Are you preparing for the arrival of your new bundle of joy and looking for a nursing chair for your nursery?
This is an important piece of furniture, and you need to consider many things before choosing because that’s where you will be spending a lot of hours as you bond with your little one.
There are many chair options in the market that look enticing, and it’s easy for a new mom to be at a loss deciding the most suitable for her. Luckily, we are here to help and have already come up with a well-researched list after reading tons of reviews from parents who have already tried various seats.
The Benefits of Breastfeeding Chairs
Before we get to the seats, you need to understand why you need a breastfeeding chair.
Let’s look at some reasons that will compel you to buy one.
- Provides a Comfortable Place for Breastfeeding
This is probably the most important reason why you need a nursing chair. Since you will be breastfeeding several times a day, it can be uncomfortable to do it standing, in a regular chair, or at the bed. You need a comfortable chair that supports your arms and back so you are not hunched down and gives you space to position the baby properly. Get a chair specifically designed with adaptations for nursing.
- Builds a Stronger Bond
The first months or years are crucial for moms and babies to bond. What better place can there be than in a breastfeeding chair that is cozy for both mom and baby? While sitting in this chair, the baby gets to feed and relax in mama’s arms as you both feel each other’s heartbeat, scent, and she listens to your voice, and that’s when the special bond develops.
- Relieves Back Pain
It is common for moms to complain of back pain due to pregnancy and birth process-related problems. This can also be caused or aggravated by a bad sitting posture. A breastfeeding chair can help in both situations. It is comfortable and ergonomically designed to provide back support while breastfeeding.
- It Is Relaxing
Taking care of a baby, especially the first months can take such a huge toll, and you will often be exhausted at the end of the day. A breastfeeding chair is designed to help you relax, even when you are not breastfeeding. These chairs have plush padding that feels great as you sit and lay back. Some have an ottoman where you can put up your feet after running around the whole time. Most of them can glide and swivel, which makes it even more relaxing.
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The first thing you notice about this seat is its aesthetic appeal with contrasting white welt details and soft buttons on the upholstery. No doubt that this seat will look great in your nursery and living room. So, if you want a chair, you can later transition this is a great choice.
The second area it shines is in the quality of comfort. The seat has supportive spring core foam that is quite thick, and the cover is made from Linen-like fabric that feels soft against your skin. For superior comfort, the seat can recline in three positions, and it also glides and swivels –just what you need to give you a relaxed place for breastfeeding or napping.
If you are tall or plus size, do not fear getting this seat. The backrest is high, and the seat is wide, something that even the dads have loved.
It is a heavy seat, but you will love how easy it is to assemble. You just need to slide the base into the bottom of the chair until you hear a clicking sound. The fabric can be wiped down in case of small messes that come with milk spills and the likes.
- Reasonably priced
- Has an elegant design
- Easy and fast assembly
- The seat has three reclining positions
- It glides and swivels smoothly and quietly
- Comes in tons of designs
- It is heavy
- It might not last many years
Next up is another model from the same company, Baby Relax, like the one we reviewed above, but this one comes with a matching ottoman. It is also an elegant seat with skirts and three color options to choose from Beige, Dark brown, and light grey, all of which are great colors that can blend in with any nursery theme and other furnishings in your home.
This seat is great for breastfeeding and relaxing as it glides smoothly and quietly. The gliding ottoman also enhances your experience by giving you a soft place to put your feet up. And it has a 360-degree swivel, so you don’t have to wake your little dreamer reaching for your phone when it rings.
The upholstery has warm microfiber fabric and plush padding all over, so it keeps you comfortable even when sitting for long hours. The seat cushions are firm and supportive, so it is easy for you to get up with the baby in your arms.
We need to point out that this seat falls into the shorter side, so if you are 5’7″ and above, you may not be able to rest your head back without sliding forward.
- Great pricing
- Easy to assemble
- Spacious seating
- Soft fabric cover which is also easy to clean
- The cushion may feel hard at first, but it softens with use
- It does not offer head support for tall people
We love the elegance and beauty of this glider with a tufted back and timeless colors (dove grey, graphite, and crème), designed undoubtedly to blend with other furnishings in any home design.
It is as comfortable as it is beautiful, with thick cushion padding and a wide seat so you can spend even more hours bonding with your baby without aches and discomforts. You can put your feet up and enjoy the smooth gliding experience as you breastfeed or unwind after a long day. And if you need to reach for something, you can grab it without disturbing your baby thanks to the 360-degree swivel mechanism.
For your reassurance, this chair uses only non-toxic materials and has undergone rigorous safety tests. The fabrics are soft microfiber and can be wiped down to keep the seat looking fresh.
Again, like our second product, this glider is excellent for short people or of average height.
- Durable construction
- It can rock, glide and swivel
- Easy care, the fabric can be wiped clean
- Supportive foam seat cushion with coils
- Not the easiest to assemble
- The heavy back causes the seat to tip backward but comes back in position when you push it down.
