4Moms Introduces the rockaRoo & Teases the Origami Mini Stroller & (drumroll please...) A Self-Installing Car Seat

ABC Kids 2013

4Moms is known for meticulously testing and perfecting their products before bringing them to market which is why new products may be few and far between, but are always noteworthy. This year they unveiled the rockaRoo which is the first time the baby swing has been so significantly rethought and redesigned. They also teased two products still in prototype/testing stages: a mini version of their self-folding Origami stroller and a car seat that installs itself.
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4Moms is known for meticulously testing and perfecting their products before bringing them to market which is why new products may be few and far between, but are always noteworthy. This year they unveiled the rockaRoo which is the first time the baby swing has been so significantly rethought and redesigned. They also teased two products still in prototype/testing stages: a mini version of their self-folding Origami stroller and a car seat that installs itself.

The pivot point of traditional baby swings is above the baby's head, but the rockaRoo places it in the base of the seat which has a stronger affect on the inner ear region and is, theoretically, more calming. It has 5 speeds and an MP3 hookup. Available January 2014 for $159-179 depending on fabric choice.

The Origami is the world's first self-folding stroller and is fully loaded with high-tech features (a generator which can charge a cell phone, running lights, LCD screen). The Origami Mini (expected late 2014) will have these same features but be smaller, lighter and cost less (under $450).

The product 4Moms is perhaps most excited about which was announced with much fanfare is a self-installing infant car seat. The idea is to take the guesswork out of installation since studies show that so many parents incorrectly install infant car seats. The seat will have LCD screens on each side with a 3-point checklist to confirm correct installation. It will auto-level and auto-tension. We hope to see it in person at ABC next year with an expected release date of late 2014.

More information: 4Moms

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.