If anything can turn a midnight feeding into a (somewhat) luxurious experience, it’s the right rocker. As opposed to traditional rocking chairs, a glider can rock front to back, and some models even swivel and recline. Generally, they offer a smoother, more comfortable ride. “The key to a good glider is that it’s comfortable enough to play host to constant late-night feedings and endless rocking sessions (often coupled with podcast-listening or mindless Instagram scrolling), but it’s not so big and bulky that it consumes the entire nursery,” says Ariane Goldman, founder of HATCH Collection. Below, five baby-gear experts’ favorite glider rockers to fit every budget and nursery decor style.
Best gliders with ottoman
The DaVinci Olive Upholstered Swivel Glider was recommended by two of our experts who say that you shouldn’t be tricked by its affordable price tag. “In terms of the most bang for your buck, this DaVinci glider and ottoman set can’t be beat,” says Ashlee Neuman, senior editor at The Bump, adding that “the clean, simple lines are perfect for any modern baby room.” Plus, the glider has a high back and lumbar pillow, and a sturdy base that glides forwards and backwards and swivels 360 degrees, she says. And because the glider mechanism is upholstered it’s not only aesthetically pleasing, but it’s also “safer if you have a toddler in the house,” says Sandra Gordon, who reviews baby gear on her blog BabyProductsMom. “In other words, there’s no way your toddler can get their fingers caught in the glider mechanism.”
Neuman recommends this glider and ottoman for those with limited space because of its relatively narrow size. It also has many features designed for serious comfort: “Its arm height is designed to offer ergonomic support while you feed your baby and its high back provides proper head rest, plus it comes with a matching lumbar pillow to cushion your lower back, neck or elbow.” And the accompanying ottoman does have its benefits: “In general, spring for the matching ottoman. An ottoman turns gliding into a more luxurious ride. It’s just more comfortable when you can prop up your feet,” suggests Gordon. “Bonus: once you’re done using it in the nursery, it looks cool enough to use elsewhere in your place,” says Micaela Birmingham on behalf of the team behind parenting site Scary Mommy.
Best reclining gliders
This is Neuman’s favorite reclining glider. “High tech meets high comfort in this state-of-the-art nursery chair,” she says. It not only glides back and forth, but it also swivels 270 degrees. And the silent, electronic recliner button means you won’t wake baby when you decide to prop your feet up. “There’s even a built-in USB charging port so you can recharge your mind, body, and electronics all at once.”
According to Meg Collins, editor-in-chief of Lucie’s List, this gliding recliner from Baby Relax offers “a deeper seat and higher backrest for half the cost of a higher-end glider.” She recommends it especially for taller parents or for parents who prefer a “comfortable, yet firm seat.”
Two of our experts also recommended this glider from Pottery Barn Kids because it’s “available in zillions of great colors,” says Gordon. Birmingham sums up the appeal of this glider simply: “It swivels, it reclines, and it’s going to hold up your head and keep you cozy when you need it most.”
Best traditional gliders
Not only does the Dutailier Sleigh Glider recline, but it also “glides in recline mode which is a nice option for when you really want to get comfortable,” says Gordon. Plus, she recommends the brand because Dutailier handcrafts their gliders in Canada and provides a one-year warranty, she says.
Gordon also suggests this super-affordable glider for those who aren’t looking to keep the rocker around after their baby outgrows it.
Best wide glider
According to Gordon, the most significant issue with a glider is that “the seat is too snug for a comfortable fit,” which is something that dads in particular “tend to complain about.” If space isn’t a concern, consider going for an extra-wide glider which is guaranteed to accommodate any family member, regardless of size, and “is great for multitasking,” says Gordon, because you can “glide with your baby while reading to your toddler who can sit right beside you.”
Best traveling rocker
Gordon cites The RockerMama as one of her favorite gliders, even though it’s not technically a chair. The RockerMama is “a device that transforms any chair into a rocker,” she explains. It’s an excellent option for those who travel a lot or are on a tight budget. “It’s great because it’s portable and doesn’t take up the room that a regular glider can. It’s versatile, too; you can use it with almost any type of chair.” Just set it against the back of the seat and start rocking away.
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