4. Graco-Parker Semi-Upholstered Glider and Nursing Ottoman
This rocking chair looks stylish for any nursery. Unlike our previous expensive gliders, this one is affordably priced ($200). If you just want a nice looking and functional rocking chair you can use for the duration you will be nursing your little one without spending much, this is a great choice.
This rocking chair’s highlight is the included nursing ottoman so mom can relax during their nursing sessions. When not in use, the nursing stool folds back under the ottoman. Many rocking chairs do not come with an ottoman, so we very much appreciate this one.
It is a comfortable chair as it has padding on the back, arms, and seat so that you will be well cushioned against the wooden frame. And the polyester covers feel soft to the touch as you lay in the seat.
We also like that the seat is not too heavy like the metallic gliders, so you can easily move it to other rooms if you need to.
- Great pricing
- Easy to assemble
- Glides and rocks smoothly
- Construction is not durable
- It starts squeaking after a few months of use
- The cushions are poor in quality and flatten with time
5. DaVinci Olive Upholstered Swivel Glider with Bonus Ottoman
Davinci never disappoints in designing stylish products, and this one is no exception. It is high quality, too, so you know that you can move it to your living room to continue enjoying the comfort after the nursery.
Speaking of comfort, that’s what this seat delivers. It glides and swivels nicely. The headrest is quite tall (and a great choice for tall parents), so at the end of the day, you can lay your head back, put up your feet on the ottoman and get the much needed rest. It also includes a lumbar pillow to support your lower back, giving you the ultimate comfort.
The cushion on this chair is super plush, and the cover material feels soft. Indeed, it is a comfortable glider for moms to nurse the baby to sleep.
The other thing parents are raving about is that this chair comes already assembled, so you just pull it out of the box and set it in your desired room. This is really great for anyone rushing to set up the nursery at the last minute. But the downside is that it is pretty bulky, so be ready to have extra arms to help you get it up the stairs.
You should also note that this seat has GreenGuard Certification, which means it is very safe for your little one as it has very low emissions, having been tested for over 10,000 toxic chemicals, which is quite reassuring.
- Nice looking
- Comes fully assembled
- Sturdy and durable construction
- Has a tall backrest making it supportive for tall parents as well
- Fabric can be wiped clean
- Rocks and glides smoothly and quietly
- Includes a lumbar pillow
- Parents wish it could recline
- Some colors are not exactly as expected
This chair not only looks good, but it is also comfortable with extensive cushioning all over and a lumbar pillow to give you the support you need. The armrests also have a good amount of padding and wide apart, so moms find it very comfortable when nursing.
You will also love that it has pockets on the arms to stash small items you will need as you will need while you bond with your baby, such as snacks, bibs, napkins, or magazine.
The fabric of this seat is made from a polyester blend that feels soft and comfortable. It is also easy to clean as you just wipe off any nasty spills to keep your chair looking fresh.
This seat comes with an ottoman, and both of them glide smoothly without any squeaking, so you will always have a quiet and comfortable spot to relax while you breastfeed your baby to sleep.
We liked this seat because it has a tall backrest with plush padding, so it is super comfortable for tall parents. And it comes with multiple cushion colors and finishes, so you will easily find a seat that matches your nursery style.
- Stylish and attractive
- It is tall and with good head support
- Has a lumbar pillow for back support
- It has side pockets
- Easy to assemble
- The frame is not very durable
This is one chair that you will always look forward to getting into. It is one of the few chairs we found that packs almost all the features you would want in a breastfeeding chair. If you are struggling between features, you can’t go wrong with this chair as it combines all of them.
First, this is a long lasting seat that will most likely grow beyond your child infancy and serve several future siblings as well. It boasts of a hardwood frame and has a 5-year warranty (most chairs including those with metal bases have a 1 year warranty). The padding is also premium quality with high density cushions that will withstand heavy duty use without sagging and wool-like covers that feel so cozy.
Second, it offers unmatched comfort features. It has a high backrest, extensive plush padding on the arms and back, and a gliding ottoman so you can kick your legs up as you unwind or breastfeed your little one to sleep.
Third, it can recline 45 degrees so you can lean back for the utmost comfort experience. And, it can glide even when reclined, something a lot of other recliner chairs don’t do. When paired with the ottoman, they give a very smooth and extra-long gliding motion that is so relaxing. This is just what you need to get your fussy baby to fall asleep before naps and bedtime. It will also be the best comfort seat for your TV room everyone in your family will be scrambling to get into first.
Fourth, this company has gone the extra mile to make sure little kids in your home are kept out of harm’s way by designing it with a multi-position lock mechanism that allows you to stop the gliding mechanism at your desired position. This is really useful to prevent little fingers from being pinched but also makes the chair stable so you can get up easily without disturbing the little sleeping one lying in your arms. This is another feature that sets the Dutailier Sleigh glider apart from the rest.
- Built to last and backed by a 5-year warranty
- Generously padded and comfortable
- Has a high backrest for maximum support
- Has 45-degree reclining capability
- Allows you to lock the gliding mechanism in six different positions
- Easy to assemble
- Glides smoothly and quietly
- Only one color option for this model
If you want a small but spacious swivel glider that won’t take up much space in your nursery, this chair may be perfect for you. It features a sleek looking modern design that can easily be transitioned to your living room later.
