Babies require multiple nursing or bottles every day, so you’re going to want to ensure you have a comfortable place to rest when the time comes to feed them. That’s where nursing chairs come in. Also known as glider chairs, these pieces of furniture were designed specifically for this purpose. They’re wider and lower than most normal chairs or armchairs, which give you more flexibility to find the best and most supportive possible position when breastfeeding or giving your baby a bottle. They also have padded, fabric-covered arms for additional comfort and support. While not a strict necessity, many new and experienced parents find a nursing chair a worthwhile addition to their newborn’s nursery. Besides being a comfy and convenient place to feed a baby, quite a few nursing chairs double as rocking chairs or at least glide back and forth, so they can help to soothe a fussy infant to sleep. Almost all models also come with a built-in or accompanying footstool or ottoman so parents can put their feet up while feeding or rocking their baby. If you want to add a nursing chair to your nursery or baby’s room, here are a few we recommend.
What Should You Consider in a Nursing Chair?
Here are a few things to think about before buying a nursing chair:
- Comfort: The main purpose of a nursing chair is to provide you, the parent, with as comfortable a place to sit as possible. Consider how thick or thin of padding you’re going to want in your nursing chair. There should be a decent balance between softness and firmness. Do you want the chair to be fully upholstered or only partly? How tall of a headrest, armrests, and footrest will be most comfortable for you? How large or small do you want the footrest to be? Do you want an extra-wide model for extra room to maneuver or stretch out? What sort of fabric feels most comfortable to you? Also keep an eye out for a nursing chair with lumbar support, as this is both more comfortable and will provide your back with additional support.
- Stationary vs. Motion: Quite a few nursing chairs have either rocking or gliding properties to help rock your baby to sleep or calm them when they’re fussing. The difference between the two is that rockers sway in an arc, but gliders move back and forth on a fixed track. Some gliders even swivel. Gliders are smoother, and since they don’t raise off the ground, they won’t accidentally come down on toes or fingers while moving. This makes them a bit of a safer choice for you if you have other small children in the house. Of course, you may prefer the stability of a stationary nursing chair that doesn’t move at all. There are fewer of these, but they are available if you already own a rocking chair or don’t want a model that moves.
- Convenience: As mentioned, most nursing chairs will come with some sort of footstool or ottoman. These may or may not be attached directly to the chair, and some of them fold up or in for more compact storage when not in use. There are even a few that double as storage ottomans for toys, books, etc. Others will have storage pockets in the arms to give you a convenient place to hold bottles, burping cloths, and other essentials. Some nursing chairs will be covered with waterproof and/or stain-resistant or -repellent fabric that increases their durability and makes them that much easier to clean. This is an especially useful feature since most nursing chairs can only be spot cleaned. A chair with a locking mechanism helps keep it stable and ensure the safety of both you and your baby. Also consider how much assembly the nursing chair is going to require. Some models offer the choice of coming pre-assembled ahead of time for an extra fee, and you may decide that’s a tradeoff worth paying the additional money.
Best for Budget: Stork Craft Premium Hoop Glider and Ottoman
Furniture tends to be a purchase that comes with a fairly heavy price tag. This makes it tricky to furnish your home, including the nursery, if you’re on a budget. You don’t want to skimp and risk buying cheaply made furniture that won’t last, of course, but you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg in the process. This glider nursing chair and matching ottoman provide you with all the quality comfort and support you could want, with a lower price tag than many comparable models. The roomy seat pairs with padded arm cushions that have storage pockets, a convenient place to stash a bottle, or keep a small burping pad when it’s time to burp your baby. The upholstery on both chair and ottoman is made from soft yet durable polyester that you can spot clean as needed, padded inside with foam for maximum comfort. The chair is made of solid hardwood with enclosed metal ball bearings that ensure the gliding motion is as smooth and gentle as possible. It has a total recommended weight capacity of 250 pounds. And with 14 different colors to choose from, you’ll have an easy time matching this nursing chair to the rest of your nursery furnishings and color scheme.
Storkcraft Premium Hoop Glider and Ottoman (Gray Base, Swirl Cushion) – Padded Cushions with Storage Pocket, Smooth Rocking Motion, Easy to Assemble, Solid Hardwood Base
A high-quality glider nursing chair and matching ottoman that won't break the bank.
Best Nursing Ottoman: Graco Parker Semi-Glider and Nursing Ottoman
Anyone who’s ever had a baby can tell you how hard pregnancy is on your feet and the swelling it causes in them. Even post-pregnancy, new parents may find themselves spending a lot of time on their feet while caring for their newborn. Thus a nursing chair with a good ottoman or footrest can be a welcome asset to parents. This glider model features a matching pull-out stool that can expand when you need it and fold back in for easier, more compact storage when not in use. The ottoman also glides to match and synchronize with the chair’s movement, allowing you to enjoy the smooth, gentle back and forth all the way down to your feet. The plush back, arms, and ottoman are upholstered with soft, comfortable, and durable polyester of the highest quality. It’s also an incredibly easy fabric to spot clean should you ever spill formula or your infant spit up on it. It’s available in two different color schemes.
