Like previous models, the main draw of the MamaRoo is the unique range of motions. While most baby swings do a back-and-forth sway, the MamaRoo has five parent-inspired motions (Kangaroo, Car Ride, Tree Swing, Wave and Rockabye) and five speeds, plus an adjustable recline to keep baby comfy. Not sure which speed is quite your baby’s, um, speed? Well, here’s where the updated model shines. The free MamaRoo app has a new “Find Your Roo” function that lets parents find the device’s rocking motion that best mimics their own rocking. Simply start the app and start rocking your phone as if it was your baby (and yes, you’ll feel ridiculous, but anything to calm a fussy newborn, right?). The app then recommends which motion to set your Roo in order to make the transition from your arms to the swing as seamless as possible. After testing out the app, MamaRoo concluded that Kangaroo (a sort of up-and-down bounce motion) and speed four was the movement that would best mimic my own rocking. And actually, the app was actually pretty accurate—I alternated between Kangaroo when I wanted to put her down for a few minutes while I went to the bathroom/folded laundry/drank my now-cold coffee, and the Car Ride (a sort of figure-eight motion) when she was being particularly fussy and needed some help to calm down.
You can also use the app to control the sound and movement of the Roo. In terms of sounds, there are four different ones to choose from or you can stream your favorite music from your smartphone (Beach Boys was my daughter’s favorite, highly recommend). I have to say that I really liked the ability to control the movement with my app—it was helpful when I heard her start to get fussy but didn’t want to stop chopping carrots for dinner or when I suspected that going over to her would just make her more fussy.
As for the sounds, they were…fine. They did the job but let’s just say they aren’t winning any audio awards (but more on that below).