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nursing chair - yay or nay?

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emeraldgirl1 Wed 06-Feb-13 11:14:18

Just to continue my series of endless questions about nursery furniture (see my earlier thread on cotbed versus cot) I am wondering if anyone has an opinion about the value of a specific nursing chair instead of just any old armchair?

The issue is partly that I would need to buy an armchair for the baby's room anyway as we don't have one spare from downstairs, and I do like the idea of being able to plonk myself down on a chair in the nursery for feeds, even if I don't manage to breastfeed. So I am committed to buying a new chair no matter what.

BUT are nursing chairs worth it? Would I be better off getting a regular armchair that I can use elsewhere in the house when the baby is older? Or are nursing chairs really worth their weight in gold?

I have a chronically bad neck and back and so I do want something supportive. Also I think I can probably buy a nursing chair for cheaper or the same price as a regular armchair as I have seen good deals on kiddicare etc.

But will it be a white elephant and money a bit down the drain because I won't be able to transfer it to the living room or wherever a few months/a year down the line?

Any thoughts, if you have a nursing chair or if you think it's money for old rope, hugely appreciated!! smile

Supersesame Wed 06-Feb-13 11:17:45

I didn't have one but I have said for the next it will be top of my wish list. There was nothing worse than being uncomfortable feeding for hours and hours.
But saying that, I did see some when shopping for my first and thought they were the ugliest pieces of furniture I have seen. Are there any pretty ones?
If you got a lovely one, could it be used as a normal comfortable chair in the long term?

emeraldgirl1 Wed 06-Feb-13 11:20:05

Supersesame - that is part of my issue! They do look so ugly!! Well, certainly there is no way you would be able to use them anywhere else in the house later... they are too obviously a bit 'medical' looking... smile

Will have more of a look for something attractive but I fear that's where silly money may start to creep in...

emeraldgirl1 Wed 06-Feb-13 11:26:48

As I suspected... I've found an absolutely gorgeous-looking one... for a mere £925!!!

Not an option unless this baby happens to pop out clutching a grand's worth of cash in her hand, sadly.

I bought one when my boy was about 4 months old thinking that it would be good for rocking him to sleep with the illusion that I wouldn't always have to feed him to sleep....it didn't work for that, but he's a very wriggly baby, could work for others. I didn't find it comfortable for nursing to be honest, but we have had a lot of problems feeding so maybe that's why, I do think I would have used it when he was a small baby, but would have outgrown it by 6 months. I find it more comfortable to lie down and sleep while feeding him. The chair had a click to it and ended up sending it back to kiddicare who gave full refund. I bought one for my mum from ebay just because she thought they were really comfy, got a really nice Dutalier one which has a lovely rocking action, they are not all the same and I would suggest you try before you buy, or check you can send back if you don't get on with it?

learnermummy Wed 06-Feb-13 11:32:36

I found an ikea tub chair was the best nursing chair for me (and v cheap!). It allowed you to sit up nice and straight and the arms were good support for the nursing cushion. You want one you can easily get up from without waking baby once they've nodded off!

Chopsypie Wed 06-Feb-13 11:33:12

I had one and it has been brilliant. I didnt breastfeed or co sleep so somewhere comfy to sit in the night was a must. I used it for nightfeeds with both of mine.
I bought mine second hand through our local paper, and just made covers for the cushions (well my mother in law did) to match the nursery. And I've just sold it for what I paid for it.

memphis83 Wed 06-Feb-13 11:37:40

I got one for £125 from Kiddicare, it reclines slightly I still love it now.
Look on ebay my sil got one with footstool hardly used for £37 and sold it for about the same amount a year later.

emeraldgirl1 Wed 06-Feb-13 11:40:35

Thanks everyone - I think I may just go for a proper nursing chair, I have seen some good value ones on Kiddicare and though I don't love the look of them I would be kicking myself if I bought something for the 'look' and then got neck-ache...

notso Wed 06-Feb-13 11:43:13

I fed mine in bed with a v-pillow for comfort and a shawl for warmth. To me part of the beauty of breastfeeding was that I could do the night feeds with minimum fuss.
I wouldn't want to be getting out of bed, walking down to the nursery sitting in the cold for a feed then I'd need a wee and then it would take me ages to get back to sleep, and during the day I wanted to be feeding downstairs with the rest of the family not upstairs in the nursery.
We used to have an ikea poang (?) chair downstairs, that coincidently was very comfy for feeding in plus it had the bonus of washable covers which were handy for vomatron DS1.

