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. 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.
In this article:
- Nursery glider vs. rocker: what’s the difference?
- What to look for in a nursery glider
- Do you really need a nursery glider?
- Best Nursery Glider for…
- Highest weight capacity: Million Dollar Baby Classic Sadie Swivel Glider and Ottoman
- Best rocker: Lily Glider Chair
- Most comfortable: Dutailier Glider Chair with Ottoman
- Best 3-in-1 glider: Addison Rocking Recliner
- Best for a budget: Delta Children Emma Nursery Glider
- Most unique: Babyletto Madison Swivel Glider in Blush Pink Velvet
- Best storage glider: Carter’s by DaVinci Adrian Swivel Glider
- Best for tech-loving parents: Babyletto Kiwi Power Recliner Glider
- Most stain-resistant: Kai Rocker
- Best high-back glider: Cali Pillowback Swivel Glider
Nursery Glider vs. Rocker: What’s the Difference?
You may be wondering if you should choose a rocker or glider for your nursery, and the answer is: it’s totally up to you!
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.
Personally, I prefer rocker recliners, only because I like the extra room they provide and I like the option to put my feet up and use it as a regular chair when I’m done with the baby stage.
However, a glider or rocker with an ottoman would also serve that function.
What to 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. If not, be sure to check out 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.
Do You Really Need a Nursery Glider?
Technically, no. But while a nursery glider is not necessarily an essential, 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–and chances are, you’ll use it long after the baby stage has passed too.
Best for Highest Weight Capacity
Most Comfortable Glider
Best 3-in-1 Glider
Best Budget Glider
Most Unique Glider
Best Glider with Storage
Best Power Glider
Best High-Back Glider
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