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Mamaroo Swing VS Baby Bjorn Bouncer

Comparing the Mamaroo swing and the Babybjorn bouncer is a tall task…for more reasons than one:

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  • The two have a lot in common and yet are very different
  • Most of the comparisons out there are superficial and don’t answer the big questions

This much I can promise – if you take the time to read the comparison below, you’ll have your answers.

We’ll go over the main features with a fine comb and then pit the Mamaroo swing and the Babybjorn bouncer against each other in a side-by-side comparison.

I won’t be vague, and I’ll avoid leaving you with the “it-depends” type of answers…I hate those.

The Mamaroo swing – how it works and PROs/CONs

Specs of the Mamaroo swing

Dimensions33 x 19.5 x 25.5
Weight in lbs18.3
Motion modes5
Recline anglesfully adjustable
Sounds4 preloaded and MP3 connectivity
App-controlledyes
OK to sleep inno

Mamaroo baby swing at a glance

  • Five motions and speed levels, which means you can customize it to what works for your baby
  • Bluetooth connectivity – you can control the sound and motions using an app on your phone
  • Comes with an AC adapter, so you won’t need any batteries to use it
  • Adjustable recline angles allow you to choose a comfortable position (down to a full recline)
  • Comes with built-in sounds and MP-3 functionality
  • The seat fabric is removable and machine washable
  • The entertainment center features a rattle, a crinkle ball, and a mirror

A closer look at the benefits of Mamaroo 4Moms baby swing

Let’s take a moment here to go over the main benefits of using the Mamaroo swing. I’ll stay away from commonplace benefits that are true for all swings and bouncers and focus on those unique to the Mamaroo.

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You can also check out my detailed 4Moms Mamaroo swing review for more information after reading the summary below.

Simple initial setup

The 4Moms Mamaroo swing is a robust unit. At first glance, you might think that it’s complicated to set up…you’d be wrong.

Most of the major parts come preassembled, and all you need to do is click them into place. The manual is straightforward and does a good job of clearly explaining how to do it, which means you’ll have the swing up and running in no more than 10 minutes.

Wide range of adjustable seat angles

Simple angle adjustment is essential for two reasons:

  1. Not all angles will be comfortable for your baby – in my experience, each baby will find their preferred recline within a few days. On your side, that means experimenting a bit until you find that sweet spot.
  2. You’ll need to switch it up during the day – most newborns (70 to 85 %) will experience reflux and regurgitation in the first two months. That’s why adjusting the recline angle has to be simple and easy.

Soothing sounds and motion

The swaying motion does a great job of mimicking the movements of a parent. Paired with soothing sounds, the Mamaroo swing can be a life-changer if you have a fussy baby on your hands.

Within a few days, you’ll know which of the motion modes works best for your baby, whether it’s the car ride, the tree swing, or the kangaroo mode.

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It also packs a range of calming white noises like rain, ocean, fan, and heartbeat.

Some of the sounds could be better, though. To be specific – in fan mode, the white noise is a peg too crisp for my taste.

No battery fuss

It might not sound like a big deal, but replacing the batteries all the time is THE most common grievance I heard about swing like this Mamaroo (like some Fisher-Price units).

Swings typically run on massive 4D batteries, and replacing those every week is no fun at all.

Bluetooth connectivity and intuitive controls

Once you have your swing set up, you download and install the Mamaroo app, and you’re off to the races. The interface is intuitive and easy to use, even though it’s not the simplest.

Connectivity problems and complicated controls are the most common problems in similar bassinets.

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I’ve seen none of that with the Mamaroo – it connects well with little to no dropouts.

Simple manual controls

I’ve seen simpler apps than this. That’s not to say it doesn’t work well, but it will take a few days before you intuitively know what’s what.

If you prefer to set everything manually, the screen on the base displays all the information you need – from the current motion mode to the intensity level.

The up and down arrows on the base are a simple way to adjust the settings without using the app.

Entertaining, thought-out mobile

The mobile entertainment features are among the top 5 I’ve seen in bouncers and swings.

What could be good or bad about a bunch of toys?

A lot, actually.

New research suggests that too much color can overstimulate children, and we already know that they aren’t as sensitive to color as adults (source; Disruptive Effects of Colorful vs. Non-colorful Play Area)

That’s why the design of the Mamaroo overhead mobile makes so much sense – with one-half of the balls being black and white.

As your baby grows, you can experiment with color (or absence of) and control exposure and stimulation.

Related: Click here to see the complete review of the Mamaroo swing | See the Mamaroo compare to Graco swing here

PROs

  • Automatic – works with less intervention from you compared to a classic bouncer
  • You control the motion intensity – this makes it more versatile because you can experiment until you find your sweet spot
  • White noise – works in unison with rocking and swaying, making it the more potent option for calming a fussy baby
  • App-controlled – gives you more autonomy because you can control everything from your phone

CONs

  • Bulkier and heavier – much less convenient for moving room to room or taking on a trip

Related reads:  Mamaroo vs Graco swing | how long can a newborn be in a swing | when to stop using baby swing

About Babybjorn bouncer – how it works and PROs/CONs

Babybjorn makes two similar bouncers that are equally popular – the Bouncer Balance Soft and Bouncer Bliss.

