There are probably a lot of things you want in your nursery, from cribs to changing tables, but I’m here to tell you that your top priority should be finding the best nursery glider for mom. I know it seems like your baby needs so many things, but guess what? All they really need is you.
Having a great nursery glider will make you want to spend time in the baby nursery and will allow the two of you plenty of time for cuddles in a comfy spot. This is going to be the spot you do late-night feedings in, read your baby’s first books to them, and hopefully even catch a few naps in yourself while your little one snoozes in the crib (fingers crossed). All the really important stuff!
The 15 Best Nursery Gliders for 2023 & Why We’re Obsessed with These Gliders!
You are probably wondering, what really makes a nursery glider chair any different than a normal chair? Our Rookie Mom Squad took a look at the best nursery gliders of 2023 and broke down what makes them so special.
Pottery Barn Wingback Swivel Glider and Recliner – Overall Top Pick!
Pottery Barn is just one of those stores you cannot go wrong with. You can trust that you’re purchasing a high-quality, well-made product which is super important considering how much time you will spend in your glider.
The Wingback Swivel Glider and Recliner is so comfy that you might not really mind just falling asleep right in it. Need an even better reason to sleep in your nursery glider? This one reclines all the way back with ease.
As with all Pottery Barn items, there are a lot of options when it comes to this chair from fabrics to color to automatic/manual.
You can read more about this amazing chair in our full review here.
Paxton Recliner and Rocker
We have another favorite Pottery Barn Glider; the super adorable and modern Paxton Recliner and Rocker. Besides its absolutely adorable look, you know with Pottery Barn that the chair is very well constructed. Plus, getting a glider, rocker, and recliner all in one is a pretty sweet deal!
One of the other great features of this rocker is its ability to swivel a full 360 degrees which is great for those times you might want to change your view to a window or maybe your favorite show on Netflix.
Like all Pottery Barn Gliders, this is one of the best nursery gliders because it is GREENGUARD Gold Certified which means this glider meets or exceeds stringent chemical emissions standards and is eco-friendly.
If you are looking for luxurious comfort and sleek style, there is nowhere to turn but the Nurture& Glider. With its birchwood frame and extra padded cushions, you will feel comfortable and supported while spending precious time with your bundle of joy.
The chair has fully adaptable power allowing you to easily adjust your head, legs, and back at the touch of a button. It can be hard to get comfy with a baby in your arms, but this chair makes it a breeze. Trust me, you will appreciate it.
But wait, it gets even better. Nurture& recently released The Glider Plus, which has all the amazing features of the original glider along with swivel functionality, power lumbar support, and a bigger seat.
As for style, both chairs come in Ivory and Gray. The original glider also comes in Navy. All of these neutral options will fit in with any nursery decor seamlessly. The stain-resistant fabric will also keep this chair looking new for many years to come!
Delta Children Ella Rocker – Best Rocker + Glider for Short Moms!
If you are looking to go with a nursery rocking chair, this is it. This is actually the rocker our Rookie Mom CEO uses for her and her little one. Being only 5’2 she says, “some rockers are too large which makes it awkward to comfortably sit with the baby,” but this Ella Rocker is the perfect size.
You can get the ottoman that comes with the rocker or mix and match it with a different ottoman as she did in the picture above. Check out the coordinating ottoman here!
Da Vinci Piper All-Purpose Upholstered Glider Recliner – Best Under $300 Model
If you are looking for a glider that doubles as a recliner; this is one of the most affordable nursery glider recliner combos on the market. The Piper All-Purpose Upholstered Glider Recliner lies back flat for those mamas who need a well-deserved nap. And, you can even prop your feet up on the footrest!
Even though it is a recliner, this chair can fit in smaller spaces so it won’t take up too much of your nursery. The fabric is super soft and you will find this chair quite comfortable (comfortable enough to sleep on, trust me!).
