There’s so much to buy when you have a new baby: from the absolute newborn essentials (you do not want to run out of diapers) to the little luxuries (that cute outfit). One fairly major purchase you might be considering is a baby rocker or glider.
Rockers rock forward and backward, just like the one on your grandma’s porch. Gliders – just like the name suggests – have a gentler gliding motion to them. Whichever you opt for, either can be great for soothing your baby – whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle feeding, and even for rocking or cuddling them to sleep.
Some parents swear by them for settling their infant – but since they’re a bit more of an investment than a pack of diapers, you’ll want to make sure you know exactly what you need to look for and shop accordingly.
In the following sections, we’re going to take a look at some of the more popular models on the market (ones we believe are worth taking a look at), and what to look for (as well as what to avoid!) before going through (in detail) some highly recommended models of baby nursery gliders and rockers and why we believe they’re worthwhile.
Ready to pick out your nursery furniture? Let’s begin!
But first, let’s have a quick look at what we believe to be some of the best nursery gliders and rockers of today.
Best Nursery Gliders and Rockers – A Quick Look At Our Top 10 Recommendations
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- DaVinci Olive Upholstered Swivel Glider with Bonus Ottoman
- Baby Relax Mikayla Swivel Gliding Recliner
- Babyletto Madison Swivel Glider
- Windsor Glider and Ottoman
- Baby Relax Double Rocker
- Storkcraft Hoop Glider and Ottoman Set
- Naomi Home Brisbane Glider & Ottoman Set
- Babyletto Kiwi Electronic Recliner and Swivel Glider
- Dutailier Nursing Grand Modern Glider Chair
- Haotian Comfortable Relax Rocking Chair with Foot Rest Design
Best Nursery Gliders and Rockers – A More Detailed Look At Our Top 10 Recommendations
So, why were these nursery gliders and rockers chosen as top recommendations? Let’s have a more detailed look into each option in the following section.
DaVinci Olive Upholstered Swivel Glider with Bonus Ottoman
This high-backed glider includes a special lumbar pillow to help support your lower back – because, you know, you might as well be as comfy as possible when feeding and cuddling your baby! If you think this is easy work, think again. You, me and everyone here need all the help we can get.
It glides and swivels (in a full circle), with a smooth and quiet motion.
Like most baby gliders out there today, it comes with a matching ottoman. It’s available in a range of different styles you can choose from – Olive, Ruby, and Piper. So, if you’d prefer something that looks slightly different depending on your nursery’s decor, definitely do take a look at the different options.
All the different versions are available in cream, gray, and dark gray.
The upholstery is free from formaldehyde and any chemical flame retardants, both of which you may well want to steer clear of.
- Comes fully assembled, so you don’t need to fiddle around with screwdrivers or spanners if you’re not comfortable doing so on your own.
- Good value for money, especially given that you’re getting the ottoman along with it.
- Doesn’t take up too much space in the room.
- A great option for tall parents and carers, as it’s high-backed.
- A bit on the heavy side, so you’ll likely need some helping hands if you want to move it between rooms or up the stairs.
- The seat isn’t extra wide – some people may struggle to fit in with their toddler in there alongside them
- Ottoman doesn’t glide. For many people, though, this isn’t necessarily a drawback – as they often like it better this way.
Baby Relax Mikayla Swivel Gliding Recliner
This attractive recliner can spin in a full circle and has three different positions for reclining – a great option if you want to use it to nap in the nursery. (Though always keep in mind that it’s not safe to nap with your child in any chair with you!).
It doesn’t take up too much space when upright – obviously if you’re reclining it, you’ll need quite a bit of extra space behind the chair.
Overall, it’s a great budget choice to consider, and one that looks good too – though note there’s only a few choices of color to choose from as of this writing: gray, beige and mocha.
Unlike some of the other chairs on this list, it doesn’t come fully assembled. Not to worry, though, as assembly is pretty easy. While this might mean a tiny bit of extra work on your part, it could well make it much easier to get it from your front door to your nursery!
