Babble Best Picks:
Gliders and Rocking Chairs
A lot of babies (and sleep-deprived moms) find gliding and rocking to be a soothing, comfortable way to rest. And gliders have come a long way from the stereotypical eyesores. Although the modern, attractive gliders and rockers can be quite pricey (climbing up well past the price of cribs), many can blend right in next to your sofa; so unlike a crib, which has a generally short life span, the right glider can be used for years (decades, really). Considering you'll spend countless hours rocking, feeding, reading, and, yes, napping in your chair, the steep price just might be worth it.
The single most important factor when buying a glider or rocking chair is to physically sit in each one before deciding. We picked our favorites, but it's ultimately up to you to find which is most comfortable for your body type. Also think about what you'll be using it for. If your main concern is nursing, you'll want something with a sturdy back and ergonomic support. If you'll be using your chair mostly for cuddling and comfort, you'll want something cushy with a high back and possibly a recline feature. If you have a specific design style, you'll want the chair to fit your overall d'cor.
So take our advice on the best options out there and make your ultimate decision based on which feels best to you. It's one baby gear item you'll be thankful for. Did we miss your favorite? Nominate it here!
- Michelle Horton
Best for Comfort | Rock-A-Bye Micro Square Back Glider
If you’re looking to simply kick up your feet and relax, upholstered gliders are the most cushy and comfy. And not just for bedtime rocking and nighttime feedings, but to read books and hang out in for years. The reason we picked the Rock-A-Bye over the hordes of other upholstered gliders on the market is because it’s way cheaper for relatively the same comfort.
However, if you love the lived-in look of an upholstered glider and you’re more specifically concerned with the style, check out options from Pottery Barn Kids, Restoration Hardware, Serena & Lily, and Land of Nod.
Get it from Babies R Us, $379.99