Getting a baby to sleep is not a child’s play – it needs oodles of patience and a strong back. I can remember so many nights walking back to the crib after feeding him – hoping desperately that he sleeps quickly. More often than not I was destined for disappointment and I would walk back and forth endlessly trying to comfort him to sleep. Any stopping of motion would immediately reverse the sleep onset and provoke the baby to make its displeasure evident.
This process continued for several months I finally succumbed and bought a rocker( a purchase that I had initially avoided) and realized what I had been missing for so long. It is simply a contraption that can simulate gentle back and forth movement without expending a lot of your effort. Since comfort is the primary purpose – this is one purchase that you should make with only your comfort in mind. All the baby wants is to be held by you and rocked. All you want is a comfortable place to sit and do the rocking without expending a lot of energy.
Here are some things that you should consider.
- A foot rest or stool – preferably one that glides – is essential. Many come with optional ottomans that glide synchronously with the rocker.
- Should be easy to clean – there will be spitups galore.
- Not all are great for nursing; ones with low arms are most accommodating. The arm rest should have plenty of cushioning to make it comfy to rest your arms.
- Should be comfy enough to fall asleep in.
The Storkcraft is the best seller in this department and it is cheap – just around $125 bucks and it is the one that I bought initially. However, I was disappointed with it for the following reasons.
- Cushions not easy to clean
- Starts creaking after a few months – recurring complaint I read in the reviews
- Cushions are not upto standard – bottom seat does not have enough padding and is extremely uncomfortable after a few months
- Bolts keeping falling off
- The wood is exposed on the edge of the arms of the chair and could hurt your child.
- The recline is not enough to be really comfortable.
SO – My advice is to stay away from this glider even if seems the most obvious choice. There is another model from Stork Craft – Stork Craft Custom Hoop Glider and Ottoman, White/Gray Chevron which is better reviewed and is my suggested choice in the cheap rockers segment.
Other than Stork Craft
You have two main choices for similar kind of rockers which do not have some of the defects associated with Storkcraft.
- Shermag – Slightly more expensive than Stork Craft
- Dutalier – Most expensive
SHERMAG – Target offers a good version of Shermag priced comparably to Stork Craft at $160- but has better cushioning as well as padded armrest, which makes it better than stork craft in my opinion. This version is not as big as the more expensive versions.
I have seen the best versions available on Amazon – Shermag Glider Rocker Combo, Pecan with Oatmeal and on Toys R US priced in the $300-$400 range. Lot of advantages here with Shermag
- Easy to set up
- Oversized seating area so that you are never crunched for space
- Thicker cushions making it more comfortable
- Steel ball bearing system for ease of glide
- Well-padded arms with storage
- This glider can be adjusted and locked in multiple positions for additional comfort and enjoyment.
Definitely expensive at $500 plus which may not make sense for most people but just wanted to put it out there as the “cadillac” of all gliders. The fabric, cushions are of high quality and adjustable recliner is a big plus. There also have an adjustable footrest in the ottoman.
- Very comfortable
- Easy to clean
- High quality
- 6 position adjustments
- Very large – so ample space to add a nursing pillow
The fact is that Stork Craft is affordable but not good quality and will never fully accomplish the purpose for which you are buying it. Shermag used to be the go to brand for those who wanted quality, comfort and features but did not want to pay the price of Dutalier. But the quality has been extremely inconsistent and recent reviews have been really bad. I would not recommend till they come back with their updated versions. The Shermag available at Target is a better bet than the Storkcraft and is around the same price.
You could also opt to get a more comfortable living room chair that integrates a gliding and swiveling motions. Some may come with an ottoman but in some cases a simple step stool will enough to raise your legs.
- Most comfortable
- No sharp edges that could hurt the baby
- Can be recline to different angles
- More expensive
- Backs are low so may not support you completely
- Delta or Dorel Asia The Mackenzie Microfiber P… – Cheapest option in the $200 – $300 range
- Dorel Living Baby Relax Mikayla Upholstered Swivel Gliding Recliner is a good bet at $440
- Little Castleor Babyletto – In the $400- $500 range
- Pottery Barn Kids – In the $1000 range