month old your baby will start responding to sounds, staring at faces and can see black and white patterns. From 2 months old they will make gurgling and cooing sounds, follow faces and objects and hold their head up for short periods of time.


3 to 4 Months Milestones
By three months old your little one will be holding their head steady and recognise your face. Around four months old they will be bearing weight on their legs, cooing when you talk to them and doing little mini push-ups! Babies will become aware of their hands and begin to reach for things. This is a great time to consider adding the DockATot Toy Set to your ensemble.
Important Note: if your baby needs more length in the DockATot, simply leave the clasp undone to offer more legroom.


5 to 6 Months Milestones
Now we have definitely hit the stage of rolling! Your baby can also distinguish between bold colours and can keep themselves very entertained by playing with their hands and feet. By six months your little one will be turning towards sounds and voices, imitating you and blowing bubbles. Your baby is likely to be keen to try solids now!


7 to 8 Months Milestones
Are you prepared for your little one to be on the move? That time has come! Between 7-8 months old your baby will start to sit on their own, crawl, roll and shuffle around the house. The DockATot is a great place to place your baby as they learn to sit unaided, the padded bumpers will safely catch them as they wobble from side to side. They will also love playing with you, doing peekaboo, making funny noises and finding toys. 
9 to 10 Months Milestones
Babbling will become the new norm in your household as your little one gets closer to saying their first meaningful words. They will also start to learn what their name is and respond when you say it. Supported standing will also happen around this time and you might even get to see their first steps!


11 to 12 Months Milestones
Can you believe your little baby is almost 1 year old now?! It's fun to think back on what you were doing this time last year…and ohh how your life has changed in the most magical way possible. As your baby approaches their 1st birthday you will notice them communicating in many ways and often trying to talk to you. They might even be taking their first unaccompanied steps!


Life is full of milestones. We hope you find joy and delight in every step along the way as you love and nurture your children. Parenting is an adventure that lasts a lifetime! 
P.S: If you are wondering which size DockATot to purchase, please take a look at our sizing page . If you are concerned about your baby being too big for our Stage 1 Deluxe Dock, please review this blog piece showing babies of different weights and ages lounging in their dock.
We would love to see your little ones and their milestones with their DockATot, so don't forget to tag @dockatotausnz and #mydockatot.


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- Crash Course in Tummy Time

- 25 Ways to Use Your DockATot Baby Nest



Simplifying life for new parents, DockATot is your extra set of hands.

The multi-functional DockATot is the perfect place for your baby to lounge, play, rest, cuddle, and enjoy  tummy time. The DockATot is here for you no matter where the day takes you! Created to mimic the womb and voted as a must-have baby product, parents and babies around the world love DockATot.

From parents who know:

"Life saver! No matter if we are home or out and about, we always take our DockATot with us. So easy for on the go and also easy to clean." - Alexia D

"My little girl absolutely loves her DockATot! Would 100% recommend this to anyone having a baby. Sadie is a very calm baby and I do believe the DockATot is one of the reasons why." - Carmen F 

"This has honestly been my lifesaver post c-section. The DockATot means I can have him next to me all the time and not move around too much." - Meagan L

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