- Comfy chair that offers good back support
- Many parents love how easy this chair is to sleep in. And that’s not just speaking for themselves, they’re also speaking for their pets as well!
- Upholstery is pretty easy to clean. Wipes clean easily even after inevitable spit-ups and spills.
- Good if you have long-ish legs, as it’s not too low to the ground.
- Easy to assemble – comes in just two parts; and all you have to do is simply insert the back into the base.
- Some people complain that it takes a bit of pressure to get the footrest down – which isn’t exactly ideal if you’ve just had a C-section or have any other health issues/physical problems you need to worry about.
- Doesn’t offer much head/neck support, unless you happen to be on the shorter side.
Babyletto Madison Swivel Glider
This swivel glider has a stylish, rounded look that would suit many different types of nursery. We think it would be an awesome addition especially if you’re looking for more traditional styles and decor. It comes in a range of colors, too.
Similar to many other swivel gliders and recliners, it spins a full 360° so you can easily turn to reach whatever you need without much hassle.
It’s upholstered in soft, water-repellent and stain-resistant microfiber that’s lovely and soft to touch.
At a reasonably budget-friendly price, you might well want to consider investing in more than one. They could work fine in a living room just like they would in a nursery! In fact, lots of parents get these specifically for the living room.
It comes assembled, so you don’t need to fiddle around putting it together.
- Very quiet – very little to no chances of waking a sleeping baby (unless you’re purposefully trying to).
- Small footprint – ideal if space is at a premium in your nursery or bedroom.
- Doesn’t need much space behind it (3 – 6 inches is probably enough).
- Fabric wipes clean pretty easily after most spills.
- Durable and strong: these chairs aren’t just designed to handle you and a newborn in hand, they’ll also stand up to your toddlers and older kids playing in or around them.
- Unlike our first option on this list, this is a good option if you’re fairly short, as it’s quite a small chair.
- The back is quite low, so not everyone will easily be able to support their head and neck.
- It doesn’t come with an ottoman, so you need to take this into consideration and see whether or not you can afford purchasing one separately.
Windsor Glider and Ottoman
This is a quality budget-friendly option, due to being only part-upholstered.
The glider and ottoman both have a solid wood frame. They’re stable, but do watch out for little fingers getting trapped. To ensure this doesn’t happen, you might want to use a cover on the lower parts of each.
Even though it does require assembly, going through this is a much easier process than assembling some of the others out there on the market today.
- Has a smooth gliding motion to it – and the ottoman glides too.
- Feels very comfortable and well cushioned.
- Much lighter than many other gliders. So, if you’re likely to want to move it frequently from room to room, this could be a great option for you.
- Not too much assembly is required – you just need to screw in the arms and back then put the cushions onto the chair.
- While this chair gets praised time and time again because of how durable it is, that doesn’t mean it won’t develop the occasional problems if you use it heavily, on a day to day basis for months on end. In such cases, you can expect a few creak or squeaks here and there.
- Because it’s light, an enthusiastic child might manage to flip it over while rocking it, which puts their safety at huge risk. So, proper supervision is always needed, until they’re old enough to handle this responsibility on their own.
Baby Relax Double Rocker
This rocker chair is really wide – which makes it an excellent choice if you (or your partner) need a bit of extra space. You can often manage to squeeze two adults in there, side by side!
It’ll also come in very handy if you have twins, or if you just want to cuddle up to your toddler or preschooler in the chair.
The design is classic and it comes in a choice of two neutral colors (beige or dark taupe).
It rocks gently rather than vigorously (which is how it should be, really) – so it’s ideal for cuddling or feeding newborns as well as older infants and children.
It’s fully upholstered, and the only exposed wood is the rocking feet themselves.
You might not notice this by looking at a picture of the front of this rocker, but the wood rocking feet do tend to stick out quite a bit at the back, so watch out for little fingers or toes nearby!
