Imagine your perfect nursery. Does it include a sturdy crib nestled with a sleep-inducing crib mattress, a dresser filled with precious baby clothes, a book basket brimming with bedtime stories, and a glider tucked in the corner ready and waiting for daytime and nighttime snuggles?
We have to agree with that vision of the perfect nursery and a nursery glider is definitely a place where you will spend hours as a new mom–rocking, snuggling, and gliding your baby into (hopefully) peaceful slumber. You may play, feed, or read together in that little nook too. And, no matter what you do, that chair will become home to countless memories. From birth to the day when two of you barely fit, your glider will no doubt feel part of the family by the time it graduates to another room in the house.
Truly Mama has rounded up the best nursery gliders for you to consider as you piece together that memory-making corner in your child’s nursery. Peruse this line up of options and hopefully you will find one that has all the features you need. After all, your nursery glider will soon be the most frequently used chair in your home. And we promise we won’t judge if you need to sneak a few zzzz’s for yourself in it too.
Best for Highest Weight Capacity
Your baby is worth a million, right? Well, thankfully you won’t have to drop that much to add the Million Dollar Baby Classic Sadie Swivel Glider and Ottoman to your nursery.
This mid-range tufted design provides a tailored look and the ottoman features a hinged lid and hidden storage. This glider offers the highest weight capacity we’ve found, with a 300-pound weight limit and comes in both a white linen and light grey color. One note: unlike some sets, this ottoman is fixed and does not glide.
Technically called a glider, this chair is a rocker with movement from two beautiful wood arcs. It’s gorgeous and definitely one to consider, especially in the bright pink or deep blue colors. The Lily Glider Chair also comes in a neutral buckwheat and granite if that is more your jam. With a budget-friendly price and comfort features like a foam cushion seat and wingback design, the Lily Glider Chair is a wonderful piece to consider for your nursery that will easily transition to a playroom or living room when nursery days have passed.
Noted as the best rocking glider for tall parents, the Dutailier Sleigh Glider makes up in comfort what it lacks in modern design. At a mid-range price it glides beautifully and you won’t hear a squeak even after years of use. And I would know, because this is the chair that is nestled in my own nursery corner. I do wish it had a more chic, enclosed exterior look, but truly, you cannot compete with how comfortable and cozy this rocking glider and ottoman option is.
Best 3-in-1 Glider
With near countless fabric color and texture options, you cannot get more custom than products from La-Z-Boy. Their structure and stability is unmatched too. You might invest a bit more in the Addison Rocking Recliner, but you’ll get definitely get your money back in longevity.
The Addison Rocking Recliner is a nursery glider, rocker, and a recliner for ultimate comfort and features a plush back and rounded armrests. Just be sure not to get too comfortable! The Addison Rocking Recliner also comes with La-Z-Boy’s Limited Lifetime Warranty so you can invest without worry.
Best for a Budget
One of the most budget-friendly options, the Delta Children Emma Nursery Glider boasts a lovely tufted design in four colors: flax, blush, charcoal, and French gray. This design offers full range motion from glide to swivel to rock. However, while it’s very comfortable thanks to a foam seat cushion and coil support, it does lack a matching ottoman, so you will have to get creative there. A fun pattern or color could add a great mix ‘n match feel to your nursery though so don’t let that deter you.
Most Unique Glider
With a chic, almost vintage-inspired look, this glider will no doubt be a timeless piece of furniture that begins in the nursery and grows with your child. The Madison Swivel glider comes in five different colors and can swivel a full 360 degrees so if you happen to fall asleep with a baby in your arms and forgot your phone on the side table–you’re just a swivel away.
Easiest-to-Clean Nursery Glider
This glider by Mack & Milo merges two amazing chair functions: recline and swivel, so you get the best of both worlds. The plush, modern design offers immense comfort while the neutral color offerings—grey and beige—will fit almost any nursery color scheme.
The Aisley Reclining Glider is made of an easy-to-clean polyester and reviewers shared that this glider is very much enjoyed by shorter individuals as the floor to seat measurement allows their feet to reach the floor rather than hovering. The Aisley Reclining Glider is a mid-range glider where you get the chic look of a modern chair, but with that, be warned that you might not see the longevity of a more expensive option.
Best Functional Glider
With a matching pillow and ottoman, the Adrian Swivel Glider offers a lot of bang for your buck. Best of all, the ottoman doubles as storage, so you can always have a blanket or two close at hand for snuggling with your baby.
The Adrian Swivel Glider will swivel a full 360 degrees while gently gliding so you can sway your baby to sleep any which direction. Available in a moisture-wicking charcoal, grey, or beige, this chair is often positively compared to higher priced ones. Plus Buy Buy Baby has a Price Match Promise that guarantees you get the best price.
Best for Tech-Loving Parents
When it comes to looks, the Babyletto Kiwi Power Reclining Glider is one of the most beautiful. Its sleek design will perfectly nest into any nursery corner and grey, ivory, or dark blue polyblend fabric match with well, pretty much everything. The greatest perk of the Babyletto Kiwi Power Recliner Glider is the push button control on the interior side. Parents can recline, engage the footrest, and even charge electronic devices through the USB port. These features make the Babyletto Kiwi Power Recliner Glider a higher end glider option.
Best for Minimalist Parents
I couldn’t help but add a true rocking chair into the mix of glider considerations. A classic rocking chair is truly a stunning design, natural finishes of the arms and the rocking arches that add a clean and modern touch.
Despite its homage to classic design, however, this modern-day version thankfully offers comfort in the cushioned seat and back. It’s the perfect merge of an old school wood rocker and a more modern, plush design. Of all the chairs featured here, I think this one would make the most perfect seat for taking baby’s monthly milestone photos.
Best Luxury Glider
High-end at a not so high-end price? Sign us up! The DaVinci features a tall back, full range motion, linen fabric, and wide armrests perfect for cradling or nursing your little one and it’s available in five colors. Plus, it fully reclines, swivels, or glides so you can make yourself as comfortable as possible.
Your snuggliest days are ahead of you and you definitely want your baby’s nursery nook to be outfitted with a glider that will make you both smile. Or at least, make it through to nap time, right?
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a rocker or glider better for a nursery?
Your choice of nursery chair is totally a personal preference. Some prefer the movement and comfort of a rocker while others prefer a glider which moves forward and backward on a fixed track. It’s completely up to you.
Do I really need a glider for a nursery?
A nursery glider is not an essential, but we definitely think that a rocker or a glider of some kind is pretty important. You deserve a place to rest comfortably with your baby.
What should I look for in a nursery glider?
Start by checking if any or all of the upholstery is removable for washing (because yes, it will encounter breast milk, formula, and spit-up) and if not, how it should be cleaned. Another feature many parents appreciate is a compatible stool or ottoman. Some gliders come with this accessory, others have to be purchased separately. Last, but not least, know the back height you prefer. I have found that it is most comfortable to have full head and neck support versus the back of the chair ending at shoulder height.
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