Your Nursery Glider Guide
The glider chair is relatively new, in comparison to the traditional nursery rocking chair, and has become very popular over the last few years.
Where To Buy And Your Budget
A nursery glider can cost you anywhere from $200 to more than $1500 if you choose some of the optional functions.
Glider chairs and ottomans are available from many baby and furniture online outlets, in a variety of styles, at reasonable prices.
When comparing the prices of various nursery gliders, remember to check whether pads and cushions are included in the price. If they're not, you can usually add at least another $100 to the price.
Also find out whether or not the matching ottoman is included. If you have to buy this separately, it can cost you between $100 and $250 extra.
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If your budget is restricted, check out the Angel Line, Storkcraft, and AFG Furniture lines for good value. But remember, the more expensive brands, such as, Dutailer, will tend to be more durable in terms of hinges and slides wearing out.
Alternatively, check out our discount baby furniture page for other money saving ideas.
Nursery Glider Accessories
There are two accessories that you need to be aware of when it comes to nursery glider chairs:
1. The Ottoman - These are usually available to match the glider that you choose.
2. Nursery Glider Chair Pads And Cushions - These are attached to the glider in most cases, however, if you choose a traditional rocker style glider, you may need to add rocking chair cushions for comfort.
Go to our nursery rocking chairs page to read more about rocking chair cushions.
Nursery Glider Types And Styles
Which one you prefer, will depend on your personal taste, just make sure it's comfortable.
There are basically three different types of nursery glider, each available in various styles, with a number of optional, useful functions.
The three types:
Look out for these nifty functions available on the more expensive models:
Look for a wall-hugger if your nursery rocker will be near a wall. The wall hugger recliner only needs 4" of clearance from it to the wall, in order for it to fully recline!
If you are short on space in your baby nursery, look for a narrow, traditional nursery rocker or wooden style glider.
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Nursery Glider Finishes
A glider can be found in many different wood finishes and hundreds of different fabrics.
The big disadvantage of a glider chair compared to a nursery rocking chair, is that the pads are not usually removable. This makes them difficult to clean and even more difficult to change.
If you can find a glider with detachable pads or removable covers, this is a bonus. If not, consider the following before choosing among the many available fabrics for your nursery glider:
You can have the fabric of your glider chair professionally treated for stain resistance. This is not recommended for a nursery glider, however, as the chemicals used in the treatment will off-gas, potentially harming your baby.
Find out if the manufacturer of the glider chair you choose does the same - This is something worth knowing in advance of a bouncy toddler orange juice spill!
Are you planning to use this glider chair in another nursery later, or are you going to leave it in this room as baby becomes a toddler? Will you move it to another room when your nursing days are over?
If so, consider a chair covering that will fit in with other potential decor schemes - perhaps a neutral color would be best?
Nursery Glider Comfort And Durability
Your nursery glider has the potential to become the most well-loved spot in your home - and not just by you. You can safely bet that the chair you buy now will be well used by your growing family through the years.
It's well worth taking a little time to make sure you buy a good quality, relaxing chair.
It must support the middle and lower back while you are rocking.
It should be inclined at the correct angle to distribute weight evenly to all parts of your body. You don't want certain parts of you going numb!
If your rocker does not have padding, a thick blanket thrown over the armrest will also do the trick.
A nursing pillow also helps.
Some gliders also have handpockets on the outside of each arm. These are excellent for storing feeding supplies such as bibs, and for keeping some late-night reading material close at hand.
Nursery Glider Safety
As always, this should be your first priority in the baby nursery.
For baby's safety, choose a nursery glider with wooden panels covering the sides. Curious, crawling babies will stick their fingers into any and every hole they can find. Wooden panels will prevent little fingers from being pinched or cut by the moving parts of the glider mechanism.
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