- Nice, classic design that would suit many nurseries. An excellent option for people who want something “simple” looking and not too overly-complicated.
- As far as comfort is concerned, this is one of the top options on our list.
- The upholstery strikes a good balance between soft and supportive, which not all nursery rockers out there get right.
- Big enough to easily fit an adult with a child, or a large sized adult.
- Not the easiest of units to assemble – which is likely to take you some time. You can expect to invest least thirty minutes into assembling it if you don’t have much experience in this area.
- The chair may slide around on a thin carpet.
- Not everyone feels it’s best at rocking. Some people feel there’s some room for improvement as far as ease of rocking goes, while others feel it needs to rock further a bit more.
Storkcraft Hoop Glider and Ottoman Set
This is a budget-friendly glider that comes un-assembled, with a matching ottoman which also glides.
It’s only part-upholstered, so the wooden parts are exposed – which means that similar to our #4 pick on this list, it may not be the best option if you have a toddler or older child who could get their fingers trapped.
The seat itself is high-backed and reasonably wide, making this a very good choice if you’re on the tall side.
There are very useful side pockets integrated into both arm cushions that are large enough to hold a couple of toys, as well as other supplies such as bibs, dummies, books, or anything else you might need.
- Very useful side pockets attached to the arms so you can keep bibs, toys, etc handy right next to you for when you need them straight away.
- The Ottoman glides too, so you can easily move backward and forward.
- For the most part, assembly is quick and easy. It’s safe to say that you don’t need more than 15 minutes to put this thing together.
- Fairly long lasting – it’s not unusual to hear about parents using it on a daily basis for months or even years on end without any notable problems.
- Some people feel that it can be improved as far as comfort is concerned. They feel it’s not as comfortable as they’d hoped, and that the cushions were a bit too thinly padded.
- A few people reported that the chair was damaged in transit, or broke after being used
Naomi Home Brisbane Glider & Ottoman Set
This another budget-friendly choice, with upholstering on the seat itself but not beneath: again, watch out for little fingers around the moving wooden parts.
Both the chair and the ottoman glide, and the chair has side pockets on each side for all the bits and pieces you need for feeds, cuddles, and everything else in between.
The back isn’t that high, though. So, if you want to lean back, this isn’t the best of options for you unless you’re fairly short.
It’s also not built to hold a lot of weight, so if you’re quite heavy or plan to sit there with two hefty toddlers on your lap, you may want to look elsewhere for something more “heavy duty”.
When put under more pressure than it can sustain, it’s not going to be very durable.
So, if you’re thinking of using it for multiple children at a time or if you want to keep it for years to come to use it for future kids, you might want to opt for something different. For those of you looking for something they don’t plan to keep using for years to come, though, this might be an excellent option for you to consider.
It comes unassembled, but it’s fairly easy to put together and doesn’t take much time at all.
- An affordable, budget option that has a classic, attractive design.
- Has side pockets to keep bibs, books, toys, etc handy.
- Quick and easy to assemble – usually doesn’t need more than 10 – 20 minutes to get the job done.
- Armrests are padded.
- The cushion is quite thin, so you may not find this chair as comfy as others
- Even though the arm rests are padded, they’re not exactly the most comfortable to lean on. We believe they could have been made thicker for increased comfort.
Babyletto Kiwi Electronic Recliner and Swivel Glider
This is a more luxury option than some of the other gliders we’ve looked at in this list so far – a great treat if you can afford a bit of a splurge and/or need something more advanced than what’s already been mentioned.
It’s a seriously impressive chair that spins, glides and reclines.
It has a high back, so it feels very comfortable to rest your head and neck in, even if you’re tall – something a lot of the other models out there lack. The sides support your head, too, and it comes with a lumbar pillow for back support.
For a not-so-budget-friendly option, you can be almost positive that you’re getting your money’s worth as far as how comfortable this chair feels. And, while it’s large enough for tall parents, it also has a relatively small footprint, which means it won’t end up dominating your nursery.
