You’ve probably heard of baby loungers and how almost every parent seems to be raving about it.
In this article, I have listed down the uses of these baby loungers and how parents can still fully utilize them, even after their babies have overgrown them.
I have also thoroughly researched their differences and similarities so you can better gauge which one will work for you. I have also shared my take on both baby loungers and I hope this article will help you in deciding if these items are even worth it.
Let’s start with a quick comparison of their features below.
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DockaTot vs Boppy Lounger Feature Comparison
This is best viewed on a desktop. Check out the similarities and differences of the Boppy Lounger vs Dock A Tot at a glance.
|Features||DockATot Deluxe+||Boppy Lounger|
|Safety||Only for supervised awake times||Only for supervised awake times|
|Portable||– Weighs 4.79 pounds |
– Can purchase separately a Gateway Tote for traveling
|– Weighs 2.89 pounds|
– Can use its own case for traveling
|Cleaning||– Machine washable (except its pad) – Has to assembled after|
– Can purchase extra covers separately
|– Machine washable but only at hand wash or delicate cycle|
– Need to buy extra covers from other retailers
|Age Range||For babies (0 to 8 months)||For newborns (0-4 months)|
|Material||– Certified for Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class 1 (fabric is safe for babies)|
– 100% cotton cover
|Breathable, soft fabric|
|Size||Bigger than Boppy Lounger|
– 29 inches (73.7 cm) L (Buckle closed) x 18 inches (45.7 cm) W
-Interior dimension at approx. 22 inches (55.9 cm) L x 8-1/2 inches (21.6 cm) W
|18 x 18 x 7 inches (LxWxH)|
|Design||– Comes in a few dozen prints and colours|
– Flat, padded surface
|– Comes in 7 prints and colours|
– Inclined, pillow-like nest
|Accessories||Can purchase separately: Toy Arch, Toy Set, Base Protector, Cabanda Kit, Extra Covers and Getaway Tote bag||– No accessories|
– Covers have to be purchased from other retailers
|Price||Way more expensive than Boppy Loungers||Cheap|
|Return Policy and Warranty||30-day return policy and 1-year warranty||30-day return policy and limited warranty|
Below is a more detailed information on the differences and similarities of the Dockatot vs Boppy Lounger.
Boppy Lounger vs Dock A Tot: Similarities
Both the Boppy vs Dock A Tot can be used for playtime, tummy time, bottle feeding, and bonding time with family and friends.
The Boppy Lounger has also been useful for babies with acid reflux.
The DockaTot can also be used for quick diaper changes and baby massages. You can also use it for an older baby if they still prefer to sleep in it.
Both can also be used as pet beds after your kids are through with it.
Both the Boppy vs Dock A Tot are only for supervised wake time only.
It’s highly advisable to NOT use the Boppy Lounger for napping. That has been stressed so many times on their website and I quote, “This product is for baby’s supervised awake time and not for sleep.”
Which if I was a parent with a newborn, I’d take it pretty seriously.
The Boppy Lounger is not a flat surface and when you prop a newborn to sleep, a newborn who has weak neck muscles, that baby could slide down the lounger, causing their neck to bend in a way that could block their airway.
DockaTot also advises using their products only for “supervised lounging and playtime.” The DockaTot is actually banned in Canada because it’s considered unsafe to use.
Nevertheless, a lot of parents have both used Boppy Lounger and DockaTot for their napping babies, even letting them sleep unattended.
You can also travel with both.
The DockaTot can be placed in its Getaway Tote (purchase separately) and while the Boppy doesn’t have its travel bag, it does have its carrying case.
Both Boppy Newborn Lounger vs Dockatot are machine-washable but the pad of the DockaTot has to be hand washed.
And after the DockaTot dries, you have to assemble the whole thing again, which can be a little bit of a hassle.
While the Boppy Lounger can be washed entirely in the machine washing but only at hand wash or delicate cycle.
Also, the Boppy Lounger has a non-removable cover and they don’t sell extra covers on their website. You have to buy an extra Boppy Lounger cover from other retailers, which is odd but okay, whatever works for Boppy.
DockaTot has extra covers that you can purchase online.
To make things more convenient, just always buy an extra cover.
Boppy Lounger vs Dock A Tot: Differences
The Boppy Newborn Lounger can only be used for newborns (0-4 months) for supervised awake time.
They also have the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class 1 certification, which means that the fabric or material has been tested safe for health-hazardous substances.
