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We’re not talking about the rocking chair you’ve seen at grandma’s house. No, we’re referring to the high-tech modern-day rockers that are so fancy they aren’t mere rockers—they’re “glider-rockers.” Thanks to a hi-tech ball-bearing system, these rockers “glide” with little or no effort.

 

We’re not talking about the rocking chair you’ve seen at grandma’s house. No, we’re referring to the high-tech modern-day rockers that are so fancy they aren’t mere rockers—they’re “glider-rockers.” Thanks to a hi-tech ball-bearing system, these rockers “glide” with little or no effort. Is a glider-rocker a waste of money? Some parents have written to us with that question, assuming you’d just use the item for the baby’s first couple of years. Actually, a glider-rocker can have a much longer life. You can swap the cushions after a couple of years (most makers let you order these items separately) and move the glider-rocker to a family room.

Making this transition even easier is the trend toward all upholstered gliders (earlier models had exposed wood; the newer ones are all fabric). Yep, they are more expensive, but they can go from the nursery to the family room in a single bound. Here are some shopping tips when looking at rocker gliders:

a) Go for padded armrests. You’ll be cradling a newborn and spending many hours here—go for the padded armrests . . . and while you’re at it, get the best padded chair overall.

b) Consider a chair with a locking mechanism. Some brands (notably Shermag) have an auto-locking feature; when you stand up, the chair can no longer rock. Very helpful if you have a curious toddler who might end up with pinched fingers.

c) Extra width is always smart. Some of the cheapest glider rockers are quite narrow, which might not seem bad if you are a small person. But remember you will most likely be using a nursing pil- low with your newborn . . . and having the extra width to accommodate this pillow is most helpful!

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