It seems that most of my friends seem to get jiggy with it when the weather starts to turn chilly in early fall, because once again I have a handful of friends who are expecting this spring and early summer. One of my oldest friends, Laura, is expecting identical twin girls and we’ve been talking about “musts” and “would be nice” items on the prep list. For Laura, editing is especially important since they a.) need two of everything and b.) are currently living in a one bedroom apartment in Manhattan and space is at a premium until they make the great migration to the ‘Burbs.
Yesterday, the topic was nursery seating- to glide or to rock… which is best? And do you need either? The answer in a nutshell… yes. But whether you prefer to rock or glide, there are many cute and comfy options on the market these days. I looked at Serena and Lily’s beautiful “hidden” gliders while I was pregnant, wishing some baby- gear Fairy God-Mother (or Stork in this case?) would leave one on my doorstep one night. They are quite expensive and I just couldn’t rightfully put a $1000 chair on my registry. I also wasn’t sure that I NEEDED a rocker. I was wrong. It wasn’t until Bix was actually 11 months old (and over nursing) that I finally bought one from Overstock.com, but there had been MANY sleepless nights before then when I wished we had one. Being that far into the game, I went budget and got a small faux- designer rocker for under $150 (which is now $80!). The real Eames versions are over $450 at Design within Reach!
Laura’s thinking upholstered rocker or glider and wants to keep the budget around $800 (which unfortantely doesn’t give you as many style options as you’d think), but here are a cute one that we found in that range:
Of course there is this style, but I’m really not a fan. They really only get you through a year or two (or a kid or two, if you’re lucky) and then they become garage sale victims or curbside orphans, since there really is no hiding the fact that these are strictly for the nursery and that the style is a bit hospital chic… which is sort of an oxymoron. However, it’s only $270 on Overstock, so maybe it’s worth that trade off.
Personally, and Laura agrees, I’d rather spend money on a chair I could later move to ANY room in the house. However, please note- we’d RATHER. When baby #2 comes along, I may not have the money to invest in a chair like the ones below and you may not either. I do not want this to come off as an elitist rant on good design. I am ALL for mixing high and low… and at this time in my life, let’s be honest- it’s a lot of low. Hence the $130 plastic rocker in my son’s room. But don’t be afraid to get creative and dig a little deeper than your local Babies R’ Us!