The 8 Best Nursery Gliders of 2022

The Pottery Barn Kids Comfort Swivel Glider is our top pick for a nursery staple

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Best Nursery Gliders

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A nursery glider, which smoothly moves back and forth, can be a helpful addition to your baby’s room. Gliders provide a comfortable place to feed, soothe, snuggle, and read to your baby. After your little one grows out of the nursing and rocking stage, gliders can still be a cozy spot to cuddle together and read for years to come.

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The Pottery Barn Kids Comfort Swivel Glider and Ottoman is available in dozens of styles and silently swivels 360 degrees while gliding back and forth. For a budget-friendly option, we recommend the Ikea Poang Chair Armchair with Cushion.

When buying a nursery glider, you're essentially investing in a new piece of furniture, so read the glider's specs to ensure it fits where you envision it. In addition to size, we considered design, material, value, and ease of cleaning when reviewing products.

Here are the best nursery gliders to fit your budget and lifestyle.

Best Overall: Pottery Barn Kids Comfort Swivel Glider and Ottoman

Pottery Barn Kids Comfort Swivel Glider and Ottoman

Courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids

Who else recommends it? Babylist also picked the Pottery Barn Kids Comfort Swivel Glider and Ottoman.

The Pottery Barn Kids Comfort Swivel Glider and Ottoman ranks first on our list because it can be used for a long time thanks to its durable construction. Made from eco-friendly construction, the fabric is available in over 40 styles, so you can pick one that’ll match your nursery as well as the rest of your home.

Choose just the chair or the chair plus a matching ottoman for total comfort. The splurge-worthy chair silently swivels 360-degrees and glides back and forth, but note that there is no lock function if that’s important to you. 

Product Weight: 55 pounds | Product Dimensions: 36 x 37.5 x 41.5 inches | Weight Limit: Not Listed | Material: Not Listed

Best Budget: Ikea Poang Chair Armchair with Cushion

Ikea Poang Chair Armchair with Cushion


If you’re decorating on a budget or unsure if a nursery glider is right for your room, this IKEA classic is an affordable option. Made with a birch wood frame, the arms and high back provide good support for your arms, neck, and back.

Sleek and comfortable, these chairs rock with the weight of your body, providing a subtle, but an easily achievable movement. The variety of fabric seat options give you plenty of options when it comes to styling this seat. 

Product Weight: 24.2 pounds | Product Dimensions: ‎28.74 x 26.38 x 5.51 inches | Weight Limit: 375 pounds | Material: Wood

Best Classic: Viv + Rae Griffin Glider and Ottoman

Viv + Rae Griffin Glider and Ottoman

Courtesy of Wayfair

This glider and ottoman set is a perfect all-in-one buy. The classic style glider is inviting and comfortable. The solid fabric upholstery covers the seats, arms, and back, and the button-tufted details add a bit of texture. Full assembly is required, but reviewers note it’s pretty easy to put together.

This chair doesn't include a locking mechanism so keep that in mind if that is a necessary feature for you. This chair is available in 15 different colors and patterns so it can blend perfectly with your nursery decor. 

Product Weight: 48 pounds | Product Dimensions: 24.75 x 25.75 x 39.5 inches | Weight Limit: 250 pounds | Material: Rattan and wicker

Best Upholstered: Babyletto Madison Swivel Glider

Babyletto Madison Swivel Rocker

Courtesy of Bed Bath & Beyond

Relax and lull baby in this stylish seat that is upholstered by hand in an ultra-soft fabric that’ll be the perfect companion to your nursery. Without sacrificing style or comfort, this chair is compact and a great space saver.

Parents appreciate that it comes fully assembled, ready to go straight out of the box. Rest easy with a 360-degree swivel and a gentle back and forth glide. Choose from five color fabrics, with options in velvet and microsuede. 

Product Weight: 62 pounds | Product Dimensions: 29 x 31 x 31.5 inches | Weight Limit: 300 pounds | Material: Wood

Best Rocker: Nursery Works Sleepytime Rocker

Nursery Works Sleepytime Rocker

Courtesy of Amazon

For a more modern style, this leather rocker is a timeless piece that will look good anywhere in the house. Constructed and upholstered by hand, the seat rests upon ash hardwood rocking legs, so it’s more of a classic rocking chair than a glider.

Available in either taupe or tan leather tones, the seat comes with a removable lumbar pillow to provide support if you need it. 

