Getting Your Nursery Ready for Baby: 10 Best Nursery Gliders and Rockers

It’s hard to believe my girls were ever babies. My eldest just had a field trip to the aquarium the other day. Her teacher sent photos, and she looked so grown up with her little friends. Oh, my heart!

Anyway, when she was just a wee thing that we brought home from the hospital, I remember having trouble using our uncomfortable wooden chairs to sit and soothe her in. “This isn’t working,” I told my husband, back aching, and my eyes nearly sewn shut from lack of sleep.

So, we went looking around for a nursery glider or rocking chair or breastfeeding chair, whatever we could find. In China, despite many things being made there, it is HARD to find a glider that isn’t overpriced. We wound up choosing a rocking chair because it was the most reasonable thing we could find. Our apartment was also a bit small, so the one glider we did discover that we could have bought wouldn’t have fit in that room.

It was a great buy though I did often fall asleep in the bed nursing my girl back to sleep. I’m glad we had that chair, though. It’s relaxing for moms, dads, and babies too.

If you’re reading this now,

The chances are your bump is growing ever-bigger by the day, and you’re trying to get some shopping done. I hope my nursery glider review can help you make the best choice for you and your family.

We’re all different, and thus, what will work for you won’t work for your best friend and vice versa. I’m not here to promote any one brand over another, but rather, just to present helpful information to guide you along for a solid buying decision that won’t leave you with buyer’s remorse.

Before I get into the variety of nursery recliners you should consider, I’d like to answer some of the most common questions I’ve heard about these products.

Do you need a glider for a nursery?

Honestly, you don’t need one, but it is really nice to have. You can try to use another stationary chair or even your husband’s lounger in the living room, but that’s not ideal for every situation. 

Gliders typically aren’t cheap. They’re over $100, usually approaching the $150-range on the lowest possible end all the way on up to $399 and higher. There’s also the option to have them expertly assembled for you, which is something I’d recommend unless your husband is ultra-handy.

You do not want that chair coming apart on you while you’re rocking your baby. Expect that to add about another $100 to the cost of your chosen nursery swivel glider. If you have a tight budget or a lack of space, you should try looking for a smaller one that comes in at your price point.

While you don’t need one, if you’re just starting a family and plan to have more bundles, you will get tons of use out of it. You’ll be comfortable and so will your baby. Plus, your spouse can use it too to soothe baby and give you a break. 

And once all your kids are big, you still have this really cozy nursing chair that you might want to tuck into the corner of your room to rock and read. Or in front of your TV if it matches the décor in your living room. If not, you can always get a cover that makes it match!

Wondering why precisely a new chair of sorts is vital for the baby? The one thing gliders and rockers have over a reclining lounge chair, your sofa, or any other chair in the house is that they provide rhythmic motion, which helps you soothe baby without really doing anything. And it soothes you too, not to mention supports your back. Believe me; you need that back support now more than ever!

Is a glider or rocker better for nursery?

This depends on your preferences and your space. Essentially, before you order one delivered to your door, take a test drive, and see how they feel while you enjoy the last bits of your pregnancy. Being a mom is a beautiful thing, let me tell you, but it will be a LONG time before you get to go out somewhere by yourself again.

And even when you do, you will always be worried about your baby. Take these moments of peace, head to the mall, and rock your way around a baby store. Get a nice lunch too. You’re going to have a hard time eating hot meals for a while as well!

What is the difference between a glider and a rocker?

The most noticeable difference between a glider and a rocker is how they move. A rocker has different legs that give a stronger swaying motion. Meanwhile, a glider only moves back and forth on a unique mechanism, which makes it glide (hence the name!). Gliders are quieter and smoother.

Again, take that test ‘rock’ and see which style feels right to you. But before you get sold on one, in particular, make sure you know the measurements of your nursery. You do NOT want to order one, wait for it to ship, and then open the door to find it’s not going to fit your space. And that’s not all! Read on!

