The New 4Moms MamaRoo Swing Actually Mimics Your Rocking…But Is It Worth It?

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mamaroo swing review score
  • Value: 16/20
  • Functionality: 19/20
  • Quality: 19/20
  • Aesthetic: 19/20
  • Baby Soother: 19/20

TOTAL: 92/100

Before your baby’s arrival, I bet you couldn’t wait to hold them in your arms. Except when you finally welcomed your newborn and that’s the only place they wanted to be all. The. Damn. Time. At least, that was the case with my daughter, who would wail like a banshee every time we tried to put her down. We tried multiple playmats, play yards, loungers and nursing pillows (even the now no-longer available for purchase Boppy and Dock-A-Tot Deluxe+)…she hated every single one. Enter a baby swing—the ingenious device that soothes fussy kids and gives parents a much-needed break. And the Rolls-Royce of baby swings is the MamaRoo. Here’s what you need to know about this clever baby product, including safety, longevity and whether it’s worth the $270 price tag.

Wait, Wasn’t This Product Recalled?

Nope. On August 15, 2022, a recall was issued for the MamaRoo Baby Swing versions 1.0 through 4.0 due to restraint straps attached to the back of the unit posing a strangulation risk to crawling infants. This latest model (model 1046) solves that problem by attaching the strap to the seat instead. If you have one of the earlier models and any crawling infants at home, you should immediately stop using the swing, store it in a location where it can’t be reached by crawling infants and contact 4moms to receive a free strap fastener that will prevent the strap from dangling precariously when a baby is not in the seat. The recalled versions of the MamaRoo are safe to use after installing the strap-fastener.

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OK, Got It. So What Does This New MamaRoo Actually Do?

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).

There’s also a toy mobile with a mirror, rattle and crinkly toy to keep baby entertained, although my daughter didn’t really care too much for it.

The Need-to-Know Facts

The MamaRoo is one of the more compact models on the market, at 26.25 inches by 23.5 inches by 35.5 inches and weighing 15 pounds. (Compare this with the Graco Glider that comes in at 26.25 inches by 23.5 inches 35.5 inches or the Fisher Price Sweet Snugapuppy swing that measures 35.04 inches by 44.02 by 37.01 inches.)

The swing can be used from birth to 25 pounds or until your kid attempts to climb out, whichever comes first. And while the makers note that most kids reach the “climbing out” stage around 9 months, I suspect that most babies stop being interested in sitting in the swing as soon as they can sit up independently, which is exactly what happened with my daughter around 5 months. But if your baby is less wiggly than mine, you have the option to continue using the ‘Roo by transitioning from the three-point harness (best for littles) to the five-point one (better for older kids).

Everything is machine-washable (including the toys if you decide to take them off to use as a teething toy). And yes, I did take advantage of this feature—I’m happy to report that a spin in the machine can get rid of both spit up and poopsplosions. (Note: The straps cannot be removed and washed but they’re pretty easy to wipe down.)

Finally, parents will be relieved to know that the Mamaroo is easy to assemble. OK, I’ll admit that I didn’t actually do this, but according to my spouse, it took less than ten minutes and there were no tools required.

Any Other New Features?

In addition to the new app functions previously mentioned and the convertible three-point to five-point harness, there is also a new touch-sensitive control panel that feels much sleeker than previous models. The new MamaRoo is also compatible with Alexa and Google Home.


  • Five parent-inspired motions (Kangaroo, Car Ride, Tree Swing, Wave and Rockabye) combined with five speeds gives you lots of options.
  • Adjustable recline is helpful, especially for newborns who tend to slump over until they get better neck control.
  • Easy-to-use control panel and app that lets you find the swinging motion that best mimics your own rocking.
  • Machine-washable cover (because babies are gross—adorable, but also gross).


  • You have to plug the MamaRoo in in order for it to work, meaning that you’re limited to one area when the swing is in use (you can move it from room to room, of course, but this can be a bit of a challenge while holding a baby in the other hand).
  • The sounds are only OK. They’re pretty quiet and it sometimes seemed like some of the noises were a bit crackly.
  • The mobile is also a bit meh—the design is a little dull and you have to spin them yourself. Maybe if the mobile could move or was within grabbing reach then it might have more appeal.
  • It’s costly. At $257, the MamaRoo certainly isn’t cheap, especially considering that you will likely mostly use it for the newborn stage (i.e., 0 to 3 months).

Bottom Line

The 4Moms MamaRoo is a multi-motion baby swing that frees up your arms and keeps the baby happy. Compared to previous models, this updated version has a few cool new features (like the “Find Your Roo” app function and touch-sensitive control panel), plus extended longevity thanks to the convertible harness. The biggest downside is the cost—at over $250 it’s definitely a big-ticket item. But for those exhausting, draining, confusing months where you’ll do anything to calm a screaming baby or have a cup of coffee in peace, the Roo can be a real lifesaver.

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