Trying to figure out your new baby can be very challenging to say the least. Every baby is different, we all know that, and every baby likes to be smoothed differently.
When Kendall was born we quickly discovered she had colic and acid reflux. I knew about the 4moms mamaRoo but wasn’t quite sure if we were going to make that purchase and before we knew it Kendall was too old for one. The mamaRoo is suitable for birth-6 months or up to 25lbs and baby can sit up unassisted.
Now I am able to review one and I really wish we had one for Kendall. but this will be great for baby #3.
Since I don’t have a baby that can use the mamaRoo right now I inlisted in two “tester babies” to help me out. One is 4 days old and the other is 6 months.
|mama said I could use his face but I opted not to 🙂|
The mamaRoo offers 5 unique motions so you’ll see it bounce up and down and sways from side to side just like you do when calming your baby.
Car Ride: A figure eight on its side. This was my younger tester baby’s favorite. The slow setting was a bit too slow. We found setting 3 was perfect.
Kangaroo: Lots of up-and-down, less side-to-side. Even at it’s fastest setting [speed 5] older tester baby got bored with this setting.
Ocean Wave: Big round circles. Another favorite. This time both young and old tester baby loved this setting very much.
Rock-A-Bye: Low on the sides, high in the middle. Both young and old tester baby liked Rock-A-Bye but older baby seemed to like it a bit more, especially on speed 4-5.
Tree Swing: Opposite of Rock-A-Bye, Tree Swing is high on the sides, low in the middle.
Here’s a great video that shows you the 5 unique motions in action.
Everyone knows babies love to listen to music and sounds- with the mamaRoo you can choose from one of five nature sounds like wind, rain, and even white noise, or for something more your style you can connect your iPhone/iPod to your mamaRoo using the included jack. You also have control over the volume which is great. I wouldn’t change anything about that setting, the loud is reallyloud – so no complaints there 🙂
4moms took play time very seriously and in their research of infant stimulation they found that the most important facets were the visuals themselves and their proximity to baby. There are two sides to the mamaRoo play toys: Black and White patterns maximize visual stimulations, and since newborns can only focus their eyes on objects 8-12inches from them, 4moms designed the mobile to remain at that distance from a baby’s face. When your baby is older and can see colors better you can flip the toys around.
You can purchase the mamaRoo in two different fabric options and nine different pattern/color choices. The mamaRoo Plush is the newest addition to the mamaRoo family. The seat still zips in to be removable and washable just the same but in addition your baby will be cradled in soft plush material. Your other option is the original nylon material. My younger tester brought her own seat over (as you can see in the pictures) since her babe likes the nylon. Older tester did not like the nylon at all but loved the plush. I personally am in love with my Plush Paint Dot. I feel like the nylon is a little rough for baby so I’m glad 4moms has plush options now.
Plush retails for $239.99
Nylon retails for $199.99
4moms has kept things as green as possible because the mamaRoo runs off a power cord, not batteries.
My only couple mamaRoo requests are that there are more speed options. Even with 5 speeds it was still a bit slow. Also, I imagined the mamaRoo being taller so I was very surprised it was only 26″ from floor to top of seat back and 12″ inches from floor to bottom seat. I would like to see a taller mamaRoo so it’s easier to get baby in and out of without the parent having to bend over so much. Lastly, I wish there was an option for batteries, in addition to the power cord. Sometimes people in apartments don’t have as many wall outlets or if you’re on the go in a hotel or just moving baby from room to room.
|mama said I could use it face but I opted not to.|
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