Baby gear decisions are some of the hardest that we make as new parents – and with every child, it seems like there are new options available. When you’re browsing through the aisles and aisles of baby gear available, it can be confusing – I mean, the baby loungers, chairs and swings all seem to have similar features, right?
Right – they do, but not all of those products are created equal. Not all of those products are going to give you the best bang for your buck. We compared two of the popular products for babies, the 4Moms RockaRoo and the MamaRoo – sharing which model we’ve had a better experience with.
The 4moms mamaRoo infant seat bounces up and down and sways from side to side, just like parents do when comforting their babies. There are multiple different movements, multiple white noise effects, meaning that you’ve got seemingly endless combinations you can use when trying to soothe the baby. What’s kind of awesome, is that as gimmicky as I thought the movements were going to be – they were actually the movements that I was making when I was trying to shush and calm Stella.
For all of the options available, we almost felt as if there were too many options when using the mamaRoo. The one thing Jamie and I agreed we like best was the ability to control the mamaRoo with an app that you install on your phone, I mean – what’s better than being able to control it from your phone without having to get up? Want to turn off the white noise? Turn it off without getting up out of bed? Change the movement to soothe a baby starting to wake in the mamaRoo from a nap? You can do all of that from the connected app on your phone.
I wasn’t a fan of the movement, it didn’t seem to calm Stella, no matter which we tried. Also, when it comes to turning off and on easily, I wasn’t able to do it easily with my foot – something that I was easily able to do with the Rockaroo.
The 4moms rockaRoo provides the front to back gliding motion babies love, in a compact size. Its sleek, modern design is 70% smaller than traditional swings so the rockaRoo looks and fits great in any home! Though there’s only the one movement, unlike the mamaRoo, it was one that we found worked better for us, and that we used more often.
The simple rocking movement was more than enough, and for us, worked better than the many different movement options in the mamaRoo. With the easy to turn on and off dial, that you can push on with your foot when your hands are full, and the five different leveled speeds of rocking, it was one of our go-to items for baby number three, when we just needed a few minutes to sort out bedtime with the older.
We love the fact that you can zip on and off the seat, for easy washing, and the fact that the sleek design isn’t too blah-babyish.
The rockaRoo was easily used for us with a brand new infant, and continues to be the one of the handful of things that we’re using a few months later. We skipped the infant insert, using folded up blankets, instead. The rockaRoo is priced $100 cheaper, making it a bit easier on the wallet when it comes to first time parents shopping for baby gear, or seasoned parents wanting to add something new to their baby gear collection.
You can shop for both the 4Moms rockaRoo and the 4Moms mamaRoo at buybuy Baby. Stop by the store, ask the expert staff members to demonstrate the functions of each and find the modern baby swing that suits your needs best.
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