What to Look for in a Nursery Chair

A nursing chair is an important part of decking out your nursery, ready for the impending arrival of your bundle of joy.

This is likely to be the place where you’ll breastfeed your baby, rock them to sleep and soothe them when they wake up for the 7th time that night!

There are several things to consider when choosing a nursery chair, including comfort, fabric and style. Let’s take a look at some of the features you might want to look out for.

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1. Comfort

Ickle Bubba Dursley Rocking Chair and Stool

This is the most important consideration of all. You and your baby are likely to be spending hours sitting in this chair, so it absolutely has to be comfortable!

Look for plush, padded seats, a decent backrest and a footrest, to ensure your experience is as pleasurable as possible. Armrests are also a must-have when you’re holding or breastfeeding the baby, as they can save your arms from aching and help to support your baby’s head, for a better latch.

The Ickle Bubba Dursley Rocking Chair and Stool offers a padded seat, back and armrests, all of which are fully removable, for easy cleaning. There’s also a matching footstool, so you can put your feet up after a long day of being Super-mum!

2. Rocking

Obaby High Back Rocking Chair

Rocking chairs are a popular style of nursery chair and another feature you may want to look out for. This is, after all, the place where you’ll rock your bubba back to sleep at 1 am – why not choose a chair that does some of the work for you?

The Obaby High Back Rocking Chair features a high backrest and cushion, set on white wooden rockers. This means the chair provides full back support, whilst rocking in a gentle motion, perfect for soothing your baby (or yourself!) during feeding or story time.

The chair is available in Grey or Oatmeal and makes a great addition to the corner of your nursery.

3. Reclining

Obaby Savannah Swivel Glider Reclining Nursery Chair

If you don’t fancy a rocking chair, you might prefer to look for a reclining option. This will allow you to lie back in a comfortable position, whilst your baby naps on your chest.

The Savannah Swivel Glider Reclining Nursery Chair by Obaby has a 360-degree swivel motion and gliding feature, with a handy control on the side to allow you to recline easily and smoothly, without disturbing your little one.

Safety is an important consideration with reclining nursery chairs. Be careful never to leave the footstool of a reclining chair up when you’re not in the room and always check that there are no little ones underneath before putting it down.

4. Style

Obaby Round Back Rocking Chair

As well as all the practical features, you’re sure to want a nursery chair that complements your interior style. Nursing chairs vary from contemporary to traditional in design and are available in a wide range of colours and fabrics.

This Obaby Round Back Rocking Chair has a stylish, low curved back that means it won’t look too imposing in your nursery. It’s available in Grey or Oatmeal, both of which work well in a neutral or boho interior scheme, and the white wooden rockers are also suited to a Scandi style.

Pair this with other Obaby nursery furniture if you want a cohesive look.

5. Storage

Obaby Reclining Nursing Chair and Stool

Another feature you might want to look for in a nursery chair is storage, to keep all of your essentials close-to-hand.

The Obaby Reclining Nursing Chair and Stool comes with convenient pockets in the armrests, meaning you can keep your little one’s bibs and dummies within easy reach. You can also ensure your book or tablet is nearby, ready for when the baby falls asleep – no more getting stuck for hours just out of reach of your phone!

This practical nursery chair doesn’t compromise on comfort either – it has luxurious padded cushions and a matching footstool, and it can be reclined into 6 positions by lifting the armrests, allowing you to find the perfect nursing position.

6. Washable

Gaia Baby Tweed Serena Rocking Chair

As any parent knows, washable is always a good idea when babies are involved! Not all nursing chairs have removable covers, so some will require dry cleaning or a specialist fabric cleaner when spillages or spit-ups occur.

However, some nursery chairs are machine washable, or at least partially. The Gaia Baby Serena Rocking Chair is made from a durable tweed fabric, with removable, machine-washable covers on the armrests – so you can chuck them in the washing machine and have your chair looking as good as new in no time!

The chair’s rockers are made from stylish birch wood, and the fabric is available in 3 colours – Midnight, Ocean and Ochre – so there’s one for every nursery.

7. Support

Obaby Deluxe Reclining Nursing Chair and Stool

Finally, you’ll want to make sure your nursing chair works for both you and your baby.

It needs to support your body so that it’s not only comfortable but enables you to get up easily from a sitting position, without waking your little one before you can get them into their bed. The chair cushions shouldn’t be so squishy that you sink into them and struggle to stand!

The most supportive nursery chairs tend to have common features, including a firmly padded seat, reclining backrest, low armrests and an adjustable footstool. The Obaby Deluxe Reclining Nursing Chair and Stool has all of these, plus a gliding lock to keep the chair static when you want to get up and leave your little one to sleep (fingers crossed!)

Know What You’re Looking for in a Nursery Chair?

There’s certainly a lot to think about! If you’d like to discuss any of the nursing chairs here or our other nursery furniture, give us a call on +44 (0) 1305 231231 or email us at customerservice@cuckooland.com – we’re always happy to help.


With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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