When it comes to preparing a nursery, there's one item most parent's will agree is a must-have, and that's one of the best nursery gliders or rockers. With new parents spending a good amount of time in and out of their child's nursery, be it for late-night check-ins, diaper changes, or time spent with a good children's book, having a comfortable spot to rest as they go is important for them and their baby. But what exactly makes glider and rocking chairs so special?
Why Every Nursery Needs a Glider or Rocker
From feedings to story time, it's pretty easy to understand why having a glider or rocker in your nursery would be a good thing. Starting in early childhood, we're taught that to soothe a baby they should be rocked, so having a chair that can help out with that seems like a no brainer. However, there's another reason why having comfortable seating in a nursery is especially important — the parent's health. According to Stanford Children's Health, while newborns sleep about eight to nine hours in the daytime and about eight hours at night, they may not sleep more than one to two hours at a time. This irregular sleep schedule means the parent's sleep schedule will be affected as well (cue the resounding duh). But it's not just their sleep that is affected, it's their mental health, too. The National Council on Family Relations reports that sleep deprivation in parents can, "damage a parent’s physical and psychological health, work productivity, and relationship quality with the child." As a result, many parents find that having a comfortable place they can take short naps throughout the day or night while rocking or feeding can help with early child rearing, making these gliders and rockers not only a beautiful decor piece, but a parenting essential.
Best Nursery Gliders for New Moms
Whether you're an expecting mother or a parent, in-law, or family member looking to wow your loved one at their baby shower, finding the right glider or rocker is a must. Ready to shop? Keep scrolling for FIRST's picks for the best nursery gliders and rockers for new moms.
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