Are you feeling conflicted about getting a baby glider?
When I was preparing for my first newborn, the glider almost didn’t make it into the baby registry because there were just so many things that I want to get for my baby. But thankfully, a good friend of mine (and a more experienced mommy), convinced me that a nursery glider is really important for BOTH the mother and the baby. And it’s something that I shouldn’t scrimp on.
I’m really glad that I heeded her advice because the baby glider has been a lifesaver for the many long hours rocking, nursing or reading to the little one.
But the search for the right glider can be really time-consuming (but to mention confusing at times). Fret not.
You don’t have to start creating a spreadsheet to compare all the different features, dimensions, materials etc etc. We’ve gone through the exact process.
To help you navigate through your search, we have reviewed and come up with what we think is the BEST glider for nursery to meet your specific needs.
Do read on to learn more about how to choose the right glider. If you are in a hurry, you can also jump straight to our REVIEWS of the best glider chair!
Best Nursery Glider and Ottoman – Dutailier Modern Glider and Ottoman
Best Glider for Small Nursery – DaVinci Olive Upholstered Swivel Glider
Best Upholstered Glider Chair – Delta Children Emerson Upholstered Glider Swivel Rocker Chair
Best Glider for Tall Parents – Storkcraft Premium Hoop Glider and Ottoman
- Why Do You Need a Baby Glider?
- What Is a Good Glider Chair?
- Dutailier Glider and Ottoman – BEST Nursery Glider and Ottoman
- DaVinci Olive Upholstered Swivel Glider with Bonus Ottoman – BEST Glider for Small Nursery
- Delta Children Emerson Upholstered Glider Swivel Rocker Chair – Best Upholstered Glider Chair
- What’s Next?
Why Do You Need a Baby Glider?
A nursery glider is not exactly a necessity. However, most parents would agree that if you have a budget and spare to spare, a glider would really come in handy.
You will be spending a lot of your time in the nursery with your baby (especially in the first few months) for the many late night feedings, soothing your baby to sleep, cuddling with your little one, reading stories or simply to catching a nap. So it is really important to have a spot where you can sit comfortably for a long time with the baby in your arms.
You may wonder if a normal armchair would suffice or what’s the difference between a traditional rocking chair and a modern glider.
The consistent back-and-forth rocking motion of a glider is very soothing to babies and can help to lull them to sleep more easily (every parent’s dream). In fact, don’t be surprised to find yourself nodding off.
In the past, our parents would have used rocking chairs in ace of the modern glider. The traditional rocking chairs rock in an arc-like motion which is less smooth and require more effort to keep the motion going.
What Is a Good Glider Chair?
A good glider should provide you with a comfortable place to bond with your baby and rest, but it should not be too bulky to take up your entire nursery. It should be durable enough to last through multiple kids, or can be used in your living room after the nursing days are over.
There are 2 main types of gliders.
The wooden frame glider has a more traditional and classic look, while the upholstered glider looks more like a regular armchair and can easily be used as a transitional piece in other rooms.
Here are features of a good glider that you can look out for:
- Comfortable and Well-supported
As you will be sitting for long periods of time on the glider, comfort is the most important criteria. You’d want your glider to be well-cushioned (for the seat and arm rest) and provide good lumbar support. A high backrest would also be great as it allows you to rest your head.
Different models and brands of nursery gliders come in various sizes. Do select one with a seat pan depth that fits your size comfortably.
- Smooth and Quiet Glide
As you can tell from the name, a glider’s most basic function is to glide. Jerky and jarring sounds can awaken your little ones just when they fall asleep.
If you want to ensure that you can still enjoy a smooth long glide over time, do check that your glider incorporates enclosed ball bearings.
The best gliders, such as the Dutailier, set themselves part by using exclusive and patented gliding systems to ensure smooth and long gliding motions.
- Arm Rests
Arm rest is a must-have. You’ll need a firm and spacious arm rest with padding to rest your elbows and the weight of your baby while you are breastfeeding or soothing your baby to sleep. If not, your arms will get tired very quickly. An adjustable armrest would be a really cool feature to have.
If you have the space, I would highly recommend getting a glider set with a matching ottoman that glides synchronously with the seat. You may not think that it matters, but this feature is really important for the added comfort and helps you position your body more ergonomically. Being about to lift up the legs really does wonders for swollen legs and leg pains.
A moving ottoman requires less effort to glide, compared to a stationary one. However, there are also people who prefers a stationary ottoman. Do try out the different types of glider and ottoman sets to find out your own preference.
- Nursing Stool
Some glider ottoman comes a nursing stool, which is an added piece that be pulled out and slide back underneath when not in use.
This is recommended if you are feeding your baby. The footrest allows you to lift up your knees, which helps to relieve the pressure on your back. This extra support helps you to maintain in a better position for a longer time when breastfeeding. As it is stationary, you will not feel like you are sliding out of the seat while nursing. If you are getting a glider without this additional footrest, you can also buy an optional nursing stool separately.
