Babies love the soothing back-and-forth motion of a rocker. Moms love the calming effect it has on their crying infant -- and the chance to get off their feet and relax for a few minutes while they nurse. Rockers are a win-win, if you find the right one.
Here's what to look for:
Old-fashioned wooden rockers are space savers, but they've got hard, uncomfortable backs and moving runners that a crawling baby can get caught underneath.
Modern gliders take up more room, but they come with comfy cushions. Add an ottoman so you have a place to rest tired feet.
When you shop, give each rocker or glider a test ride. It should move smoothly and silently. You don't want your sleeping baby awakened to a symphony of squeaks and creaks.
The seat should be big enough to comfortably fit you and your growing baby.
Make sure the headrest is high enough so you can lean back against it. You'll appreciate that feature during those exhausting late-night feedings.
Choose an easy-to-wash fabric. You'll want it to come clean after baby spit-ups and spills.
Choose a color that helps calm baby. Blue or green are good color choices.
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