Missingthemincepies Wed 06-Feb-13 13:04:33

I have a dutalier glider chair from John Lewis. It's so lovely and I wouldn't be without it. Used it for months feeding DS and then used it for story time until he was in a single bed and we could do stories in bed. I'd say if you do use one make sure it comes with a glider foot stool too. I spent a massive amount of time with DS stuck to the breast so was worth its weight in gold to me, despite co-sleeping.
If you have room and pick up a decent second hand one then go for it.

melliebobs Wed 06-Feb-13 13:08:24

I had one cos it came with the cot and wardrobe. I wouldn't say a nursing chair is essential. But a comfy chair is! If I hadn't got the one with the rest of the furniture I'd've just got a really comfy arm chair. I did notice though that when my baby got bigger the chair got a bit uncomfy cos the arms got in the way when bf

LikeCandy Wed 06-Feb-13 14:58:49

We have an Eames RAR rocking chair in our bedroom that I will be using for nursing, we'll see how it works out!
The gliding chairs you're asking about seem go for so little on eBay (I've been watching a few locally) they can be had for £20 or so, I was tempted to try one in the living room as at the price and just resell if I hate it!

We bought a 2nd hand nursing chair off eBay and it was fab. It was £100 as it had been hardly used, and was collection only, but was far cheaper than getting one new.

We still have it in Ds's room, and he's 3 - he can climb onto it easily as it's lower seat level makes it easier for him to climb on, and he enjoys hiding in the "hole" between his bed and the seat of the chair, which is kind of triangular.

It was well worth the money.

KatAndKit Wed 06-Feb-13 15:23:17

Ikea Poang rocking chair works fine for me. A normal Poang has a fair bit of bounce in it too. The gliding chairs are very expensive so I didn't bother as I didn't like the look of them either.

direct.asda.com/Relaxer-Chair---Cream/001757533,default,pd.html this is what I have upstairs for bedtime feeds and it was a bargain - it has a great bounce for rocking the baby to sleep, it is easily portable and it fits nicely in his room now his cot isn't in ours any more. I use a great big cushion behind my neck for added comfort.

nickelbabe Wed 06-Feb-13 15:24:09

i never used a special chair.

when I was in bed with DD, I used a couple of pillows (mainly to prop up my own elbows), but at home, I sit in the middle of the settee grin

your main consideration will be back support - you'll get used to holding the baby to you. smile

MadameJosephine Wed 06-Feb-13 15:28:30

I love mine, it's a glider with matching footstool and I got it for 30 quid on eBay! It's really comfortable and supports your back beautifully. If you could get one at a good price you can always spend some time/money painting it or changing the fabric to suit your decor if you don't like the look

DH bought me a nice slightly springy style chair as a nursing chair when DS was born - it was very sweet of him and I really liked it !
However I probably fed DS more often on the sofa watching the telly smile
My Father got my Mum a special chair too when we were born - it's definitely a lovely idea, but how practical or necessary it really is I'm not so sure.
My V shaped pillow was handy especially for sitting up in bed when DD was very little smile
Hope it goes well, and you get a nice chair to celebrate the occasion !

MrsHoarder Wed 06-Feb-13 15:31:54

We moved our not-Poang into the nursery and I just use that if feeding DS upstairs and we're not in bed. Also works well for gently bouncing to soothe him.

But when I have back issues what helps the most is doing as many lying-down feeds as I can always taking DS upstairs into the big bed and feeding laid side by side. Its much easier on my back because I'm not having to support a heffalump his weight.

nickelbabe Wed 06-Feb-13 15:35:37

i have a fireside chair in the shop, and when I tried it out with DD, I found it rather uncomfortable to hold her with my arms resting on the arms o the chair.
the settee was much better because I could dictate where my arms went.

nickelbabe Wed 06-Feb-13 15:36:04

ooh, having somewhere to prop your legs is good, though, so definitely get one of those rocking pouffes.

lovethesun1 Wed 06-Feb-13 16:49:26

We were given a second hand rocking nursing chair & matching footstool that also rocks. I love it & we still use it for bedtime stories (my son is 3). I would say I'd have preferred a non rocking footstool,& have never used the recline on the chair,but all told I would highly recommend. My son has now discovered chair 'surfing' hmmmm!

