Thomas Frey checking out the mamaRoo at CES 2014.
The new mamaRoo from 4Moms is high-tech smart baby gear designed to mimic mom and dad’s motions with smoother sways and repetition. The mamaRoo also features an output to connect to an mp3 player or ipod, perfect for those baby playlists.
It resembles a sleek baby-sized papasan seat perched on an axis, but with a motorized base that controls the movement, as well as emits sleepy nature-inspired sounds.
The mamaRoo is a streamlined infant seat that merges technology and nature to offer an alternative to traditional bouncers and baby swings. Whether it’s to calm a colicky baby, entertain a growing infant or soothe a hospitalized baby, the mamaRoo is at the forefront of modern baby gear.
The design of the frame and seat, which can be zipped on and off for easy cleaning, are both key. As opposed to two or three defined positions, the seat has a variety of positions–from laying down to almost upright–with its axis connection and lock.
Compared to a cradle swing, which also has a papasan-type design, the mamaRoo is trimmer and appears a little more shallow. With curved lines and no evidence of a motor, the base is just as aesthetically pretty as the seat. The small footprint of the mamaRoo can easily be tucked into a corner in a small space, just as it could be displayed in a larger living room.
The movement of the mamaRoo is, perhaps, the selling point of this high end infant seat. 4moms researched parents’ natural movements when interacting with babies and put that into consideration when designing the mamaRoo. With five speeds and several types of motions to choose from, such as tree swing, rock-a-bye and car ride, the base is the brain of this device.
The toy bar securely dangles three plush, interchangeable balls above the seat. The bar, itself, can be repositioned, making for easy access when picking baby up from the mamaRoo.
The interface and LCD screen is easy to control, read and change, even with one hand or toe–whatever the frenzied situation may require. There are five nature sounds, but my preference is the lullaby station on Pandora, easily accessed via the output from my iPhone. A small cut out on the base is perfectly suited to sit my phone while playing tunes for the baby.