The first thing we liked is the quality of the construction of this seat. It is well built to last years with a sturdy frame and high quality microsuede covers that feel so soft and smooth yet very durable. The Suede material is water and stain resistant, which makes it easy to maintain the seat looking fresh even with kids spilling stuff on it daily. Plus, the company has gone further to ensure its construction materials are safe with GreenGuard Certification as proof.
You will also love the quality of comfort it offers with a sturdy metal base that glides smoothly and quietly. And it also swivels 360 degrees.
Lastly, this seat is lightweight and easy to carry, and it comes already fully assembled, so you will just need to unpack, and you are all set.
- Sleek looking and modern design
- Durable construction
- Water resistant and stain resistant microsuede fabric which is easy to clean
- Ready to use, comes fully assembled
- Great for small spaces
- Offers excellent value for money
- GreenGuard Certified
- No head and neck support for tall people
When it comes to relaxing and comfort, this seat takes things to a whole new level. It has a unique design with an electronic control panel and USB port on the right armrest. With this seat, you don’t need to kick your feet on the footrest or push the backrest while lugging the baby in your arms; it has buttons on the side of the armrest to adjust the seat to your desired position. The headrest lowers as the footrest extends. And, you can charge your phone and tablet as you relax. No other seat is optimized for ease of sitting and standing with a sleeping baby in your arms as this one has.
This chair is comfortable for breastfeeding because it has firm plush cushioning and includes a lumbar pillow to support your lower back. Plus, you can enjoy the smooth and quiet gliding and swiveling motion, further helping you to relax.
You are also assured that it does not emit any toxic chemicals which are harmful to you and your baby because it has Green Guard certification.
- Has electronic recline mechanism
- Has a fast charging USB port
- GreenGuard Certified
- Comfortable with lumbar support
- Easy to assemble
- High backrest which is supportive for tall parents too
- Offers great value for money
- Does not glide when fully reclined
This seat uses leather-like fabric cover that gives it a nice sleek look and also feels nice against your skin. Apart from black, you can choose from its wide variety of color designs. It is not designed primarily as a nursing chair, but it can still function as one, and by the way, we have found it to exceed the value for what you pay for it.
It is a very comfortable seat with a push-back recliner and adjustable footrest. Additionally, it has great padding that feels firm but comfortable, so you will enjoy spending time sitting in it when nursing or even just to unwind.
If you usually have a bad back, this is the seat to get. It has a remote controlled lumbar vibration massage function, which will help ease any soreness and pains you may sometimes be experiencing. Although this is not related to nursing, it is a wonderful feature any mom will appreciate. And considering this is the cheapest seat on this list ($100), it feels like such a steal.
Finally, it is the easiest chair to clean and maintain because the covers are made from polyurethane leather, which only requires a simple wipe down.
- Great pricing
- Remote-controlled massage function
- High quality construction and sturdy
- Easy to assemble
- It does not glide
- The armrests are a bit thin
How to Choose the Best Breastfeeding Chair
Basically, there are only two types of nursing chairs to choose from: gliders or rockers. Both of these are great for nursing because they have padding for comfort, and some even come with an ottoman, allowing you to keep your feet elevated. Some gliders are designed to look like sofas so you can easily transition them to your living room later once your baby no longer requires to be nursed to sleep.
Whether you choose a rocking chair or glider depends on whatever style you would prefer for your nursery and what style you deem most comfortable for you. Once you have decided on the seat style you want, use the following features to help you choose the best:
Comfort should be your highest concern as you will be spending quite a lot of time in your nursing chair and some nights even sleeping in it. You want a cozy chair that has good padding and a headrest that supports your head and neck to keep you comfortable even when sitting for long hours.
Ease of mobility
Some chairs are too soft and trap you as you try to get up. Others can recline and the footrest rises. Choose a chair you can get up from easily without needing to wiggle yourself out, and in the case of recliners, make sure you can get the seat back from reclining without moving too much. You don’t want to risk waking a fussy baby; you have worked so hard to soothe to sleep for half an hour.
Make sure the seat does not have sharp points, exposed moving parts, loose screws, or potentially choking materials. These are mostly under the seat where your little one will be exploring as soon as they begin crawling. Some modern chairs have added safety features such as a safety lock, which helps to stop the gliding motion when not in use. This is a great feature to prevent fingers and toe injuries when little ones are wandering around the chair.
Accommodating arm rest
The arms should be comfortable and supportive as you hold your baby, so choose a chair with well-padded arms. Also, depending on your body size, choose a chair with relatively wide space between the arms so you can easily position the baby for latching and breastfeeding.
Ease of cleaning
Babies are messy, so choose a chair with fabrics that can be easily cleaned. Some chairs have removable, washable covers, while others can only be wiped down. A fabric that is easy to clean will help keep the chair looking fresh and last longer.
Just because you won’t be nursing for long doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a well-made chair that can stick around for future siblings. Look for a chair with a strong base, sturdy frame, and durable fabric and padding.