Preparing the nursery is part of the nesting phase that many families experience as they wait for their little one (or little ones!) to join the family.
After choosing the colors and theme, the next step is usually the furniture: crib, chest of drawers, changing station and…the chair.
There is something about the gentle, rhythmic motion of a glider chair that appeals to both baby and parent; making it a top pick for nurseries across the globe.
Since there are many models to choose from and small details to remember as you shop for one, our guide will highlight the 10 best nursery glider chairs in order to simplify the entire shopping process for you.
To begin, you can look at the top ten chairs in our table and then head down below to learn more about choosing the right one.
Top 10 Nursery Gliders Ultimate Table
It’s Easy to Shop for a Nursery Glider
Whether you’ll actually be using it in a nursery or if you plan to put the chair in another room of your home, the main purpose of the chair is to use it when you’re feeding or rocking baby to sleep.
Here are some important shopping tips that will help you find a great chair:
- Upholstery Material. We’ll start by eliminating a few things from the list: leather and leatherette, you can stay in the office or living room where you belong!
The problem with this material is that it can be very cold for you to sit on in cooler weather or cause you to sweat when the temperatures are warmer. We’d advise against leather or faux leather for these reasons.
The best nursery glider is covered in a material that does not contain flame-retardants but that is still coated with other (safe) materials that make it more stain resistant and water resistant.
- Cleaning. Falling right in line with the upholstery material is the way that you clean it.
Is it spot clean only or can you actually remove the cushion cover and wash it by hand or in the machine?
If you really don’t want to have to deal with chair cleaning (or take it to the dry cleaners), then look for something as low-maintenance as possible. You could also drape a blanket over the arms and base of the chair while you’re nursing or feeding baby to help catch spills or drool.
When it comes to features, there are a few things that parents (or grandparents/caretakers) find quite useful, including:
- Swivel. In addition to gliding, some chairs also swivel so that you can turn and aim the chair in different directions. We’ve listed which gliders can also swivel for you in our table so you can easily find one if you’re interested in it.
- Recline. Two of the chairs in our table – number 4, number 7 and (kind of) number 2 – can also recline. This is great for the times when you’d like to snooze with baby or be near them when they are sleeping in their crib. Recliners are easy to move into another room of the home once baby has outgrown the nursery, as well, which means you will get plenty of use out of the chair for years to come.
- Lock. The locking feature is super handy.
Think about getting out of the chair and having it move around as you try to stand up. It makes it harder to balance.
The locking feature allows you to prevent the chair from gliding, swiveling and moving in general, making it easier for the times when you’re getting up or just sitting down with baby.
These are also great so you can lock the chair and prevent baby from injury once they start to crawl and explore everything!
Top 3 Best Nursery Glider Reviews
This was the best nursery glider on our list for many reasons, which we would like to highlight for you now.
For starters, it is both a glider and a swivel chair, which you will appreciate much more than a chair that can only glide.
We really liked the upholstery material, as well; soft (it is microsuede), but both stain-resistant and water-resistant. It’s free of flame-retardants, as well, and there is no PBDE or Formaldehyde in sight.
While we can’t guarantee that you’ll find it comfortable, we sure did (and so does everyone else who uses it). It isn’t too bulky and you can definitely use it in other areas of the home once baby is out of the nursery.
This contemporary style swivel glider from Pulaski is definitely a great alternative to the babyletto chair.
The glide and swivel features are great and it even has a slight recline position with a built-in footrest that you can extend.
Inside the seat cushion, there are pocketed coils that help provide stability and prevent it from sagging and the curved arms make it easy to sit and hold baby without feeling squished.
While it may not be the most budget-friendly option on our list, it is a reliable, well-built chair and that won’t let you down.
Our final choice is also one of the most popular due to the affordability and the matching glider ottoman.
It’s definitely more limited than the other chairs since it can glide only and we can’t say that the cotton/polyester material is the most durable or stain resistant, but it gets the job done and is pretty comfortable to sit in.
This is probably something that we’d buy if we knew we wanted to re-sell it once baby didn’t need a nursery glider any longer.
We can’t say that it is the best baby glider on our list, but it is a great choice when you don’t want to spend too much and you still need a glider!