8 of the best nursing chairs

What to look for in a nursing chair and where to find the best one for you

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Best nursing chairs

Having a new baby is a magical experience but all the joys and special moments come with hard work and lots of time spent on your feet, too. That’s why having a comfortable place to sit while you breast or bottle feed every day can make such a difference, especially in those first early months.

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Luckily, there are lots of baby nursing chairs on the market designed for exactly that purpose. There are rocking nursing chairs, ones which recline automatically and those which include additional footstools so you can stretch out your legs a little too.

Below, we’ve put together some information about what the look for and included a suggested list of some of the best nursing chairs you can buy now.

What is a nursing chair?

A nursing chair is a purpose-designed chair which should help make the constant day and night feeds that little bit more manageable. The dedicated chairs are specially designed to support you and add comfort while you feed your little one, whether that’s with lumbar support, arm-rests or reclining features.

Not all care-givers use nursing chairs, as some manage on the sofa or in regular armchairs,  perhaps using cushions for added support. Others rely on their nursing chairs to stay comfortable during feeds, so it’s a personal choice for parents.

What makes a good nursing chair?

Comfort is definitely number one – so look out for a chair that will provide support when you feed to avoid any backache or other niggling pains. Some offer several recline positions, so you can get the perfect position 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 in your home.

Another priority is how easy it is to clean the chair. Nursing chairs are likely to take everything from spilled milk, babies bringing up posset and, of course, any leaks from the nappy end too!

It might also be worth considering other ways the chair could be used in the future, if you’d like to get longer use out of it for your money.

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

1. Bryce Accent rocking chair, £197.95

Best for chic, modern design 

Colours: Petrol blue or light grey felt or black leather | Dimensions: H94.5cm x W80cm x D73cm

The chic rocking nursing chair is so stylish that it 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. Previous buyers said the chair was comfortable and  “very stylish” but added you would need to be aware it requires assembling at home.

Available from: Roseland Furniture and Amazon

2. Tutti Bambini Glider chair and footstool, £195

Best for a range of wood finishes 

Colours: White, vanilla, walnut or natural wood, with beige cushions | Dimensions: H104cm x W69cm x D74cm

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.

The addition of pockets in the armrest cushions too is a great shout, as it means you’ve got a handy place to easily access wipes and other essentials without having to get up.

Available from: Wayfair and Kiddies Kingdom

Pottery Barn Kids Wingback Reclining Nursing Chair

3. Pottery Barn Kids Wingback Reclining Nursing Chair, £809.10

Best for automated comfort 

Colours: Grey | Dimensions: H102 x W75 x D99cm

This plush nursing chair reclines both manually and automatically. Made by Pottery Barn Kids, the brand promises the power recline option is “virtually silent” so as not to disturb sleeping little ones.

This is a good option for adjustable comfort and being able to raise your legs will take the weight off your feet after a late night or long day.

The traditional winged back design provides additional shoulder and back space, with plump rolled armrests for supporting tired elbows. The frame is made from solid wood so it should be sturdy and long-lasting, too.

Available from: John Lewis

4. Kub Chatsworth glider chair and footstool, £270

Best for understated nurseries

Colours: Grey, Cappuccino | Dimensions: H102.5cm x W67cm x D83cm

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. It also comes with cushion pockets for added storage (handy for popping your muslins or soother into), and a footstool as part of the package.

Parents who bought this chair in the past were impressed with the gentle motion of the chair and its aesthetic design. “Not only is the rocking motion and absolute godsend for getting an unsettled baby to sleep, but it’s comfortable and the colour goes perfectly with our nursery,” said one buyer.

Available 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: H100cm x W68cm x D82cm

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 comes in a range of wood finishes, with tons of fabric options, including full grain leather. There’s even a rocking version and a matching footstool available too.

Previous buyers particularly praised the comfort of the chair with one reviewer saying, “really comfortable, easy to assemble,” and another, who has owned one for 18 years, adding, “I can’t live without this chair”.

Available from: Ikea

6. Supremo Bambino nursing glider chair and footstool, £189.99

Best for a range of colours 

Colours: Dark or white wood frame with pink, blue, navy, brown, white or cream cushions | Dimensions: H101cm x W70cm wide x D74cm

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.

This chair is a popular choice with parents and averages 4.3 stars out of 5 from hundreds of online reviews. Top praise included comments such as, “brilliant design, good support and well made,” “good firm back support, nice rocking motion,” and “it’s very comfortable and supportive and I’ve noticed a big difference in my back pain since using it.”

Available from: Amazon

7. Gaia Serena Rocking/Feeding Chair, £399.99

Best for fitting in with other non-nursery furniture 

Colours: Oatmeal or dove grey | Dimensions: H94.2cm x W78cm x D81cm

This stylish nursing chair wouldn’t look out of place in your living room. Solid wood legs allow the chair to rock smoothly to help your little one drift off.

The ergonomic seat is designed for comfort, including a lumbar cushion for additional support while nursing and padded armrests to rest your arms on as your hold your child. These armrests also have removable covers, so they can be chucked straight in the machine in case of any spills or mishaps.

The extra wide seat should also leave enough space for toddlers and children to sit with you for bedtime stories as they grow older. A coordinating footstool is also available separately for added comfort, if desired.

Available from: Kiddies Kingdom

8. Lilies & Lions rocking armchair, £1250

Best for a luxury choice

Colours: White or grey | Dimensions: H110cm x L92cm x W83cm

It is expensive, but this comfy rocking armchair from Lilies & Lions brings a tasteful touch to the nursery with the classic Louis XV design.

The hand-carved features add to the luxury look while the soft upholstery provide comfort while feeding or just snuggling for a cuddle.

The frame is made from solid wood and, while pictured in grey, it is possible to create a bespoke chair and choose a different design for the upholstery. One for those looking to treat themselves to a little bit of decadence.

Available from: Not on the High Street

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