Throughout the years, rocking chairs were one of the most common pieces of furniture you could find in a nursery. They provided the perfect seating spot for breastfeeding mothers that wanted to rock their babies back to sleep.
But what if there were a comfortable solution that sitting on a chair made entirely out of out and which is bound to start making squeaking noises at some point? There is. It’s a called a nursery glider chair and we’re going to teach you how to pick the best one.
How to Choose a Nursery Glider Chair
Every nursery should have three essential things: a crib, a changing table, and a nursing chair. While the first two on the list are designed for the comfort and safety of the baby, the latter is mostly focused on the mother. Since you’re going to be spending a considerable amount of time in it, a nursery glider needs to be carefully chosen so that it can match your personal needs. With that in mind, we’re going to go over the main features that set these gliders apart from one another.
This is the most important feature and, without trying to undermine the importance of a mother’s safety, you have to consider that the little human you’re holding isn’t allowed to fall or get hurt at any cost. When it comes to evaluating the safety of a nursing gliding chair, it’s important to look at the materials it’s made from. Solid wood chairs with metal basis are the safest option but there are exceptions to this rule. What you can do I make sure you choose a chair with a locking mechanism which makes it easier to sit on it and stand up.
You might also want to make sure that the chair you’re looking at doesn’t have a lot of moving parts, as these can pose a hazard for your little ones. If your chair does have moving parts, it’s best if they’re all covered in upholstery. Some nursery glider chairs will have larger gaps between the cushions. You want to avoid those, just for safety. In general, the best nursery gliders have minimal gap space.
#2: Size & Available Space
Before you choose a nursery gliding chair, take a look at what available space you have in the nursery, as this well help determine what size chair will actually fit in the free space. If you have a large nursery, then you afford to leave this aspect unattended, but if you’re short on space, you need to measure whatever you have available and purchase a nursing chair accordingly.
While a nursery gliding chair is very comfortable and it’s always good to have one, it is not a vital piece of furniture in the nursery, which means that you should first allocate the free space to the furniture that IS essential, like the crib and the changing table. However, we can’t undermine the importance of a nursing chair considering how often a baby needs to be breastfed. You also want to make sure that you have enough space to move around because once the baby is asleep, you need to able to stand up and put them in their crib without bumping into obstacles.
#3: Chair Styles & Comfort
The style of the chair also plays an important role in how comfortable you’re going to sit in it. Wood gliders and upholstered gliders are the two main types that you’ll find on the market, but wooden gliders can be of other six subtypes: two-post, transitional, sleigh, grand, curved, and bow. We have decided to talk about style and comfort together because these two go hand-in-hand.
To cover your comfort and that of the baby, you will need to choose a chair that is spacious enough for both of you and that offers as much support as possible. Make sure the cushions are filled with a conforming material (like foam) and that the chair is designed in such a way as you provide you with support on multiple levels (including back and lumbar support).
This is an aspect that not a lot of people talk about but eliminated unnecessary noise from the nursery is really important and prevents the baby from waking up crying. A proper nursery glider should be as silent as possible (enclosed ball bearings are a feature that prevent a recliner from making too much noise). Consider the fact that this chair is made from different moving parts.
#5: Reclining Feature
Some nursery glider chairs have the ability to recline, which means they can achieve next level of comfort. If you want to take a nap with your baby or you want to sleep in the nursery and don’t have an extra bed to put in there (or room for an extra bed), then you can use the reclining feature.
#6: Ease of cleaning
Needless to say, having a baby means you have to be prepared for messy situations the entire time, which is why a recliner needs to be easy to clean. This helps you save time with cleaning but also avoid you being frustrated of having permanent stains in the fabric of a chair you spent hundreds of dollars to get. This is why want to opt for upholstery that’s easier to clean (leather is, by far, the best one at this chapter). You can opt for other fabrics too, but consider going with darker colors that make potential stains less visible. Some models are constructed with stain-resistant upholstery, but this is usually a feature found in more expensive chairs.
#7: Other Considerations
We wanted to talk to you about the versatility of a nursing chair. If you choose a model that doesn’t go out of style and that’s designed to last for years to come, you can always move the chair out of the nursery and into some other room of the house whenever you stop breastfeeding your child.
You should also look into models that come with an ottoman, as these are often great additions that provide you with more freedom of movement. Note that certain ottomans even have storage space underneath the cushion, which could come really in handy if you have a small nursery.
Top 13 Best Nurery Glider Chairs
Our first chair for today is an extremely comfortable option which is available in white, gray, and canvas color options. It measures 40” H x 30” W x 39” D overall, with only the seat itself offering 20” H x 21” W x 22.25” D of space. It has a frame built around galvanized molten steel and also combines solid and manufactured wood that can support a total weight of 300 pounds. The seat cushion has an 8-inch profile and it’s filled with foam. It comes with manual reclining and four positions for your comfort and that of the baby.
Here we have a budget-friendly nursery gliding chair that measures 37” H x 31” W x 36” D and can successfully fit in small corners of the room, being a good choice for those of you looking to furnish smaller nurseries. The seating area measures 18.5” H x 27” W x 21” D and comes with a cushion that’s filled with foam and is 5.5 inches thick. The frame is made from a combination of pine and manufactured wood and it can support a total weight of 330 pounds.