It also has a 100% cotton cover, making it super soft and comfortable for your baby’s delicate skin.
The Boppy Lounger on the other hand has a breathable, soft fabric that’s easy to wipe for little messes. Their manufacturing process starts in China but to reduce their carbon footprint, their products are fulfilled, packaged, and shipped from US factories.
The Boppy Newborn Lounger measures 18 x 18 x 7 inches (LxWxH).
While the DockaTot is at 29 inches (73.7 cm) L (Buckle closed) x 18 inches (45.7 cm) W, with its interior dimension at approx. 22 inches (55.9 cm) L x 8-1/2 inches (21.6 cm) W.
The DockaTot can accommodate bigger, taller babies by opening up its buckle (see below).
The Boppy Lounger has only less than 10 designs and prints, compared to a few dozen DockaTot Deluxe+ designs.
The Boppy Lounger, has obviously, a more inclined surface, elevating your kid’s head while still keeping them secure in the pillow. Newborns can dangerously bend their neck in a certain way while laying down on it, causing positional asphyxia.
Hence the need to always supervise your kid and use only during supervised awake times.
The DockaTot on the other hand, for making newborns lay down flat on their backs. It also has more space for your newborn to wiggle in. It has 1-inch padding, to make it comfortable for your baby.
But there’s also a danger of babies rolling and smooshing up their faces against the bumper.
So as they advise on their website, only use this for supervised activities.
Some parents have used it though for their babies to sleep in, which can be possibly safe IF the baby can’t roll yet on their own and there’s enough space at both sides to prevent the baby’s face from smashing against it.
There are no available accessories for the Boppy Newborn Lounger and they don’t even sell extra covers on their website. You have to buy a Boppy Lounger cover from another retailer. Which is very odd, why not just make and sell one on your own very site, Boppy?
Which is the total opposite of the DockaTot. You can accessorize the whole lounger and buy these items separately – Toy Arch, Toy Set, Base Protector, Cabanda Kit, Extra Covers, and of course, its very own Getaway Tote bag.
Now considering all the extra accessories and how humongous the DockaTot is compared to the Boppy Lounger, it does come with a price.
Return Policy and Warranty
The Boppy Lounger comes with a limited warranty and has a 30-day return policy.
The DockaTot has a 1-year warranty and has also a 30-day return policy.
- Can accommodate bigger babies
- Travel-friendly by car
- Comes with a lot of accessories, including covers
- Super expensive
- Difficult to bring in flights
- Have to assemble after washing
Boppy Lounger Pros
- Can travel and bring anywhere
Boppy Lounger Cons
- Highly dangerous for unsupervised times
- No accessories nor covers (has to be purchase from other retailers)
- Unclear on product material and testing
Dock A tot vs Boppy Lounger: My Recommendation
It depends on your priorities.
If money is not an issue, you have tried everything to make your baby sleep and a baby lounger is your last resort, then the DockaTot wins this comparison review, hands down.
You can use it way beyond the newborn phase, it has a lot of accessories and it has a lot more uses for an older baby.
If you have a limited budget but you’re desperate to get your hands-free, then the Boppy Lounger might just be what you’re looking for.
I’ve personally never used a baby lounger. I didn’t see the hype around it and I don’t think there’s a need for it.
It’s also been recommended by the AAP to never use a baby lounger unsupervised or even for overnight sleep. Both the Boppy and DockaTot brands have highly stressed that in their website.
However, I do understand the challenges of parenting, especially if you have a very colicky, clingy baby who just won’t sleep.
I have been in that situation and even though it was risky, I also used a non-crib item for making her sleep in. I didn’t even use any crib alternatives, I used a baby bouncer. Fortunately, that phase only lasted for a few days.
So yes, I understand the need to soothe a baby and also to keep your hands free to do some work or chores. And if you’re last resort is a baby lounger, then, by all means, do what you think is best but just always be vigilant.
If the baby bouncer didn’t work on my kid, maybe I would have had a baby lounger too!
Practicality-wise, I’d go for the Boppy Newborn Lounger. Especially if you’re going to use it ONLY for supervised wake time.
That risk for positional asphyxia is some scary-ass shit.
And yes the DockaTot can still be used for older babies but how would you know if your baby would still like to stay in it?
So I’d say, try out first the Boppy Newborn Lounger. It’s way cheaper anyway and if your baby hates it, you can sell it or use it as a bed for your pets, if you have one.