Besides the crib, a nursery recliner may be the most important piece of furniture in your baby’s nursery. Veteran parents will tell you that a comfortable nursery chair is an essential part of that first crucial year with baby.
For one, you’ll be spending long hours in your baby’s nursery. In fact, you’ll likely spend a good portion of your day (and night) snuggling, feeding, and holding them in this very chair. You’ll want and need a comfortable, supportive place to sit.
Secondly, being able to recline in your chair is going to be very important during those late nights when you need to rest your eyes and body in baby’s room. Whether you’re doing skin-to-skin contact, sitting in the room with them while they fall asleep, or simply keeping a close eye on them while they’re not feeling well, a recliner will make the job much more comfortable.
Finally, even as your child grows, a recliner is a great place to kick back, read bedtime stories, sing songs and lullabies, and chat together.
For these important reasons, it’s a good idea to research your options well. But the market is flooded with hundreds of options and literally hundreds of thousands of reviews. We’ve done the legwork and heavy lifting for you and published our results below.
If you can, it’s a great idea to pop into your local stores to sit in a variety of recliners. If that’s not a possibility, choose from one of the options below and be sure you are able to return the chair in the event that it does not end up working out for you.
You can also check out our recent article “10 Best Glider Rockers for Your Nursery in 2022” where we talk about our favorite glider chair and the best rocking chairs on the market. You’ll find even more options for smaller spaces, as the recliners listed here tend to be suitable for average and larger spaces.
What to Look for in a Nurser Recliner
Firm but supportive cushioning: The first and most important thing to look for in your new recliner is supportive cushioning. You’re going to be spending a lot of time (and we mean a *lot* of time) in this chair. Make sure it’s comfortable, yet firm and supportive for all of the hours you’ll be sitting in it, and try to ensure from reviews that it will stay that way over time.
Wide Seat: Secondly, you’ll want to look for a wide seat (unless you have a very small space that you’re working with). This is because for the next few years, you’ll probably be sharing this chair with a growing child. At first, you’ll be nursing or feeding them and snuggling them, and as they grow you’ll be reading stories to them, singing lullabies, and chatting about their day. It’s important that you can both fit in the chair somewhat comfortably.
Durable, stain-resistant fabric: Next, look for a durable fabric. There will inevitably be stains from feeding time, burping, changing diapers nearby, and life getting in the way of your perfectly clean chair. It’s a good idea to opt for a durable, stain-resistant, and easy to wash fabric.
Finally, choosing a recliner with a locking mechanism is important because it makes the chair stay in place when you’re trying to get up and sit down quietly without waking up the baby.
Quality & Longevity: And finally, look for longevity. Is the chair well-made from high quality materials? If not, you’re likely to see reviews saying that the chair falls apart after a few months, have a cheap feel, squeakes when it moves, and doesn’t stand the test of time.
How Much is a Nursery Recliner?
We’re going to share an inconvenient truth right now: you won’t find a truly great nursery glider for under $500. (Well, we did find *one* for $479 that we are confident recommending. See below for details.)
Believe us, we looked for it.
And, because we get a small commission when our readers buy items on Amazon from our links, we actually have an interest in recommending products from there. But we just couldn’t find any under $500 that we really felt comfortable recommending. However, if you are on a very strict budget, it is definitely worth your time to scour the reviews on Amazon, and try to sift through the very low-cost options to find one that might work perfectly for you. It’s just that it will be a gamble, not a sure thing.
For a recliner that will not make loud sounds after a few months, that will be very comfortable and supportive for you and your partner, no matter your size, and for a chair that will stand the test of time (and perhaps be passed down to other sibilings), you’ll want to look at these options which we think are listed at a reasonable price for the quality.
Without further ado, here is our curated list of the very best nursery recliners in 2022:
1. Best Wingback: Wingback Manual & Power Swivel Glider Recliner ($1299 on Pottery Barn)
If you’re looking for a traditional wingback style with a higher back, this plush reclining chair from Pottery Barn Kids will be your new favorite spot in the house.
It has a classic winged-back design that offers plenty of shoulder and elbow space for parents and babies to fit together. With it’s rolled armrests and high back, it’s the ultimate comfortable place for you to sit with your snuggle buddy. Reviewers say it’s a great nursing chair. It’s perfect for parents who want plenty of room in their chair, and for tall parents, too.
The chair is extremely quiet as it reclines and swivels 360 degrees in a smooth gliding motion, so it wont wake your baby up. And if you’ve never had a baby before, let us be the first to tell you – this is one of the most important things to consider! When you’ve gotten your baby to sleep, you are not going to want anything to disturb them, especially your own chair.
Plus, the easy access reclining and gliding mechanism are within reach, which is key because you’ll probably have a sleeping baby in your arms as you reach for whatever you need.
It’s constructed with a solid hardwood frame, thick padding, and steel sinuous springs.
It comes in durable fabric options in different colors that can all be spot cleaned using regular soap and water.
And, it is Greenguard Gold Certified, meaning there are low chemical emissions for cleaner indoor air, and no funny smells upon arrival.
With this chair, it’s important to order early because they can take several weeks to ship.
Important Feature: There is a power version of this gorgeous nursery glider that has a recliner mechanism on the interior, right-hand side. It also has a usb port. The power version requires a plug outlet.
