Tip & How-To about Furniture
It might seem like an old fashioned piece of furniture, but nearly everyone wants a rocking chair of some kind in the room they are using as a nursery or their lounge, when they have a new baby. It's a really soothing place to settle a fussy baby and a comfortable place for feeding. But before you rush out and buy a rocking chair for your nursery, think about the following suggestions:
Traditional rocking chairs are less likely to wear out than more modern glider rocking chairs which have hinges and slides. But everyone has a preference that they find more comfortable and that is the key to picking your chair.
Sit in the rocking chair in the shop. If you already have a baby - hold your baby in a sleeping position and rock. Find out which motion you find most soothing and check that you have a comfortable place to put your arms, especially if you are nursing. Whatever type of motion you go for - make sure that it's smooth. There is nothing worse than finally getting your baby settled and then they get woken by a sudden jolt in the chair movement. The gliders can be greased but it's not a good sign if the chair is sticking before you even get it out the shop.
Noise is another issue. Some rocking chairs are just noisier than others and can often squeak. Check both for noise when rocking but also when getting up and sitting down. It's something that wouldn't necessarily bother an adult but will drive you crazy in the middle of the night with a newborn baby trying to stay asleep.
Think about footrests and ottomans. Some people prefer a rocking footrest, others like their feet to stay stationary. Some rocking chairs include the footstool in the price. Try them out in the shop and decide if having one is a priority for you.
Finally think about what color, pattern and style you want to complement the look of your nursery or lounge. You can buy removable cushions which will give you more color choice and makes washing them easier. You don't have to buy cushions - you can bring color and pattern in through the choice of woods or materials that your chair is made from.
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