NAR4 Wed 06-Feb-13 18:50:29

I bought a Pello Armchair from Ikea for £35. You can get various models with different cushions, matching footstalls etc at various prices. I have found it perfectly comfortable to use with a throw to wrap over me and baby to keep warm during night feeds and a breastfeeding cushion, to hold baby up without straining my neck or shoulders. I also bought a couple of their £5 roll type cushions and a cheap V shaped cushion, which I have used in bed during pregnancy, to get comfortable.

HelenofSparta Wed 06-Feb-13 20:13:37

Hello, on DD3 and just bought one from eBay. I have never been able to breastfeeding in bed/lying down and was v uncomfy scrunched up on side of bed especially after episiotomy. New bed is too high to sit on and have feet flat and now have more room, hence the new purchase. Am actually sitting in it now - v comfy!
Dutailier seem to be the top of the range/most popular, but they have gone into administration, so can only buy second hand. The cheapest new ones I found were £120 for chair and stool, but there were mixed reviews of these (have done a fair bit of research)!

eatyourveg Wed 06-Feb-13 20:30:37

I bought a rocking chair like this - worked a treat.

birdofthenorth Wed 06-Feb-13 20:38:10

DD has a Tutti Bambini gliding chair which was a utter lifesaver. Now 2 she still likes to be rocked in it a bit before bed... so much so I think we are going to have to buy another one for when DC2 arrives in a couple of months! I have been looking at some on EBay. Seem to go for £20-£100 there depending on original value and condition.

Liveinthepresent Wed 06-Feb-13 21:33:27

I absolutely love mine - I still use it every day - even though am not BF anymore ( until DC2 arrives)
It is personal taste but I thought this was something I would be happy to have as a piece of furniture beyond the nursery stage. And found it very supportive - I think the back support pump made it really comfortable - and having a ' BF base station helped me to get in a good position for those early long feeds.
Apart from the back support it was the low level height so I could plant my feet on the floor that worked for me.

Here is what I had-
www.mumstuff.co.uk/acatalog/The-Kensington-Breastfeeding-Chair-Standard-Fabric.html

DoItToJulia Wed 06-Feb-13 21:36:09

I got this one ikea recliner

diamondsneezer Wed 06-Feb-13 21:45:35

Dutailier here and we all love it. Yes it's ugly but it was bliss to feed in and both grannys sit in it when they visit and the children fight over it and it is my 'dinner on lap with glass of wine' treat chair.

Child it was bought for is now 6 and it's still in my front room (see above) Oh, and I bought it for £50 from the local paper. Get it (but don't bother with the footstool)!

atrcts Wed 06-Feb-13 22:23:35

I really wished I had bought one while breastfeeding but got one afterwards. I've found it invaluable for my infant/toddler - night time stories, snuggles in the night when teething etc. MUCH more comfortable than the wooden rocker chair I'd borrowed previously! It's a real sink into it and don't want to move for HOURS type of chair.

One thing I'd recommend if you get one is to get a stool and a brake system with it. I also found one on Amazon for about £100 new, and it reclines a fair old distance too.

And it's a worthwhile investment as I'm now pregnant again.

When it's not used anymore it can go in the extension or maybe just stay in one of the bedrooms. Or, failing that, am sure it would resell without too much problem, so win-win in my books. smile

Sam100 Wed 06-Feb-13 23:26:53

Dutalier - absolutely loved my chair. Used extensively for all 3 dc's. DH keeps trying to get rid of it but not succeeded yet! It now lives in 11 year old dd's room and is her reading chair. I sneak in when they are all at school and have a rock in it sometimes!

TERRICOVERLEYDoSAC Wed 06-Feb-13 23:42:53

Started out seeing these chairs as an unecessary luxury but, two children later, would also recommend a Dutailier (experimented with a cheaper lookalike, but false economy as no where near as comfortable). Fed on demand for a long time - having this chair in the living room was invaluable and helped with back problems. Also rocking motion is calming/relaxing for you as well as babe. In my house we still fight as to who gets to sit in it.

PeppaPigStinks Thu 07-Feb-13 09:44:14

I bought One second hand and hated it!! Bought the popular one from ikea (can't recall the name) and love it! It's now known as the story chair with 19m dd!

PeppaPigStinks Thu 07-Feb-13 10:03:40

Ikea poang and the foot stall blush

gruber Thu 07-Feb-13 10:21:16

Poang downstairs (for hours on end!- sat in it now) & I feed in bed upstairs (or on bed). Was offered a Dutailier but actually it wouldn't fit in the nursery, & so glad I learnt to BF lying down in bed as its blinking cold at 4am! Up in the night feeding my 2wo DS and sooo much warmer & comfier in bed. Easy & quick.

