The 15 Best Nursery Glider Recliners to Get Your Baby’s Room Ready, According to an Expert

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Getting your baby’s nursery in order is one of the best ways to take care of those nesting urges that settle in during pregnancy. With all of the baby product options on the market, figuring out everything from the best breast pump to which glider recliner to get can be overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve done a lot of digging on the latter so you can put your feet up as soon as baby arrives (and maybe even before!).

If you’re hoping to get a nursery glider recliner on a budget, we have several picks under $300, such as our expert-recommended DaVinci Casey Pillowback Swivel Glider ($285). Of course, we couldn’t resist spotlighting some stunning, splurge-worthy options that your friends and family might want to help chip in on, like this Pottery Barn Kids Dream Deluxe Power Swivel Recliner, which starts at a steep $1,799. Whatever your price range and decor scheme, though, you’re bound to find the perfect pick for you (and your baby) below.

The 15 Best Nursery Glider Recliners at a Glance


Best Nursery Glider Recliner for Tall Parents

DaVinci Piper Recliner Glider

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Best Nursery Glider Recliner for Short Parents

Carter's by DaVinci Arlo Recliner Glider

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Best Nursery Rocker Glider Recliner

Evolur Raleigh Glider Recliner

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Best Massage Nursery Glider Recliner

Evolur Reevo Glider Massager

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Best Affordable Nursery Glider Recliner

DaVinci Casey Pillowback Swivel Glider

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Meet the Expert

Rebekah Kimminau has been a baby product expert for over 10 years. She started her career as a midwife before realizing her passion was helping to empower postpartum parents. She is an international board certified lactation consultant, a CPST (car seat expert), postpartum doula and newborn care specialist. After helping parents in-person working at two different baby products stores, she launched her own online consulting business, The Baby Gear Consultant, working with clients worldwide.

How We Chose the Best Nursery Glider Recliners

We made these picks based on our personal experience with glider recliners and our expert’s recommendations. We took a close look at customer reviews, and considered the design and function of each chair, noting its material, swivel abilities and any extra features that add to its comfortability (like, for example, a built-in massage mode). In order to meet the needs of every budget, we also picked pieces at a range of price points.

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Best Nursery Glider Recliner for Tall Parents

1. DaVinci Piper Recliner Glider


  • Pros: high back, heavy base for swivel
  • Cons: fabric will show stains, reviewers say it doesn’t always stay reclined
  • Dimensions: 39.5 inches high by 30.5 inches wide by 34 inches long

DaVinci glider recliners are a favorite among parents, and the Piper, with its 26-inch high seat back, is the pick for those on the taller side. “I’m six feet and my hubs is six feet two inches,” one reviewer says. “I searched long and hard for a chair that was wide enough that we didn’t feel cramped and tall enough to rest our heads. This is it!” The downside to that is it sits a little deep for people on the shorter side, and they might find it tricky to get the recliner back down. The Piper’s sturdy build, however, is the perfect base for its 360-degree swivel, forward-and-backward glide and comfy recline position. The design is so straightforward and classic on this one that it’ll likely last you far beyond the baby years.

Best Nursery Glider Recliner for Short Parents

2. Carter's by DaVinci Arlo Recliner Glider

Carter's by DaVinci

  • Pros: easy assembly, lower seat
  • Cons: sticky recliner, velcro slipcover can pull
  • Dimensions: 41.5 inches high by 29 inches wide by 38 inches long

Another beauty from DaVinci, the Arlo recliner has a lower seat, so it should help accommodate shorter caregivers. The Arlo’s metal base allows you to smoothly swivel and glide in any direction so you can be comfortable no matter what position you’re holding baby. The water-repellent and stain-resistant fabric will help keep any number of fluids that are part of caring for a baby from leaving their mark, while its Greenguard Gold certification means its been tested for harsh chemicals and is safe for you and your little one.Though the armrests are a little lacking in width and padding, that does leave room to tuck a pillow for support—and given its classic wingback design, we think we can overlook the armrests.