- Locking Mechanism
A locking mechanism to stop the glider in position allows you to balance better. It will make it easier and safer for to get onto, or stand up and get off the glider, especially if you are holding your baby in your arm. As your baby grows older and starts crawling, keeping your glider locked in position is also a safety precaution to prevent their fingers from getting pinched.
A good glider should last through your babies, and allow you to use it beyond the nursery after your baby has outgrown the nursing period.
Hardwood frame tend to be stronger and last longer, compared to softwood or wood compositors which are cheaper.
Look out for cushions that are durable and do not sag so easily. If possible, look for models that provides the option for you to buy replacement cushion
- Easy to Clean
Babies can be messy, and it is not uncommon for them to spit up. Detachable and washable cushions covers are the best. But there’s no such options, look out for stain-repellent fabrics and materials that are easy to spot clean.
A reclining glider allows to catch a wink, especially for the long late nights that you have to put up in the nursery or just to catch a quick nap in the day. When you lie down in a more horizontal position with your feet elevated, you will more comfortable and stable.
This is extremely helpful when your little one has fallen asleep in your arms. Any sudden movement may awaken the baby, so it’s a good time that you also catch some rest.
Reclining glider chairs that allow you to recline to multiple position tend to be more comfortable as you can find your own sweet spot. A lock mechanism is also important to ensure that it feels stable and steady at each recline position.
Not all nursery gliders have the recline feature.
Not all gliders have the swivel feature. I find this a really nice feature to have, but not a deal-breaker for me.
What’s nice about the swivel feature is that it allows you to turn 360 degrees, so it’s easier for you to manoeuvre. You can turn and grab things that would otherwise be out of reach. You can also have a 360 degree view of the room so you can watch over the other kids, or continue to engage with the rest of the family in the room. This becomes especially useful if you are moving in to the family room after the nursing days.
- Storage pockets
Storage pockets need not to be huge. They just need to fit some items that you might need for nursing, some entertainment for yourself (such as your phone and magazine) or some children books and toys to distract the fussy baby. And it would be really convenient if they are located within arm’s length from the seated position.
As the glider is an expensive item that you are expecting to use for a long time, it’s good to check out if a warranty is included. Generally, when a brand provides warranty, it shows their confidence and commitment towards the quality of their product.
Nursery gliders come in a wide range of features and design, along with that comes a wide price range. It can be a dizzying task to compare and decide on the best baby glider for you. To simplify your selection, it’s always a good idea to first set your budget to limit your options.
Dutailier Glider and Ottoman – BEST Nursery Glider and Ottoman
If you are looking for a classic wooden reclining glider chair, our top pick would be the Dutailier Modern 0410 Glider Multiposition-Lock Recline with Nursing Ottoman.
The Dutailier glider chair may be expensive but is are worth the price because of their quality. What sets it apart from the rest is its high quality sealed ball bearings (not plastic!), smooth and long gliding motion and durable hardwood construction.
Dutailier is a Canadian company that has been around for 35 years and prides itself in its craftsmanship.
What we like about the Dutailier Modern Glider
The gliding motion is very quiet. There is absolutely no squeaking or jarring sound when you are gliding or when you are getting in and out of the glider chair. So no worries about waking up your little one. The gliding motion is also extra-long and smooth, thanks to their own patented GLIDE-R-MOTION technology and the quality sealed ball bearings. It feels almost effortless to glide.
The seat can be locked in 6 different position along the glide, to give different resting options according to your preference while maintaining the recline angle. The locking mechanism is handy when you need to hold the seat steady for feedings. It also makes it safer to have toddlers around as you don’t have to worry about them getting their fingers pinched.
You can also recline the backrest up to 45°. More importantly, I love the fact that it can still glide when reclined! The reclining mechanism is super easy and smooth. All you need to do is to release the recline lock, lean back and make use of your body weight to activate the recline operation. You can then continue gliding in a more horizontal position. This is so comfortable that you can fall asleep and nap comfortably. A godsend when you have to pull an all-nighter in the nursery.
I love how the ottoman glides in tandem with the glider chair and makes it easier on the back. This synchronized gliding puts your body in a more ergonomic position and provides added support to your back and knee. But at times I also wished that there could be a locking option, just like the glider chair.
If you intend to use the Dutailier glider for nursing, do select the model that comes with a nursing footrest. The nursing stool is a slanted footrest that can be pulled out from the ottoman and held stationary so that you can place your feet and elevate your knee while feeding your baby. When not in use, simply slide it back underneath.
NOTE: Dutailier has models that comes with or without the nursing footrest – be careful to select the correct one when ordering.
The seat is also spacious enough to accommodate most nursing pillows. I find this the best glider for nursing. Many moms have found it easier and more comfortable to breastfeed in this glider compared to elsewhere.