I would say see how you go, maybe have one picked out but wait till baby is here before you buy.

emeraldgirl1 Thu 07-Feb-13 10:32:51

Thanks everyone - so much good advice.
Will look up the Ikea poang right now.
Liveinthepresent - I am really in love with the look of that Kensington chair... is it as comfy as they claim? I'd find a way to stretch the budget for it if it was a back-saver!!

emeraldgirl1 Thu 07-Feb-13 10:34:08

gruber - I am coming round to the opinion that as you say, it is better to wait until the baby is here and I see what I think would be the best position for bf-ing, ff-ing, whatever I manage. It is hard as it is tempting to get something to have it all 'ready' but I think it would be potentially money wasted.

ComradeJing Thu 07-Feb-13 10:36:13

I'm amazed it took so many osts for the ikea poang rocking chair to be mentioned. Best thing ever.

emeraldgirl1 Thu 07-Feb-13 10:54:53

comradeJing - would you def reccommend the poang rocker over the poang non-rocker? The non-rocking one is cheaper but I would rather get something that was 'right' IYSWIM.

Polipencoch Thu 07-Feb-13 11:08:28

I breastfeed either sitting up in bed (have a sort of slanty headboard and lots of pillows) or on the sofa. The important thing I think is pillows. LO doesn't sleep in his own room yet, so no need to feed there. We still have a spare single bed in his room so if I did want to feed there would fetch pillows and use that!

rrreow Thu 07-Feb-13 15:00:24

I have a Dutailier gliding chair and I look forward to using it again for DC2. I managed to get it on eBay for a very reasonable price. I'd say it's more comfortable than a regular armchair, but I guess it all depends on how much you're spending.

I got mine after seeing a friend who'd just had her second baby and asked her what advice she'd give having now done stuff twice. She had got a gliding chair second time around and said she wished she'd had it with her first.

vamosbebe Thu 07-Feb-13 15:04:52

We have an IKEA Poang normal chair, ie not rocking. DS is 14mo and it's been a godsend and is still in really good condition (dark wood with a red cover). We ended up bottle feeding and both DH and I have found it to be comfortable for us and DS. We shall bring it downstairs when we're finished with it.

nellyjelly Thu 07-Feb-13 15:09:39

Got a Duatiler off Ebay for £40 and found it comfy and supportive. Fed my DCs in bed but when they moved to own room at 6 months found the chair really comfy during night feeds. I just use it as a chair in my room now but would recommend one. If like me you can get one second hand you won't feel you have wasted too much money if it doesn't work out.

nickelbabe Thu 07-Feb-13 16:38:54

i would have loved a bed wedge (or two) when i was BFing in bed grin (cheap version of the adjustable bed they had in the hospital)

Jakeyblueblue Thu 07-Feb-13 17:04:36

Yes, was in it constantly for about the first 3 months of ds life! He was huge and very hungry and fed hourly! Still sit and feed him in it now and he's 19 months.

Mawgatron Thu 07-Feb-13 18:59:59

I got a great one from kiddicare that some on here recommended. It is currently sitting upstairs waiting for husband to assemble it. Can't wait!

Yes, we got one for £100 plus rocking foot stool thing and it was fab for contractions in labour, so comfy to sit in afterwards when I was bruised and sore, great for night feeds or rocking a windy baby. Pg with no. 2 now and looking forward to have a reason to sit in it lots more, still going and in great condition. Unlike a lot of baby junk i think this one was a good buy grin

milkyjo Fri 08-Feb-13 17:04:52

Similar to Ikea Poang as others have said - Asda 'Bentwood' chair - got for £30 in sale. I never really used it for feeding but I did for expressing. I bought a cheap old lady footstool (one that you can change into different positions) this made it so comfortable. The chair is still in use for bedtime stories with 2 year old. It was very handy for bouncing baby to sleep as I could sit down and he could be upright as he was a reflux baby. The only issue is the padding is a bit thin and you can feel the slats beneath, but for the price I think it was good. There's always the option of buying extra foam or sitting on a cushion.

Springforward Fri 08-Feb-13 20:24:32

I had an Ikea Poang, which I found really comfy, and I plan to use again this time.

LivingThings Fri 08-Feb-13 21:43:57

Blimey! Never bought a chair to do it - used to use a nursing pillow and then balance whatever paperback i happened to be reading on DDs head til she finished - worked for us smile

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