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 Affordable Glider | Storkcraft Hoop Glider & Ottoman
So we had to go with the Dutailier as our favorite traditional glider for its craftsmanship and overall comfort. However, the Storkcraft wasn’t far behind – especially when you consider its price. At over $300 cheaper than the Dutailier, the Storkcraft is stiff competition; it’s up to you to decide which works best for your family and budget. Our advice would be to try them both out – but know that the Storkcraft might not last quite as long. Yet if you’re just looking for something affordable to get you through the first couple of years, the Storkcraft – which also comes with an ottoman – is a no-brainer.
Get it from Amazon, $129