Best Gliders of 2017

Best Gliders of 2017

Last Updated: January 1, 2017
For centuries, moms have used a rocking chair to soothe babies to sleep. Now the traditional rocker has major competitor: the glider.Best Gliders of 2017

It’s 2 a.m. and you look through bleary eyes at your wee one wedged against you, on the brink of nodding off. Sleep will come soon, but for now there’s you and your baby, warm and cozy, slowly rocking in the deep quiet of night.

For centuries, moms have used a rocking chair to soothe babies to sleep and share special snuggles. These days the traditional rocker has a major competitor: the glider. Instead of rocking in an arc-like of motion, the glider has a fluid back-and-forth slide and requires less effort to keep the momentum going (good for those half-awake nights).

Do you need a glider?

Gliders and rocking chairs are niceties, not necessities. A glider in the nursery is the perfect spot to cuddle, feed and read to your little one. You could certainly curl up on the couch or on a traditional chair too, but you’d miss out on the rhythmic motion, which simulates being in the womb and helps babies settle into sleep.

Which glider is dreamiest depends on your family’s budget, space and decor. To start, take a look at these options that received the highest ratings from BabyList parents.

Babylist Best Picks

Reasonably Priced

Storkcraft Hoop Glider Product - $179.99+
WHY WE LOVE IT

With a classic, rocking chair look, the Storkcraft does one better than old-timey finds. You’ll get plush seat and back cushions, padded arms, and a smooth motion.

KEEP IN MIND

Don’t expect this chair to last, because while it’s super affordable it’s not the most durable. Tip: Don’t screw it together too tight or it’ll make a creaking noise.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“It has side pockets to store a book or tablet. I would stash a water bottle in one side during nursings and a book in the other.” -Adriana

“The glider we have is absolutely wonderful. The lumbar pillow is a dream and is very comfortable. It’s very easy to get in and out of the glider with a baby in arms and there are no issues whatsoever. The price is the icing on the cake for this glider because we only spent around $200 at the time on it.” -Elizabeth

Comes With an Ottoman

Dutailer Ultramotion Glider - $399.99+
WHY WE LOVE IT

In one word: the ottoman. The Ultramotion’s price includes the glider and gliding ottoman (so nothing messes with your sleepy-time rhythm). It’s a godsend for weary moms who just need to put their feet up. Having an ottoman or footstool makes breastfeeding easier too. Plus, this glider has a solid maple frame that should hold up for years.

KEEP IN MIND

This wooden glider might not be as comfortable to snuggle in when your baby grows bigger (versus an oversized, upholstered glider).

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“We love it! So comfortable for those late nights and early mornings when he was an infant.” -Denelle

Cushy Armchair

Little Castle Glider Product - $399.99+
WHY WE LOVE IT

Plush upholstery, a bunch of different styles and fabrics to choose from, and a 360-degree swivel, all make this glider a favorite among BabyList parents. It’s five-inch-thick, seat cushion means you can rack up a lot of rocking hours without losing any fluff.

KEEP IN MIND

Little Castle basic glider models don’t recline or have a footrest, but for $200 more you can get a both in their higher-end versions. You can also purchase the basic model’s coordinating ottoman.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“This is one of the most comfortable chairs I have ever had - great purchase!” -Maureen

360° Movement

Madison Swivel Glider - $269.00

WHY WE LOVE IT This chair has built in 360° swivel action, so it’s great when you need to reach for the shelf or plug in your phone or turn to talk to another child. And it is oh-so-comfortable and stylish enough to live in your living room not just the nursery

KEEP IN MIND Some parents lament that it does not have enough head support so you may need an extra pillow for long nursing sessions or cuddle fests.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY “It was affordable and more sophisticated-looking than other options” -Hillary

“Very comfortable, small size is great for smaller rooms, and microfiber makes it easy to clean” - Lisa

A Relaxing Recliner

Best Chairs Kersey Upholstered Swivel Glider Recliner Product - $499.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

The mack daddy of gliders, this upholstered chair swivels, glides, reclines (hello naptime!), and has a pop-out footrest. Perfect for nurseries where there’s just not enough space for both a chair and an ottoman.

KEEP IN MIND

If you are less than 5 foot-6-inches tall, your feet might not touch the ground when sitting in this chair, which would make it impossible for you to glide.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“It is more like a sofa chair. Very plush and comfy.” -Paula

Timeless Style

Pottery Barn Kids Merced Glider - $699+
WHY WE LOVE IT

Pottery Barn took the comfy, club chair we’ve been yearning for our whole lives and turned it into a glider. Made from water repellent and fade-resistant fabric, the Merced also swivels.

KEEP IN MIND

Given the price, we’d love to see this chair recline. But alas, it doesn’t.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“Love ours. Can’t count the hours logged in this over three kids and two-and-a-half years. So glad we invested in such a great one.” -Caroline


Choosing What’s Right for You

Now that you’ve had a chance to review some of the gliders out there, you probably have in mind what matters most to you when it comes to balancing cost, comfort, quality and style. Obviously, comfort is key when it comes to any nursery chair, but we’d also encourage you to consider how easy the fabric is to clean (yes, there will be spit up and spills).

Also, how will you use it once the baby years are over (they go fast!)? If you’re handing it down, then a classic wooden number is fitting for any nursery, but if you’d like to move it to another room, you’ll want a glider that wouldn’t look out of place in your living room or office.

Those are just a few things to take into account as you go shopping for a cozy nesting place for you and your little one.