(Closed) How essential is a rocker/glider (I have limited space)?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

IMO I only used it with the first, and it was only useful when nursing, and I didn’t really “rock” while nursing so it became just a chair. So not very, for any of my 3 children.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I had  an old rocking chair, but to be honest I nursed more often in a comfortable armchair in the living room. The padded arms were at a better height to provide support.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

A comfortable chair is a must. You will be up and down many times at night and a comfortable place to sit when you are exhausted is something you really need. Also if DD is still awak after a feeding at night, putting her on my chest and rocking her always does the trick. 

Do you really need a cot or sofa bed in the nursery? Might be taking up room that you could you for your chair. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I didn’t read what you had in there either….a cot and a sofa bed? why both?  If you can find a small but comfortable arm chair and get a nursing pillow you should be good to go.  If I had to pick for you, a nursing pillow will come in much more handy than a rocking chair, as long as you same place to sit down that is cozy for you baby and pillow.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am not getting a rocker/ glider.  That would be uncomfortable to me.  I just want a big, comfortable (with big arms) supportive chair to plop down in.  I don’t like the thought of it gliding around on me when I plop down exhausted, personally.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

For us it is a MUST. I have cared for children in the past and having that rocker to help calm them down and get them to sleep or just to soothe them while holding them was amazing. I never fed while rocking just because it caused more tummy aches than it helped.  We are only almost 6 weeks and I have almost bought one already, too bad it was sold already. 

WHy do you have a cot and a sleeper sofa in there with everything else?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My stepmom gave us her rocking chair, but honestly I was in the living room on the chaise part of the couch for most nighttime fedlings. I don’t think that a rocker or glider is necessary, but I also don’t think a sofa bed is necessary in a baby’s room either 🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Mrsluckywife: “It is needed for … me to sleep on when baby is ill etc so hubby can sleep in bedroom”

With 3 kids I never had to do that once.

Also a guest bed is (in my opinion) not essential. You have a small apartment and a baby, so guests can sleep on the lounge sofa, or at a hotel.

That said, I don’t think a rocker is essential. I never had one. Some sort of comfy chair is essential, but it doesn’t need to rock. For me, what was indispensable was comfort, and arm rests. (Since arms are holding baby). When I needed to rock the baby (and this certainly happened often) I’d do it in the chair, or walk around.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

We didn’t buy a rocker/glider, a crib, or a changing table. Baby slept with us in the (king-sized) bed, I nursed him either lying down in bed or sitting on the couch (during the day,) we bought some waterproof changing pads and changed him on the bed/couch/carpet depending on where we were at the time. A rocker is NOT essential, I assure you! (Just offering a different perspective from the mainstream. I’d really prefer not to start a conversation about the safety of co-sleeping – people who are interested can find plenty of research about that elsewhere on the internet. My child is 12 now LOL.)

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I can’t imagine going without. My son loves to be rocked. It soothes him, and it’s part of his nap and bedtime routines. The rocking movement made him calm down when he was upset, and when exhausted, I’d rather rock him in a chair than standing up.

In fact, sometimes I entertain the idea to have a second glider for the new baby’s room when I get pregnant again, because I don’t know how my son would handle losing his glider!

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Eh, I have my grandmother’s rocking chair, and I used our recliner in the living room or couch more than the rocking chair. I didn’t find it that useful.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I would think that the sofa bed would be plenty comfortable for feedings.  That said, I don’t have children yet so I have no experience with this… But I think since the majority of feedings happen during the day you will feed elsewhere throughout the house and really only feed in the bedroom at night so I don’t think your emphasis should be on a place to feed in the nursery.

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