The 4moms MamaRoo is an infant seat that bounces up and down and sways side-to-side in five different motion patterns. It has an adjustable recline, a touch-sensitive control panel and interactive balls.
The MamaRoo features built-in sounds and Bluetooth functionality. It also includes Wifi integration with Alexa for voice control.
4moms also sells the rockaRoo, an automatic baby rocker that glides front to back. The product has five speeds, from “relaxing” to “entertaining.”
The CPSC announced recall number 22-200 a voluntary manufacturer recall, issued on August 15, 2022. The recall includes MamaRoo models 4m-005, 1026 and 1037.
Only the MamaRoo models that use a 3-point harness are the subject of the recall; the model that uses a 5-point harness is not included in the recall. Two million MamaRoo swings were recalled in the U.S. and 60,000 were recalled in Canada.
From January 2010 to August 2022, the product was sold at BuyBuyBaby, Target, Amazon, and directly from 4moms.com. 4moms has updated its product with a strap fastener upgrade to address the safety issue.
The 4 moms MamaRoo was recalled because of strangulation risk from the strap extending under the product. Infants crawling under the unoccupied swing may become entangled.
According to the CPSC, “4moms has received two reports of entanglement incidents involving infants who became caught in the strap under the unoccupied MamaRoo infant swing after they crawled under the seat, including a 10-month-old infant who died from asphyxiation, and a 10-month-old infant who suffered bruising to his neck before being rescued by a caregiver. No incidents involving the RockaRoo have been reported.”
The MamaRoo can be used “until your little one reaches a maximum of 25 lbs (11.3 kg) or attempts to climb out (approximately 9 months), whichever comes first,” according to the manufacturer.
Other instructions are to “always use the restraint system. Adjust to fit snugly. The restraint can be configured with the 3-point harness or the 5-point harness. If using the 3-point harness, must transition to use of the 5-point harness when baby can sit up unassisted.”
Warnings Against Using MamaRoo as an Infant Sleeper
4moms indicates that the MamaRoo is not intended, designed, or marketed for sleep or unsupervised use. It states: “If baby falls asleep, move baby as soon as possible to a firm, flat sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet.”
Infant sleepers like the Fisher-Price Rock n’ Play have been connected to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The incline increases the risk that a baby’s head will fall into a dangerous position that the baby will be unable to correct. These positions can cause the head to tilt and constrict the windpipe or cause the infant’s face to become pressed against the padded fabric, blocking airflow.
What Should Parents Do?
If you have one of the recalled 4moms MamaRoo models and an infant who can crawl, you should stop using it immediately and place the product in an area crawling infants cannot access.
If you are uncertain whether you have a model that has been recalled, you can find out on the 4moms website.
Contact 4moms immediately to register for a free strap fastener that will prevent the straps from extending under the swing when not in use. You can request a strap fastener on the 4moms recall page. Statements from 4moms indicate the strap fastener upgrade is an easy-to-install solution.
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- United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. (2022, August 15) 4moms Recalls More than 2 Million MamaRoo and RockaRoo Infant Swings and Rockers Due to Entanglement and Strangulation Hazards; One Death Reported. Retrieved from https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2022/4moms-Recalls-More-than-2-Million-MamaRoo-and-RockaRoo-Infant-Swings-and-Rockers-Due-to-Entanglement-and-Strangulation-Hazards-One-Death-Reported
- Government of Canada. (2022, August 15). 4 moms MamaRoo and RockaRoo infant swings and rockers recalled due to Non-Occupant Strangulation Hazard. Retrieved from https://recalls-rappels.canada.ca/en/alert-recall/4moms-mamaroo-and-rockaroo-infant-swings-and-rockers-recalled-due-non-occupant
- 4 moms. (2022, August). MamaRoo Swing & Rocker RockaRoo Rocker Voluntary Recall. Retrieved from https://www.4moms.com/pages/safety-and-recall