It moves in lots of different ways and has white noise options with many different white noises. We keep it in our living room and plop Gabe down in it when we need to run and grab something in the kitchen, when we’re eating dinner, or sometimes when he needs a nap. When he was very very new, the mamaroo was not his bag. I mean, it was fine as a “set him down for 5 minutes so I can pee” type of thing, but as far as “soothing” goes it wasn’t awesome. But I’ll talk about soothing a little more in a second. My biggest pro for the mamaroo is that it does a lot of things and I never felt compelled to get any other kind of swing or vibrating chair or anything else. And in my space-saving, money-conscious mind, that is a really big pro.
Now that he is very nearly out of the newborn stage and into the full on baby stage the mamaroo is coming in very handy. He loves to look at the mobile. He stares at it, mesmerized. He will nap in it when he is fussy, and the white noise machine has been a life saver on many a fussy-baby-needs-sleep-but-refuses occasions.
But! Because this is a NEWBORN product review – I would have to say it kind of wasn’t worth the space it takes up or the money up until this point. If he needed the comfort of mom then he needed to be in the front pack or all curled up on my chest like a little tree frog. The mamaroo was never going to cut it if what baby really needed was … mom. And this segues into my issue with things that claim to “soothe.”
With my experience with Gabe, soothing just prolonged his fussyness. If he cried it was because he wanted something specific. The faster I figured out what that was, the faster he stopped crying. There was a period of fussyness where I think he was growing, and that was shitty, but it was also 1.5 weeks of a one-off. If I tried pacifiers or the mamaroo during normal times I would maybe get him to shut up for a few minutes, but it would ultimately turn his whiny cries into full on meltdown city later on. In the beginning we would try to use the mamaroo when he was crying, but all it did was frustrate the entire house. If he needed to be fed, I needed to feed him. If he needed to be rocked, I needed to rock him. It sounds weird, like maybe the baby runs the house and maybe we should teach him to stop being such a … baby… about everything.
Hi Gabe, can you please quit it with the demands already?
But the reality is: he needs what he needs when he needs it, and the faster Kamel and I learned what was up, the less Gabe cried and the more put-together our house became. No amount of soothing items made our life with a newborn more manageable. And I think that is kind of a panic-ridden sentence if you are about to give birth. It would have totally freaked me out to read that, because… you mean… there is nothing that fixes things so that I can get some peace and quiet for 15 minutes?! Well… there is… it just isn’t magical and it takes work. It’s all part of getting to know your kid. And it does very much help that time marches on and they stop being such broken little humans like they are during the first 6 weeks, holy hell.
But! (And this is a huge but.) Every single kid is different. From my experience, the mamaroo was a nice place to put the baby and during certain times he liked the motions and he passed out cold with the white noise and the older he has gotten the better the usage has become. Some kids, though, live for the swing, some for the vibrate-y chair. I just don’t think, in my limited experience, that soothers are necessary for a newborn. They just want you, they just want food and naps and diaper changes. So do you need it? No. Do I need it? Not really. Is it nice to have somewhere to put him that is not the floor and not his crib (before a playpen is useful), yes. But overall, meh. And that is that.