The mamaRoo is all the rage among celebrities like Celine Dion, Elton John, Kelly Preston, and Mario Lopez, and The Children's Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center loves it too!
mamaRoo, the innovative and award-winning infant seat, was created by moms, for moms. It comes equipped with five different ways to move, five nature sounds, and even a connection for an MP3 player. It was created by a local company and has recently become a nation-wide sensation.
The 4moms company, of Pittsburgh, is named after four moms who were the company's first focus group (it was actually five moms, but 4moms sounded better, so one mom adopted the nickname 'The Stealth Mom'). Each mom contributes her insights and expertise to the creation of 4moms' products. Earlier this year, 4moms graciously donated 20 mamaRoos to The Children's Home & Lemieux Family Center, and we couldn't be happier- neither could our kids!
The donated mamaRoos are used every day in The Children's Home's Pediatric Specialty Hospital, as well as in Child's Way®. "Everybody loves the mamaRoo," said Pam Schanwald, CEO of The Children's Home. "It's ability to calm our patients, while supporting their healing and development is truly remarkable."
Like all 4moms products, the mamaRoo is certainly one of a kind. From planning to production, it was shaped by the expertise of designers, doctors, nurses, and most importantly, hundreds of parents. The team used motion sensors to measure movements of real moms and dads as they soothed their babies, and guess what they found? Parents don't vibrate like bouncy seats or swing like swings: they bounce and sway just like parents do.
The mamaRoo's movements are therapeutic, just like a parent's motions when they are trying to soothe their child. The staff of the Pediatric Specialty Hospital has found that Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome patients in particular, benefit from its motions, as it has a calming effect. Also, infants who are soothed do not utilize calories from fussing and crying.
Another advantage of having the mamaRoo in a hospital setting is that the footprint of the mamaRoo is less hazardous than a swing. Unlike swings, which have a base comprised of metal legs, the design of the mamaRoo is conducive to a hospital setting. The built-in music or white noise feature also adds to the calming influence of the unit.
"We're honored to collaborate with The Children's Home," said Rob Daley, CEO of 4moms. "The work they do is so important to the families they help and to our whole community that we're thrilled to have even a tiny part in it. To know that the mamaRoo is helping to soothe the infants at the Pediatric Specialty Hospital and Child's Way is truly rewarding, and we're only too happy to support this great organization."