A good baby swing should provide a safe, secure, soothing environment for your baby. It should be lightweight so that you can move it from room-to-room and it should be aesthetically pleasing since it is taking up precious real estate in your home.
The rockaRoo is the newest in the line of products from the popular, trusted manufacturer, 4moms. This is the same company that manufactured the popular stroller Origami and the mamaRoo baby swing. In this review, you will learn all the features of the rockaRoo, is benefits as well as downsides. At the end of this article, you should be able to decide whether this swing is for you or not.
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Overview of Features
- Five rocking speeds
- MP3 hook-up
- Removable toy balls
- 1-year warranty
- Plug-in is the only option
- Seat fabric is removable and washable
- Can be used up to 25 pounds
- Front to back gliding motion
- 1/3 the size of traditional swings
- MP3 plug-in
Ease of Use
The rockaRoo’s seat features a 3-point harness system that includes a crotch pad that provides comfort for your little one. It comes with straps that are made up of soft fabrics so that your baby is comfortable no matter what cloth they are putting on.
The fabric is easy on the hand and equally on your baby’s skin. This means that your baby is moderately tight and kept in a secure position while not being too loose that your baby is not protected.
Assembly of the rockaRoo is straightforward and shouldn’t give new parents problem. There are only a few parts to put together and you should be done in some minutes so your baby can get on the swing.
The fabric are removable and easy to clean as well. The controls are intuitive and you can easily ask a toddler to operate on it — this is because of the simplicity.
The fabric is completely wrapped up to the edge where the baby’s leg kick. This will eliminate any scratches to your baby’s leg especially if your baby is cheerful and playful.
If you have a small apartment with little area to keep baby products, then this unit is even more suitable for you. The footprint is small. The fabric choice and modern design can complement an ADULT STYLE room setting or living room decor — and they are not a sore to the eyes for that matter.
If you are particularly tasty, you can select from the three available color patters (multi plush, classic grey, and silver plush) to fit your house color palette.
A HANGING toy bar with colorful toys provides a stimulating environment for your baby. This is very powerful and strong such that a firm grip from your baby won’t break the bar.
For maximum comfort, the rockaRoo is equipped with an effective safety feature. Sometimes a baby likes to sit up from a swing and look around, which might topple the swing leading to some nasty accident. The rockaRoo can prevent this automatically.
When the swing senses such, it quickly call on the on/off switch which will eventually slow down the swing to a complete stop. The seat also features an insert pad that allows you to put the baby in the swing with ease. It is removable so that you can stop using it when your baby is older.
Even though the rockaRoo is full of amazing features, the downside to it is a lack of longevity. Once your baby can sit up unassisted or reach 25 pounds, then you should expect to discontinue the use of this swing. At this stage, the swing cannot effectively hold your baby and continuous usage may expose your baby to preventable accidents.
This is complemented by the small size — 1/3 of traditional swings — of the swing so you can move it here and there without hassles.
The small size does not mean much to somebody who already have a large space to store this swing.
However, if you have a very small real estate to store this swing, you will appreciate the site of this swing.
According to 4moms, the rockaRoo is just a fraction of other models so that it is smaller than 70% of other swings on the market.
The reason this is so is because the motor is placed at the bottom of the swing so that the support frame is not need to prop it along.
Removable Seat Fabric
While this might seem insignificant, it is actually a nice feature since you can clean the seat when your baby messes it up.
This is better than some other models that don’t have removable fabric with which you can clean it.
This can prevent a lot of problem especially if you are very hygienic.
5 Speed Settings
Sometimes your baby’s mood will require that you put the speed at the highest level such as when he or she is feeling fuzzy or wants to play hard.
However, when you want to rock your baby to sleep, you may need to operate the swing on the lowest level.
This presents a nice option for a busy mom or caregiver.
Customer Reviews and Ratings
Most moms like that the seat can be adjusted to be upright or laying down. When upright, baby can look around and even watch you as you complete some house chores. And when you want baby to sleep, you can use lay him or her down and put on his or her favorite swing mode.
Most users complaint about the price being too much. As a result, some noted that they would prefer the mamaRoo to this model. While some others noted that the rockaRoo is for short term entertainment and we can agree more to this.
This model also lacks the multiple movements that is associate with other swings like the mamaRoo. Another complain is the cheap feeling of the mobile and that it does not move at all. Therefore, if you are looking for a simple, compact, affordable swing, then this is for you. But if you want something with the bells and whistles, you need to look at others like the mamaRoo or Fisher-Price Snugabunny.
- Cost effective
- Small and Compact
- High Quality
- Easy to assemble
- Easy to clean
- No batteries is need to operate the unit
- The seat cover is removable and machine washable
- Takes up much less space than traditional swings
- Lack of longevity
- Lacks adjustability
- The mobile does not rotate on its own
- Reliability issues
- Does not come with infant insert
Like with other products, there are some things you will like about it while you hate others. Most importantly, your final decision depends on your baby’s preferences. All you want is a baby swing where your baby can sleep in (sometimes) and play with anytime.
However, if you have a baby that have a particular characteristic — such as wanting to be rocked more often than not — then you have to select a swing that fulfill that need. If you are looking for a compact rocker with the absence of all the bells and whistles, then the rockaRoo is the choice for you.