Designing a nursery is a big deal - you’re designing your baby’s safe haven for the first months (if not years!) of his or her life. You want furniture that is not only functional, but also fits your style aesthetically.
On top of that, you’ll want to choose items that can stand the test of time baby spit up, vomit, and other bodily functions.
Why Are Nursery Gliders Important For Babies?
The glider is one of the most used pieces of furniture in the baby’s first year of life. It will be especially helpful during the newborn days, as you’ll be spending the majority of your waking hours either feeding or rocking the baby, both of which are easily done in this chair.
It is estimated that you and your baby will spend roughly 930 hours, the equivalent of 39 days, in the glider during the first six months of their life.
The gentle rocking motion of a glider calms your baby when he or she is upset, as it reminds babies of being inside the womb.
Rocking is a naturally comforting sensation to humans in general; recent research performed by the University of Geneva shows that adults are also comforted by a gentle rocking motion.
Additionally, the glider is used as a place to feed your baby. The CDC states that your baby should be fed 8 to 12 times every 24 hours during the first few months of his or her life, whether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding. Each of those feedings normally lasts 30 minutes or more. That’s a lot of time spent in this chair!
How long do you use a Nursery glider?
That’s why, when choosing the nursery chair that’s best for you, comfort should be top of mind while you’re evaluating your options.
Why Do Moms Need a Nursery Glider?
Birth is an incredible experience, but it’s also a lot of trauma to a mom’s body. Mamas need time and space to recover appropriately. During the initial postpartum period, you’ll want to rest as often as possible, to help your body recover. Doctors will advise most mothers to sit often, and elevate your feet to reduce swelling and take pressure off your back.
A power recliner is super helpful for this reason, as the smooth recline makes the transition from sitting to standing much easier. A glider with a recline feature (or a glider-recliner) is also helpful for mothers, as the reclining can help with lower backaches and ab separation that occurs before and after the delivery.
According to the CDC, approximately 31% of all births in the U.S. are C-sections. Women who have C-sections should especially not engage in strenuous physical activity; most doctors will recommend staying fully off your feet for at least two weeks, as you will have undergone major surgery.
A power reclining chair helps with recovery as the reclining position helps you elevate your feet - you’re even able to control the degree of the recline as well, by adjusting the power button to your liking.
Dads and partners will also benefit from a comfortable nursery chair. If your partner is helping with feedings and bedtime routines, they will be spending a lot of time in the chair too - you’ll want to find one that is comfortable for both of you, and most importantly, can fit both of you. A glider recliner is a perfect spot to relax after a late-night feeding.
What to Look For in a Nursery Glider?
A chair with a power recline offers smoother movements than a manual recliner, which is beneficial when getting up with a sleeping baby - no jerky movements to get the chair to an upright position. As mentioned earlier, if you have had a C-section, you need to stay off your feet as much as possible for two weeks. A recliner with a footrest provides a comfortable spot to relax and cuddle your new baby.
Since you will be sitting with your baby a lot, you’ll want comfortable, soft, and supportive cushioning. You should look for a chair that is soft yet supportive, and you’ll definitely want to avoid a chair that you sink deep into. Those chairs make it very difficult to get up and down.
Look for a swivel glider that moves smoothly from side to side and provides a wide range of motion. A wide range of motion makes maneuvering out of the chair with a sleepy baby much more manageable.
The way a glider moves will affect how easily you rock your baby to sleep. You want a chair with a smooth, gentle, gliding motion. A smooth glide allows you to snuggle your little one into a soft slumber much faster. Nothing is more frustrating than rocking your baby to sleep, only to stand up and wake them with a jerky movement.
Wide Enough Seat
You’ll want your glider to be a part of your baby’s room for years to come. Be sure to purchase a chair that has a wide enough seat to accommodate both you and the baby - when your little one is older, you’ll want to be able to put him or her by your side as you read bedtime stories.
Chances are, you and your partner are not the same size. Much as you would adjust the driver's seat in a car to make the drive more comfortable, you should find a glider that offers the same benefits. Look for a chair with an adjustable headrest to make the fit more comfortable - this is helpful for people of different sizes to adjust the comfortability of a chair to his or her liking.
Fabric That Can Stand Up to Spit
You want a chair that matches your nursery color scheme, but also stands up to tough stains. Babies spit up and have blowouts, both of which can ruin regular fabric pretty easily. Look for stain-resistant upholstery that is easy to clean.
Consider what you will use the chair for in the future. Will it always stay in the nursery, or is there a chance it will become a living room piece as the baby ages? Just because your glider starts as baby gear doesn’t mean it will stay that way. Many people repurpose their nursery chair as a piece in their living spaces, so consider its durability and design when purchasing.
Nurture& gliders are one-of-a-kind nursery chairs. Our adjustable headrests, built-in lumbar support, and power recline features make them the most comfortable chairs on the market. Our Glider+ model also swivels smoothly and comes with an adjustable power lumbar support to provide maximum comfort for people of all ages and sizes.
Our chairs are built to last thanks to their superior construction from non-toxic materials.
Nurture& gliders offer adjustable headrests that allow you to position them for ideal comfort and maximum alertness. When feeding and rocking your baby, you want to be comfortable but awake. The adjustable headrest is also a way for people of all sizes to make the chair fit their stature.
Power Lumbar Support
The Glider+ is the only glider in the market equipped with built-in power lumbar support. You can adjust the support at the touch of a button. The Swivel chair comes with a matching lumbar pillow. Proper back support is essential regardless of which model you choose.
A built-in USB charger sets our chairs apart from others. You will be in the chair for long periods of time, so having a fully charged phone to get you through those long stretches is a must. Having your phone handy means that you’ll never miss an opportunity to snap a photo of the next cute thing your baby does!
Stain Resistant Fabric
All of our chairs are made with high-quality, stain-resistant fabric - no aftermarket treatments required. Our fabric is fully stain resistant - liquids bead up on the surface, preventing them from penetrating the fabric. Spills, spit-ups, and everything in between are easy to clean up. In addition, we offer three beautiful colors (gray, ivory, navy) that are guaranteed to give you the best nursery look possible.
All of our chairs are built with non-toxic materials, ensuring that they are safe for both you and your baby.
Or you can see our chairs in action here! Check out the Glider and the Glider+ and see for yourself the benefits our chairs have to offer.
Do you need an Ottoman for a Nursing Chair?
Even if some people say that getting an ottoman is not crucial, The glider plus the right ottoman is A LOT more comfortable for most women. It allows you to put your feet up when you don’t want to rock, however, some ottomans glide with you when you move with the glider chair with just a gentle shift of your body weight, allowing for a smooth motion.
Definitely having an ottoman is worth every penny you spend on it as it definitely adds neatness/elegance to your house and comfort and convenience factors to the parents.
Can you use a Glider in a Living Room?
Yes, of course! Most glider chairs come in modern designs that can make your place look even better. Even if it depends on many factors (space available in your living room, walls/ chair colors, etcetera.) in general, these chairs are a great addition to the living room.
L. Elizabeth Forry is an Early Childhood Educator with fifteen years of classroom teaching experience. She earned a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from The University of North Dakota and has a Bachelor of Arts in English and one in Music from Lebanon Valley College.
She has taught children in Japan, Washington D.C., Chicago, and suburban Maryland. She is trained as a reading therapist, has a TEFL certification, and has done extensive work with children regarding mental health, social-emotional development, gender development.
She has written curriculum for children and educators and has led training sessions for parents and educators on various topics on early childhood development. She is the mother of two boys and resides outside of Annapolis, Maryland.
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