Things to Look at When Buying a Nursery Glider

There are so many choices when you’re shopping for a chair for your nursery. Hopefully, my nursery glider review below will help make it easier for you to find one that fits your life.

It’s so easy to get caught up on patterns and matching it to your ideal Instagram-worthy nursery, but you should be focusing more on the features of your nursery rocker. Here are the things I want you to think about before making a decision:

  • Motion

Decide whether you’d like to rock or glide. You can also choose something stationary, though if you want a big comfy chair that doesn’t move, please consider one that has an ottoman, so you have a place to set your feet and getting out of the chair isn’t difficult.

  • Think about the armrests

When you’re nursing baby in that chair, you’ll be leaning on the armrests for support. You want something that has enough cushion to keep you feeling comfortable and help take the strain off your neck and back.

  • How it works with your support pillow

I have to tell you, the breastfeeding support pillow I had really saved my aching back. You should bring yours along when you try out breastfeeding chairs or bring one from another section of the baby store to see how you will fit in that chair. If the arms of the chair are too high or it’s not a comfortable fit, you want to know that before you go ahead and order your chair.

  • Keep corners and hardware in mind

Most of today’s nursery gliders and rockers have rounded edges and locking mechanisms to prevent ouchies when your baby gets bigger. Still, keep a keen eye to avoid angular designs or anything that could pose a danger or safety issues for anyone in the family.

  • Go for a foot rest

If you have the room for it, get a footrest or ottoman with your nursery chair. Some models have them included or have a leg rest built-in. This really takes the strain from your back.

  • Think about lumbar support

My friend Diedre has horrible back problems from lifting her 5 kids without any support. I encourage you to take care of your back, especially the lumbar portion of it. A chair that has this will keep you from pain both now and years down the road.

  • Available space

And again, I’d like to remind you to measure twice for space you plan to put your nursery rocker or glider in. Take into account that it needs space to move. You don’t want to smack the wall with every move you make, or you’ll have a scuffed up wall and a baby that will cry from the ensuing noise.

The Finest Nursery Gliders in 2020 According to My Knowledge and Research​

Ok, I think you’re ready now. Come on, doll! Let’s go shopping for a chair for your nursery. My nursery rocker review will have you ready to rock!

1. Windsor Glider and Ottoman

Unisex colors and timeless style

Windsor glider with solid wood frames

For a nursery glider and ottoman, Windsor’s option is a handsome design that will provide a seamless fit into any nursery. It has classic wooden frames for timeless design and is a great nursery glider for plus size people with its generous seating space. 

 

The padded arms make it easy to get comfortable while the handy storage pockets allow you to stash your phone, baby books, wipes, and whatever else you need within reach. With an included ottoman, it gives you everything you could ask for at one of the lower price points available, making it the best nursery glider on a budget.

 

The polyester cushions are removable so you can spot-clean, something you’ll absolutely need to do if you spray any milk anywhere or have a spit-up situation. As for space, it measures 24.8 x 25.8 x 39.5 inches.

Things I Liked

  • Construction is sturdy
  • Smooth gliding
  • Fabric feels weighty and durable
  • Handy side pocket
  • Easy to assemble
  • Great for plus size parents/caregivers
  • Good bargain
  • Comes with ottoman

Things I Didn't Like​

  • Snaps are just a bit tough to fasten during assembly
  • Not as cushiony as other options

My Suggestion & Verdict

If you’re looking for the best nursery glider on a budget or one ideal for plus size people, this is definitely one to consider. It comes with an ottoman, which makes your life so much more comfortable, and that side pocket is convenient indeed. It might not be as cushiony as you’d like, but you can always tuck some extra pillows on there to round it out.

2. Storkcraft Tuscany Custom Glider and Ottoman

Luxury and lumbar support

Rocking Nursery Chair with Ottoman

For the best nursery glider rocker that has more luxury to it, Storkcraft really delivers. It includes a lumbar support pillow, which is a huge win. There’s plenty of room in the seat plus it’s really padded and comfortable by all accounts. Side pockets are also on this model though it is tough to tell from the photos.

