How to Choose the Best Nursery Rocking Chair
Nursery rocker chairs are a fabulous piece of furniture for parents and their newborns. They make breast and bottle feeding more comfortable and soothing for both you and your baby. When used properly, these chairs can offer crucial support to mothers in the early days of nursing and even assist in establishing a bedtime routine for infants.
But with plenty of styles, materials and features to choose from, picking the perfect nursery rocking chair can be a daunting and unwanted task for expecting parents.
Fortunately, we’re here to help. In this article, we’ll explain the benefits a rocking chair can bring, the top five things we recommend looking for in a nursery rocking chair and a review of three of the best options available.
Ready? Then let’s find you the perfect nursing chair.
What is a nursing chair?
Before we dive into the reviews, let’s spend a moment clarifying what we mean by a nursing chair. A nursing chair, also called a nursery rocker chair or simply a rocking chair, is a comfortable and supportive seat designed for new mums. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles, but all of them are designed to help you feed comfortably, and soothe and bond with your baby.
The most important feature of a nursing chair is the gentle rocking or gliding motion, which will help to relax and calm both mother and baby. Nursing chairs will also typically come with padded armrests and back support, to make feeding as comfortable as possible.
A good nursing chair isn’t just perfect for nursing. If it’s high quality and well designed, it’s an incredibly practical piece of furniture that you can use for reading bedtime stories, singing lullabies or enjoying quiet time with your child. You can even continue to use it long after your child has left your nursery.
What to Look For When Buying a Nursery Rocking Chair
If you aren’t sure where to start when buying a nursery rocking chair, we recommend keeping the following five factors in mind.
Comfort should be one of your top considerations when choosing a rocking chair. It is vital to choose a chair that has a comfortable seat, back support and appropriate cushioning. Reading customer reviews can also be very helpful in this regard, especially when buying online.
Easy to Clean
Spills are inevitable in a nursery. That’s why we recommend choosing a rocking chair that is easy to clean. It’s ideal if the cushions can be removed and are washable or if the surface is wipe-clean.
Gentle Rocking Motion
The whole point of buying a rocking chair for your nursery is to soothe your child when nursing. That means finding one with a gentle rocking motion. You may not want the chair to rock constantly, however. In that case, choose a model that has a lock mechanism that fixes the chair in a stationary position.
Putting your feet up when feeding can make the experience even more comfortable. The good news is that many nursery rocking chairs come with matching footstools designed to support your feet and improve the look of your nursery.
Quality and Style
Think of your rocking chair as an investment for your nursery. By choosing a well-constructed chair made from high-quality materials, you will ensure you choose a chair that will last for years. But don’t just make a decision based on substance, think about style, too. Remember, your rocking chair will be one of the centerpieces of your nursery and should absolutely look the part.
The Best Rocking Chairs for New Mums
The Royal Rocking Chair
The Royal Rocking Chair is arguably our most stylish and elegant nursery rocking chair. It comes with a high back support, padded armrests and a large footstool that makes feeding an incredibly comfortable experience. The Royal Rocking Chair doesn’t just look great, it is incredibly well-made and will fit into almost any nursery or child’s room.
You don’t have to worry about it staying stylish, either. The chair is made with water and stain-proof fabric, ensuring it is incredibly easy to clean.
The Teddy Rocker
If you are slightly short on space or just prefer a smaller rocking chair, the Teddy Rocker is the perfect option. This is both our smallest and most modern rocking chair, making it ideal for contemporary homes. Don’t let its size fool you, however. The Teddy Rocker may not be the biggest, but it is definitely one of the most comfortable rocking chairs you can buy.
The Teddy Rocker also comes with a matching footstool that is as practical as it is stylish since you can also use it as a side table or bench.
Like all of our furniture, the Teddy Rocker is handmade from sustainable materials that are stain proof and easy to clean. It comes with fantastic arm and back support and, of course, a smooth and soft rocking motion that is ideal for soothing babies.
The Bliss Rocking Chair
The Bliss Rocking Chair is another elegant choice of rocking chair with a high back support that allows you to comfortably rest your head when feeding. It is handmade from sustainable materials and features a smooth rocking motion. There is a range of colours to choose from, including white, pink, grey and natural linen.
If that wasn’t enough, the Bliss Rocking Chair also comes with a stylish Ottoman footstool. Together you’ll have a practical and eye-catching furniture set that will quickly become the focal point of your nursery.
Benefits of Nursery Rockers for Parents and Babies
We think a rocking chair is an essential item for any nursery, and there’s no shortage of reasons why you should buy one.
First, nursery rocking chairs provide an incredible amount of support and comfort to both mums and babies during feeds. They make it easy for parents to maintain good posture when feeding, while relieving stress on the back.
Second, the rocking motion creates a soothing rhythm that can calm babies and lull them to sleep. The motion is fantastic at helping to establish healthy sleeping patterns and lull babies back to sleep during the night.
Third, nursery rocking chairs forge fantastic bonding experiences between parents and their children. Even when you’re not feeding, sitting with your child on the chair can create a peaceful and nurturing atmosphere that fosters a strong emotional bond.
Making the Final Choice
When choosing the ideal rocking chair for your nursery, we recommend finding a balance between function and style. A good rocking chair should look fantastic in your nursery while providing the comfort and support you need.
Make sure you’re making a good decision by reading reviews from parents who have already used the chairs. You’ll be able to find these on a retailer’s website and via social media. You should also choose a retailer who offers free shipping, since delivering a large piece of furniture can be expensive.
By thinking about everything we have discussed so far, we have no doubt you’ll be able to confidently choose the perfect nursery rocking chair for both you and your baby.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the top features to look for in a nursery rocker chair?
We recommend choosing a nursery rocker chair that is comfortable, durable, easy to clean and stylish. You’ll want a lot of comfortable cushioning and support, as well as a matching footstool if possible.
Where should I put my rocking chair?
We recommend placing your rocking chair in a corner of your nursery. Ideally, it will be near the baby’s cot so you don’t have to move them far. In doing so, you’ll make it easy to feed your baby during the night, while keeping your nursery clean and uncluttered.
When will I need a nursing chair?
From our experience, parents typically begin using a nursing chair in the latter stages of pregnancy since it provides a lot of support and relief for expecting mothers. The chair will be essential once the baby arrives, so it’s well worth buying your chair well in advance of the due date.