6 Rockers that Won’t Kill Your Soul

Stylish Rockers That Won't Kill Your Soul | The Fresh Exchange

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Let me tell you about my struggle with the whole chair in the nursery thing. This may seem so little to most, but I knew a few things about the importance of choosing this piece because of both recommendations from you guys and from just testing out a lot of things:

  1. It needs to be comfy. A lot of time will be spent here and I will be recovering physically as well. Plus let’s be honest some sleep may be had in it.
  2. It needs to be something I like and don’t dread being in the space. Since this will be a main piece in the room, I wanted something that will bring me joy not only because of comfort but because of looks as well. It is the designer in me, what can I say?
  3. I wanted to be able to reuse it in our home later if possible.

That said the search was on because it meant that the rattan look I had been dreaming of wasn’t going to work. I spent many evenings after finishing up work scouring, reading, researching, and even asking friends for suggestions.

During all that I figured there was no way I was the only one out there that has gone through this struggle. I felt like the crib was easy and the dresser simple, but the chair…might end up being the death of me in some way. I didn’t want to have to compromise for something completely not us in a room we would be spending so much time in.

Thus, I came up with six chairs I think every mom or mom-to-be would agree that walking that perfect line between comfort and style in the baby world especially with a chair in the room is no easy task. The prices aren’t cheap and some are more than we spent on our couch or even our bed. Some are closer to our budget such as the Nursery Works one for $499 but others cross the bounds at nearly double that at $1,250. It is hard to know what to do. The one we love the most is the Joya in white bonded leather. We love the idea that it is leather because of how easy it will be to keep it clean even though it is white. I like that it also has a high back and the base is wood so it has a more airy feel to it especially when painted in white. The only problem is that it is well out of our price-range. This means we made the decision to go with the Nursery Works chair, which is very comfy and still stylish enough for the space while providing the rocking needs for the space. I felt the chair really hit all the high points without much if any downsides.

Enough with my rambling though, everyone has their own opinions about the type of chair they want to spend 3 AM feedings in, but these are the ones that make me think they will be a little more pleasant to be woken up if I can find myself in one of these chairs. I would love to hear from any of you moms what chair you went with and what you think of it or how you would do it differently. The more advice the better.

Stylish Rockers That Won't Kill Your Soul | The Fresh Exchange

Kennedy Rocking Chair from Thrive Furniture $1,099  |  Sleepytime Rocker from Nursery Works $499  |  Shay Swivel from Room and Board $899  (similar from Room and Board |  Joya Rocker from Monte Design $995  |  Gus Modern Steel Rocker from ABC Home $995  |  High Back Rocker from West Elm $599

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  1. we found a brand new pottery barn rocker on craigslist for like $150. it was and still is our best craigslist find to-date! i can’t imagine buying one of these new. it’s crazy how expensive they are. i’m all for good quality, but dang!

  2. We have an earlier version of the sleepytime rocker in grey and dark wood. Its fabulous. We still use it daily 3 years later for story time. I would find a fun foot stool for late night sessions.

  3. First let me Say, Love your Blog. I always look forward to your posts! For the rocker, As someone who has nursed a baby for the past year I’d say choose a rocker that has arm rests. Although the gus Rocker is beautiful if you’re going to be cat napping in it (and you will be, believe me) you’ll want support for your elbows as you hold your baby, sometimes for hours on end. Congrats!

  4. We bought the Joya rocker when our daughter was born 4 years ago, and while an amazingly comfortable chair, had to replace the walnut rocker base (the glue split and they sent us a replacement), and we’ll need to have it reupholstered (the white bonded leather tends to get worn on the ends and edges of the arm rests and seat) sometime soon. An amazing rocker, but even being delicate with it has proven a struggle to keep it looking great.

  5. The Dwell studio glider is also fabulous! Will continue to use it for baby #2. being able to reuse it later on was top of mind for me too. great post!

  6. Our Lee Industries gliding club chair has Served uS well for 2 babies & 7 years. Big, comFy arms & down pillows are mUlti-purpose. Its next home is the playroom where the girls can sit in it together to read. Congrats!

  7. Did you look at the Graham Glider at West Elm. It has all the advantages of a larger rocker with a smaller profile. My daughter purchased this prebaby as a chair in her study knowing that after a few months it would be used on a permanent basis in the nursery. Some of the Pottery barn ones are comfy but take up way too much space. Take a look- Also keep in mind you may find that when you are rocking a sick baby/child for hours that you might enjoy upholstered arms much more than the wood ones. Just saying – they look nice but cushioning is good too. Just some grandmotherly wisdom. Whatever you chose will be lovely!

    1. Yes, my girlfriend has that one and loves it. She is taller and it is perfect for her. I agree with the upholstered armed chairs for sure after having one. Thanks so much for your thoughts!! 🙂

  8. We never had one because I preferred the space over the rocker 🙂 And to be honest never really missed it. I always nursed her laying down next to her, and to be honest that felt the most comfy to me (oh sweet memories to those naps next to a newborn).

    1. Yes! You can. That was my concern as well. It is really comfy and wide which is nice. For taller ladies I could see not being the right fit but at 5’6 is is just right for me. It would be good for you as well 🙂

  9. We did the SleepYtime rockeR, too, and i would second the recommendation to have a footstool. We actually got a tufted bench with metal base from Target to use, wHich is nice because it’s long enough for people to sIt on (husband, grandparents, etc) even while your feet are up there.

  10. I have never seen such good-looking rockers. You can’t make a mistake with these. When i think of a rocker i always imagine something out of style and ugly. But you reminded me that designers do not just sit around all day. I would choose the sleepytime rocker.

  11. Just found your site- great chairs! We have the Monte joya and absolutley love it!
    We are about to have another child and Just ordered another one. Ours is heather grey and still looks great 3 years on. Buying another grey one.