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
Readers’ Choice | NurseryWorks Cole Glider
The Cole glider is similar to the Babyletto Nara glider except that the Cole is slightly more comfortable (though the head support is a smidge better on the Nara). And although it’s nice and wide – ideal for curling up and snoozing – the seat isn’t quite as deep, meaning you could get away with not having an ottoman. (Although this depends on your height and build as well, which is why it’s important to try these out before you buy.) If you do decide to buy the ottoman, it has a really useful shelf for your nursing journal, e-reader, or magazines.
Get it from Amazon, $699