Graco Parker Semi-Upholstered Glider and Nursing Ottoman, Espresso/Beige Cleanable Upholstered Comfort Rocking Nursery Chair with Ottoman
A glider nursing chair with a matching fold-away nursing ottoman that also glides.
Best Extra-Wide: Esright Grey Upholstered Rocking Chair
A nursing chair with an extra-wide seat can be a blessing for parents with an infant. A wider seat means more space to stretch out or adjust to just the right angle, which in turn means maximum comfort for you. If you want additional size and space from your nursing chair, you can’t go wrong with this extra-large model. This ergonomically designed, armchair-like nursing chair is one and a half times wider than the average fabric rocker. It’s capable of supporting up to 300 pounds, plenty for most adults, even with a baby or toddler in their arms. The solid wooden feet sway gently back and forth, so you still have the option of rocking your baby to sleep in this nursing chair, even with its large size. The seat cushion is thickly padded, and the entire chair is upholstered with soft, durable, pale gray polyester fabric that will match and suit most nursery color schemes. Unlike some other models, this nursing chair is covered from top to bottom with upholstery for a cleaner look that doesn’t display any of the interior construction or inner workings. This also means you can move this nursing chair into your living room or den to serve as a regular armchair or lounge chair once your children have outgrown the need for nursing. While some assembly is required, it’s a simple task, with all the necessary parts included in your purchase.
Esright Upholstered Rocking Sofa Chair with Spacious Wingback, Nursery Glider Rocker Provides Comfortable Relax for Living Room, Bedroom, Baby Room, Double Wide Rocker Grey
A rocking nursing chair that is one and a half times wider than the average model, providing plenty of room to stretch out, adjust, and get comfortable.
Best Stain-Resistant: Carter’s by DaVinci Swivel Glider with Storage Ottoman
It’s no secret that babies and toddlers are messy little creatures. Newborns especially don’t have any control over their bearings, so they drool, throw up, and make other messes all over the place at any given time. Thus any baby equipment that is simple to wash or clean is a true boon to parents caring for an infant. This nursing chair is not only easy to clean, but the linen-like polyester upholstery is both water-repellent and stain-resistant, so it’s less likely to become dirty or stained in the first place. Even with a messy newborn, this model will look spic and span long after you purchase it. It’s also incredibly safe, having been tested and found free of toxic chemicals like PBDEs, formaldehyde, flame retardants, and more. This nursing chair is a classic back and forth glider to rock your baby to sleep, and it also swivels a full 360 degrees. This can be handy if, for example, you’re ever feeding your baby and sunlight from the window is shining in their eyes, simply rotate the chair away from the window. The included, matching square ottoman has a lift-off lid to provide you with storage space for your baby’s toys, feeding accessories, or any other items you want to tuck away. A small, supportive back cushion also comes with the chair. And as a bonus, no assembly is required for this nursing chair. It’s available in five different colors.
Carter's by DaVinci Adrian Swivel Glider with Storage Ottoman Performance Grey Linen, Water Repellent and Stain Resistant Fabric, Greenguard Gold Certified
A gliding, swiveling nursing chair upholstered with stain-resistant and water-repellent fabric.
Also Great: Naomi Home Brisbane Glider and Ottoman Set
With its classic design and elegant, aesthetically pleasing look, this plush, gliding nursing chair and matching ottoman will make a great addition to any nursery. It’s available in four different color combinations, with the choice between solid-colored cushions or cushions with a chic yet timeless chevron pattern if you want a little extra flair. Despite its elegant look, this nursing chair has a more affordable price tag than many other similar models. The chair and ottoman alike are made of a solid, durable wooden frame upholstered with easily spot-cleaned fabric. The thick, plush filling is made of 100% polyurethane foam for a softer feel. The arms have pockets, giving you a convenient place to temporarily place a bottle when it’s time to burp your baby, store other feeding items to keep them on hand, or even stash a remote control to enjoy your favorite TV show as you’re tending your little one. The closed ball bearings provide the smoothest possible gliding motion for those times when you want to rock your baby to sleep. This nursing chair is easy to assemble with all required tools included. You also have the option to buy it pre-assembled by experts for an additional fee.
Naomi Home Brisbane Glider and Ottoman Set White/Gray Chevron
A classic glider nursing chair that will fit the aesthetic of any home and never go out of style.