Post # 1
I’m trying to work out whether to try and fit a rocker/glider into our nursery. It is not a large room and already filling up with cot, changing table, sofa bed, and the other bits of furniture & baby stuff we are accumulating.
How essential and useful is it to have one?
Opinions/experiences/recommendations would be welcome!
Edit: hubby and family think the room will be too full for one..but I can’t let go of the idea of rocking baby in one!
Post # 3
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
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
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 Dirty Delete 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
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
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
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
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 # 10
The cot will be for baby to transition to when she is 6 months or so, so I obviously need that.
The sofa bed is in there because I have nowhere else to put it (not much space like I said) and the nursery used to be our spare room. It is needed for guests/me to sleep on when baby is ill etc so hubby can sleep in bedroom. So also essential to us.
Post # 11
@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 # 12
@paula1248: Thanks 🙂 Good to know you got by fine without one!
Hmm, well we’ve only just bought the sofa bed so it will have to stay now.
Post # 13
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
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
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
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.