There’s a hidden control panel that you can use to recline the chair, which includes a very useful USB socket so you can plug in your phone or tablet to charge during long feeds!
- USB charging port built into the chair’s control panel.
- Durable and lasting – it’s one of the high-quality chairs we’ve seen so far.
- Chair reclines with just the touch of a button – no need for you to go through the hassle of kicking down the footrest each and every time.
- Beautiful look and style that would fit both traditional and modern nursery décors alike.
- Very comfortable – particularly important if you’ve had a C-section or want to make a habit of sleeping in the chair.
- Only requires minimal assembly (it comes as two separate pieces).
- Not a cheap option by any means. So, if you’re on a tight budget, you’ll probably want to pick something else that’s not as advanced.
- Doesn’t have arm pockets (or anything similar) built-in for you to keep needed supplies nearby.
Dutailier Nursing Grand Modern Glider Chair
While it’s not the cheapest option on this list, this glide is a very durable, sturdy chair that you could easily use for years to come.
First things first, we love that it’s one of the easiest to get in and out of. It can lock safely into six different positions, so you can safely use it while carrying your baby in your arms.
It also comes with a unique feature: two nursing pillows that fold down from the back of the chair once you’re seated, so you can easily rest your baby on them to breastfeed.
Not only is this a very good option for tall people, as the headrest is high, it’s also a very good option for larger sized individuals as it’s fairly wide.
So, if you’re on the large side and are worried about not finding something suitable for you, you should find it a very comfortable fit. It’s well upholstered and comfortable to sit in.
- Has two nursing pillows built in: great for getting comfy while breastfeeding.
- Lasting and durable: parents report time and time again that it stood up to use by their lively toddlers!
- Great option for taller parents as it has a high back.
- Wide seat, making it suitable for larger sized parents or those just wanting the extra room to sit side by side with a toddler.
- Glides smoothly with very little squeaking, if any.
- It requires some assembly, and there are a few complaints about the instructions not being the most helpful.
- Not exactly what we would call a budget option – though most parents who can afford it tend to say they’re glad they spent more for something that turned out to be worth it.
Haotian Comfortable Relax Rocking Chair with Foot Rest Design
If you’re on a fairly tight budget for equipping your nursery, this chair could be well worth a look.
It’s a simple baby rocking chair, there’s nothing too fancy to it for those who want to stick to the basics and do without the extra bells and whistles.
With that being said, it comes with some very handy features – like the removable and washable cover, a handy side pocket, and mats on the bottom of the legs to stop them damaging your floor as you rock.
The chair comes flat-packed, so you will need to be prepared to do a bit of assembly. It comes with a set of fairly detailed instructions, but some people reported that it was a bit tricky to get the holes lined up correctly.
As far as quality goes, it’s sturdy and fairly comfortable for a budget option. Don’t expect to be able to rock it vigorously, though, especially if you’re putting it on a carpeted floor.
- Budget-friendly option if you don’t have a lot of cash to splash out on a nursery chair.
- Easy to remove and wash the cover if need be due to accidents (it unzips at the back).
- Includes a side pocket where you can keep bibs, muslins, and other useful supplies
- Simple design that would fit with most types of nursery décor – or even in a guest room if you wanted to put it there.
- Requires assembly – The jury is somewhat out on this one, as some parents say it’s easy, while others feel it’s a bit too tricky for their liking.
- Might not be the most comfortable chair to use for long periods of time – so not a great option if you plan on taking naps in your nursery chair.
What Exactly Are Gliders and Rockers?
Gliders and rockers are both types of chairs that you can sit in to nurse or cuddle your baby.
Yes, you probably knew that already – but you might not exactly be clear on the difference between them. After all, lots of people get these two mixed up for being the same thing – while in reality, they’re not.
A conventional rocker (or rocking chair) has arced legs, and it rocks back and forth. It’s a simple, classic design, and you – or your parents – might well have been rocked to sleep in one back when you were little ones.
