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There's a lot of parenting advice that my mother-in-love gives (okay, more like foists upon) me that I don't appreciate, but I grudgingly have to give her kudos for this one: just because your baby doesn't like something initially doesn't mean that s/he won't like it, even love it, later. This holds true for the Mamaroo. My daughter initially screamed when put her in the Mamaroo for the first month of her life, and I thought the swing to be a tremendous waste of money. But somewhere in the second month, she really got comfortable in it and I could transfer her from stroller to swing and get her to extend her stroller sleep for an even longer nap. Now at 6 months, I can rely on the Mamaroo to put my daughter to sleep for impromptu naps every. single. time. Does it do pretty much the same thing (but at a more exorbitant cost) as the FP swings? Yeah. But if you're short on space, this is an awesome swing to have. I wish that I had one on every floor of my city condo. Plus, it looks pretty and usually elicits comments from guests. I like the plush version better than the non-plush version. My daughter doesn't slide around as much in the plush version (I also recommend in the infant insert for the newborn stage), and it's way softer for when you put baby in right after a bath or if just wearing a diaper. My daughter loves the little hanging balls and usually tries to reach up and grab them. I suppose theoretically you can hang a little stroller toy from the top of it too. I do not use the speaker or sounds, as the mere whirring of the machine lulls my daughter to sleep (and acts as white noise while I get things done around the kitchen/living room).
One interesting note - I used to think that all of the different "swing" types like the car ride setting, etc. where just a bunch of phooey. But my daughter actually has preferences. Car ride will keep her up all the live long day. Rock-a-bye on the other hand will put her to sleep like clockwork. Some other setting (can't remember which one at the moment) will have her scream like banshee. You have to unfortunately experiment in order to figure out what setting works for your baby.
I've been taking FertilAid for 2 cycles since a miscarriage in March and after being on the pill for more than 7 years. My cycles, which were all over the place since going off the pill in October '06, have really "normalized" and settled into a nicely predictable 28 day pattern, which I'm sure will help when we're ready to try again.
I didn't take FertilAid 3 times a day [I also didn't read the directions, though], I took 3 tablets in the morning, all at once, and I've only been taking them up until ovulation.