The enclosed metal ball bearings give it a smooth glide, and the elegant dark wooden frame looks good in any setting. You can spot clean the cushions to keep it clean, and they snap and tie into place with ease. Assembly is easy, and you get a durable, smooth, and quiet glide that makes the soothing baby a piece of cake. It measures 29 x 28 x 37.5 inches.

Things I Liked

  • Includes lumbar support pillow
  • Very padded and comfortable
  • Smooth gliding
  • Comes with ottoman
  • Easy to assemble
  • Side pockets for books and essentials

Things I Didn't Like​

  • Ball bearings can make noise though this can be fixed with lubricant spray
  • Padding on arms is different from back cushions
  • Zipper on included lumbar pillow stands out in white rather than blending in

My Suggestion & Verdict

There are a few minor things you could complain about this glider. But those things might be very negligible to you. I think the lumbar pillow is a wonderful inclusion in this. Coupled with the ottoman, it makes for a very comfortable place to sit with your precious baby.

3. DaVinci Upholstered Swivel Glider with Ottoman

New heights of comfort

360 degree swivel motion and forward and backward gliding

The best nursery glider for tall parents is one that has a high back with a headrest. You’ll feel completely comfortable in this nursery swivel glider with all the bells and whistles.

One thing really worth noting is that it is Greenguard Gold Certified to ensure you’re not bringing chemicals into your home. This recognition means it has focused on your indoor air quality to give your home a healthier place for your baby.

The metal base provides 360-degree swiveling and smoothes forward and backward gliding to ease baby to sleep. And you might be just so inclined to nod off yourself. The high back and headrest allow even the tallest parents to get comfortable. It also comes with an ottoman and a bonus lumbar pillow to give you the ultimate in comfort.

And perhaps the thing that will make you scream, “Take my money!” is that there is no assembly required. Honestly, that would do it for me.

Things I Liked

  • Free of toxic chemicals
  • No assembly required
  • Includes lumbar support pillow and ottoman
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • High back with headrest ideal for tall parents and caregivers
  • 360-degree swivel plus forward/backward gliding capacity

Things I Didn't Like​

  • No side pockets for storing things
  • Not suitable for shorter people

My Suggestion

The luxuries on this chair are lovely, indeed. Included ottoman and lumbar support pillow plus the ability to swivel fully around and glide are super-nice. Things that you might want to think about though are if you have enough room in your nursery to put it AND a side table as there are no pockets on the chair.

It does come assembled, which is ideal for anyone going it alone with the baby. Shorter people may not be able to get entirely comfortable in it as it might be too large though taller people might find it’s just right.

4. Delta Children Emerson

Classically fashionable and functional

Delta Children Emerson

For those that need a rocking chair for twins, this one could be right up your alley! This made a list for Andy Cohen’s Baby Essentials of Romper for 2019, too, so that’s also promising. Let’s talk about this nursery swivel glider and how quiet and gentle it is. It comes in a variety of colors covered with soft microfiber and a tufted diamond pattern.

The armrests are very thickly padded to give extra comfort, and the seat cushion is removable so you can clean it with ease. Once assembled, it’s 34.75 W x 35.75 D x 39.5 H inches, boasting a sturdy and stable frame. What’s more, it’s plenty big in size for mamas with twins. You’ll make short work of comforting both of them in this big, cozy gliding recliner.

Things I Liked

  • Smooth and gentle movement from swivel to glide
  • Great for moms of twins
  • Quality appearance
  • Comfortable cushioning
  • Neutral colors

Things I Didn't Like​

  • No side pockets for storage
  • Ottoman must be purchased separately
  • Pricier than other options
  • Assembly required

My Suggestion

I have a few more cons on this one, but that all depends on how you look at it. For example, if you planned to put a small table next to it in the nursery, you won’t care that it doesn’t have storage pockets. If your husband is handy, you won’t care that it requires assembly (there is no available option to pay extra to have it assembled expertly for this model).

