Friday, March 15, 2013

Rockabye Baby

One of the nursery items that has me stumped is the rocking chair. It's on every must-have-before-baby list and, honestly, I don't quite get it. I understand that the rocking motion is soothing to baby, but wouldn't nursing your baby in a loveseat or club chair work just as well, and possibly be more comfortable? Or maybe that's the whole point of a rocking chair... to be slightly uncomfortable so you don't fall asleep while feeding your baby in the middle of the night. If that's the case I totally get it.

Christopher and I have been on the hunt for a good nursery chair, but everything we find is so blaaa. And they're expensive... as necessary as they seem to be, I can't bring myself to spend $800 on a chair that I don't love. Fortunately, after a little digging online, I was able to find several modern, affordable (ish) rockers, with clean lines. They exist! Here are my top contenders for the nursery right now:

Eames molded plastic rocker: I've wanted this rocker to grace my house for years. Look at that mid-century beauty! When I showed it to Chris, he said it looked like the most uncomfortable thing in the world. And as much as I appreciate the work of good old Charles and Ray, I don't think I can bring myself to spend $500 on a piece of molded plastic with questionable comfort. That said, has a pretty tempting knock-off on sale for $100...

Joya Rocker:  This rocker is at the top of my wish list for a nursery chair. Those walnut legs are fantastic and it looks deep enough to melt into, even during a 3am feeding. Bonus points for being an heirloom-worthy chair with substance that would look great anywhere in the house, not just the nursery.

Luca Glider: Honestly, I haven't found very many gliders that I like... compared to the curvy, exposed legs of rocking chairs, gliders seem so heavy and boxy. But the clean lines of the Luca Glider have me sold, and I love that you can customize the fabric and piping colors online. Charcoal and yellow would be a fun combo for any nursery, and is gender neutral enough to last a few babies.

Poang Rocking Chair: Have you ever sat in one of these things?! Super comfy. I'm honestly not a huge fan of the original Poang design, but I think the rounded feet of the rocker really compliment the overall shape of the rocking chair version. Of course, Chris and I love all things IKEA, so we would have no problem picking one up, especially with the $170 price tag. I only wish it came in a color that fit our nursery palette... maybe there's an easy way to recover the original cushion?

Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker: I think I like this one so much because it's like a smaller, cheaper version of the Joya rocker. I don't know if the shorter back would be uncomfortable for myself or Christopher since we're both pretty tall, but I bet it would be great for a shorter parent, or perhaps in a nursery where space was an issue.

Solutions Glider and Ottoman: Ah yes, the homely yet practical sister of the group. This is the only chair Chris and I have been able to try out in-store at our local Babies R Us, and it honestly looks much better in person. It's the only one we would even consider from Babies R Us, actually. The traditional, exposed glider base is a bit of an eyesore, but I guess I've seen worse. And you can't beat the price: $230 for the chair and ottoman.

Mamas out there, do you have a rocker or glider in your nursery? Is it worth the expense? Have any of you tried out one of these chairs before? I'd love to get a little feedback!


Carrie said...

A rocking chair is on every must-have list isn't it? We had one but I wouldn't always use it. I'd usually find myself on the couch watching late night bad tv. We bought the mid-century rocker chair from urban outfitters.

The Poang rocker is pretty comfortable.

The gliders from babies r us are a bit of an eyesore but there were a few times that I would get to use one at a friends house and it was actually kind of nice having your feet up and still being able to rock. There were a few brief moments of jealousy ;)

In my opinion, just having a comfortable place to sit is all that's important.

Nicole said...

My friend bought the cutest rocker from West Elm, but when I just looked at the site, it's not there anymore :( I have always loved the Eames rocker. Such a classic. I have the Eames molded plastic chair with the Eiffel tower chrome base for our office chair. It is more comfortable than it looks. Both the husband and I have done hours of work in that chair and my only small complaint is if you sit to one side (after sitting for hours) your leg might fall asleep :) I love the Joya, too! Those legs! Best of luck with your search (for the chair and the new home)!

Katherine Ross said...

Carrie - I think I'll probably end up on the couch most often, too! We'll probably end up buying the Poang chair, but if it doesn't seem worth the expense, maybe we'll pass on this nursery "necessity."

Nicole - GAH I think I know of the exact rocker! Was it nice and curvy with a wooden base? I saw it on sale a few weeks ago and now I'm kicking myself for passing it up. And I'll keep that in mind about the Eames chair... the knock-off version is the cheapest of the bunch, after all.

Nicole said...

Katherine - Yes! Curvy, wooden base, totally cute. Dang!