Writer Heather Turgeon calls it “the new-motherhood dance”: the unconscious, instinctive sway-and-bounce motion you begin to fall automatically into when you pick up your baby. As Turgeon points out, a new baby is accustomed to being gently boinged around in your womb as you go about your day, and moving from that to lying flat in his bassinet is pretty weird.
So it’s no surprise that when you look at lists of tried-and-true ways to get an unhappy little guy or gal to calm down, a lot of the tips involve motion, and that’s why a quality baby bouncer or lounger is a key part of your new-baby arsenal. In this video, Chelsea, the manager of Magic Beans Boston, compares two of our favorites: the Mamaroo by 4Moms and the Nuna Leaf Curv Floating Baby Lounger.
A quick rundown of the differences:
- The Leaf offers one gentle, side-to-side motion; the Mamaroo offers five motions that were developed by studying how real parents bounce their babies.
- The Leaf’s motion is generated by a push from you (one push can make it sway for up to three minutes), while the Mamaroo plugs into the wall. Neither bouncer requires batteries.
- The Leaf is silent; the Mamaroo comes with a variety of songs and nature sounds, and you can also plug in your MP3 player.
- The Leaf has an extraordinarily high weight limit of 130 pounds, so kids can continue using it as a comfy seat to read, chill out, and sway themselves with their feet, while the Mamaroo maxes out at 25 pounds and should only be used until babies can sit up unassisted.
So they’re very different, but both very cool! Which bouncer is right for you? If this video doesn’t have you sold on one or the other, ask our baby gear experts – we love hooking up parents with the baby gear that’s perfect for their family and their lifestyle. Call us at 866-600-2326, live-chat with us at mbeans.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up for a free one-on-one consultation.