 

And if you have no budget concerns and don’t mind buying the matching ottoman separately, you’ll definitely have no problems here. Ideally, though, if you have twins, you’ll find this one will be a very comfortable glider for your nursery.

5. Baby Relax Mikayla Swivel Gliding Recliner

Baby Relax Mikayla Swivel Gliding Recliner

Backrest upholstery swivel glider

For a top-rated nursery glider recliner, you may be interested in this upholstered glider for your nursery. The fabric is soft yet has a lovely linen look, elegantly trimmed with white welt and button tufting. Inside, it’s a solid construction with a ball bearing mechanism enclosed for safety that allows for smooth rotation in swiveling as well as front to back gliding.

Inside, the supportive spring core foam makes for a comfy place to park your backside. You’ll have to assemble it, but it does seem to do well as a nursery glider for tall parents too, with a size of 37 x 30 x 41.8 inches.

Perhaps the best point is that it has 2 reclining positions. This is an excellent option because you don’t have to buy an ottoman to go with it. One position is a partially opened version where just the footrest comes up slightly. In the fully opened position, the back reclines, and the footrest extends up completely. I’ll tell you this…it’s nice to have options when you have babies.

Sometimes, things that always work for you to get them to sleep, and you might very well have to camp out in the nursery. Being able to recline completely means you can get a comfortable sleep even when the little one is being fussy.

Things I Liked

  • High back is excellent for tall parents
  • Glides, swivels, and reclines
  • 2 recline positions
  • No need for buying an ottoman
  • Quality appearance

Things I Didn't Like​

  • No side pockets for storing things
  • One of the pricier options
  • Hard to push footrest down again
  • Requires assembly
  • Needs plenty of room for reclining

My Suggestion

Again, my cons really revolve around things that may or may not be a dealbreaker for you. This combination swivel reclining glider gives you all the basic movements for comfort. And it can recline, which is nice. However, this might not be the right choice for you if you have a small nursery.

Aside from the measurements, because it reclines, you need ample space behind it to recline without crashing into your wall fully. Some buyers took issue with it being a little difficult to push down on the footrest to close it up again, but this might be stiffness due to the product needing to be broken in. Still, that might be difficult to work with just after having your baby, especially if you have a c-section. Just something to think about!

6. Graco Parker Glider and Ottoman

Synchronized gliding

Semi-Upholstered Glider by Graco

Clearly, the best rocking chair for nursing is this entry by Graco. It’s a semi-upholstered richly-wooded glider plus ottoman included together. Why do I love it for nursing? Because the ottoman has a unique pull-out stool designed to keep things stationary for nursing.

When you’re not nursing, use the ottoman and glider together to glide with synchronicity smoothly. The bow-back shape gives a beautiful element of design to your space and measures 42.7 x 29.5 x 28 inches.

Things I Liked

  • Has a high back with a bow shape
  • Comes with ottoman
  • Gliding can synchronize chair and ottoman together
  • Ottoman has a nursing stool to pull out from underneath for stability
  • Handsome wooden base on glider and ottoman
    Easy to spot clean

Things I Didn't Like​

  • No side pockets for storing things
  • Requires assembly
  • Excellent height but less width

My Suggestion

One of the things I’d like to point out with this option is that it is definitely not ideal if you have twins. The back is generous in height, but the width is more narrow. For some of you, that might mean this chair is just a little too tight with less wiggle room. For others of yours, this will be the perfect nursery glider for small spaces.

7. Naomi Home Odelia

Custom-like fit for you

360 degree smooth swivel by Naomi

We are nursery rocking reviews here, and this recliner by Naomi Home should definitely be on your radar. It can give you an entirely smooth 360-degree rotation, plus it rocks back and forth. And if you don’t want to rock (hey, sometimes we don’t!), it features a 135-degree recline function.

