RE: Dutailier- Do I need both recline and locking mechanisms?
The lock is for locking the glider so it can not glide back and forth. I think it is helpful for when baby is older and mobile, so they don't get their fingers caught in the mechanism or if they are climbing up onto the chair it is stable. The recline is self explanatory. I have the 11789 model with both (got it from babycatalog). I didn't see the need for the lock, but at the time I was buying the model with both recline and lock was cheaper than the model with just the recline alone, so I got both. I've never used the lock yet, though. I think the dutailiers at BRU that are cheaper are not the same models as through other retailers of dutailiers. If the model numbers are different they are not the same chairs.
I love my glider and spend lots of time in it! It was worth the $$.
M, mommy to A 4/05, E 1/07, and L 12/10