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 New Design | Maclaren Heart Glider by David Netto
David Netto – one of the most respected nursery designers – recently released his next collaboration with Maclaren: the Heart Glider. It landed a coveted spot in the Giggle store a few weeks ago, but we were lucky enough to test out the glider before it hit the market. Our opinion? It’s perhaps the most comfortable and unique-looking glider we’ve tried. The gender-neutral fabric is more luxe than the typical upholstered or microsuede gliders, and we love how it glides both forward and backward as well as side to side. And although David Netto is known for his sleek, modern design, the heart glider is a more style-neutral design, fitting in whether you have modern or traditional taste.
The back is a bit more reclined than some of the other modern gliders on the market (meaning you might need to prop your back with a pillow while nursing), but this is definitely one of the most comfortable and prettiest gliders we’ve tried.
Get it from Giggle, $1,100