Best Nursery Rocker Glider Recliner

3. Evolur Raleigh Glider Recliner


  • Pros: ergonomic backrest, priced well
  • Cons: narrow seat and arms, can be squeaky
  • Dimensions: 39 inches high by 32 inches wide by 31 inches long

This is a great budget pick that swivels, glides and rocks back and forth. Its simple design boasts an ergonomic backrest, a range of reclining options, comfy arm rests and some handy side pockets. Its resilient foam padding is upholstered in easily maintainable polyester fabric that comes in a variety of colors, ranging from neutral beige to a beautiful rose pink, so you can add that special pop to your baby’s room.

Best Massage Nursery Glider Recliner

4. Evolur Reevo Glider Massager


  • Pros: built-in massager, easy-to-clean polyester fabric
  • Cons: doesn't rotate a full 360 degrees
  • Dimensions: 39 inches high by 28.5 inches wide by 36 inches long

This chair had us at "massager," and that's like what got your attention, too. Yes, in between feedings and wailing marathons, you can sit back and truly relax in this reclining nursery glider that doubles as a massage chair. Because, let's be honest, parents to new babies don't usually have a spa day in their future—although they certainly deserve one the most. So allow this plush seat to pamper you with its eight massage modes, four-point vibration and five adjustable intensity levels. Throw in the 240-degree swivel, ergonomic back rest and easy-to-clean polyester upholstery, and this option may ease your baby-growing pains in more ways than one. Better yet, it's friendlier to your budget than many others.

Best Affordable Nursery Glider Recliner

5. DaVinci Casey Pillowback Swivel Glider


  • Pros: great price, sleek design, super soft fabric
  • Cons: reviewers say it can feel a little unsturdy
  • Dimensions: 40.50 inches high by 27 inches wide by 35.25 inches long

Our baby gear expert Rebekah Kimminau of The Baby Gear Consultant makes this her top budget pick, calling it “affordable, comfortable and supportive.” DaVinci has purposefully designed this one to transition to any other part of your home beyond the baby years, making it an even better value for your money. “At five feet two inches, I wanted a chair that my feet would hopefully be able to touch the ground [in] and that mine and my six-foot husband’s heads would be able to sit against the headrest, and this chair meets all of those needs,” says one happy customer. Along with its affordable price tag, it comes with a Greenguard Gold certification, meaning the furnishing has been tested “for over 10,000 chemicals and passes the most stringent emission standards,” so you can feel good about bringing it into your home.

Best Glider Recliner for a Small Nursery

6. Dream on Me Chatham Swivel Chair

Dream on Me

  • Pros: slim profile, super easy assembly, great price
  • Cons: not great for taller parents
  • Dimensions: 40.5 inches high by 29.5 inches wide by 30 inches long

Trying to find a chair that glides *and* reclines within a small space is tricky, but this Dream On Me glider recliner does the trick—and swivels, too, for extra versatility and comfort. At 29.5 inches wide, it’s a few inches smaller than most of the chairs on this list, but still a comfy 30 inches long, meaning it won’t feel like you’re cramming you and your baby in. Plus, it has side pockets for extra storage, which is especially important in smaller rooms. Reviewers can’t get over the easy assembly, comfortable foam filling and the quality for the price, so it sounds like you can’t go wrong.

Best Splurge Nursery Glider Recliner

7. Pottery Barn Kids Dream Deluxe Power Swivel Recliner

Pottery Barn Kids

  • Pros: lots of fabric options, USB charging port, built-in night-light
  • Cons: expensive, not great for shorter parents
  • Dimensions: 40 inches high by 33.5 inches wide by 40 inches long

New parents, to the extent that they’re able to, will happily spend money to make the transition to parenthood easier (and help solve the puzzle that is a newborn). This customizable chair is among those splurge-worthy essentials. Yes, it starts at a steep $1,799 but it’s worth it if you have the funds. To start, the ergonomic swiveling and reclining chair is solidly made with a plywood engineered wood frame. It comes in a whopping 36 fabric and color options, and is designed with comfy sloped arms, an adjustable headrest and extra lumbar support. To top it off, the recliner is lit softly underneath with a night-light for those late-night feeds, while the adjustable features are done with the push of an electronic button. Talk about making life easier! Did we mention it also has a USB charging port?! The height of luxury, indeed.

