How can a recliner ease your daily maternity routine?
Pregnancy comes with various forms of discomfort which make it difficult to find a comfortable position for sleeping or resting. The increased hormones and metabolism rate can cause fatigue, backache, swollen and sore joints, and sleep disruption.
A recliner provides improved posture and back alignment by giving you various options to adjust and reposition yourself with a button or lever to a comfortable and relaxing position. You can add pillows for optimal comfort, and the extended footrest offers raised support to prevent swollen legs. The gentle gliding and swivel movement is soothing and capable of relieving soreness and promoting blood circulation.
Furthermore, once your baby arrives, you can both use the recliner in the nursery for feeding, cuddling, bedtime stories and cradling the baby to sleep.
Later, you can add it to the existing furniture in the living room after your baby has outgrown the nursery.
Features to consider while choosing a nursery glider
Although your final choice of the best nursery glider will ultimately be influenced by your unique needs, we believe the following vital features will simplify the process of making your decision.
While some models only have one configuration, others, such as Baby Relax Mikayla Swivel Gliding Recliner, come as a versatile combination of a swivel, glider, and recliner in one unit. Angel Line Windsor Glider and Ottoman can be used as a glider or a rocker while Storkcraft Davenport Upholstered Swivel Glider has swivel and gliding functionality. Your choice will depend on your needs and personal preference.
A nursery glider is similar to a rocking chair but it moves back and forth like a porch swing instead of the arc movement of nursery rockers. Gliders feature a stable stationary base with a sliding mechanism which requires little effort to glide smoothly.
Some gliders have a metal swivel base with enclosed ball bearings which are capable of spinning at 360 degrees to allow movement in any direction. This is convenient when you want to access or retrieve something without waking up the sleeping baby.
The best rocker gliders for a nursery include padding and upholstery which increases softness and comfort. They may also come with a matching ottoman for elevated leg support, or additional storage.
Having recliner functionality improves comfort because you can lie on the adjustable back as you gently glide and the extended leg rest provides not only support, but also extra room to accommodate tall people.
Look for a nursery glider that can be transitioned into an additional piece of furniture in the living room once your baby outgrows the nursery.
While it is common for nursery gliders to come with a matching ottoman, it is not a guarantee, as we have seen with Storkcraft Davenport Upholstered Swivel Glider and Babyletto Tuba Extra Wide Swivel Glider which do not include ottomans in their set. Recliners, more often than not, feature an extended leg rest attached to the seat instead of an ottoman.
An ottoman is a modified footstool which can either be stationary or designated to move along with the glider. It provides raised support for your legs to relieve soreness and take pressure off your back. It also acts as storage for baby books, feeding equipment, and toiletries. You can either place the baby essentials on the ottoman or in it if it’s designed as a hinged seat with a lid on. Davinci Owen Glider has an ottoman with spacious hidden storage covered with a lid.
A high back offers enough room to comfortably lay your head and provides adequate lumbar and neck support to prevent soreness. It is handy when you and your baby both want to sleep. Some models have a pillow permanently integrated on the back while others are removable for various placements to increase comfort.
Nursery gliders include several features such as wide seats, armrests, tall backs, a wide base, and an ottoman, which give them a large footprint and heavy weight. A few are foldable for convenient storage and portability from one room to another.
Knowing the overall dimensions of your intended glider will enable you to compare it with the space available in your nursery for its storage and movement to get the right fit. This is important because a nursery usually contains several other items. For instance, an upholstered reclining glider will generally occupy more space than a regular glider while a glider with a built-in footrest takes less space than a glider with a separate ottoman.
Babysitting is a messy affair riddled with spits, leaks, spills, and stains. This is why it is important to choose a nursery glider with a cover that is stain-resistant, easy to spot clean and preferably removable for washing or future replacement.
Polyester is a common material in covers because it is washable while microfiber covers can be wiped clean. Some of the pricier options feature leather covers.
The upholstery should also be made of durable material to ensure longevity since not all covers can be removed and replaced.
Material that comes in a range of colors and can be replaced in future offers a variety of options to match them with the design scheme of the rest of the furniture and surroundings. Patterns are also a good choice for covers when you want to camouflage stains.
Filling: The type of padding used for the seat and cushions has an impact on the level of firmness and comfort. This is important because you will be spending several hours babysitting on the nursery glider. Foam is popular as a filling because it is soft and durable. Naomi Home Brisbane Glider & Ottoman Set uses hypoallergenic polyurethane foam while Baby Relax Mikayla Swivel Gliding Recliner uses core foam with supportive springs for a bouncy effect.
Frames: The frame shapes the nursery glider, so it needs to be made of sturdy and durable material which can accommodate you and the baby without collapsing. Wood is the most common material used for frames. A finish is added for a smooth look that is also easy to clean.
Extra storage pockets: Most of the nursery gliders feature pockets on the side of the seat where you can conveniently store baby books, feeding bottles, diapers, or even your phone. This makes it easy to access them without getting out of the seat.
Quiet, smooth movement: Having a nursery glider that jerks or squeaks as it glides or swivels beats its purpose of lulling and soothing the baby to sleep. Some models have been reported to start squeaking after a period of usage. Luckily, this can be easily fixed by lubricating the movable parts with oil.
Wide seat and armrest: A wide seat avoids crumping and allows you to move out of the chair without waking your baby up. It provides enough room to add a nursing pillow or shift to multiple positions when sleeping or breastfeeding and accommodates the baby’s growth for an extended period. Since men are generally bigger, a wide seat can fit your partner, too. Babyletto Tuba Extra Wide Swivel Glider has an extra wide seat that would be ideal for twins and siblings. Padded armrests support your arm and elbows when nursing or cradling your baby above your waist.
Enclosed Ball Bearings: They make a significant difference between seamless and jerky gliding motion and prolong the glider’s life.
Ease of assembly: While some gliders come fully assembled or require only minimal effort to set up, others require advanced tools and the services of a professional. Confirm this with the manufacturer and read reviews online from verified buyers and reliable review sites to know what to anticipate.
Safety features: This includes fabric that is free from harsh chemicals, a locking mechanism which locks the nursery glider in position when not in use, or into the selected reclining position, or when you want to get out of the seat with the baby in your arms. Confirm that there are no exposed movable parts, sharp edges or gaps where the baby can be trapped. You can also check out the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website to ensure your intended model is not among the products that have been recalled.
Warranty: Since nursery gliders consist of movable parts that may experience a lot of wear over time, you will need a warranty that will adequately cover you for a lengthy period in case of any defects.