Aisley Reclining Glider by Mack & Milo – The Best Nursery Glider Recliner Combo
The Aisley Reclining Glider is one of the newest additions to our best nursery gliders list. With over 4,000 reviews and a 4.5-star rating, it’s pretty clear why it made the cut and is undoubtedly the best nursery glider recliner combo.
When we tried out this glider, we found out it is 63″ long. This means it is definitely not the ideal choice for someone who is taller than 6 feet. However, for the rest of us, it is a great choice that is both soft and supportive. When the chair is in the reclined position it does not rock, which I personally prefer as I do not like rocking while lying back.
The color options and style are perfect for someone who has either a traditional or modern nursery.
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Isabelle & Max Rocking Chair Glider
Alright, there is one more rocker on the list. What can we say, we love them! Fuzzy Sherpa material is in, and I sure hope it isn’t going anywhere soon. I think this is one of the cutest and best nursery rocking chairs. It is such a fun way to bring texture into a room, especially a nursery. Even better, this chair is set at a great price.
It can also be placed elsewhere in your home, like a cozy corner in your living room, flawlessly once your babies are grown.
Hemingway Swivel Gliding Reclining Glider
This is such a nice and clean-looking glider, great for a gender-neutral nursery. Plus, it is quite comfortable. It’s in the middle of soft and firm, so mama can relax, but it is also supportive for your back and core.
I would not recommend this chair for tall parents (6′ and above), however, if you are 5’0 to 5’9 this chair is truly the perfect size. It is also effortless to assemble!
Babyletto Tuba Swivel Glider Chair and a Half – The Most Stylish Nursery Glider
It’s not all about looks, but hey it is kind of about looks. After all, you will be seeing a lot of this chair. This makes my best nursery glider list because you just can’t find anything more trendy. On top of being one of the prettiest accessories for your nursery, it’s extra wide and has a thick cushion.
It also comes with a handy lumbar pillow, which will save you during feedings more times than you think. I also love the sleek metal that makes up the base and the matching ottoman. While this seat comes at a cost, it’s really worth the investment!
You can read more about this amazing chair in our full review here.
Da Vinci Olive Glider and Ottoman – Best for Breastfeeding
While this chair has a similar look to the Da Vinci glider above, there are a few things that set the Da Vinci Olive apart.
This is a wonderful option because it includes everything you need at a reasonable price; the chair, a lumbar support pillow, and an ottoman. It’ll be one of the comfiest chairs you ever have in your home, and it comes in three different neutral colors so you can surely match it to the room it needs to be in. With all of that support and a place to kick up your feet, it’s an amazing spot for breastfeeding!
The best part of all, you can swivel 360 degrees in this chair so smoothly making everything seem just within reach!
Baby Relax Hadley Double Rocker – A Glider for Mamas of Multiples!
A bench on a rocker? I don’t know about you but that just sounds like the best idea ever to me. That is what truly makes this one of the best nursery rocking chair options.
If you are looking for something a little bit different than anything else, well, this rocker has room for two people to sit! This makes it possible for some parent bonding or even some older sibling inclusion. I also like the idea of having extra room to stretch out while nursing.
This double rocker comes in a nice taupe or beige color that you can match with any nursery theme you have going.
Crate & Barrel Joya Nursery Rocking Chair
This is one of the best rocking chair options for your nursery. While I probably shouldn’t be including this chair on the best nursery glider list because it isn’t really a glider, I can’t deny that it is one of my favorite nursery chair options.
Traditional rocking chairs just have a special place in my heart, and this one is the perfect balance between vintage and brand new. Many moms rave that the chair is set at the perfect recline for them to nurse or cuddle their baby, which should relieve some fears about not being able to change it up much.
This is one of those great buys because when you no longer need a nursery, it can still sit nicely just about anywhere in your home.
Snoozer Cream Boucle Nursery Swivel Glider Chair by Leanne Ford
Boucle chairs are super popular right now! I know you’ve seen your favorite home decor influencer post about them a time or two. That’s why if you glanced quickly at this chair, I am not sure you would believe it actually belonged in a nursery. Yet, its super smooth swivel action is made just for that. Not to mention, you will sink into this chair with its plush upholstery.
