Having a new baby means lots of feeding, so having a comfortable place to sit while you breast or bottle feed can make a huge difference in those early months.
Why use a nursing chair?
A purpose-designed nursing chair can make the constant day and night feeds that little bit more manageable, as the dedicated chairs have been specially designed for support you and add comfort while you feed your little one.
Nursing chairs are definitely not an essential – many mums manage just fine using a regular armchair and getting support from pillows or cushions – but having a dedicated comfy spot for feeding is just what some parents want.
What makes a good nursing chair?
Comfort is definitely number one – so look out for a chair that will provide support when you feed, so you can avoid any backache or other niggling pains. Some offer several recline positions, so you can get the perfect spot to sit with your little one.
Size is an important consideration as many nursing chairs can be large. It’s worth taking measurements of where the nursing chair will go, to check it’s going to fit.
Another priority is how easy it is to clean the chair. Nursing chairs are likely to take a lot of abuse from spilled milk, babies bringing up posset and, of course, any leaks from the nappy end too!
It might be worth considering options for recovering the nursing chair later on, if you think you’ll use it longer term as a regular chair.
What kinds of nursing chairs are there?
- Nursery armchair – a fixed position or rocking armchair that is comfy and supportive
- Rocking feeding chair – traditional rocking chair set on curved rockers
- Glider chair – these chairs glide back and forth on smooth runners and can be really comforting for getting baby (and you!) off to sleep
- With or without footstool – some come with a footstool that might glide or be fixed in place
Here’s our pick of the best nursing chairs to suit all budgets and homes.
1. Bryce Accent rocking chair, £179
Best for: Chic, simple design
Colours: Petrol blue or light grey felt, or black leather, on black steel legs
Dimensions: 94.5cm high x 80cm wide x 73cm deep
Seat width: Approx. 60cm
The chic rocking chair design looks so stylish that this nursing chair has definite longevity to it – it would look great in a modern home long after baby has grown out of feeding.
Designed in Denmark (of course!), it comes in two stitched, brushed felt finishes – petrol blue or light grey – as well as the option of black leather.
The padded, structured back and wide wings give support while feeding, or simply relaxing at home.
Buy the Bryce Accent Rocking Chair from Roseland Furniture.
2. Tutti Bambini Glider chair and footstool, £199
Best for: Choice of wood finishes
Colours: White; Vanilla; Walnut or Natural wood, with beige cushions
Dimensions: 104cm high x 69cm wide x 74cm deep
Seat width: 55cm
With 3 seat recline positions, soft, comfy cushions and a gliding motion on the chair and included footstool, this nursing chair brings a traditional look to the nursery.
We love that it comes in a choice of 4 different wood finishes matched with beige cushions, so you can match it to your existing furniture, and there are handy pockets in the armrest cushions too.
Buy the Tutti Bambini Glider Chair from Mothercare and Amazon.
3. Olli Ella Go-Go Glider nursing chair, £875
Best for: Big budgets and luxury
Colours: Sky; Musk; Guava; Dove
Dimensions: 96cm high x 71cm wide x 70 cm deep
Seat width: 50cm
With its soft microsuede fabric, high back and ergonomic design, the Olli Ella Go-Go Glider chair is super comfortable – but it does come with an eye-watering price tag.
This is definitely a chair to be kept long after the little ones are past the feeding stage, and luckily it has an easy-clean, stain-resistant microsuede covering which can be spot cleaned with a baby wipe or a bit of soap and water.
Handmade in the UK, and with a gentle gliding motion, the Olli Ella Go-Go chair can also be customised in a choice of microsuede and leatherette coverings – or with your own fabric (from £1,025).
For extra comfort, the chair can be teamed with the On-It gliding ottoman foot stool (£350).
You can buy the Go-Go Glider direct from Olli Ella.
4. Kub Chatsworth glider chair and footstool, £300
Best for: Understated nurseries
Colours: Grey; Cappuccino
Dimensions: 102.5cm high x 67cm wide x 83cm deep
Seat width: 60cm
Neutral nurseries will look great with the Kub Chatsworth glider chair, which has a white wood finish and soft corduroy cushions.
It has 7 recline positions so you can find the best position for feeding, and the gentle gliding motion should help soothe your baby.
Plus it comes with cushion pockets for added storage (handy for popping your muslins or soother), and a footstool as part of the package.
Buy the Kub Chatsworth Glider nursing chair from John Lewis and Amazon.
5. IKEA Poang chair, from £60
Best for: Budget-conscious families
Colours: Birch, oak, white or black wood finish with numerous fabrics
Dimensions: 100cm high x 68cm wide x 82cm deep
Seat width: 56cm
It may not be sold as a dedicated nursing chair, but many mums writing in the MFM forum swear by the Ikea Poang, because of its comfort and slight bounce.
Designed to follow the shape of the body and support the neck and lower back, Ikea’s iconic armchair celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and comes in a range of wood finishes, with tons of fabric options, including full grain leather.
Plus there’s even a rocking version, and a matching footstool is available too.
Buy the Ikea Poang from Ikea.
6. Supremo Bambino nursing glider chair and footstool, £139.95
Best for: Range of colours
Colours: Dark or white wood frame with pink, blue, navy, brown, white or cream cushions
Dimensions: 101cm high x 70cm wide x 74cm deep
Seat width: 47cm
This great value package includes a sturdy nursing glider chair and matching footstool, and comes in a range of six different cushion colours for matching to your décor.
With 3 recline positions, a gliding motion that can also be fixed in place, and extra-thick cushions, there’s a lot of bang for your buck with the Supremo Bambino Nursing Glider Chair.
7. Kiddicare rocking chair, £99.99
Best for: Fitting in with other non-nursery furniture
Colours: Birch wood finish with beige fabric
Dimensions: 95cm high x 68cm wide x 94cm deep
Seat width: 60cm
The deep chair seat and comfy padded cushions on the Kiddicare Rocking Chair mean a relaxed feeding time, while its neutral look suits most homes.
With a gentle rocking motion and smooth armrests, this chair is also ideal for story time as little ones get older.
Buy the Kiddicare Rocking Chair from Kiddicare.
8. Lilies & Lions rocking armchair, £950
Best for: Large rooms
Colours: White or grey
Dimensions: 105cm high x 81cm wide x 100cm deep
Seat width: 52cm
It is expensive, but this comfy rocking armchair from Lilies & Lions brings a tasteful touch to the nursery, while also featuring removable, washable covers.
Its curved arms, well-padded seat and high back give good support for feeding or just snuggling for a cuddle.
Available in choice of white or grey fabric, it’s got a kiln-dried solid beech wood frame and painted hardwood rockers.
Buy direct from Bambizi.
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