The 4 moms mamaRoo was an instant hit when it debuted a few years ago, and it's easy to see why -- the sleek, small-footprint bouncer is unique in design and modern in performance. While parents appreciate the MP3 plug-in and range of motions, a few say the fastest setting is too slow for some fussy babies. The mamaRoo also lacks a five-point harness, which may make it unsafe once baby can sit up.
Harness not enough for older babies. The 4 moms mamaRoo has a deep seat, feels stable and has an infinite recline, reviewers say. Some owners question the safety of the most upright position, due to the three-point harness system. A handful of consumers report concerns that a curious toddler could pinch a finger in the seat's base. Although the mamaRoo is suitable for use from birth, 4 moms offers a plush insert (Est. $30) for newborns. The seat can accommodate a maximum of 25 pounds.
Versatile, but slow. The 4 moms mamaRoo has five motion settings and five speeds, but some reviewers complain that the highest speed is still too slow for some fussy babies. Some parents like the built-in nature sounds, but most are more impressed with the MP3 player hook-up. Speaker quality receives mixed reviews. The mamaRoo has a small footprint but is perhaps too bulky for travel. The mamaRoo comes with three suspended reversible toy balls, but they don't dangle or spin.
Easy to clean fabric. Owners say it's easy to remove and machine wash the padding on the 4 moms mamaRoo. The seat doesn't convert to any other type, and reviewers say the seat height and lack of five-point harness make it unsuitable for older babies. The mamaRoo plugs into the wall, but owners agree that additional battery operation would make it more versatile. Base malfunctioning was reported by a few users, but 4 moms was willing to fix problems within the one-year warranty period.
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Review: Around the House: Monitors, Diaper Pails, Safety & More, Denise and Alan Fields, 10th Edition, 2013
The editors of BabyCenter.com praise the 4 moms mamaRoo's high-tech, unique motions and five speed settings. They also praise the ability to use built-in nature sounds or your own music, and like that the mamaRoo runs on electrical power. However, they say the seat is bulky and that it can pose a pinch risk for toddlers.
Review: The Best Baby Swings and Bouncers, Editors of BabyCenter.com, Not Dated
The 4 moms mamaRoo places third in SheKnows.com's Swings & Bouncers Parenting Awards category. Editors picked four products in each category after testing, and parents voted for their favorites. A short review praises the mamaRoo's "natural movements," nature sounds, MP3 compatibility and range of speeds.
Review: SheKnows Parenting Awards 2012, Editors of SheKnows.com, Not dated
Vengrow's roundup features 10 high-end bouncers, including the 4 moms mamaRoo. She praises the mamaRoo's five speeds and motions, the seat's full recline -- ideal for naps -- and the ability to plug in an MP3 player. The short review does not note any cons or compare the mamaRoo to other models.
Review: The 10 Best Bouncy Seats for Your Baby (So You Can Have Lunch!), Bonnie Vengrow, Jan. 29, 2013
The 4 moms mamaRoo receives 4.2 out of 5 stars in more than 180 reviews on Amazon.com. Reviewers like the range of motions and speeds, small footprint, easy-to-wash fabric, infinite recline and modern look. However, the three-point harness may pose a risk for larger babies, and a few users note seat base malfunctioning.
Review: 4Moms 2012 MamaRoo, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014
This detailed review praises the 4 moms mamaRoo's unique motions, comfort for baby, MP3 hookup, modern look, quiet operation, speed options, noise machine, hanging toys and small footprint. However, the seat is pricey, the motions could go faster and battery power would also be a good option, the reviewer notes.
Review: Baby Swing Reviews, Editors of HomegrownBabies.com, Not dated
In a thorough review of the mamaRoo, Corley praises the 4 moms mamaRoo's unique motions, range of speeds, ease of operation, deep seat and easily removable cover. She also likes the infinite recline and that it runs on electrical power. However, she notes that the fastest setting might not be fast enough, and says the lack of vibration may be a downside.
Review: 4Moms mamaRoo Review, Heather Corley, Not dated
In this swing roundup, reviewer Sarah Yang praises the 4 moms mamaRoo for its five unique motions, which make the seat "more comforting for baby." She also praises the comfortable fabric, which is easy to pop out and machine wash. The blurb does not note any cons or compare the mamaRoo to other products.
Review: 10 Best Baby Swings, Sarah Yang, Not Dated
This roundup features six high-end bouncers, including the mamaRoo. Editors praise the mamaRoo as a "technological wonder" that mimics a parent's motions, and also laud the included toy balls, white noise and MP3 compatibility. The short review does not note any cons or compare the mamaRoo to other models.
Review: "Bouncer Most Likely to Chill Your Baby" 2012 Cribsie Awards Finalists, Editors of BuyModernBaby.com, March 7, 2012