Sunday, January 15, 2012

4moms mamaRoo Review and Giveaway

By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 4:40 PM
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.

The mamaRoo is a baby swing, bouncer and car all at once. How is that possible? Well 4moms put their heads together and it was unanimously decided that parents don't vibrate like a bouncy seat or swing like a swing. But rather thousands of parents scoop their little ones up in their arms and bounce and sway. 
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 really loud - 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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96 commented:

Kristi Peshke said...

I love Paint dots!

Amy on January 15, 2012 at 4:45 PM said...

silver fireworks plush would be my choice

Amanda Laswell said...

I'd go with the pink chocolate if I won.

Tristaeanderson05 said...

i like the silver nylon

Melissa H. on January 15, 2012 at 5:18 PM said...

I'd pick Paint Dots Plush!

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dailymom on January 15, 2012 at 5:22 PM said...

I love the blue clouds pattern!

Brochie1 said...

I like the paint dots.

Katie S said...

I'd choose Silver Fireworks! Thanks!!! My son loved to be bounced in our arms as a baby. I wish we'd had one of these last time! I'd love one for my baby due in July!!!

Brandy said...

Probably black nylon to match other things we have

Nicki P. said...

Plush paint dots!

Aahaft said...

I would choose the blue clouds plush

Sonya on January 15, 2012 at 7:09 PM said...

My best friend is pregnant after having a miscarriage and I think she would love the Mamaroo in any color, but I love the paint dots in plush!

Christina Gordon on January 15, 2012 at 7:14 PM said...

I love the Paint Dots Plush!!

brandi bowers said...

paint dots

Jess Toothman on January 15, 2012 at 8:31 PM said...

I love the blue clouds plush!  

Ashley C said...

I'd choose the silver fireworks plush

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Anna 'Reynolds' Graves on January 15, 2012 at 8:53 PM said...

I think that I would either choose the paint dots or silver fireworks!
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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Amy B on January 15, 2012 at 8:55 PM said...

I love the silver fireworks!!!

Amy said...

Would choose the silver fireworks!!!

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Christine M Tubbytelly on January 15, 2012 at 9:38 PM said...

I like Green Nylon.

Ashley Capps said...

silver fireworks!

Lindsay said...

I would choose the paint dots plush! What an awesome giveaway!

Michelle Primack on January 15, 2012 at 10:26 PM said...

The paint dots is my favorite pattern.

fancygrlnancy said...

I'm torn between the painted dots and the silver fireworks. 

Lolo on January 16, 2012 at 1:37 AM said...

Paint dots plus.

Sarah on January 16, 2012 at 7:17 AM said...

I would pick the silver fireworks plush :)

Kendra on January 16, 2012 at 7:39 AM said...

I like silver fireworks plush. Thanks!

Miranda Welle said...

I think the Green Jacks Plush is my favorite!

daniel healey said...

I would pick blue clouds plush

Julie G said...

I love Blue Clouds Plush!

Alessandra P Peterson said...

The silver fireworks is the one I'd love to have!

Brooke Schwaderer on January 16, 2012 at 9:47 AM said...

green jacks

Megan D. said...

I love the paint dots!

Chanie said...

I love the green jacks plush

Cara said...

Good to hear about the speeds. I was wondering if it was too slow.

Cara said...

Oh and I would pick the Green nylon

Tina M said...

I like sliver fireworks

Ziggy28028 said...

I love the paint dots.

Bridgett zaidi said...

Painted dots

Kimberlie T. said...

I like Paint Dots plush the best, but also silver fireworks.  Thanks for the chance.

Vanessa Coker said...

I'd choose Paint Dots

Brigitte Brorman said...

Green Jacks Plush would go great with our stuff!

Mar at Obviously MARvelous said...

I would choose either the Silver Nylon or the Silver Fireworks!

Denise Taylor said...

Love the silver fireworks plush :)

Brandi Elam said...

I love the Paint Dots Plush!

