The Best Nursery Rockers

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The Best Nursery Rockers
Rocking chairs help parents soothe fussy babies. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Many parents consider a rocker a necessity in the nursery. Rockers are used for soothing a fussy baby, giving the baby feedings and reading bedtime stories; later, the family can make use of the rocker in another room in the home. Parents can choose from various types of rockers based on their budget and personal preferences for appearance, ease of cleaning and comfort.

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Wooden Rockers

Wooden rocking chairs are a traditional choice for the nursery. These rockers are available in just about any type of wood finish, or parents can purchase one unfinished and have it stained and varnished to suit their tastes. Some parents prefer an antique wooden rocker, perhaps one that has been handed down through the family and has great sentimental value. Other parents might prefer a more modern style of wooden rocker or one that is part of a bedroom set for the infant. Due to the lack of upholstery, wooden rockers clean easily for those inevitable baby messes. For comfort, parents can add a cushion to the back or seat of the chair.


Glider rocking chairs offer the beauty of hardwood with a smooth horizontal front-to-back rocking motion. Using a glider requires less effort on the part of the parent, and babies often find this motion soothing, explains the Baby Department website. In addition, glider rockers offer cushioned seats and backs that can coordinate with the bedding and other nursery decor. However, parents might experience difficulty removing the coverings of the cushions for cleaning or laundering.

Upholstered Rockers

Parents might find that upholstered rocking chairs are the most comfortable type of chair for the nursery, due to the all-around cushioning and plush fabric present on many chairs. According to the Parents website, environmentally conscious parents might consider purchasing an Eco Glider, which is an upholstered rocker made of recycled parts and soy-based foam. Cleaning upholstered rockers requires more effort than cleaning a wooden rocker, and stains from babies might not come out of certain types of upholstery fabric. Once it is no longer needed in the baby's room, an upholstered rocker often fits in with family or living room furniture.

Rocking Chair Accessories

In addition to a rocker in the nursery, a complementary ottoman or stool for the feet can add comfort for the parents. For nursing mothers, a wooden nursing stool used as a foot rest can increase comfort during middle-of-the-night nursing sessions with baby. A padded ottoman can increase a parent's comfort when rocking a fussy baby back to sleep. Ottomans often come as a package deal with an upholstered rocker or glider rocking chair so that the finish and upholstery match.

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