BABY LOUNGER SAFETY GUIDELINES

DockATot was created by designer Lisa Furuland for her two sons. As a mum, baby safety is her top priority. As a DockATot distributor and mum of four, I’m here to share the DockATot love and promote safe baby lounger use in Australia and New Zealand.⁠

Here are our top baby lounger safety guidelines

Use the DockATot Unenclosed⁠

Padded products including all baby loungers should never be placed inside a cot, bassinet, Moses basket or similar. (You can use a Grand DockATot in a cot with a baby over 12 months old.)⁠

Supervised Use⁠

Baby Loungers are to be used only when you are in the same room as your baby, no matter whether baby is sleeping, lounging or playing.⁠

 

⁠No Loose Blankets⁠

If your baby needs some extra warmth when in their baby lounger, wrap your baby in a fitted swaddle. Loose blankets should not be placed either on top or underneath a baby as this poses as a suffocation risk.⁠

 

Safe Baby Positioning⁠

Babies should only be placed on their back when sleeping, with their feet touching the bottom of the baby lounger. Baby Loungers are excellent for tummy time when babies are awake and alert.⁠

 

Right Size for the Right Age⁠

Placing babies that are too young in the Grand/Toddler size lounger loses the ‘soothing magic’ since they are too small to feel snuggled and therefore are not as comforted. Babies can graduate to the Grand/Toddler size when they have developed enough upper body strength to roll over and back again, usually around 9 mths old.⁠

 

A Message about Co-Sleeping

The American Academy of Paediatrics has determined that the safest place for a baby to sleep during the first year of life is in a cot, bassinet or play yard in the parents' bedroom. 

DockATot recognises that many people believe strongly that infants and young children should never sleep with adults in their bed, while others believe that such co-sleeping provides benefits. Many who choose to co-sleep with a DockATot dock find that the sides help establish a separate space for the baby that is close by to the parent(s).

If you choose to use a dock while co-sleeping, in addition to consulting with your paediatrician, be sure to follow these seven precautions:

1. Never allow baby to co-sleep with an adult who suffers sleep disorders, is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication, or is obese. Ensure that each adult in the bed are aware of the baby’s presence.
2. Carefully prepare the bed:
    • Place the dock on a firm mattress only. Be sure it lays flat and remains flat with adult(s) in the bed.
    • Position dock in centre of bed, near headboard. Each side of the dock should be at least 30cm from edge of bed.
    • Make sure there are no extra pillows on the bed that can go over the baby while in the dock. Pillows and covers present a suffocation risk to your baby. Each parent should use only the pillow under their heads.
    • Make sure there are no covers (including blankets, sheets, pillowcases, shams, comforters, and other bedding) over the dock. Covers placed over the dock can end up over the baby’s face. Covers can also cause overheating which is associated with increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Parents should use separate covers to reduce risk of blankets being pulled up over the baby.
      3. To reduce risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, only place baby on back in the dock.
      4. Do not add any blankets or padding of any kind under baby in the dock.
      5. Keep all cords and strings away from baby. Cords of any kind, such as window or blind cords, present a strangulation risk.
      6. Never leave baby alone in adult bed. If baby awakens and you aren’t present, s/he may scoot and fall off bed.
      7. Never use components of dock separately. Only use when fully assembled and zipped. Loose fabric and parts may present a suffocation hazard.