Parents of newborn babies and older infants spend a lot of their time sitting for feeding, holding, comforting and preparing him or her for sleep. While using the sofa or chair can serve this purpose, most parents prefer to use a nursing chair or glider. Able to emulate a rocking motion, this product is safer and studier than rockers of the past. And it is extremely comfortable for parents and infants especially when paired with an ottoman – which can provide relief for everyone. (Especially when dealing with a fussy baby!)
Available in a wide range of prices, expect to pay around $150 to $300 for a quality nursing rocking chair. This may seem expensive at first, especially compared to traditional rockers. However, gliding rockers can offer a wide variety of features that can not be offered by the latter. They are padded from top to bottom, making them comfortable to sit on and rest your back – which can be a lifesaver if your infant is experiencing a sleepless night or isn’t feeling well. Also, depending on the brand there may be other features available such as ottomans and the ability to recline. Not sure where to start? Stork Craft, Shermag and Dutailier offer a wide selection when it comes to choices and prices.
Once you determine your budget, how do you know you have found the best nursing chair available? There are several features to look for, including cleanable fabric, quiet gliding motion, ottoman (perfect for new mothers dealing with sore feet and swollen ankles), padded arms and ability to coordinate with the nursery or any other room in the house. Most of these features need little explanation, because they are related to the parents comfort and ease of care. However, parents may wonder why the right color selection is important. Chances are you will use your new glider for longer than your child’s infant stage. In many cases it will be used well into their toddler years. Because it is used longer than the typical baby product, it will need to transition easily from nursery, toddler room and general room in the house. Instead of choosing traditional baby colors such as blue or pink, opt for a white nursing chair instead. This neutral color can easily transition into any style, color theme or décor – making it more versatile than other options.
The right nursing chair will not only last through the newborn and infant stages of your child’s life, but will be a timeless piece for your home as they grow. Eventually, this will not only be a practical piece of furniture for parents, but one where memories are created and remain through all the laughter and sleepless nights.