Gray linen? Taupe? Navy blue? Petal pink? No matter which of these colors you like, they are also upholstery options for the Coello. This manual recliner is designed to support a total weight of 250 pounds, as it comes with a frame made from manufactured wood. It comes with straight arms and plenty of seating space (19” H x 21” W x 20” D) with the overall dimensions being 39” H x 31” W x 28” D. It’s a money-saving and space-friendly nursery chair that will surely come in handy.
The Cooney recliner is a stylish addition to any nursery and it’s available in three upholstery colors: gray, shell, and charcoal. It is designed to be a noise-free item that comes with glider and swivel features. It measures 40” H x 40” W x 31” D, with the seating area being 20” H x 40” W x 22.8” D. The frame brings forth both solid and manufactured wood and can support a total weight of 250 pounds. Oh, did we mention how gorgeous the button-tufted backrest is?
The Gillett nursery gliding chair is both a sight for sore eyes as well as that comfortable place that you just want to sit on for hours. But what else can you expect from this product? It has a manual reclining system and it can support up to 250 pounds in weight thanks to the frame construction that’s made from solid wood. It has infinite reclining positions for a seat cushion that measures 3.5 inches in thickness. The chair measures 39.5” H x 34” W x 36.5” D, with 19” H x 21” W x 21” D being the dimensions of the seating area.
One of the first things that you are going to love about the Gogh nursery chair is the color range, as you can pick upholsteries in bright red or dusty pink shades. But that’s not all the makes this product stand out of the crowd. Constructed with a solid wood frame, this chair has a weight capacity of 250 pounds. The seating area measures 18” H x 23” W x 21” D and comes with a 7-inch thick cushion that’s filled with comfortable foam. Overall, this glider chair measures 27” H x 34” W x 38” D.
You might notice that the Darby nursery gliding chair is a tad more expensive compared to the other products we’ve seen so far, but that’s only because of the amazing bonded leather that offers not just comfort, but also durability and ease of cleaning. It can support a total weight of 200 pounds, which is a bit of a downside if we compare it to the weight capacity of other products. It comes with a seating cushion that measures 5.5 inches in thickness and a frame that’s constructed out of manufactured wood. 37” H x 30” W x 29” D are the chair’s overall dimensions.
Bargain seekers, this is the right nursing chair for you. Not only does it come at a really good price, but it’s also a good-looking piece of furniture that you’re sure to love. It measures 33” H x 32” D overall and comes with a 20” H x 22.5” W x 21” D seat. It is supported by a frame made from solid and manufactured wood and can support a total weight of 250 pounds. It requires about 18 inches of wall clearance and measures 61 inches in depth when fully reclined.
Time to get down to more serious business and look at a product that comes with its very own ottoman. That gives you more freedom in positioning your legs while you’re resting in the reclined position and it’s something we just love to see. The chair measures 39.5” H x 25.75” W x 24.75” D, while the ottoman comes in at 15.75” D x 20” W x 14.5” H. they both come with solid wood frames and are both capable of supporting 250 pounds in weight each.
If you liked the idea of having a nursing gliding chair with a matching ottoman but felt that the design of the product we showed you earlier isn’t suitable to your taste, we have another suggestion. The Adrian chair and ottoman combo are polyester-filled seats that provide comfort and support for nursing mothers, giving them more leg room and freedom to reposition their bodies as they see fit. The chair measures 32” H x 25.75” W x 37.75” D, and the ottoman comes in second at 21” D x 19.75” W x 16.5” H. they are both designed with metal frames and have a weight capacity of 300 pounds each.
What if you could combine part of a rocking chair’s design with the comfort and versatility of a recliner? The Essex glider does just that, as it comes with visible solid wood frames and comfortable upholstery. The set includes an ottoman that measures 24” D x 24” W x 22” H, while the chair itself measures 24” H x 18” W x 18” D. They both have a weight capacity of 350 pounds, which is above the average for products available within this price range.
Because rocking chairs are the first thing one thinks of when imagining a nursing area in the baby’s room, we’ve decided to add this super-cute and practical rocking chair to our list. It is designed with a solid wood frame that can support up to 300 pounds in weight. The chair occupies 35” H x 33” W x 31” D of space, while the seating area measures 19.7” H x 24” W x 23” D. the upholstery and padding bring forth a combination of viscose, linen, and polyester, and you have a variety of choices when it comes to the frame and upholstery color.
The Emerson is also a nursery rocking chair, but one that’s a little bit different compared to what you’ve seen so far. It comes with a bassinet attached to it so you can always be really close to your baby. The bassinet has a weight capacity of 30 pounds, while the weight capacity of the chair is at 250 pounds. They both match in terms of upholstery and frame, so your nursery can keep its elegant décor.
As you can see, manufacturers have considered the comfort of the nursing mother and you now have the possibility to choose between multiple products that have different construction. Always keep the product checklist at hand (that’s the list of features that we told you to pay attention to in the first part of the article) so that you can be sure you’re choosing a product that caters to your individual needs.