Best Electronic Nursery Glider Recliner

8. Babyletto Kiwi Glider Recliner


  • Pros: classic style, sturdy, great for all sizes
  • Cons: a bit stiff, higher price
  • Dimensions: 41 inches high by 29 inches wide by 36 inches long

This glider has an electric keypad to control its functions on the *inside* of the arm rest, so you can easily see what you’re doing, even with a baby in one arm. Our expert says it’s her favorite electronic glider recliner thanks to its support pillow for your back and the very smooth glide motion. Outside of its great tech features, it’s also plenty roomy, and we love the neutral wooden base and boucle finish (we’re partial to the olive green color)—great, soothing natural textures for a nursery.

Best Adjustable Nursery Glider Recliner

9. Nurture& the Glider Recliner


  • Pros: adjustable headrest, supportive and comfortable
  • Cons: no gliding motion with footrest up
  • Dimensions: 42 inches high by 33 inches wide by 37 inches long

When you’ve got a sleeping baby in your arms, the last thing you want to worry about is stuffing an extra pillow behind your head so you can get a few Zs in, too. Nurture&’s glider recliner has an electronic adjustable headrest (but is more affordable than the Pottery Barn chair that does the same). Reviewers say the power recline is as quiet as can be—a must have for new babes who sleep the days away.

Best Customizable Nursery Glider Recliner

10. Monte Grano Glider Recliner

Monte Design

  • Pros: a ton of custom color and fabric options
  • Cons: expensive
  • Dimensions: 39 inches high by 28 inches wide by 32 inches long

If you’ve got a decent budget and an eye for design, Monte’s Grano Glider Recliner can be customized exactly how you want it to suit your tastes and decor (they’ll even mail you free fabric samples to help you decide). Upholstery options include plush velvet, boucle and even a sleek vegan leather. This is especially handy if you plan on transitioning this out of the nursery and into another room in your home down the line; the chair’s clean, modern design certainly supports that move.

Best Nursery Glider Recliner with a Wide Seat

11. West Elm Paxton Glider Recliner

West Elm

  • Pros: wide seat, soft cushions, looks like regular furniture
  • Cons: extra cushions can get in the way, big footprint
  • Dimensions: 37 inches high by 37 inches wide by 35.75 inches long

With an extra-wide interior seat cushion, this choice is perfect for people who need a little more wiggle room—whether it be just for yourself, or if you have an older child who’ll want to join their new baby sibling for snuggles and stories. This one looks the least like a nursery chair (seriously, did this come from Article?!), so it can easily be moved to any room in your house (especially if you choose the beautiful vegan leather upholstering). You can choose between manual or electronic versions—the latter of which comes with the all-important USB charging port, crucial for all the late-night “why won’t my baby sleep?!” Googling you’ll be doing in this thing.

Best Wingback Nursery Glider Recliner

12. Pottery Barn Kids Wingback Swivel Glider

Pottery Barn Kids

  • Pros: stylish design, high back for taller parents
  • Cons: deep seat cushion might be tricky for shorter parents
  • Dimensions: 40.5 inches high by 34 inches wide by 39 inches long

Wingback chairs will never go out of style, and their classic and whimsical look makes them a popular choice for a nursery. Pottery Barn’s wingback chair swivels, glides and reclines with ease whether using the manual or power model. The winged back and rolled armrests were designed to give new parents and nursing mothers ample shoulder and elbow space, while the solid hardwood frame and thick padding make it equal parts sturdy and comfy.

