The 10 Best Nursery Gliders and Rockers for Baby’s Room

Sit back and relax in one of these top-of-the-line baby rocking chairs and gliders.
ByThe Bump Editors
December 19, 2019
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Nursery seating is a non-negotiable (just ask any seasoned parent), and since it’s a place you’ll find yourself spending a lot of time—whether it’s for late-night feedings, nursery rhyme readings, or, heck, snoozing yourself—you want it to be comfortable for both you and baby. But deciding on the perfect glider or rocker comes down to much more than just making sure it fits your nursery theme (though style is, of course, important). You’ll want to consider these important factors when you’re on the hunt for the best nursery glider or baby rocking chair:

Comfort: You want your nursery glider or rocking chair to be soft but supportive, with enough height to rest your head. If possible, sit in it to get a feel of the seat pan depth and put your arms on the armrests. The back, butt and arm support really do have to work in harmony.

Customer reviews: Fellow parents and their experiences are extremely valuable, even more so if you don’t have the chance to see and test out a baby glider or rocker chair in person.

Cost: Nursery rockers and gliders range from affordable to astronomical, basic to bells-and-whistles; decide where your budget falls from the start and don’t even look at ones outside the budget cap you set for yourself.

Construction: The best baby rocking chairs and gliders should last through all of your babies and beyond.

With what seems like hundreds of products to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to the best nursery glider and baby rocking chairs that score high on all four of the buy considerations. They swivel, glide, rock, recline—and one even charges your phone! While a nursery glider or rocking chair can’t make those exhausted nights (and days) go away, it’s still a comfy and much-needed rest stop every sleep-deprived parent can appreciate.

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Babyletto Kiwi Swivel Reclining Glider

First up on our list of the best nursery gliders and rocking chairs is a winner of the Best of Baby unique standout award. High tech meets high comfort in this state-of-the-art nursery glider swivel chair, which also happens to recline (at the push of a button, no less). Made from a stain-resistant, eco-friendly fabric, this sleek chair is Greenguard Gold certified, which means it passed a rigorous test for harmful chemicals. The best part? This glider has a built-in USB port to charge your device while you tend to your little one. In other words, genius.

Buy it: $799,

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Storkcraft Chevron Hoop Glider and Ottoman

Oh, Storkcraft glider rocking chair, how do parents love thee? Let us count the ways: It’s a steal (some styles cost less than $200), it has a smooth gliding and rocking motion and the accompanying ottoman features a pull-out nursing stool so you can position yourself just right. Talk about a triple threat! Choose from a range of modern upholstery options that’ll fit right in with your baby’s bedroom decor. Trust us, this is one of the best nursing chairs out there.

Buy it: $200,

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Monte Luca Glider with Walnut Frame

Looking for an investment piece? Behold one of the best nursery glider chairs: The Monte Luca Glider. Handcrafted from sustainable materials in Canada, this nursing chair is super-comfortable thanks to the ergonomic arm height, high back and built-in headrest. It not only offers serious comfort and support, but this chair also has removable seat cushions (available in a range of colors) that are machine washable, so it’s practical too. It’s certainly not cheap, but the smart design and exceptionally smooth gliding motion makes it totally worth it. Plus, the chair is relatively narrow in size, meaning it’ll fit in tighter spaces.

Buy it: Starting from $1295,

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Nursery Works Sleepytime Rocker

For those who want all the benefits of a baby rocking chair but don’t particularly love the look of one, this is the chair for you. At first glance, you’d think it was just a sleek, chic armchair—but after taking a seat, you’ll discover the smooth rock. We adore the vegan tan leather, but if that’s not your style, don’t worry—this rocking chair is available in nine gorgeous upholstery options. The only issue you’ll have is deciding whether or not to put it in the nursery or your living room. A word to the wise: This may be one of the best rocking chairs for a nursery but it’s made in limited quantities, so act fast if you want to buy it!

Buy it: $499,

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DaVinci Olive Upholstered Swivel Glider with Ottoman in Cream

A critical but often overlooked aspect of a glider is the seat-back height. You want it to be high enough for both you and your partner to lean your head back on—and this one reaches that ideal sweet spot. It also features a smooth 360 swivel and comes with a bonus lumbar support pillow. Not to mention, it’s comfortable and neutral enough to find a space in your home long after your babies are grown. Other bonuses? It’s Greenguard Gold Certified and comes with an ottoman, so you can rest your feet as well as your head.

Buy it: $330,

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Dadada Weeble Rocking Chair

Looking for a small rocking chair for a nursery? Check out this sophisticated baby rocking chair by Dadada. The compact design is perfect for small spaces and the clean lines complement modern decor trends. Crafted by master furniture makers, this rocker is made from contemporary materials including steel, beech wood and touchably soft, waterproof fabric. Better yet, this chair offers style and substance. The ergonomic design includes a high back with built-in neck support, a lumbar support cushion and perfectly positioned arm rests for optimal comfort.

Buy it: $360,

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Angel Line Windsor Glider and Ottoman Cushion

In terms of the most bang for your buck, this nursery glider and ottoman set can’t be beat. It offers a roomy seat with padded arms, comes in tons of colors, can be easily spot-cleaned (courtesy of removable pillows) and even has storage pockets. All that for under $200? No wonder it’s a best-seller (with hundreds of positive reviews!) on Amazon.

Buy it: Starting from $158,

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DaVinci Piper Recliner

Still searching for the best nursery recliner? Consider this option from DaVinci. The baby recliner chair provides ample neck and back support and it’s Greenguard Gold certified for added peace of mind. This recliner swivels all the way around and gently glides back and forth in a soothing motion. Plus, the hidden recliner controls and pop-up leg rest are super-easy to operate when your hands are full, which is important when there’s a baby in your arms!

Buy it: $329,

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Crate&kids Bakersfield Rocking Chair

Think rockers are old-fashioned or uncomfortable? This is one of the best baby rocking chairs for the nursery to squash that misconception. Its sleek design, striped fabric and leather piping give the chair a modern feel. Meanwhile, the padded seat and reversible lumbar pillow make it incredibly comfortable, and the cotton-blend fabric is durable and, most importantly, washable. And if you don’t have time to put together a nursery chair, this one comes pre-assembled. (Wahoo!) Still not convinced? Check out the stellar community reviews singing its praises.

Buy it: $599, Crate&

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Baby Relax Double Rocker in Dark Taupe

For parents expecting twins (or just looking for an extra-roomy chair), this baby rocking chair is top notch. It’s one and a half times bigger than a regular rocker, meaning it can comfortably accommodate larger caregivers or parents tending to multiple children. Plus, it requires minimal assembly (score), gently rocks and has a chic white trim and an overall timeless aesthetic.

Buy it: $389,

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