What to Look for in a Nursery Glider

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Gliders and rocking chairs are a longtime nursery essential. Useful primarily for soothing fussy babies and promoting sleep, they’re also wonderful for cuddling, feeding and eventually reading with your little one. Once you’ve selected the perfect crib, you’ve likely got your eyes on nursery gliders next.  But where to start?


Do you need a glider?

The short answer: yes. 


You’ll spend quite a bit of time rocking your baby, so it’s important to choose a glider that’s comfortable, functional and beautiful. Plus, the perfect glider can help make the most of the seemingly endless hours you’ll spend in the nursery. The right glider will help soothe your baby faster so you can enjoy those intimate moments and make lasting memories. If you make it a priority to find a glider that’s a good fit for you, it can be an investment piece you’ll keep for many years. All the more reason to get one you absolutely love! Luckily there are so many options to choose from.  


Rocker vs. glider? 

When you picture rocking your baby, you might imagine a classic rocking chair. In the past, rocking chairs were the go-to option despite being wooden, hard and uncomfortable. Most parents these days opt for a glider instead since they’re comfier and have a smooth rocking motion. Gliders slide back and forth effortlessly on a fixed track and they’re usually loaded with padding for maximum comfort. They can be pricey, but are certainly worth the investment. 


What to look for?

Comfort 

Since you’ll spend so much time in your glider, comfort should be a top priority. We’d suggest choosing one that’s firm enough to be supportive, but plush enough to feel soft and cozy during inevitable late nights. You’ll want to find a glider that’s easy to get in and out of. We love the convenience of gliders that offer a swivel and recline feature. Other helpful extras to look out for include padded armrests, headrests and coordinating ottomans. Did we mention Oilo gliders include all of the above?


Quality 

We think of gliders as an investment piece made to last for years to come. Be sure to find one that’s high quality and designed to weather years of use and wear. At Oilo, our gliders are crafted from USA-grown wood by Amish craftsman. For obvious reasons, stain resistance is a non-negotiable.

Emily Maynard, Former ABC Bachelorette, knows just how important an easy-to-clean glider is. “My favorite piece in the nursery has to be the Oilo glider,” she says. “You may think I’m crazy for having a white chair anywhere in my house with two boys and a house full of animals, but since it’s leather it’s totally wipeable. Not to mention, it’s super comfortable for all of the middle of the night feedings!” A quality glider is worth paying for, and you’ll be especially glad you invested during those 3am feedings.


Style 

We believe that nursery furniture should be stylish and fit in effortlessly with the rest of your home. Our gliders are the perfect balance: padded for comfort with sleek, modern design that’s not too bulky. They come in a variety of carefully curated colors and high-quality fabrics so they look lovely in the nursery, and will work perfectly in a living area. A beautiful glider can make the time you spend rocking your baby cozy and joy-filled for years to come. 


Do you have a favorite Oilo glider? Let us know in the comments!



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