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

These top-of-the-line baby rocking chairs and gliders are so good, they somehow make 3 a.m. feedings less painful—and almost enjoyable. (Seriously.)
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ByLynsey Eidell
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Oct 2020
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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. 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: It 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.

Photo: Courtesy Crate and Barrel

Crate&kids Bakersfield Rocking Chair

This is one of the best rocking chairs for the nursery to squash every misconception you may have about rockers: Its sleek design and striped fabric give the chair a modern feel (not dated); the padded seat and reversible lumbar pillow make it incredibly comfortable (not hard); and the cotton-blend fabric is durable and, most importantly, washable (because, spit up).

Buy it: $599, Crate&

Photo: Courtesy Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn Kids Charleston Swivel Glider & Recliner

Looking for an investment piece? Behold one of the best nursery glider chairs: Pottery Barn Kids’ Charleston. It not only offers luxurious cushioning, support and comfort, but this reclining nursery glider also adjusts to three different positions silently and with ease so as not to disturb your sleeping baby. It’s certainly not cheap, but that feature alone makes it totally worth it. Plus, it comes in larger and smaller sizes, so it fits in tighter spaces too.

Buy it: Starting from $999,

Photo: Courtesy DaVinci

DaVinci Olive Glider and Ottoman

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. Not to mention, it’s comfortable and neutral enough to find a space in your home long after your babies are grown. Other bonuses? For one, it’s GREENGUARD Gold Certified, which means it passed a rigorous test for harmful chemicals. It also comes with an ottoman, so you can rest your feet as well as your head.

Buy it: $330,

Photo: Courtesy Angel Line

Angel Line Windsor Glider and Ottoman

In terms of the most bang for your buck, this best nursery glider and ottoman set can’t be beat. It offers generous sitting room, comes in a wide range of colors, can be easily spot-cleaned (courtesy of removable pillows) and even has storage pockets. No wonder it’s a best-seller (with hundreds of stellar reviews!) on Amazon.

Buy it: Starting from $130,

Photo: Courtesy Babyletto

Babyletto Kiwi Electronic Power Recliner and Swivel Glider with USB Port

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). The best part? This best nursery glider also has a built-in USB port to charge your device while you tend to your little one. In other words, genius.

Buy it: $699,

Photo: Courtesy Delta Children

Delta Children Emerson Upholstered Glider Swivel Rocker Chair

There’s a reason that this thickly padded glider pulls in rave reviews—the fabric is soft and impressively comfortable. Just looking at it makes us want to take a snooze! Hopefully, it’ll have the same affect on baby.

Buy it: $400,

Photo: Courtesy Storkcraft

Storkcraft Graco Parker Semi-Upholstered Glider and Nursing Ottoman

Oh, Graco nursery glider, 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 motion and the accompanying ottoman features a pull-out nursing stool so you can position yourself just right. Talk about a triple threat!

Buy it: Starting from $170,

Photo: Courtesy Nursery Works

Nursery Works Sleepytime Rocker in Leather

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. The only issue you’ll have is deciding whether or not to put it in the nursery or your living room. But bewarned: This trendy best nursery chair is made in limited quantities, so act fact if you want to buy!

Buy it: $499,

Photo: Courtesy Baby Relax

Baby Relax Mikayla Swivel Glider Recliner Chair

For those who prefer a more traditional rocker, this nursery glider recliner is top notch. It requires minimal assembly (score), rotates and glides, and has a chic white trim and overall timeless aesthetic that fans praise.

Buy it: Starting from $300,

Photo: Courtesy DaVinci

DaVinci Sierra Swivel Glider with Gliding Ottoman

Here’s another best nursery glider from DaVinci—this time with a gliding ottoman too.That makes it even easier to get into a rocking rhythm. The baby nursing chair provides neck and back support and has pockets for small essentials. Moms also rave that it’s not too bulky, gets compliments for its style, and is easy to get up from hands-free (which is important when there’s a baby in your arms!).

Buy it: $430,

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Updated December 2019

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