Rocking Chairs: Nursery Must-Haves

When looking to build a baby registry or to design your nursery room there are many things that expectant parents must choose. One of the main staples that typically go into a nursery room is a rocking chair. To some people, a rocking chair may seem like a waste of space and possibly a waste of money. This, however, is the opposite of reality. Rocking chairs in nursery rooms are beneficial to both parents and children and can make your nursery room more complete. Here are some of the main reasons why you need a rocking chair and which types of rocking chair may be best for you and your room.

Benefits for Parents

Until you experience the sleepless nights and the middle of the night feedings like all parents inevitably do, a rocking chair will be severely underestimated. There is nothing worse than trying to rock a crying baby to sleep in the middle of the night when you are going on day four of almost no sleep. This is the time that every parent will be wishing that they planned ahead and placed a rocking chair in the nursery room.

A rocking chair should be a staple in your baby’s room because it gives parents the ideal place to sit and rock their baby to sleep. It prevents you from having to walk to a different room of the home and possibly stimulate your baby and wake them up. Having a rocking chair readily available makes the transition much smoother and gives parents a break as they try to get their crying and tired baby back to sleep.

Not only does it provide a place for parents to rest, but it also gives the perfect amount of support for cuddling and feeding. Skin to skin contact is essential for development and one of the perfect places to do this is in a rocking chair. You can easily rock your baby and cuddle with them while you read a book or listen to relaxing music. The armrests and rocking motion also make it perfect for feeding, no matter what time of the day or night it is.

Benefits for Baby

Recent studies have shown that rocking chairs and the motion that they provide can actually help a baby fall back asleep. They can promote positive sleeping habits and help relax babies. They help a baby feel close to their mother and father as they cuddle together and rock back and forth.

A rocking chair may seem like it will only be used during the first year or so of life, however, it will become a lifelong staple in your home. As your child grows, it will become a wonderful place for them and you to read books and unwind after a long day. Rocking can also help support children with ADHD and help them develop their social and emotional development. The rocking motion has been shown to soothe babies and children of different ages.

Design Choices

When designing your nursery there are many different things that you need to consider. Two of the most important things to factor into your design are space and functionality. If you plan to use a rocking chair make sure that it will comfortably fit into your room and will match the function that it is supposed to serve. For instance, you many really like the look of a wood rocking chair with narrow wooden arms, however, this will likely be uncomfortable to feed in. Instead, opt for a chair with padded arms that you will be able to sit in and feed in for about an hour or so if needed.

There are a few different design styles that you can choose from. One of the most popular types is a standard rocking chair with an ottoman, either rocking or in place. Both of these work great and give tired parents the perfect place to rest their feet. These, however, will typically take up a large portion of the room and should be used in large nurseries. One of the most common rocking chairs for small to moderate sized rooms is the glider. This gives parents and babies a comfortable place to sit and rock. These chairs do not take up much space, are amazingly comfortable, very stylish and provide the ideal rocking motion to help soothe a crying baby.

After you find a chair that meets the functionality and space concerns, you can focus on finding a chair that has the design and color that you want.

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