Decorating your nursery is one of the most fun and exciting activity during your pregnancy journey. So you've got the crib, the changing table and drawer dresser down pat. You even have your diaper pail ready and sitting in the corner. What else is missing? A comfortable rocking chair for nursery - the Glider.
Similar to a rocking chair which has been around for generations and is a staple in nursery rooms back in the days, a glider is where mothers sit and nurse their little ones while rocking them to sleep. It is also where precious bonding time is made as parents cuddle and read to their little one.
Also, sometimes you just want a comfortable chair for breastfeeding, and nothing beats the glider in this.
While a glider is not a must and you can always do the same on an ordinary couch or your bed, you will not get the same consistent, rhythmic motion that mimics the womb simulation which puts your baby to sleep. And if there's anything that can put baby to sleep a lot faster, you would want to get your hands on it, trust us.
1. Glider vs. Rocking Chair
While the functions of both glider and rocker are generally the same, there is a major difference between the two, and it is in the way they move.
Traditional Rocking Chair
The traditional rocking chair rocks in an arc-like motion, while a glider moves back and forth in a sliding way. The latter provides a more gentle and soothing motion that better calms and induces baby to sleep while also giving better comfort to parents with its upholstery and cushioning as opposed to the traditional wooden rocking chair (although modern ones do have cushions on them now).
The other distinguishing element between the two is that the glider, at least most, is able to recline. This allows parents to find the most comfortable position for themselves because you will find yourself falling asleep in it, very often too.
Parents still do use the term 'rocker' or 'rocking chair' interchangeably when referring to the glider nowadays as it is what it has been known for generations. It is used to rock baby to sleep, after all!
2. Top 5 Best Gliders for Nursery
Let us now look at the best rockers for nursery that are available in the market.
3. What to Look for in A Good Glider
Here are some of the factors you should consider when choosing the best nursery glider for yourself:
- Size. This should be the first thing to consider. You do not want to make a purchase that you will need to return later so make sure you do your room measurements first, especially if you have a small nursery to work with.
- High back. Ideally, you should find a glider that comes with a high back because it gives your body better support to make for those long feeding sessions.
- Arm rests. The best glider chair for nursery will always have arm rests because you will need them, trust us. Your arms will get tired after holding your baby for awhile so having arm rests really do make a lot of difference.
- Ottoman. As with arm rests, you will appreciate the existence of an ottoman to elevate those tired legs after a long day. This is a deciding factor because it is one of the starting point (besides size) to consider when looking for the best baby nursing chair.
- Recliner. Likewise, you will need to decide if you want your glider to recline also or not. Ideally it will be yes, however, this is something you may want to consider eliminating if you have very limited space.