Keep in mind: This chair is probably not suitable for very small spaces.
2. Best Value: Reidy Power Reclining Glider ($479 on Wayfair)
This comfortable chair has hundreds of solid recent five-star reviews on Wayfair, and it’s less than $500 making it our top pick for Best Value.
The Reidy Power Reclining Glider has a solid wood frame construction and a polyester upholstered woven sand fabric cover to coordinate in your space. It also features a USB charging port. This chair does not recline when the footrest is down.
Reviewers said it is stylish, well-made, comfortable, and stands the test of time. There is no lumbar support, so if you need that feature you will have to purchase a separate pillow.
3. Best Made in the USA: Canna Swivel Reclining Glider ($679.99 on Wayfair)
If craftsmanship is important to you, the Canna Swivel Reclining Glider is a great option for you. It’s made in the heartland of America with domestic and imported materials. This chair is made from a kiln-dried, native hardwood frame, and benefits from the use of computerize scan-and-cut systems to eliminate defects.
This comfortable glider is on of the most highly rated on Wayfair. It has a button tufted wing back, clean lines, and it glides with a 360-degree swivel motion.
It also reclines which is key for many parents who know they’ll be in the baby’s room often during their inevitable sleepless nights.
Reviewers say it is extremely comfortable and made with high-quality construction. There is some assembly required but reviewers say it is easy to put together, stands the test of time, and is worth the splurge.
After baby’s room, it can easily be used as an accent chair in the living room or another room of the house.
4. Best Wooden Glider: Dutailier Adele Glider / Recliner ($599 on Amazon)
For a step up from traditional rocking chairs, the best wooden glider we found was the Dutailier Adele Glider, which comes with a comfortable high quality seat cushion, and an optional matching ottoman set for extra support.
This modern rocking chair is made of hardwood and the gliding system is made with top quality sealed ball bearings, ensuring it will last for a long time. There’s a multi position locking mechanism to stop the glider where you prefer, and a 45 degree reclining mechanism that allows the backrest to be fully adjustable.
The best part for new parents is that is comes pre-assembled.
And, nursing moms will appreciate the padded arm rests during night feedings.
5. Best Power Recliner: Babyletto Kiwi Electronic Power Recliner ($799 on Amazon)
For a modern look and design, the Babyletto Kiwi Electronic Power Recliner is a good place to start. The best part of this power recliner is the hidden control panel in the armrest with buttons that control reclining, plus a USB port, so you can have electronics conveniently on hand. It silently swivels so you won’t disturb your peaceful sleeping baby.
It is upholstered by hand in eco-friendly stain-resistant fabric that is easy to clean, made from cled materials, is Greenguard Gold Certified for a cleaner indoor environment, and is made from a eucalyptus wood frame.
It also comes with a separate lumbar pillow for extra support.
Cons: Some assembly is required. One noted difference from the other gliders on this list is that this recliner only swivels 270 degrees, not the full 360 degrees. Some reviewers noted that the material started to look worn after a year or so.
6. Most Versatile: Paxton Power Recliner from West Elm ($999)
For a nursery chair that will look great anywhere in the house for years to come, you can count on the Paxton Power Recliner from West Elm Kids.
It power reclines to various angles so you can find your perfect fit, it has a swivel base, it’s covered in durable fabric of your choice, and it has a USB port so you’re not left in the middle of the night with a dead battery.
The flanged seat and back cushions give this chair a casual, relaxed vibe that is stylish and will look great in any room of the home.
The construction is sturdy, with a kiln-dried hardwood frame, no-sag steel spring support, foam cushions and polyester padding.
7. Best High Tech Recliner: The Glider from Nurture& ($985)
You’ll get all the bells and whistles with The Glider from Nurture& – a Power Recline button to gently bring you into a laying down position, a built-in USB port to keep your phone and other gadgets charged, non-toxic and stain resistant materials, and an adjustable head rest for ideal neck support.
It’s made with eco-friendly materials including FSC certified Birchwood and poplar plywood. Th6i6 s is a sleek, stylish addition to your nursery.
One thing to note: This chair is taller so might not be suitable for shorter parents.
8. Best for Small Spaces: Addison Rocking Recliner ($929 fro La-Z-Boy)
In the upright position, the Addison Rocking Recliner is a comfy chair with rolled arms, a tall back, and clean lines. There’s a convenient side-mounted handle on the outside arm that will raise the leg rest for reading and snuggling.
When it’s not reclining, the chair glides with a smooth, relaxing rocking motion. It’s the best recliner on our list for spaces that have less room than average in them.
There are a myriad of color options, as well.
See also: “10 Best Glider Rockers for Your Nursery in 2022“
We hope you loved this curated list of our favorite nursery recliners. You should also check out our list of the best nursery gliders here, to achieve your ideal nursery seating situation.
You’re going to be spending so much time in your recliner chair, so we hope this article helped narrow down the overwhelming market for you.
If you’re stuck, create a list of must-haves for your perfect nursery chair, and search for options from there.
Whether you choose a high-end power recliner, a smaller nursery glider, or a stylish chair that can be used elsewhere in the house, our sincere hope is that this list helped you sort through the options and make a decision you’ll be happy with.