A Question for the Moms…

Chulamama via tales of me and the husband

For all you mama’s out there: did you find that an actual rocking chair was a necessity when nursing your little one? I am having a tough time deciding which chair to purchase. I would love a rocking chair, however all of the ones I like aesthetically, are really pricey. Right now, I am leaning towards getting the Jennylund from Ikea. While it’s not a rocker, it is comfy, I like that it has a high back to rest your head and since space is an issue for us, I like that it has a relatively small footprint (for an upholstered chair). But what I like most is the price!


While I would still love to owe any of these stylish rockers, the reality is that most of them are well over $800 and that is just not going to happen. So, I would love to hear from you! How important is it to get a chair that actually rocks? Will a comfortable stationary chair do the trick? Also, if you know of any stylish and affordable rocking chairs out there, hook a girl up! Thanks!

West Elm

Fawn & Forrest via Oh Happy Day

Restoration Hardware

Crate and Barrel

10 Responses to A Question for the Moms…
  1. Veronica
    October 18, 2011 | 11:57 am

    Ι didn’t have any rocking chair, but as a mother of two, i would advise you to buy a comfortable Ikea chair and for the baby invest on a fisher price swing. I bought two of them, couldn’t survive without it. Baby swings himself, sleeps nicely and you will be happy! I don’t think the rocking chair will be as valuable as the swing.

    Maybe aesthetically the chair rocks and the swing not, but as a designer my self i would override it for my sanity’s sake!

  2. Lily from Birch + Bird
    October 18, 2011 | 11:58 am

    I love that West Elm rocker! I personally never used a rocking chair for any of my 3 kids…we had one but it ended up in the basement from lack of use. I preferred nursing in a comfy chair with arms and the couch worked just fine too. From my experience, you’ll need about 1/3 of all of all of the baby gear that people will tell you you need 😉

  3. Melissa Silver
    October 18, 2011 | 12:44 pm

    I have a glider and I love it! (I also use a nursing pillow and it works so well for me.) I tried a rocking chair and there wasn’t enough “control” for me (too swingy) but the glider has a horizontal “rock” that allows you to control yourself better. I recommend a high back on which ever chair you choose, just in case you pass out during one of your 3am feedings! Looking forward to your nursery pics, I love your blog 🙂

  4. sharalee
    October 18, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    Yeah, I say don’t bother with a rocker. At least until the baby is here. Because you don’t need to rock while you nurse and some babies don’t even like to be rocked to sleep in a sitting position…one of mine would be fast asleep right up until I sat down and then I’d have to get up and walk around to calm them down. Those rockers are gorgeous, though!!

  5. Anika
    October 18, 2011 | 3:19 pm

    I’ve been using a chair (not a rocker) and I love it. I would recommend padded arms so that you can rest the baby on the arms and not have to fiddle with a pillow. I also recommend a footstool, that is a must have for me. The nice thing about a chair that isn’t a rocker is that it will fit anywhere in your house later. (Unless you leave it in the baby’s room to use for reading later on).

  6. Jen
    October 18, 2011 | 3:19 pm

    Yep. Add another to the no rocker group. Actually what I found most helpful w/my last child was a daybed in the nursery. If you can learn to nurse lying down you can get a few winks during those early AM feedings. We live in a cold house so playing on the bed was key during the winter months. And sometimes my husband would come in and hold us both. Cozy!

  7. April
    October 18, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    I have a rocker in my nursery, and as I predicted, I never use it, but my mom insisted on getting me one. I really wanted a more practical, non-rocking chair that we would get more use out of down the road. What I do use while nursing is our super comfy Ikea couch, a ring sling and our bed. And in terms of putting baby to sleep, my babe has no interest in being rocked in the rocker. I say save the money and go Ikea!

  8. Alison @ Bayside Vintage
    October 19, 2011 | 12:16 am

    Hi, I’ve been reading your blog, I love your vintage style! I’m adding a blogroll to my new blog site soon, I hope you don’t mind me adding you to my blog list.

    As for the rocking chair…no, I found I didn’t use one with either of mine. I did have one but didn’t spend much time sitting in it, rocking my babies. They tended to fall asleep easiest when I was walking around with them, pacing, while rocking them a little in my arms. The double rhythm of the rocking and pacing helps! Also as they are used to the movement of you walking when they’re in utero, I think it calms them. For this reason, best buy instead of a rocking chair would be a baby Bjorn in my opinion…mine ALWAYS fell asleep on me in the baby Bjorn and I was free to walk around and do other things! Would recommend baby Bjorn as you can see their faces and check them easily.


  9. Rosa @ Flutter Flutter
    October 24, 2011 | 11:11 pm

    Restoration Hardware used to have the most beautiful, comfortable chairs, which happened to have rocker legs on them. You couldn’t tell that they were rockers, just looked like a beautiful chair. Anyway, they were $800 at the time, so I didn’t buy one, but I’ve seen them at HomeSense (possibly the same ones) for $400. Really good deal… SO comfy. I didn’t have a rocker, but wish I had.

    • kevi
      October 25, 2011 | 9:32 am

      I love the Restoration Hardware rockers! I have never seen them at HomeSense but now I will be keeping my eyes out! Thanks for the tip!

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