What makes it a custom-like option though, is that the footrest is adjustable. That’s a nice touch, especially if your hubs wants to sit in it with the baby and is taller than you. He can adjust it, so it fits him, then, assuming he’s a gentleman, adjust it back to your proper fitting.

The button tufting and square silhouette design make it look catalog-gorgeous in any setting, plus the soft upholstery will welcome you lovingly. The spring core foam provides plenty of firm yet comfortable support to make nursing or comforting baby easier on you.

This rocker requires minimal assembly and comes out to measure 37″ D x 30″ W x 41.80 H. You get a full range of motion and a customized feel to it, which makes it an attractive option for the best nursery glider recliner.

Things I Liked

  • Very pleasing design
  • Feels like it’s customized
  • Swivels 360 degrees
  • Glides forward and backward
  • Features 135-degree recline
  • Easy to move into recline
  • Easy to assemble
  • Adjustable footrest

Things I Didn't Like​

  • No side pockets for storing things
  • Not suitable for small spaces
  • A little pricey

My Suggestion

If you have space to spare, then this will be one of the best nursery glider chairs you can buy. It’s definitely not cheap, though, so you’d have to have the budget for it. One thing I think really sells it is the ability to adjust the footrest. It also reclines with ease and is very easy to put together. With a smooth glide, it has garnered much affection from other mamas and papas out there, so go for it!

8. Storkcraft Premium Hoop

Best for budgets

Storkcraft Premium Hoop Glider

I have a more luxurious version of this Storkcraft glider and ottoman above. What’s different here is this is probably one of the best budget gliders. It comes in a variety of colors so you can match it to your nursery. It also has those handy storage pockets on each side of the arm cushion.

 

It measures 29 x 27.5 x 40 inches, and with a seat width of 18 inches, it offers a little less space for seating. Still, it gives you good gliding and can host up to 250lbs, so this glider is thoughtful in that regard. The padding is easy to spot clean for any messes that arise so you can keep it looking nice through the years. 

 

You will have to assemble it though the major components are put together for you. If you still feel you can’t possibly join this correctly, you can always pay extra to have it expertly assembled and put your mind at ease. 

Things I Liked

  • Glides easily
  • Includes ottoman
  • Variety of colors and patterns to choose from
  • Has side pockets for storage
  • Tall back is ideal for tall parents
  • Great for a tight budget

Things I Didn't Like​

  • Not wide in the seat
  • Might be tricky to assemble
  • Thin padding not as comfortable

My Suggestion

For anyone that is looking for a nursery glider on a budget, you should certainly take a look at this version. While the other Storkcraft option on my list is more luxurious and cushioned, this one is less padded and doesn’t include a lumbar pillow.

However, you do get the ottoman along with it included in the price, which is definitely a bargain. Assembly seems to be tricky despite the larger components arriving pre-assembled. But you can always pay extra to have it built or even call on your spouse or a handy friend or family member to help you put it together.

One thing you should think about is that the seat is 18 inches, which isn’t as extensive as other chair options. I suggest sitting in something of this size to make sure you find it a comfortable fit for you.

9. Baby Relax Swivel Glider and Ottoman

For baby and beyond

Nursery glider for bonding, feeding and soothing

If you want to get something that has staying power, something you can use for other purposes, this nursery swivel glider is ideal. It isn’t horribly large, which means if you have a small nursery, this will work. It also can be multifunctional if you are getting ready for a baby in a small apartment, much like I was with my first. When you don’t have a space for a dedicated nursery yet, this can fit in your living room and work for watching TV as easily as soothing and nursing baby.

The chair swivels 360 degrees and offers a smooth gliding motion. The included ottoman also glides, making for a pleasant and relaxing experience. You’ll need to assemble it, but aside from that, you’ll be glad to know it is compliant with the US Federal Safety Standards. Sized at 33″L x 33″W x 35″H, it might lack height for those of you that are tall, but for many, it will be a perfect fit.