However, you don’t have to wait till your baby comes to bring the glider home. In fact if you intend to get a glider, you should purchase it earlier to enjoy the most benefits. As you get further into your third trimester, you will find that the glider provides much better support and relieve to the pregnant back compared to your couch. Along with the ottoman, it works wonders for the swollen legs.
The Dutailier glider also features a high backrest, which is great for taller parents (around 6’) as they would be able to rest their head without straining their neck when leaned back. This may not be the case in many of the cheaper gliders in the market. But it is a really important feature for comfort as you could be spending hours at one go in the glider with your newborn.
Even though this is a classic and traditional wooden glider design, I love the stylish and modern color combination of dark gray fabric cushion and hardwood with a white finish.
The fabric is soft and easy to keep clean. The Dutailier glider cushions are made of high-density polyurethane foam so that they do not sag and will continue to provide the much needed support and comfort.
As a baby product, the Dutailier glider is designed to be safe. There are no sharp edges and make use of toxic-free finish. It meets the Canadian and USA safety standards (CAL117 and TSCA), and contains no flame retardants and carcinogenic products.
Over, this glider is easy to put together in 15 minutes as it comes pre-assembled. You only need 4 screws for the glider chair and 4 for the ottoman, which are all provided. Some moms-to-be managed to assemble it themselves at 35 weeks!
The arm rest comes with cushion padding. However I do not like that the padding attachment makes use of Velcro, which feels a little flimsy.
There are no storage pockets at the sides.
For really tall dads (close to 7’), they might find that the glider chair is not roomy enough and the arm rest height could be too low. A pillow may be needed under the arm to support the baby.
Seating dimension with cushion: 19″
Backrest length with cushion: 27″
Who Is It For?
If you value quality and you are looking for a baby glider that can last through multiple kids or continue to be used to rest and relax for many years to come, then this is the best glider and ottoman for you.
Overall, this very comfortable. Not only does the baby fall asleep more easily with the glide, it is also not difficult for parents to fall asleep and nap comfortably.
You can also look forward to continue using it for years. After the nursing days, you can move it to the living room and using it to relax and watch TV. In fact, Dutailier gliders are built to last (with proper care). Not to forget, 5 years limited warranty provided : )
DaVinci Olive Upholstered Swivel Glider with Bonus Ottoman – BEST Glider for Small Nursery
The DaVinci Olive Glider is your go-to upholstered glider if you are looking for one that looks modern and befitting of almost any rooms in your home as you transition out of the nursing days. It comes with the convenient swivel feature, a stationary ottoman a bonus lumbar pillow.
It is fully upholstered and the clean simple lines give it a modern and upscale look. Due to its small footprint, it’s recommended for small spaces.
What We Like About the DaVinci Olive Swivel Glider
The DaVinci Olive Swivel Glider is unbeatable when it comes to the comfort, quality and stylish look delivered for its affordable price point. This swivel gilder can easily grow with your child and transition to any room in your home, without looking outdated or screaming ‘baby’ in your eyes.
It has a 360 degree swivel function, which is not very common. I love that it becomes really convenient for you to manoeuvre and access things. Just imagine if you need to grab something off the shelf nearby, you can even continue with the forward-backward gliding motion as you swivel. The swivel feature is also perfect if you happen to have a fussy baby who prefers the side-to-side movement instead of the back-and-forth rocking motion.
The rocking motion is relatively smooth and quiet. It does lean back slightly when you rock this glider chair does not have a recline feature.
The DaVinci glider is well constructed and comfortable. You will find it hard not to fall asleep in the middle of the night while rocking your baby to sleep. The high backrest allows parents around 6’ tall to be able to lean back and still have their neck supported while rocking.
The armrests are comfy and at a good height for breastfeeding. It provides the support to take the loads off you while holding baby. It also comes with a bonus lumbar pillow for those who needed additional back support. If you don’t require, simply toss it aside.
I like that the cushion is firm and hence supportive. But some parents may refer it to be softer.
The fabric of the upholstery is soft. The cushion cover of the lumber pillow can be removed for washing, but not the rest of the upholstery. However, the seat fabric is easy to spot clean little spit ups and the stain don’t really show.
It comes fully assembled so all you need is just to unbox it! The downside to this is that it you really need to move it around the house, it can be heavy. So, be sure to get help!
Designed to be safe, the moving parts (for the swivel function) are underneath the chair so you don’t have to worry about the safety of toddlers or crawling kids at home. There are no toxic chemicals or flame retardants in the product. Not only so, DaVinci is one of the few brands that are Greenguard Gold Certified, which means that they have tested for over 10,000 chemicals.
Similar to Dutailier, there are no side pockets for storage.
The DaVinci Glider comes with a matching beautiful ottoman. However, the ottoman doesn’t move.
Having said that, this is ultimately a personal preference. Some moms actually prefer a stationary ottoman to use as a leverage or to use it for other purposes such as folding clothes. Others like it because they have toddlers who love to climb around and sit on the ottoman to play. I would highly recommend that y