Daisy Moreno on January 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM said...

I like Paint dots

Danielle @ We Have It All on January 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM said...

Ooooh I love them all!! But I think I would pick the blue clouds, so pretty!

Tamara on January 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM said...

I would pick the Blue Clouds Plush!

Jess said...

Green Jacks please! :)

Christinejessamine said...

i love this in paint dots!

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Misty VanEpps on January 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM said...

I want the paint dots plush! mommy2skie@yahoo.com

Hanan - Lilac City Momma on January 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM said...

I like the Paint dots one!

Tiffany Dover said...

I absolutely love the paint dots

Elizabeth Pyo on January 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM said...

Silver Fireworks for sure!

Alena Belleque on January 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM said...

I would absolutely choose the color Paint Dots!! Adorable, perfect for my little girl due in April, and would also work for a boy if she is blessed with a brother someday! :)

Amypugmire said...

 i like the paint dots plush

tess said...

the red nylon is awesome
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ashleigh walls said...

silver fireworks!

Laura Love said...

If I won, I would choose the Blue Clouds Plush color/print. Too cute!
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Laura Love

Molly Bussler said...

Hi Jennifer, I think that the paint dot is my favorite, I am due with my first baby in May and  I hope that I will be lucky this time. :D   Thank you for hosting this giveaway and a great review.  Molly   meoleme@yahoo.com 

Desiree McPherson said...

They had so many great prints! I think I'd have to choose . . . the red or green nylon. But it's a very tough choice!

Tian H. said...

Would love to pick Paint Dots Plush color if I win! thank you for the chance, :)

Nikole H. said...

I like the Blue Clouds best! ngiraldi at gmail dot com

LeeAnn on January 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM said...

I will choose the Paint Dots Plush when I win. ;-)

Maia G said...

I like paint dots

Jenzen69 said...

Paint Dots Plush or Silver Fireworks

Anastasia Borisyuk on January 16, 2012 at 6:15 PM said...

I would like the Silver Fireworks Plush

Carrie M said...

I like the paint dots or the silver fireworks plush patterns.  So cute and gender neutral too!

Dawn Schmidt on January 16, 2012 at 7:13 PM said...

I really like the red nylon
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Amanda Alvarado on January 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM said...

I love the Paint Dots Plush!

Jesllee said...

I would choose silver fireworks!

Leslie 'Duplaga' Twining on January 16, 2012 at 7:59 PM said...

i like paint dots!

Jojo Viola said...

Silver Fireworks

Beth R said...

Love the silver fireworks

Skbaron04 said...

I would choose the silver fireworks print!

Kindra
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Karen B on January 16, 2012 at 11:37 PM said...

I like the dots!

Rochel S said...

Love the Green Jacks pattern

April G said...

I like the Silver Fireworks!

Shakeeta W said...

The Paint Dots Plush is my favorite!!

Joye Rast said...

I like the silver fireworks

Coleycoupons said...

love the silver fireworks!!

Donna C. said...

I like the green jacks color. ageorgiamomma@gmail.com 

Hannah M said...

I would choose the Silver Fireworks.  I love the look of this swing/vibrater!

Eileen Richter said...

I like the Green Jacks best!

http://www.shop4moms.com/products/mamaRoo.html 

thanks!

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Carrie Phelps said...

Silver Fireworks Plush.

April G said...

I'd pick the Paint Dots Plush 

Alex Liz Robinson said...

I like the paint dots pattern!

dave said...

paint dots!

Liz said...

Green jacks!

Jenny Wisdom said...

I like Silver Fireworks

Livivua Ramsey on January 18, 2012 at 9:41 PM said...

I like the silver fireworks!

Tiffany said...

silver fireworks is my favorite!

Wendy O. said...

paint dots is my favorite!

Stephanie Klemm said...

I'd choose silver fireworks.

TaraT. said...

Love the silver fireworks pattern! 

Alina said...

My favourite mamaroo swing color is aqua blue.

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