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The Beanbag As Nursery Furniture: An Alternative To A Glider Rocker?

If you’re thinking about furnishings for your baby and the new mom lifestyle, here’s an interesting idea from Ohdeedoh. A mom in the midst of designing her baby’s nursery is into the idea of a beanbag as an alternative to the traditional glider/rocker. She wants to know whether moms with more experience think this is a good option.

I’m a big beanbag fan. We have one that has moved from one of my kids’ rooms to another over the years. When I first saw the FatBoy (pictured above) I was in love. Not just for the cozy hippie joy of it, but because I knew I’d found the perfect thing to get the hideous Dutalier eyesore out of my apartment. Don’t get me wrong, that big ugly lunk was a savior through hundreds of middle of the night breastfeeding sessions.  But by the light of day, I could hardly stand the sight of it. It signified everything that scared me about parenthood: the idea that I would be forced to adopt unappealing things  just to get through the day (or in this case, night).

As the experienced owner of both a glider and a beanbag, I feel fairly qualified to advise this mom and any other who’s considering a nursing perch purchase. Most of Ohdeedoh’s readers  seem to agree with me, too…

The beanbag is a cozy place to sit, but a tough place to nurse in the early phase of breastfeeding. As moms and babies get the hang of nursing, more support is better. Sinking into a big blob of beanbag is not what you need to help your breastfeeding alignment, or your postpartum back. Depending on how the filling falls, the beanbag can be the perfect, body-molding nest, or an unwieldy bag of “beans” that requires endless adjustment to get comfortable in. And once you get comfy, there’s the problem of getting up.The gravitas attached to the ability to transfer a sleeping baby from one location or another without waking cannot be overstressed.  You do not want to be scrambling against constantly shifting mush or lifting yourself from a foot off the ground to standing while desperately trying to keep a baby asleep. And a chair that makes noise when you move won’t do much to help the situation.

I’d also worry a bit about the squishiness of a beanbag, as those late night nursing sessions, and even sometimes daylight ones, can sometimes result in much needed naps for both babies and moms. I wouldn’t want to think about a baby getting wedged in those folds and suffocating.

Though I never got over my aesthetic glider distaste, I stopped caring, realizing 1) that the chair did not make the mom, and 2) that the chair was a temporary affliction. And now, there are so many better looking options available than there were just a few years ago.

After the tiny baby phase, many of these issues become less important. Then, I think that the beanbag is a fabulous solution to nursery decor: one that doesn’t scream NURSERY, can grow up with your child,  and can work in public rooms as well as bedrooms.Especially important for those of us for whom the word “nursery” is but a fantasy of real estate.

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