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 Glider That Doesn’t Look Like a Glider | Dutailier Adagio Nursery Glider Recliner
For those who are looking for a lasting investment (and are willing to make quite a hefty down payment), the Adiago Glider Recliner is a fantastic choice for a number of reasons. First of all, it looks and feels like an average chair – until you flip the handy little lever, which allows you to glide back and forth or even recline with a flip-up foot rest. So this chair is incredibly versatile whether you’re rocking your baby, reading to your toddler, or lounging back watching football. And because the seat’s back is high and supportive – with wide, conveniently positioned armrests – it’s a comfortable spot for feedings.
Our only complaint is that it’s a little on the larger side for a baby nursery, but if you have the space (and dig the leather look), we’re sure Dad will gladly take over the chair once the baby phase has come and gone.
Get it from Get it from Giggle, $1,690