On the other hand, a glider is more advanced. It looks like a regular armchair, but the back tilts so that you can lie back in a semi-reclining position (a bit like the way your airplane seat tilts back, but with way more legroom).
Many gliders come with a matching ottoman for you to pop your feet up on; some even rotate so you can swivel around.
You can also buy traditional “nursing chairs” which don’t rock or swivel, but which tend to have a low seat so that you can sit in comfortably to breastfeed your baby. These can be a bit harder to find, though. So, you might want to see if you have an older relative who still has one from when they had children a long time ago.
Why Should I Buy a Glider or Rocker for My Baby’s Nursery?
Not sure about adding another piece of furniture (or multiple) to your baby’s nursery? Here are some of the most important reasons why adding a glider or rocker is a great idea.
Breastfeeding or Bottle Feeding
The obvious reason to get a glider or a rocker is to nurse your baby.
Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle feeding, a comfy chair is a must for those middle-of-the-night feeds.
The rocking motion, or the ability to recline, might help you to get your baby back to sleep much faster and way easier.
If you happen to have a colicky baby, they may find being rocked soothing (and rocking them in a chair will probably be a lot easier on your back than pacing around the house rocking them back and forth).
An Investment For The Long Run
Of course, you don’t have to ditch the chair as soon as your baby’s weaned. These can still be used during toddlerhood as well.
Many parents like to cuddle their little one in a baby rocking chair or lie back in a glider to read stories to their toddler.
While it’s an investment, it’s one that you and your family will hopefully be enjoying for many years to come.
Useful Storage Space
Many nursing chairs also come with pockets on the arms so you can store all the bits and pieces you need close to hand – perhaps a bib for baby, a spare muslin cloth or two, and a bottled drink or a snack for you to enjoy (you have to take good care of yourself too, you know!).
Place For You To Sleep In
If you have a sick baby and you’d prefer not to take them into your bed, you might also find you can sleep reasonably well in a glider yourself (word to the wise: you probably won’t want to try to drop off in a rocker).
Rocking chairs are thought to help with issues like arthritis and back pain, too. If you suffer from either of those, being able to sit and rock yourself in the chair might bring some much-needed relief.
Think of this as an investment for the whole family, not just one for your baby that you’ll run out of ways to use as soon as they’re blowing out three candles.
Can You Nurse Your Baby in a Glider or Rocker?
Many parents feed their babies in a glider or rocker – and have done so for generations. They’re particularly good if you’re nursing directly from the breast, but you can also put them to very good use when bottle feeding.
You can use a glider or nursing chair with your newborn, and a rocker too if you’re feeling confident. With that being said, if you’re still a bit jittery about holding your precious little one, you might prefer to sit on the sofa or in a regular armchair while supported by cushions.
Even preemies can be rocked (gently!) – one study found that rocking helped them grow and develop faster.
Of course, the best solution for breastfeeding is to be in a position where you’re comfortable and your baby can feed easily.
Most parents find that a glider or rocker works exceptionally well for them and makes their lives easier nursing-wise, but if you’re happier in a different position (like lying in bed or cuddling on the sofa), then there’s certainly nothing wrong with that.
One important thing to mention here is that you should never actually sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby, as it increases the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also called crib death).
What Types of Nursery Chairs Can I Choose From?
The main types of nursery chairs you’ll be choosing from are:
- Traditional nursing chairs
Let’s take a more detailed look into what each is, what it’s not, and who each type of nursery chair is best for.
These are rocking chairs that rock back and forth (quite obvious from the name, right?).
These tend to be simple and straightforward in design, and you may well have a relative who’s delighted to pass one on to you now that they don’t have much use for it anymore.
Be aware that they can be dangerous for older children who might trap their fingers underneath the wooden rockers, or who might rock a bit too enthusiastically and fall out, sometimes even toppling the chair as well.
One key advantage of rockers is that they don’t tend to take up as much space as the other types of chairs on this list – ideal if your baby’s nursery is very snug and cozy.
