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As you begin to design your baby’s room, you’re probably starting with the big-ticket items: the crib, the changing table, the dresser, and, of course, the glider.

Choosing a glider for your nursery is probably the most fun out of all the larger pieces you’ll select to complete your baby’s room.

It’s the chair that you’ll spend the most of your time in — probably in your entire house — and where you’ll make precious memories feeding, rocking, and reading to your baby.

The most important feature when selecting a nursery glider is, without a doubt, comfort. If the chair isn’t comfortable, you won’t want to spend that much time in it, which will be problematic when you realize how long it can take your baby to fall asleep (especially during those middle-of-the-night crying spells).

You also want to pay close attention to the dimensions of each chair, particularly those that recline. It’s important that your glider fits in your nursery and doesn’t cause you to trip or have to sneak by it to get to other areas of the room.

To create this list of the best nursery gliders of 2020, we reached out to new parents to find out the brands and styles that worked best for caring for their child in their first year.

We also relied heavily on customer reviews and ratings to understand what features parents liked most and what features they felt needed improvements.

Pricing guide

  • $ = under $150
  • $$ = $150–$300
  • $$$ = $300–$500
  • $$$$ = over $500

Best rocker nursery glider

Million Dollar Baby Classic Miranda Wingback Rocker

Price: $$$

If your list of must-haves for your nursery glider includes a rocking feature, this is a great choice. It’s designed to rock gently without making any annoying sounds that could wake up your baby.

It’s both water-repellent and stain-resistant and also Greenguard Gold Certified, which means it’s been tested for over 10,000 chemicals that could be potentially harmful to your baby.

Best upholstered nursery glider

Delta Children Emma Nursery Rocking Chair

Price: $$$

This fully upholstered chair would make a charming addition to your baby’s nursery, but it can also be used in other rooms of your home once your little one is older. It has thickly padded armrests and a plush seat cushion for extra comfort. The sturdy wooden frame provides stability, and it’s designed to prevent squeaking during gentle rocking.

Best nursery glider with ottoman

DaVinci Olive Glider and Ottoman

Price: $$$

If you love the look of a glider that comes with a matching ottoman, the DaVinci Olive Glider is a great choice. It has a gentle 360-degree swivel motion and a comfortable headrest, and it offers lumbar support, which not all gliders do. Parents also love the fact that it’s Greenguard Gold Certified.

Best modern nursery glider

Babyletto Kiwi Electronic Power Recliner and Swivel Glider with USB Port

Price: $$$$

Though on the pricier side of nursery gliders, you get a whole lot of bang for your buck when it comes to the Babyletto Kiwi Electronic Power Recliner and Swivel Glider.

This model does pretty much everything that you’d hope a glider would do — it swivels a whole 270 degrees, glides back and forth, and even reclines. It also comes with a built-in USB port so you don’t have to make sure your glider is situated next to an outlet.

Best swivel nursery glider

CANMOV Swivel Rocker Recliner Chair

Price: $$$

This is a manual swivel rocker chair that also reclines so it’s great for a baby’s nursery. It can be adjusted from 90 to 150 degrees and has three different modes to choose from so you can sit in the perfect position for whatever you’re doing. CANMOV provides a 1-year warranty and provides free installation support.

Best nursery glider for small nursery

Delta Children Kenwood Nursery Glider Swivel Rocker Chair

Price: $$

This slim glider may take up less room, but it’s still comfortable for those unexpected nap traps (e.g., when baby falls asleep on you, and you’re forced to rest… maybe the best part of having a baby!).

This glider rocks and swivels, and comes in gray, light blue, and charcoal. And since it’s sold by Target, it’s an easy add to your registry.

Best colors on a nursery glider

PB Kids Comfort Slipcovered Swivel Glider & Ottoman

Price: $$$$

This gorgeous nursery glider can be totally customized according to your color preference — and the best part is that you can purchase a few different slipcover hues so that you can switch them out when you’re ready to put the glider in a new room.

It’s made from eco-friendly materials that are Greenguard Gold Certified, and Pottery Barn Kids even has their products tested at the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Best classic nursery glider

Babyletto Madison Swivel Glider

Price: $$$

If your baby’s nursery has an old-school feel, you’ll love the look of this mid-century styled glider. It brings an old Hollywood glam to your baby’s room thanks to its luxurious velvet fabric and rounded shape.

It’s Greenguard Gold Certified, meaning it’s been tested to ensure it only contains safe ingredients for your baby and meets all flammability requirements. In addition to being super chic, it’s also smaller than many other gliders, so it’s great for small spaces.

Most affordable nursery glider

Storkcraft Hoop White Glider and Ottoman

Price: $

Working with a teeny tiny room for your baby’s nursery? Not to worry — this glider is the perfect fit for small spaces. It’s super comfortable, say reviewers, thanks to the padded arm cushions and foot rest.

It even has convenient storage pockets on either armrest so you can store swaddle blankets, bibs, books, and pacifiers. It also comes in more than 10 different colors so you can match it perfectly to your baby’s nursery.

Most comfortable nursery glider

Delta Children Dylan Nursery Recliner Glider Swivel Chair

Price: $$$

Here’s a glider that you can plop right into your living room without it looking like it was a leftover from your baby’s nursery (even though it is).

This recliner is gorgeous, featuring pocketed coil spring construction and a farmhouse-style design. It swivels 360 degrees and has a gliding mechanism made from durable steel so it shouldn’t squeak as you rock back and forth.

Best reclining nursery glider

Baby Relax Mikayla Swivel Gliding Recliner

Price: $$$

This gliding recliner goes all the way back, offering three functional positions so you can be at the ideal angle for feeding, rocking, or reading your child books. It swivels and glides as well and has a square silhouette for maximum comfort. Parents rave over its easy set-up and 1-year limited warranty.

Best overall nursery glider

Carter's by DaVinci Arlo Recliner and Glider in Performance Cream

Price: $$$

This swivel glider has everything you need in a nursery chair — it’s comfortable, has a classic design, and lets you prop up your legs and recline back when you need a new position. It’s crafted in New Zealand from pine wood and engineered wood that’s compliant with Toxic Substances Control Act standards, and it’s also free of chemical flame retardants.