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The differences between the two are so nuanced they go beyond this comparison – the analysis below applies to both.

Specs of the Babybjorn bouncer

Dimensions in inches31 x 15.5 x 22
Weight in lbs5  to 7 (2.8 for mesh)
Motion modesone, baby-powered natural bouncing
Recline angles3
Soundsno
App-controlledno
OK to sleep inno

Babybjorn – defining features of the baby bouncers:

  • Light and portable – weighs only 5-7 lbs
  • Can be used as a swing or a toddler chair
  • Adjustable seat recline – three angles to choose from
  • Ergonomic head and back support
  • No electrics – the motion is “baby-powered”
  • Removable and machine washable seat cover
  • Features a removable toy bar

A closer look at the Babybjorn bouncer – three defining features

We’ll take a glance at the defining features, move on to the PROs and CONs and finish things off with a side-by-side comparison of the crucial aspects.

Self-generated motion of a baby bouncer

The Babybjorn bouncer is basically a steel frame with a padded seat. You set it in motion with a gentle push, and the kinetic energy of the baby’s movement maintains the rocking.

This means no electric parts and no hefty plastic housing.

Versatile – a baby bouncer and a toddler chair

Babybjorn bouncer doubles as a bouncer (up to 20 lbs of weight) and a toddler chair (up to 29 lbs).

You switch between the two simply by reversing the fabrics of the seat.

Adjustable recline angles

You adjust the Babybjorn by pressing the red knob and locking the frame into place. The most-reclined is recommended for newborns, and you move up as the baby’s neck muscles grow stronger.

PROs

  • Simple initial setup – it’s up and running out of the box
  • Natural rocking motion – no wires or electrics
  • Light and portable – easier to move around the house
  • Packs down small – easier to store and take on a trip

CONs

  • Not automatic, which means less autonomy and control for the parent
  • One motion type – it rocks up and down only

Check out my detailed review of the Babybjorn bouncer here.

Side-by-side comparison of the defining features – Babybjorn vs. Mamaroo

The main difference between the Mamaroo swing and the Babybjorn bouncer is exactly that; one is a swing and the other is a bouncer. There are however a few more subtle differences.

Read below to find out more about the differences between the two top baby swings/bouncers.

Motion and movement compared

There’s no external power to speak of in the Babybjorn bouncer, which might be a massive plus if you don’t like the idea of electric thingamajigs around your baby.

Mamaroo swing gives your more autonomy

The rocking motion of the Babybjorn doesn’t go on for long without giving it a nudge again.

That’s especially true for smaller babies since their movement can’t generate enough kinetic energy to “feed” the frame.

It’s still bouncier and maintains motion better than cheaper bouncers, but the autonomy it gives you doesn’t compare to an electric swing like the Mamaroo.

Babybjorn bouncer is the more natural option

A baby-powered bouncer is an obvious choice if you’re an old-school parent and prefer the simplicity of a rocker to electric power.

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The pivot point of the Babybjorn is well-placed (front of the frame), so it does a solid job of maintaining the rocking motion.

Mamarooo swing is more versatile and gives you more control

The integrated motor of the Mamaroo swing allows it to move side-to-side back-and-forth and up-down, while the Babjorn only moves up and down.

So, there is a chance that a baby who doesn’t like a bouncer might like a swing. The opposite rarely happens.

You also have control over the intensity of the motion with an automated swing, which obviously isn’t the case with baby bouncers.

Babybjorn is easier to move around

Not only is the Babybjorn much lighter (5 lbs vs. 25 lbs), but it also packs down flat, which makes it the superior option for trips.

Mamaroo also has a broad base, which makes moving it extra pesky.

Mamaroo’s seat is comfier

The seat of the Babybjorn bouncer is not uncomfortable by any stretch of the imagination – it’s ergonomically designed to minimize the risks of the flat-head syndrome.

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However, the padding of the Mamaroo has a bit more heft and padding to it.

Resume and takeaways of the comparison

If we were talking about cheaper products, I’d advise you to get both.

You could use the Mamaroo as a stationary soothing center and the Babybjorn when you need to switch rooms for a chore or take a bath. That would be the ideal scenario.

But these are not cheap, and getting both won’t be an option for most parents.

Here’s the bottom line

If it’s more about soothing and comfort, go with the Mamaroo baby swing. The motions are more versatile, it can play music and white noise, and you control the intensity.

If it’s more about keeping an eye on your baby and moving them around the house with you, go with the ultra-light Babybjorn bouncer. It’s sleek and weighs only 5 to 7 pounds.

Both are well worth it.

If you’re still unsure on which of the two you need, check out this guide on the similarities and differences between a swing and a bouncer.

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