Best Traditional Nursery Glider Recliner

13. Viv + Rae Hudak Reclining Glider

Viv + Rae

  • Pros: classic aesthetic, slimmer profile
  • Cons: high seat, may be too tall for shorter folks
  • Dimensions: 41.75 inches high by 30 inches wide by 37 inches long

Boasting over 3,000 5-star reviews, this impressively marked-down pick is hailed by buyers as being a great value for the price. If you’re looking for a traditional, slightly old-school aesthetic, you’ll adore the button-tufted design complete with contrasting piping, which gives it the look of a classic reading chair—meaning you can easily transition it to the family room in the future. Reviewers love its uber comfy foam filling, quiet movement and the fact that it reclines almost completely flat for the perfect napping position (for parent and baby alike).

Best Contemporary Nursery Glider Recliner

14. Babyletto Nami Electronic Glider Recliner


  • Pros: beautiful modern design
  • Cons: no additional supportive cushions
  • Dimensions: 41 inches high by 32.5 inches wide by 36.5 inches long

Luckily we don’t have any picks that require you to choose style over comfort, but this mid-century modern-looking Babyletto would be worth it even if it wasn’t comfortable and convenient. The boucle finish and arched back give it stylish flair, while its foam-filled cushions, sturdy handmade frame and quiet electronic recline get the job done on all fronts. The recliner power button will move you to variable positions depending on your needs, and both that and a USB port are conveniently located on the inside of the arm. We kind of just want this for our living room.

Best Patterned Nursery Glider

15. Sarah Flint x Namesake Crawford Swivel Glider

Sarah Flint x Namesake

  • Pros: beautiful pattern, stain-resistant 
  • Cons: doesn’t recline
  • Dimensions: 39.5 inches high by 32 inches wide by 35.5 inches long

Some people don’t want or have the space for a recliner, but still want the ability to rock baby to sleep. This number from Sarah Flint x Namesake offers a smooth back-and-forth gliding motion, 360-degree swivel and plush cushioning for arm and lumbar support to do just that, and keep you comfy in the process. And it does it all in classic style—the stunning blue lattice pattern would suit any new baby’s nursery, and the eco-performance fabric is durable, sustainable, water-repellent and stain-resistant. If you would, however, like to kick your feet up while you sit back, you can pick up the matching ottoman to pair with it.

What Are the Benefits of a Nursery Glider Recliner?

“A nursery glider recliner has a host of benefits for both the baby and their parents or caregivers,” says our baby product expert Kimminau.”The glider allows a comfortable spot for their parents to bond with them. Most people use a glider for feeding, singing, putting to sleep and comforting in the middle of the night.”

Kimminau also says that having a consistent spot for parent and baby to sit and feed, or rest, is beneficial to the family’s well-being. “The glider provides a space where both the baby and their caregiver feel comfortable, which leads to better rest for the baby and less levels of stress for their parents.”

A glider recliner is also a great spot to properly support your little one during breastfeeding or bottle feeding, as you can hold them in the optimal positions. Kimminau says this helps reduce rates of reflux, colic and general gassiness that can come after feeding if done improperly. “If a caregiver's arms and back are well supported during feeding, they are more likely to keep the baby in an optimal position the entire [time].”

Is a Glider or a Rocker Better for a Baby’s Room?

Though gliders and rockers can be very similar, the one that’s best for your nursery really just depends on your preferences. “Gliders offer more variety, allowing you to move in more directions and face the chair towards many parts of the room, where rockers move in one motion and only face one direction,” offers Kimminau. She adds that rockers can be more reliable, as the mechanism that allows them to move tends to last longer than that of a glider (although, of course, that’s not true in all cases). “Another factor to consider is that a lot of gliders recline, while only a few rockers do,” she says. However, “rockers can be more compact, so [they] may be better for smaller spaces.”

Are Nursery Gliders Affordable?

Nursery glider recliners come in a wide range of prices, but it’s possible to find one for just about every budget. We’ve highlighted a few with great reviews (and even our expert pick) under $300, while some can run all the way up to almost $2,000.

Where to Buy Nursery Glider Recliners

Nursery glider recliners are available from specialty retailers, such as Maisonette, houseware faves like West Elm and, of course, big-box online retailers like Amazon and Target, to name a few.

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