Product Weight: 50 pounds | Product Dimensions: 34 x 30.5 x 34.75 inches | Weight Limit: 300 pounds | Material: Wood and leather

Best Reclining: DaVinci Piper Upholstered Recliner & Swivel Glider

DaVinci Piper Upholstered Recliner


Designed for ultimate comfort, this seat does it all. The upholstered seat can swivel 360 degrees, smoothly glide back and forth, and fully recline. In reclining mode, parents can lean back to rest while the plush leg rest pops up.

Although the reclining mechanism is hidden, it is thoughtfully within reach for grown-ups, so it won’t be tempting for toddlers to play with this chair. A bonus lumbar pillow provides extra support if desired, but is also easily removed. The polyester fabric comes in four color choices to match your nursery.

Product Weight: 110 pounds | Product Dimensions: ‎30.5 x 39.5 x 34 inches | Weight Limit: 300 pounds | Material: Not Listed

Best Oversized: Babyletto Tuba Swivel Glider

Babyletto Tuba Glider

Courtesy of Modern Nursery

This uniquely styled, oversized seat is perfect for larger parents, bigger families, or just those who want a larger seat. Resting upon a brushed stainless steel base, this seat swivels 360 degrees and glides back and forth.

Available in just one color, the seat has a removable lumbar support pillow. Use the pillow under the arm for feeding time, as a headrest, or for extra lumbar support. For even more support, there’s a matching ottoman (sold separately) that goes with the chair. 

Product Weight: 101 pounds | Product Dimensions: 39.8 x 35 x 38 inches | Weight Limit: Not Listed | Material: Polyester-polyfiber weave and stainless steel

Best for Twins: Baby Relax Hadley Double Rocker

Baby Relax Double Rocker


Parents of twins will appreciate this “chair and a half” seat that’ll give you and your bundles of joy plenty of room for feeding, snuggling, or reading. Available in two color options, this seat has two-toned welting, so the upscale style will complement any nursery. This seat rests on solid wood rockers that’ll provide a smooth rocking motion. 

Product Weight: 82.76 pounds | Product Dimensions: 40.5 x 36.5 x 36.5 inches | Weight Limit: 225 pounds | Material: Wood

Final Verdict

Though a splurge, the Pottery Barn Kids Comfort Swivel Glider and Ottoman (view on Pottery Barn Kids) was built to last and boasts versatility. Complete with customizable colors and fabrics, it offers options to match any nursery aesthetic while providing ultimate comfort.

What to Look for in a Nursery Glider 


Always check the glider measurements and ensure that the chair will fit where you envision it. Read the specs to find out how much the chair glides, since a moving chair takes up more space than one that doesn’t. 


When you purchase a glider, you’re investing in a piece of furniture. If you think it’s going to take up a permanent place in the baby's room or another living space, it might be worth a splurge. If the chair is just for feeding and will be out of the baby's room once your kiddo has weaned, you may prefer a more budget-friendly option. 


Does your body type, family make-up, or style preferences warrant a larger size chair? Do you prefer a slim profile seat? Before investing, think about how you anticipate using the chair and take a look at your living spaces. While gliders are useful for feeding tiny babies, if you love the chair, you’ll likely make it a spot for cozy reading and snuggles before bedtime too. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do you clean a nursery glider?

    First off, start by vacuuming the cushions—ideally with a nozzle attachment that can get into tiny nooks and crannies. Then, wipe down the entire glider with baby wipes (yep, baby wipes). They applies mild soap and water which evaporates quickly. Spot treat any stubborn areas with a mixture of one part dishwashing liquid and two parts hydrogen peroxide. (It's easiest if you pour it into a spray bottle for targeted treatment.) Allow the solution to sit for five to 10 minutes, then remove any excess formula with a clean, damp cloth. If possible, you can follow up with a steam cleaning to remove any dirt and debris you may have missed while also sanitizing the glider.

  • How much space do I need for a glider?

    Although it depends on the exact size of your glider, generally, leaving about three feet between it and the nearest wall or piece of furniture will afford you plenty of room to glide without knocking into anything.

  • What nursery gliders are the most comfortable?

    The most comfy gliders are ones that are ergonomic, so you won't be in any unnatural positions when you're feeding your infant. You'll also want to look for plenty of cushioning and breathable fabric.

  • How long do gliders last?

    As long as your glider has good ratings for durability, with proper upkeep, your glider will last for years—long after your child's babyhood.

Why Trust Verywell Family 

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of a 10-year-old son, 7-year-old son, and 3-year old daughter. Maya had a traditional glider for her two older kids and then got a comfy hand-me-down chair reupholstered for her daughter’s room. It’s one of her favorite spots in the house. While the days of nursing a baby are gone, the cozy chair is still the nightly reading spot. 

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