There’s a lot of overlap between gliders and recliners, which explains why a lot of people confuse the two for being the same thing.
Most baby gliders recline, though not necessarily as far as a La-Z-By style recliner. Older wooden gliders that you can pick up second-hand tend to be cheaper, but won’t necessarily recline far.
Some gliders rotate, and you may find you (or your baby) prefer that motion to rocking. Like rockers, gliders can trap fingers in the moving parts – so be careful if you have curious toddlers or preschoolers around.
Many parents find gliders very relaxing and comfortable, and they normally come with an ottoman so you can put your feet up and relax while you’re feeding your baby. Again, who said you can’t pamper yourself while keeping up with your parenting duties?
You might find that recliners that aren’t specifically designed and marketed for nursery use tend to be a bit cheaper, and they come in a wider variety of types and materials.
You can buy a recliner that lies almost flat, so if you’re likely to end up sleeping in your child’s nursery regularly, this could be a good option.
If you’re only going to use a nursing chair with one baby, then a recliner could be the best choice for you as it won’t look out of place in your living room or bedroom in the future when it outlives its original purpose. Or, you could keep it for your growing child, into their teens and beyond.
Traditional Nursing Chairs
These don’t rock, rotate or recline – so if you like to keep your feet firmly planted on the floor, they might suit you best.
They tend to have a low seat and a straight back to help support you as you nurse your baby. They’re a very traditional option, as they date from the 19th century – they were particularly popular in Victorian England.
One major advantage is that they don’t have any moving parts to trap small fingers, so there aren’t as much safety concerns for you to worry about.
If you have a classic, traditional nursery, then this type of nursing chair will fit the décor perfectly. It’s also the type of chair you can often find second-hand if you don’t want to make a brand new purchase.
What Should I Look For In The Best Nursery Gliders and Rockers?
There are hundreds of different gliders and rockers out there fighting for a spot in your baby’s nursery – plus plenty of other types of nursery chairs you can choose from as well.
With that being said, you don’t want yours to become an expensive clothes horse. So, what should you look for to make sure you get the perfect glider or rocker chair for you and your baby?
A Comfy Seat
If possible, test out a few models first and make sure they’re comfy for both you and your partner. If you’re in this parenting thing solo, all you have to do is make sure it’s comfortable enough for you.
Keep in mind that you might well end up spending a lot of time in this chair over the next few years!
Pro tip: Make sure the headrest is high enough for you, too.
Plenty of Space
You don’t want to feel squished into the chair (especially when you’re likely to have a toddler sitting on your lap or right next to you in there in the future).
Unless you’re constricted by the size of your nursery and need to save up on as much space as possible, make sure you get a roomy chair.
Most gliders have these, and modern rockers tend to have them as well. You want to have somewhere comfortable to rest your arms as you feed your baby.
Some gliders have pockets handily built-in to the armrests; if not, you can always purchase removable pouches to hang over the arms of the chair.
Easy To Get Out Of
If your nursery chair has an especially soft seat, or if your recliner’s controls are fiddly to reach, you could end up stuck.
Trust me when I say this, you don’t want to struggle awkwardly out and wake your baby in the process.
If you’re going to recline in a glider, you’ll want somewhere to put your feet up.
Unless you already have an ottoman that you could use in the nursery, you’ll probably want to opt for a chair that comes with one.
An Attractive Design
Let’s face it; some nursing chairs are designed to be functional rather than gorgeous.
If you’re going to use this chair for many years to come, though, you’ll want to find something that you genuinely love and want on display in your home.
Aesthetics don’t matter whatsoever when it comes to performance and effectiveness, but it’s still important to have something you think looks good with your overall décor. If you’re feeling crafty, of course, you could potentially make your own cushions.
A Smooth, Quiet Motion
You don’t want to jolt your baby awake just as they’re dropping off, so when you’re trying out different baby gliders or rockers, check that they’re quiet and that they move smoothly.
