Rocker or Glider Features

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.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Renee A. Alli, MD on March 19, 2018

Sources

SOURCE:

Murkoff, H. What to Expect the First Year, Workman Publishing, 2008.

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