Things I Liked

  • Great glide with both the chair and included ottoman
  • Stylish and sturdy for multifunctional purposes
  • Plenty of padding
    Covered components
  • Ideal for smaller spaces
  • 360-degree swiveling

Things I Didn't Like​

  • No side pockets for storing things
  • Padding is stiff at first until you break it in

My Suggestion

Now, this is not a budget buy, but the nursery swivel glider reviews I’ve seen on this option are all glowing. It’s easy to see why since it exudes quality. I like the swivel and rocker components are covered up. The fabric is soft and comfortable to wipe down.

 

And it’s an ideal investment for small spaces, those perhaps in a downtown apartment waiting to buy a bigger home someday or loving the city life.

 

Not everyone has a nursery for baby (I didn’t!) and a nursery chair like this can be a great addition to your living room in a small apartment, condo, or house that gives you a cozy place to glide baby to sleep or nurse her or works for additional seating when you’re watching TV while she naps.

10. Naomi Home Brisbane

For baby and beyond

Ideal glider rocker for nursery by Naomi

I had another Naomi Home nursery glider review further up. Again, like Storkcraft, this one is for tighter budgets. It has a few fewer bells and whistles but still holds up as a reliable option. At 39.5″ H x 25.75″ W x 24.75″ D, it offers plenty of space to sit, glide, and rock smoothly. You’ll also find handy pockets on the sides to tuck essentials into so you can skip having a side table if necessary to save on space.

The included ottoman also glides along for more comfort in a soothing and nursing baby. Made with a microfiber over easy to clean polyurethane foam, it’s a practical choice. You will need to assemble it, but it includes the required tools in the kit for the job. If you doubt your skills or have no one to help you, you can pay an extra fee to have it expertly assembled.

Things I Liked

  • Good for tight budgets
  • Roomy seating
  • Glides and rocks
  • Includes storage pockets on the side
  • Includes required tools for assembly

Things I Didn't Like​

  • Cushions tie on at the back and can slide down
  • Thin armrests

My Suggestion

With this nursery chair, you’ll have to think about whether the armrests are essential for you. For some, this could be a dealbreaker as they’re thin. But you can accommodate that with nursing pillows. Just something to think about! Also, since the cushions tie onto the back, they can be prone to slipping, so you should be vigilant about tightening them up every so often to keep them in the proper place.

Conclusion

That’s 10 great nursery recliner reviews for you! One is not necessarily better than another as your needs and budget will be different from each other. I simply want you to take this information and use it to help guide you into finding the right breastfeeding chair.

When you’re on a budget and want to buy a nursing chair,

You might want to consider going for the options that include the ottoman or has a footrest that comes up when you recline. This will save you money in the long run because you will soon see you really need to put your feet up to be comfortable late at night or while nursing. It really does give you better back support.

If you’re tall, make sure you look at the back height of the chair before you buy it. You don’t want your shoulders extending over the top because then you don’t have neck and back support, and you’ll be uncomfortable.

I will say this though…sometimes; it pays to splurge. If you’re in tight quarters, you might be best going with the more luxurious options that will blend seamlessly into your living room or bedroom so that you can use it for multiple purposes. It will look like it matches the rest of your décor too, which is always nice.

And then there’s safety.

Please be sure you check for locking mechanisms. If there aren’t any on the nursery rocker you choose, you can pull a few DIY hacks. For example, if you go with something that’s like a rocking chair, you can wedge doorstops underneath the legs. For gliders and rockers, you can attach simple locking mechanisms on them. If you don’t want to worry about it at all, get one where the base is completely enclosed.

Another thing I want to caution you about is that any chair can be dangerous when it’s placed close to a window or something like a bookcase. Furniture like dressers, bookcases, and the like should be bolted to your walls to avoid disasters. Windows are obvious danger zones, but even if they’re locked and secure, your window treatments could pose a danger. Always set up your nursery rocker away from these things. It takes just seconds for you to turn your back on an active toddler that can get into trouble, believe me.

Now the fun begins where you get to buy your chair! Good luck and happy gliding!

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