Yes, you read that right.
But it could have easily read… Mommy Tested, The Whole Family Approved.
As a 4moms family, I’ve done my fair share of putting 4moms gear to the tests – the Origami, the Breeze, the mamaRoo and now… The ever so amazing rockaRoo! All have passed my tests with flying colors, but with the amount of baby gear and baby related stuff we’ve had strewn throughout the house over the past 11 years, my husband has found a way to tune it all out.
(Except for the times he makes comments about how many strollers are crowding his workspace in the garage).
That was until 4moms came into the picture.
A stroller that unfolds and folds itself?
He might have wet himself with excitement when he first saw it in action.
A playard that doesn’t require curse words to assemble?
He still got a beer for helping, but was in a much better mood after setting up Quinn’s play space.
A motion seat that doesn’t take up the entire room, doesn’t plow through batteries, has built-in sounds and plays music from his iPhone?
Anything that plays music from his iPhone (and doesn’t take up the entire room) is a plus in his book.
And now… A rocking seat that takes literally seconds to assemble, is super simple to operate, it’s not an eyesore, is as quiet as a mouse and the baby adores it?
Because it’s well known that we love our 4moms gear, the questions I’ve been asked the most lately are… How does the rockaRoo compare to the mamaRoo? Which one do you like better? and Which one should I get for my baby?
I love both for different reasons. But here’s the breakdown…
- The rockaRoo retails for $159-$179 making it a more affordable option compared to it’s sister the mamaRoo, which retails for $219-$249.
- The rockaRoo (11.5 pounds) is a smidge lighter than the mamaRoo (14 pounds), which makes it a smidge easier to move about the house. Although, the mamaRoo moves from room to room very easily as well – trust me!
- Both come with an AC adapter and mp3 cord, which eliminates the need for batteries and allows parents to play their choice of sounds and music – the mamaRoo has built-in nature sounds, the rockaRoo does not. What the rockaRoo does have is a pocket at the back of the seat, which is a perfect place to safely store your mp3 cord when not in use – and perfect for both cords while transporting it to grandmas.
- The rockaRoo has a little bit more of a roomier seat than the mamaRoo. Both the mamaRoo and the rockaRoo accommodate babies from birth to 25 pounds. The mamaRoo seat adjusts positions – reclined to upright (the picture above is with the mamaRoo fully reclined) – the rockaRoo does not adjust because it rocks front to back and has a perfect recline angle for the motion it provides.
- The rockaRoo has one movement – front to back rocking – and five speeds. The mamaRoo has five unique motions that mimic a parent’s natural movement along with five speeds. Both are designed with baby in mind to sooth and comfort baby in the most natural way – second best to mom or dad’s arms for those times when mom and dad’s arms need a break. And it happens.
- Both the rockaRoo and the mamaRoo have a removable toy bar. Both swing out of the way and detach easily. The toy bar on the mamaRoo is a little more substantial and comes with three reversible and removable stuffed toy balls. The rockaRoo’s toy bar holds 3 stuffed toy balls (that look more like stuffed triangles) and they slide into the toy bar frame instead of pop out. Baby Quinn (at six months old) can pop the mamaRoo balls out of the toy bar when he wants to, and is just now figuring out how to get the rockaRoo balls out. I really like the design of the rockaRoo balls – he can hold and manipulate them (in his hands and into his mouth) very easily.
- The mamaRoo comes in six choices of seat fabrics – the rockaRoo comes in three choices of seat fabrics. All are easy to remove and machine washable. You can also purchase (sold separately) an extra seat fabric for those times when your baby has a blow out and the seat fabric is in the wash, but you need your beloved rockaRoo. This has happened to us more times than I can count and having the extra seat fabric is a lifesaver. The Newborn Insert (also sold separately) was very nice to have the first few months as well.
Quinn is a huge fan of the rockaRoo! He puts it to good use throughout the day and at playtime to practice his hand-eye coordination with the toy bar. Even at six months old he falls fast asleep in it! And trust me, this is a big deal as sleep is not a regular thing in this house right now.
After owning and using the mamaRoo since Quinn’s birth, the rockaRoo had some “living up to” to do when it first arrived. But I’m pleased to say that the rockaRoo holds it’s own. With four boys in the house, I often need a safe spot for Quinn to play, rest and relax for those times when he simply cannot be in my arms – homework, dinner, potty breaks, breaking up fights, kissing boo boo’s, picking up LEGOs… You know, the usual. The rockaRoo is not only all that, it’s also extremely soothing and a perfect quiet space for Quinn when things get a little overstimulating (which happens often in our house – as you can imagine).
What sets the rockaRoo apart from the traditional swing is the fact that it rocks like a rocking horse. 4moms took the traditional swing and flipped it on its head. That design detail, along with the five different speeds, maximizes the sensation of motion for your baby at baby’s head, which is where it matters the most.
So sit back and enjoy, little ones! And enjoy you will…
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Disclosure: 4moms provided us a rockaRoo for review purposes. All opinions are my own.