Are you preparing the nursery for your baby’s arrival?
For those 3am night feeds (and all the others you’ll be doing!) you’ll want to feel comfortable with your back properly supported.
There are many different chairs and gliders on the market, but you want to choose the right one for you, so you can relax and enjoy gently rocking your little one.
In this article, I’ll look at the pros and cons of 3 popular gliders by Storkcraft, Angel Line and Dutailier.
Which glider brand is the most popular?
According to the monthly search volume online, as a brand, Dutailier gliders come up top with 8100 searches per month, and Angel Line gliders have only 170.
Of course this doesn’t necessarily link to sales, as I don’t have the statistics, but you can certainly see from the chart below, which brand is considered the most popular.
Why do you need nursery seating?
You’re going to spend a lot of time in the nursery with your baby.
Whether this is feeding, reading or settling down to sleep, you’re going to want something comfortable to sit in.
Furthermore, babies love being gently rocked as it is very soothing for them.
So rocking chairs and glider are a great way to help your baby settle to sleep, as well as to support your back when feeding and reading to them
What should you consider when buying a glider?
I highly recommend you think about several factors when purchasing a glider, just like you would with a crib or stroller.
This is something you will hopefully use for quite a while, so make sure you pick a glider which will last well into the future. You might have a second or third baby one day!
This goes without saying. The glider should feel very comfortable when you’re sitting in it. Also, make sure your back feels properly supported, there are suitable arm rests to help you support the baby, and the back of the glider is high enough to rest your head.
Easy to clean
As with most items of furniture, when a baby comes on the scene, you will have several little accidents!
So make sure the glider you choose is easy to clean; some have washable covers which you can put in the washing machine.
A crib takes up a lot of space in a nursery, so if you’re purchasing a glider as well, check the dimensions carefully so you’ll know it will fit. You can use an online baby room planner to see how everything will look.
Last but not least, check how safe the glider is. You don’t want your baby’s hands to get caught in the rocking mechanism.
Ok, so now you have an idea what to look for in a glider, let’s look at 3 options in more detail so you can decide what is best for you and your baby.
Storkcraft Premium Hoop Glider and Ottoman
This Storkcraft glider comes with its own matching ottoman, an extra-large seat, and cushioned armrests for the ultimate in comfort.
It even comes with convenient pockets in each of the armrests, making this a great place to put pacifiers and anything else baby-related. The enclosed metal ball bearings mean that the rocker is guaranteed to have a smooth action every time you use it, allowing both you and the baby to relax quickly.
Available in nearly 20 different colors , the various combinations mean that you can have a rocker that perfectly matches the rest of the décor, allowing your nursery to come together to create just the right look.
The glider and ottoman are also very easy to clean so there is no worrying about what your baby might put them through. Furthermore, you can trust the Storkcraft brand because they have been making high-quality furniture for infants through teens for more than 70 years.
The glider is also sturdy enough to accommodate people with a weight of up to 250 pounds and the polyester upholstery works great with any spot-cleaning , so it will look amazing for many years to come.
- A sturdy and high-quality product
- Nearly 20 different colors available
- Coated ball bearings that ensure a very smooth rocking ability
- Easy to spot-clean
- Comes with an ottoman for extra comfort
- Some customers said the glider did not last as long as they expected
- No protective cover
Angel Line Monterey Glider and Ottoman
Available in many different base and cushion color combinations, including include black, grey, white, and beige, the Angel Line Monterey glider and ottoman make the perfect complement for your nursery regardless of its current décor.
Both pieces have a sturdy wood frame and cushions that are easy to clean; the chair cushion is even removable.
One of the things that makes the Angel Line glider so different is its extra-large cushioned seating, which is big enough to ensure that anyone sitting in it will be comfortable. Furthermore, it comes with padded armrests with storage pockets.
The high-quality construction guarantees that it will last for many years to come and it even has enclosed metal ball bearings for extra-smooth, steady rocking ability.
This Angel Line glider and ottoman make a great addition to your nursery because they are attractive and provide a smooth rocking experience that will quickly help both you and the baby relax.
They are also fast and easy to put together, meaning that you can be rocking baby to sleep in no time at all.
The fabric used on the chair and ottoman set is strong and easy to clean, so there will be no more worries whenever your baby spills something.
- Durable and strong
- Affordable price
- Comes in many different color combinations
- Very comfortable
- Some buyers have said that the chair can break easily and there is loud squeaking noise when rocking
Dutailier Sleigh Glider Chair with Ottoman
The Dutailier Sleigh model is easy and fast to put together, comes with padded cushions that which makes it comfortable when bottle- and breast-feeding.
Manufactured in Canada, the set consists of high-quality wood that is durable and will last for many years to come.
With this Dutailier glider and ottoman, you can choose a variety of color combinations by selecting both the base color and the color of the cushions. Sealed ball bearings ensure that the rocker will produce smooth motions every time, which means that rocking baby to sleep will be comfortable and relaxing for both of you.
The set also comes pre-assembled, which means putting it together can be accomplished more quickly than you think.
It has an adjustable backrest, a multi-position lock mechanism that allows you to fix the glider at the desired position, high-density cushions that don’t sag, and a hardwood base that guarantees you can enjoy it for a very long time.
The Dutailier glider and ottoman set is also made to meet or exceed all safety standards, which gives you peace of mind. Even the ottoman comes with a sliding action for the ultimate in comfort. It is simply a perfect combination for parents who want an attractive product that is both comfortable and reliable.
- Sturdy hardwood for longevity
- Variety of color combinations available
- Adjustable back rest
- Limited five-year warranty
- Some customers have complained about poor customer service
As with most purchases, you will likely have a budget in mind when you’re looking for a glider.
If you want a glider that is inexpensive and comfortable then take a look at the Angel Line Monterey Glider.
For a glider that is also affordable and easy to clean and maintain, then the Storkcraft is worth looking at.
However, for both these options, they are not as well built as the Dutailier which combines comfort and longevity. This might be an option if you are thinking about a second or third baby in the future.
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