The gliding motion of a glider or rocking chair will add to the soothing effect your baby feels when being held, and there’s nothing better than a cozy glider for you for quick catnaps, those 3 a.m. feedings, and snuggling in to read to your little one.
Basic hardwood rocking chairs has been around for ages. A glider is an updated version that’s designed to slide forward and backward rather than rock in an arc.
Most gliders come with cushions. An ottoman you can prop your feet on is also available as a stand-alone item and is purely optional, so don’t feel like you’re missing out if you skip it. Some ottomans are stationary while others glide back and forth with their matching gliders (we have one of those and if you have the budget for this one, I strongly suggest you to go ahead and buy… Great help.)
To narrow the selection, make a list of must-have features, coming as close to matching the list as you can within your budget.
In general, look for;
- solid wood construction,
- dense, darkly colored cushions that won’t lump and that are covered in woven fabrics that won’t fray,
- high-padded, supportive back cushions,
- padded arms,
- and dense-foam seat cushions.
You’ll also want to seek out chairs with springs underneath the seat for support, a smooth gliding mechanism, mechanism bearings with a warranty, a locking mechanism, and the ability to recline. Second hand is an option, but look for the same features you’d want in a new chair, such as the list we just mentioned, and make sure that the locking, gliding, and recline features still work.
Here are the types of gliders and rocking chairs to consider.
Basic hardwood rocking chairs has been around for ages. If you plan to spend a lot of time in it, you may want to add some padding and cushions.
These are updated versions of rocking chairs that are designed to slide forward and backward rather than rock in an arc. If in doubt, choose a glider over a rocker. Gliders are more comfortable, and you’ll use one more than you think, especially in your baby’s first year. They also dominate the market, so you’ll have more to choose from.
We have 2 sons, 5 and 2 years old; and after 5 years we are still using the same glider (for example; we read “before the sleep” books on it).
You may think buying a glider is not necessary and they are too expensive; however if you have enough budget and some space in your home, go ahead buy one. I’m sure you won’t regret. Here is our glider after 5 years of heavy (! 🙂 ) use :
In the early months when your baby wakes often to eat, you may be spending a lot of time in your rocker or glider. Here are the glider and rocking chair features to consider.
Generously wide seat and arms
Both these features are especially important if you plan to use a nursing pillow. And with a baby aboard, you’ll need the room.
For wooden gliders, you want to make sure the fabric underneath the seat cushion has springs attached to it. You may find four small springs that secure a bottom piece of fabric to the chair frame. That’s good. The underbelly of the seat shouldn’t be just fabric glued to a frame. You won’t have much support or shock absorption.
Stay away from natural beige or pastel fabrics. Furniture fabric can appear soiled from just normal wear and tear. And, of course, washable fabrics are a plus.
Lock or protective cover for gliding mechanism
Choose a glider that locks in place or that has a base that’s constructed to hide the gliding mechanism if you have a toddler or if you have only a newborn now but plan to have more than one child. You don’t want to be gliding when you’re feeding your newborn if there’s a curious toddler underfoot; little fingers can get caught in the gliding mechanism. You’ll also want to lock it to keep your toddler safe when you’re not around.
Our glider has this feature, however we have never used it, and –thanks god- we didn’t have any accidents. I would put this feature to the bottom of the list.
While you’re at it, think about how the glider might look outside the nursery in several years. Although you may be rocking with your baby well into the toddler years, rocking chairs and gliders tend to have a limited use. Once your baby goes to sleep without rocking, you may find yourself sitting in the chair less and less–at least until the next baby comes along.
Many manufacturers make gliders that are fully upholstered to look like a bedroom chair or one that might warm the corner of a den. That’s something else to consider when choosing the fabric for your glider–how it might look in the family room or a bedroom later.
Check the warranty
If you choose a glider, you’ll want to know if the bearings, which run the gliding mechanism, have a warranty. They take the brunt of a person’s weight over time. Ten years is a good warranty length, although a lifetime warranty is better (although that’s not the case for many baby products).
Example – high-rating Rocking Chairs & Gliders
[Most of this post is taken from Consumer Reports. I have added our own experience and some little personal suggestions]