Classic wooden rockers tend to be cheaper than upholstered models, look stylish, and don’t take up too much space – but older ones can creak, so make sure you know how to fix the chair if it does squeak.
Easy To Clean Fabric (Ideally In A Dark Color)
Your chair won’t stay pristine for long: it’s unlikely to escape baby spit-up, spilled drinks, or potty training accidents.
Dark colors do an excellent job in hiding stains, so go with those if they suit your nursery’s décor.
As with just about any expensive purchase that comes to mind, you want to know that you’re covered against problems and faults that may come up whenever, for many possible reasons.
So, make sure your glider or rocker comes with a warranty to back you up.
If you’re buying second-hand, this is one key thing you’ll unfortunately have to forsake.
What Should I Avoid When Choosing a Glider or Rocker?
Now that you know exactly what features and criteria to look for in a glider or rocker you add to your baby’s nursery, here’s what you should avoid in these items.
If it’s important to you to avoid chemicals – and this should be the case whenever you’re picking up anything your baby’s going to come close to – be aware that conventional gliders may include more than you were expecting.
Unfortunately, chairs that are flame-retardant, stain-resistant, water-resistant and/or antibacterial may well also include chemicals that you want to keep away from your baby.
Not Up To Safety Standards
You should also evaluate the overall safety aspects of the product.
Look carefully at the mechanisms of the chair and how it works: are there any sharp or exposed parts where your child could injure themselves? In such cases, you may want to opt for a glider where the mechanism is covered, for instance.
Not Enough Support And Comfort
You’ll probably also want to avoid soft or sagging seat cushions, too.
They might feel nice to sink into at first, but they likely won’t be enough in providing the firm, supportive and comfortable seating that you need.
How Many Nursery Chairs Should I Buy?
Should you add only one nursery chair to your household? Two, maybe? Or perhaps you’ll need multiples in different rooms? Here’s how you can figure out how many to go with.
Focus On The Best If You Can’t Afford More Than One
For some of you reading this, you may struggle to afford more than one chair (unless the doting grandparents are stepping in!), and that’s certainly nothing to be ashamed of.
After all, it’s better to invest in one really good nursery chair, rather than buy two not-so-great ones that won’t do the job as well.
Nursing In Multiple Rooms
If you’re going to be nursing in more than one room (in your bedroom plus the nursery, or the nursery plus the living room for example), then you might want to consider investing in identical chairs for each – so that feeds are always consistent and comfortable.
That way, you know you have your go-to stations at the ready where you need them, whenever you need them.
More Than One Child
Some parents like to keep one chair for their growing toddler and buy another for their new baby, though, so that the older child doesn’t feel usurped from their chair as well as their central position in family life.
If you’re planning on having more children, you may want to budget for buying another chair in the future.
It’s unlikely that you’ll want to buy more than two nursery chairs – but if you’ve got the budget and you want to fill your house with gliders and rockers, there’s nothing stopping you!
Tips On Using Your Glider or Rocker Safely
Tip #1: Only rock the chair fairly gently (and make sure that any older children or visiting grandparents know they need to be gentle, too).
Tip #2: Be very careful of moving parts – keep your fingers and toes, and your child’s fingers and toes, well away from these. Trust me on this one, the last thing you want is a nasty pinch!
Tip #3: Clean the glider after spills (or worse) – you don’t want it to become a festering hotbed of germs. Upholstered gliders have removable seat covers, and some can be stripped down completely and washed.
Tip #4: Consider covering the moving parts of a glider with a heavy cloth or a piece of wood when it’s not in use so that other children can’t get their fingers trapped in it. Or, another good plan is to invest in a fully upholstered glider where these parts are covered.
Tip #5: Never sleep in a glider, recliner, or any other chair or sofa with your baby: this is linked to an increased risk of SIDS. (It’s fine if they drop off while you’re awake, but that’s the key aspect to remember here – you should stay awake.)
Tip #6: Never let children stand or climb on the chair – a rocker could easily tip, and a glider might move unexpectedly or they might topple from it.