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It wasn’t that long that my first son was a wee tot who I was constantly holding or rocking. The only time I got a break was when he was in the car seat or in his swing. His dad developed a bouncing and swaying motion that would soothe my son. Other than nursing it was the only way to get him to sleep. My hubby’s back would always be in pain from this tried and true method. He used to say that he was going to invent a machine to mimic the motions of a car seat.
When my son was older I went to a large children’s expo and met the Mamaroo. A baby seat that is not a swing, not a bouncer, but a miracle of modern technology. The seat soothes baby by moving just like we do. It bounces and sways like my husband, or mimics a ride in the car. Or turns in a swing like motion, or an ocean wave, or……. lots of possibilities.
The seat itself is pretty enough to sit in my livingroom! I used to tidy up the ugly bouncers, swings, bumbos, etc before guests came over. With 2 kids now it isn’t realistic to do this. I leave the Mamaroo out and wait for guests to “ooo” and “ah” over the coolest baby gadget they have ever seen.
Are they real? You bet. And actually, there are five of them. But “4moms” sounds better than “5moms,” so one mom goes by “The Stealth Mom.” They’re friends from Mt. Lebanon, PA, and they’ve got 15 kids between them. One has five kids. One has two (yes, two!) sets of twins. So when it comes to baby products, they know their stuff. Their experience – plus our amazing team of engineers and designers – is why our products are so innovative.
The Mamaroo is innovative, stylish, easy to assemble, easy to use, and takes the place of a traditional swing and bouncer. The price tag seems steep- 199.00- but you would easily spend that for a bouncer and swing if you buy new. And neither do the things the Mamaroo can do! With 5 unique motions that mimic everything from the bounce and sway of mom or dad, to a ride in the car, you will definitely find one to soothe your cranky baby and give your arms a break.
What does my new son think of it?
My new little guy has already been testing the Mamaroo out pretty thoroughly. I believe he was 2 days old the first time we used it. I got to eat dinner in peace and he was rocked very,very gently. I LOVE that I adjust the speed. It doesn’t go very fast, which might annoy some of the older babies, but for the youngest ones it is nice to have the option to really slow it down. You can find the Mamaroo in 6 stylish and modern colors. And, the cover is easy to remove and clean.
I assembled the Mamaroo myself, while largely pregnant! Unfortunately, I made one small mistake and had to redo it. Still, the instructions were easy to follow (had I done so the first time) and it was less than 20 minutes from opening the box to assembling correctly. I deducted the time I spent assembling it the first time.
There are numerous nature sounds to choose from, as well as an option to hook up your own MP3 player via a short cord. We have used the built in music as white noise and I noticed there were times it helped, other times it didn’t. But having the option is nice. I have not tried hooking in an MP3 player yet.
Above the Mamaroo there is a mobile with 3 soft orbs. Each one has a work of art from Van Gogh, Monet, and Seurat. One side features a black and white version, the other, a color. The black and white side is for infants. As they baby gets older you can switch sides. My toddler really likes these and finds putting them in and out to be a lot of fun. That isn’t their intended purpose but it is a bonus.
The motor of the Mamaroo is not extremely loud, but I wouldn’t say it is silent. It is a very tolerable white noise. Depending on which motion you are using, the sound will change. For non liquid motions like the Tree Swing and Rock-a-bye there is a small “click” sort of noise when the seat reaches the top or bottom. For moves like Ocean Wave and Car Ride you don’t notice this because it goes in a circle motion and doesn’t stop. Since the baby enjoys the white noise, and since it isn’t very loud, I don’t consider this a negative.
The Mamaroo does not bleed your wallet dry by draining batteries! It hooks up to an outlet! I think this is one of the smartest features! My first son slept in his swing often and we used a ton of expensive batteries.
The Mamaroo can accommodate a baby up to 25 pounds. My toddler is just now 25 pounds and he is 2 years old! The seat reclines for the naps and can be put into a more upright position for play time. The base seems larger in photos, but it is smaller than I remember it being. The seat itself has plenty of room for a growing baby.
The biggest drawback of the Mamaroo only comes into play if you have other children, specifically- toddlers.
The whole mechanism that allows the Mamaroo to move in the amazing way it does, also poses a pinching risk for small and curious fingers. The moving plate slides side to side, and if a toddler places his hand or fingers towards this pinch point there could be an injury. For this reason I do not use the Mamaroo unsupervised while my toddler is awake. If I need to leave the room and my newborn is in it, I turn it off and lock it from the back. It has to be locked because my son knows exactly how to turn it on and make it go!
The other drawback is also related to having another child. The ability to use an MP3 player is nice. You could add soothing music that is more adult friendly. However, I would not put our iPod Touch into the Mamaroo while my son is around because he would go unplug it and start playing with it.
I also wish the seat reclined just a little more for newborns.
Honestly, having the Mamaroo has made my job a little easier. I do tend to hold my babies a lot, or wear them. But this isn’t always doable. Having a soothing place to put my new son while I go to the potty, get some work done, etc, has been a huge help so far. It doesn’t always do the trick, but usually he does sit in it long enough for me to get something done. And most of the time he falls asleep! In fact, for most of this post he slept in the Mamaroo so I could work. What a lifesaver!
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