The nursery chair is an important part of your baby’s room.
Some parents think at first that they don’t need a nursery chair, but that often changes in the first few weeks of having the baby at home.
A good nursery chair makes soothing and feeding the baby so much easier, and can help you feel more relaxed and comfortable while doing all of that too!
Of course, it comes down to whether or not you pick the right nursery chair for your needs.
Today, we’ll help you out with that through this guide to choosing a nursing chair.
Comfort Comes First
In the first few months, you’re going to spend a lot of time in that nursery chair, which means you need to make sure it’s comfortable enough not to give you a bad back!
There are several things to check to ensure this.
First, look at the cushions and padding. Are they made of durable material that can last through hours and hours of use without being flattened into a thin, unsupportive layer?
Check for ergonomic touches such as lumbar pillows and proper-height armrests too! Both can make your life drastically more comfortable.
Moreover, make sure that the chair goes up to your head or neck, at least. You don’t want it to be only as high as your shoulders: you’ll need the support for your head or neck so you can lay back and rest when holding your baby in your nursery.
Finally, make sure the seat is wide enough to let you hold your baby comfortably while nursing. You shouldn’t feel cramped in it.
Swivel, Fixed, or Rocking?
When you go through options for nursery chairs, you’ll usually notice that there are several options in terms of chair base design.
Some chairs offer a swivel base, for instance, much like most office or desk chairs.
Others are built on the same base as rockers, allowing you the option to soothe your baby through the motion while sitting in the chair.
Still others are fixed, i.e. their bases aren’t designed to move like swivels or rockers.
While it’s ultimately up to you which one you fancy, keep in mind that swivel and rocking chairs usually cost a little more. That’s normal, as they require more work and parts to produce.
That said, the extra cost is also worth it, usually. Swivel chairs make it easy to turn and face, say, a dresser without having to put down the baby or get up from the chair. And rockers offer a baby-soothing effect, as noted above.
Designed for Safety
Of course, you always have to consider safety.
Is the chair designed to hold your weight plus the baby’s? Is it designed so that there are no sharp edges or corners sticking out that could harm either you or the baby?