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What's the best kind of rocking chair--traditional wooden, or padded nursery glider?

post #1 of 11
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So, I'm expecting, and a couple different relatives have rocking chairs they want to pass on. What is better, more comfortable, easiest to have around in your opinion:  An all-wooden traditional rocking chair, or one of those padded armed padded seat gliders? With all of that fabric padding, I might be worried about stains and yuckiness--I don't think those sections come off to be machine washable, do they? All wood sounds great from a keeping it clean standpoint, but is it comfortable for hours of nursing/rocking...? Would love input!

post #2 of 11

I got one as a gift from mil which was woodeen but with padding that came off for washing. I loved it. It was my favorite baby shower gift.

post #3 of 11

I think the fit of the chair is going to make a bigger difference in which one is "better" than the upholstery, or lack thereof.  My most comfortable rocking chair is a vinyl and crome one from the '70's.  I like it best because it fits me best.  If you had two chairs that fit equally well, I'd probably choose the wooden one for the reasons you state, but if I had an upholstered one that was super comfy I'd probably just throw a washable blanket over it to catch stuff.  Also, I personally find rocking chairs far easier to deal with than gliders, partly because I can move a rocking chair while sitting in it with a sleeping child, but when I try to do the same with a glider it doesn't work so well (it could be lack of practice).

post #4 of 11

I was given my grandmother's wooden nursing rocker. It was a lovely looking piece of furniture. It had a spindle back and no arms. It was THE MOST uncomfortable thing to nurse in. I have no idea how she did it with 5 kids. (I suspect she didn't). 

 

Anyway, I discovered I liked sitting in a solid, large chair with arms and good padding.  I didn't particularly like rocking and my dc didn't seem to need it while nursing. I liked having an armchair with comfortably padded arms, so that I could prop my elbow up and cradle the baby on one side, and prop my other elbow up and hold a book in the other hand. Rocking and book-reading don't really work together. My first nursed for going on 2 hours at a time, so the book-reading was a necessary sanity saver. 

 

The pretty wooden rocking chair lived in a corner and made a nice room decoration. 

 

Just my 2cents.   

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Anyway, I discovered I liked sitting in a solid, large chair with arms and good padding.  I didn't particularly like rocking and my dc didn't seem to need it while nursing. I liked having an armchair with comfortably padded arms, so that I could prop my elbow up and cradle the baby on one side, and prop my other elbow up and hold a book in the other hand. Rocking and book-reading don't really work together. My first nursed for going on 2 hours at a time, so the book-reading was a necessary sanity saver. 

 

Exactly this!

post #6 of 11

I got a traditional rocking chair for my first born but it was so uncomfortable after awhile. She loved the rocking motion so I put up with it. For my second I got a reclining glider rocker. She was a sick baby and we both lived in that chair. Both of my rockers had removable, washable padding. A must!

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

Interesting! I do want to think about also not getting one at all...one of my babies seemed to become a "rocking addict," and when she was 3 and still wanted rocking to get to sleep, that was pretty inconvenient! And then another child when they were finally verbal, opened her eyes while we were rocking and nursing and said, "Mama, WHY are you always SHAKING me!?" So, maybe not a necessity, hhmmm...I'm thinking of going more padded if I do, just because the older kids would be more likely to curl up there with their books, so multi-purposeness! Thanks for your ideas!

post #8 of 11

If I could do it over again, I would have chosen a rocking power recliner.  Yeah, I like comfort.  :love  Plain wood rockers are way too uncomfy with a baby. Gliders are ok but the arms are usually too high to be fully comfortable.  Completely upholstered rockers are nice.  But a rocking recliner is heaven, in my opinion.  Sit in it, nurse in it, sleep in it.  Ahhh...wonderful.  Great, now I want to upgrade my non rocking recliner.

post #9 of 11

I love the "look" of the traditional rockers, and for reading/rocking/song chair I totally wish I had gone that way. Instead family purchased a glider for me, It's gotten A LOT of use so no issues there, but I didn't find it comfortable to nurse in. It was a great chair to rock my babies in when they needed that extra comfort though because I didn't have to put much effort into the rocking itself.

However if I could go back I would have a super plush and new LazyBoy recliner. The ones with the HUGE arms. We had one given to us shortly after having our second and once I learned how comfy it was to nurse in and snuggle in, I wished I had had it from day one with #1. It's old though and not in great shape anymore. If/when we have another I would love a new one!

post #10 of 11

I never found one comfy to nurse in, but used regular rocker for soothing a cranky baby.  My little sister has my old rocker and a glider, but does not use either for nursing.

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by ollyoxenfree View Post
 

I was given my grandmother's wooden nursing rocker. It was a lovely looking piece of furniture. It had a spindle back and no arms. It was THE MOST uncomfortable thing to nurse in. I have no idea how she did it with 5 kids. (I suspect she didn't). 

 

 

Ha, Ha!  I suspect there is a reason people are so very anxious to get rid of their rocking chairs.  OP - beware of multiple relatives gifting their rocking chairs!

 

I agree that a stable, comfy stuffed chair to be the best nursing chair.

 

I had people insisting on getting me one of those wooden gilder/rocker things and I agree, the arms were too high and I sat up too straight in it.  For reference, I am 5'9" and I can't imagine how uncomfortable they are for smaller women.

 

I strongly "declined" that gift suggestion and went with a slip covered chair with an automan (sp?) for my feet.

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