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4moms mamaRoo Baby Swing vs. rockaRoo Rocker

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Please Note: The 4moms mamaRoo Swing is no longer available for purchase as it has been replaced with the updated 5.0 version, the 4moms mamaRoo Multi-Motion Swing. To learn more about this product, check out our full in-depth review, here.

Babies need a lot of nurturing and constant stimulation. At some point, the sheer exhaustion of taking care of a newborn requires parents to call in reinforcements.

This is where 4moms baby swings and rockers come to the rescue!

Two of their most popular products are the mamaRoo4 Baby Swing and the rockaRoo Rocker. Both options work by mimicking motions babies love, and they’ve garnered plenty of acclaim with 5-star reviews across the board.

When you’re utterly spent from all the feedings, the changings, the crying, and the endless hours of keeping baby entertained, these rockers do the work while you take a much-needed break.

Let’s take a closer look at them.

mamaRoo vs. rockaRoo

The mamaRoo4 and rockaRoo sport similar designs and operation, but there are subtle differences.

For starters, it’s important to note that both models are suitable to use from birth until your child reaches 25 lbs., or they can sit up unassisted, or they attempt to climb out (usually between 6 and 12 months old).

mamaRoo4 Specs:
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5"L x 19.5"W x 33"H
  • Product Weight: 19 lbs
  • Maximum Weight: 25 lbs

rockaRoo Specs:
  • Product Dimensions: 29.6"L x 16.5"W x 27.5"H
  • Product Weight: 11.5 lbs
  • Maximum Weight: 25lbs

Directly comparing specs, the rockaRoo Rocker is the more compact and lightweight of the two, while remaining equally capable of holding babies up to 25 lbs. Its smaller size also lends well to using it anywhere in the house — an important feature when you consider the size of most living spaces these days.

Bouncy Baby

Both products are successful at calming babies and keeping their attention, but it’s their little differences that make all the difference.

rockaRoo slides back and forth. This soothing motion simulates the ever-popular glider chair and condenses it to a fraction of the size. The unit’s front dial allows for speed selection, with five separate settings to choose from.

mamaRoo4 on the other hand has more encompassing motion. It allows for the baby to be bounced, rocked, and swayed via 5 motion presets. The mamaRoo4 also allows you to recline the seat to your liking, offering angle customization so baby can sit up or lay back.

Controlling the mamaRoo4 is done using the unit’s front panel or by installing the 4moms app on your phone or tablet. You’ll be able to select the ideal movement pattern, speed, and sounds for a more “dialled in” experience.

Make Some Noise

Speaking of sounds, you can play music with both models, but in different ways.

The rockaRoo is bare-bones with zero included sounds. However, an AUX input makes it easy to hook up your device and play your baby’s favourite songs at any time.

The mamaRoo4 differs by including a small number of sound presets that are controlled via Bluetooth. Like the rockaRoo, it also has an AUX input on the unit for connecting your device.

Of note: The AUX input on both models connects with a standard 3.5mm AUX cable. Users of devices with a proprietary connector (we’re looking in your direction Apple), will need to purchase an adapter to plug their device into the unit.

Comfort is Key

All these bells and whistles are nice, but they’ll mean nothing if your child isn’t comfortable in the actual seat.

As previously mentioned, the mamaRoo4 reclines to your angle preference, whereas the rockaRoo Rocker’s seat is stationary.

Both use plush, lightweight, and machine-washable fabric, and include a 3-point harness so baby won’t fly out even if you crank it to full speed.

For additional support and comfort for your baby, you can pick up a Newborn Reversible Insert.

Each unit also comes with an attention-grabbing mobile that’s suspended over the seat. Reversible toys include a rattle, mirror, and crinkle ball to keep your curious child continuously learning and engaged.

Final Thoughts

Both the mamaRoo4 Baby Swing and the rockaRoo Rocker provide babies with smooth and natural movements that soothe and pacify them when parents need to take five.

For further information on the rockaRoo Rocker, read our full in-depth review here.

If you liked the mamaRoo Swing, you'll love its replacement, the updated 5.0 version, the 4moms mamaRoo Multi-Motion Swing. To learn more about this product, check out our full in-depth review, here.