I have been wondering the same. I want one for the nursery and my mother said she would get it for us also. I think I'm just going to have to go shopping and try a few. I'm leaning toward glider, because every rocking chair I have ever rocked in seems to move across the room as I rock lol. But then again a lot of gliders tend to develop a squeek over time.
I had a glider when I had my daughter and her and I both loved it. The motion is really smooth and I think helps settle them a little (my daughter had colic and severe acid reflux). I loved mine and it was pretty cheap (like $120 at Target) and yet very comfy. Of course I sold it, now I have to find another one!!
I haven't made this decision yet either. I was cautioned against a rocker as they tend to 'walk' themselves into walls when rocking baby to sleep. I was also cautioned against gliders for when baby gets older and can get fingers stuck....so I don't know either.
I have got a rocking chair; I did in all honesty originally want a glider but for a few reasons went with the rocker:
1) gliders are sooooo expensive imo, I ended up getting a real wooden rocker from a second hand furniture shop for just £25, and no way could I ever get a glider that cheap.
2) most gliders I was looking at didn't have all the cushions removable, which seemed daft to me because what if they get sicked on?!
3) With a rocker I could make cushion covers really easily that 100% matched my nursery, and were 100% removable and washable. I could even make different cushion covers and have a choice. Most gliders seem to come in a VERY limited range of colours, so I would have probably ended up with a cream or white one - boring!
4) I figured that the glider mechanism could break over time, where as there isn't much that can get damaged with a rocking chair.
5) I honestly think that rocking chairs have a timeless look, where as gliders are kind of ugly.
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