While it is a bigger investment than some of the other options on this list, its nubby boucle fabric is both practical and durable. This is a chair you will have in your house for many years to come.
Angel Line Windsor Glider and Ottoman
Can’t decide between a glider or a rocker? Then, this Angel Line Windsor Glider and Ottoman might just be the one for you.
There’s just something about the look of an old-fashioned rocking chair, and that’s exactly the vibe this chair will give you. Even though it’s shaped like a rocking chair, it’s got extra soft padding that could only be from this decade. You’ll sink right in. Not to mention the handy pockets built into the side which are perfect for storing whatever extras you & baby might need.
The rocking motion of this chair is just right, and I love that the ottoman rocks along with it. You will also be happy to know that assembly is a piece of cake and this chair is very easy to clean in the case of future messes.
Hart Manual & Power Swivel Glider & Recliner
There is no way this list could be complete without at least one other Pottery Barn glider option! While we first brought you the traditional Wingback, the Hart is a bit more unique. It would be a beautiful addition to any home.
While the style is surely what catches my eye, what I really love is the deep bucket-style seat you can cozy up in. It might just become your favorite spot to nap!
West Elm Graham Glider
Every mama deserves some luxury in her life, and this chair is the best way to give her some. It is one of the comfiest chairs on this list and its gliding mechanism is super smooth.
There is a wide range of colors and fabrics to choose from so you can find the perfect fit for any nursery. Personally, I am obsessed with the Blush Velvet.
Pottery Barn Comfort Glider – Best Nursery Glider for Tall Parents!
Yes, another Pottery Barn choice. The reason is, these chairs are built with a level of quality like no other! With a Pottery Barn nursery chair, you will find yourself using the same chair for all of your little ones. In fact, one of our Rookie Mom Squad mamas had this Comfort Glider and it lasted for all 5 (yes 5!) kids.
This glider is great for tall parents with its deep seating it is easy for a mom to relax and put her feet up.
Baby Relax Mikayla Swivel Gliding Recliner
This seat comes with a great price tag, especially considering how comfortable it is to sit in. The seat is made of supportive spring core foam, which will make you want to stay in it all day long.
You definitely won’t be missing out on any quality with this one. It glides very smoothly and gives you a full range of motion.
Babyletto Madison Swivel Glider
This chair threw us off a little at first because there was nowhere to rest our feet. However, grab a little poof and this is one of the most comfortable chairs on the market. The material is water-resistant, stain-resistant microsuede material. This allows you to keep it looking brand new through the years.
It has 360-degree swivel motion and is super smooth. The seat is very spacious allowing for plenty of room to snuggle in and get comfy.
Shop all of my favorite nursery gliders here!
Frequently Asked Questions about Nursery Gliders
Do I really need a nursery glider?
A nursery glider is definitely great and if you can afford it and have space for it, we recommend one. While it is not a necessity, having a special place for mom and baby to bond is amazing.
Is a glider or rocker better for nursery?
It really depends on the motion you enjoy. The rocker is a stronger up-and-down motion while a glider is more forward and back.
Are Pottery Barn Gliders Worth it?
We are some serious penny pinchers over here, but we still think it is worth it. The Pottery Barn Gliders last through multiple children, are incredibly comfortable, and are easy to clean. They are well worth the investment.
What is the difference between a glider and a rocking chair?
The main difference is the way they move. Rockers have more of an up-and-down motion. A glider moves on a track and often can swivel.
Are gliders good for nursery?
Yes, gliders are good for a nursery! They will be the spot you do late-night feedings in, read your baby’s first books to them in, and hopefully even catch a few naps in yourself.
Are nursery gliders comfortable?
Nursery gliders are very comfortable. They will make you want to spend time in your baby’s nursery and will allow the two of you plenty of time for cuddles in a comfy spot.
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