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Newborn babies need a lot of stuff. And sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly which stuff will prove essential and which stuff you could probably do without.
There’s some debate over whether a nursing chair counts as a newborn essential, but Mumsnetters who’ve been there and got the milk-stained T-shirt say that investing in a good feeding chair was one of the best decisions they made.
Nursing chairs are kind on your back and help to create a calm, peaceful space where you can feed and enjoy some quality snuggling time with your newborn. As your baby grows and you come to the end of your feeding journey, a good chair comes in handy for bedtime stories or staying at the bedside of a poorly toddler.
So we’ve spent hours researching honest recommendations from the Mumsnet forums to discover which nursing chairs our users really rate, and collated this list of the very best on the market.
Here are the best nursing chairs to buy right now.
1. Best overall nursing chair: IKEA POÄNG Armchair
Price: £65 - £129 | Buy now from IKEA
“I got the IKEA POÄNG chair - I bought the one which doesn’t rock but still bounces gently. I got one in dark grey with thicker padding for £85 which is very comfy and supports up to my head, and goes nicely in the nursery.” (Recommended by Mumsnetter SundayChilling)
“I also used a regular POÄNG chair and footstool. Really comfy and much more versatile than a nursing chair.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user MaryShelley1818)
“Another one here for the IKEA POÄNG chair. We bought it around six or seven months when DS went into his own room." (Highly rated by Mumsnet user SLT90)
“IKEA POÄNG chair here too and couldn’t have been without it. Not necessarily just for bedtime/night feeds, but for sleepless nights due to teething or illness or all the vaccinations. Without a comfy chair to cuddle them in and then for me to sleep in next to their cot I would have been lying on the floor many nights.” (Recommended by Mumsnetter twinkie100)
When it comes to Mumsnetters’ nursing chair of choice, there is one hands-down winner: the IKEA POÄNG.
It may not be the most luxurious-looking chair around, but despite its no-frills appearance, it’s great for feeding and comfortable enough for a doze when your baby inevitably tries to pull an all-nighter.
The POÄNG doesn’t rock or glide, but can be gently bounced to help soothe your baby to sleep. We like that the covers are removable and can be popped straight into the washing machine in the event of a post-feed reflux.
It’s the best nursing chair for small spaces and, best of all, doesn’t cost a fortune, so you’ll have a few pennies left over to spend on some of the (many) other newborn essentials on your list.
- Removable covers for easy cleaning
- Range of colour choices to fit in with any nursery decor
- Great value
- Small, so ideal for rooms where space is limited
- Some find the hard armrests uncomfortable and restrictive
- No storage pockets
- Material: Wood veneer frame; fabric 55% cotton, 12% viscose/rayon, 8% linen and 25% polyester
- Size: 68cm (W) x 82cm (D) x 100cm (H)
- Weight: Not stated
- Colours: Beige, black, dark blue, anthracite, dark grey, light beige and yellow
2. Best budget nursing chair: Ickle Bubba Dursley Nursing Rocking Chair
Price: £189.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“I have an Ickle Bubba Dursley and my size 22 a**e fits just fine.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnetter thecapitalsunited)
This beautiful rocking chair from well-known baby brand Ickle Bubba would make a great addition to any nursery, big or small.
The Ickle Bubba Dursley Nursing Rocking Chair with its padded suedette cushions is blissfully comfortable and, unlike the POÄNG Armchair, the Dursley has ample padding on the armrests, meaning it’s kind on the forearms during a feed.
And the best bit is there are two generous side pockets to keep all your essentials in, so no more getting caught short without your tablet, book or breastfeeding snacks.
- Generous padding on back and armrests
- Comes with removable side pockets for storage
- Compact size
- No colour choice
- Cushions are dry-clean only and can’t go in the washing machine
- Material: Wooden frame and suedette fabric
- Size: 64.5cm (W) x 84cm (D) x 98cm (H)
- Weight: 11.6kg
- Colours: Pearl grey
3. Best reclining nursing chair: Habebe Glider Recliner Chair
Price: £199 | Buy now from Amazon
“The Habebe Glider rocking chair. I think you can get them on Amazon and they are super comfy. Also the recline is a godsend if you have to 'sleep' in their room.” (Rated by Mumsnetter paradyning)
The chances are you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your nursing chair trying to find a comfortable feeding position (not to mention trying to catch some zzzs once baby is safely back in their crib or Moses basket) so a chair that reclines will prove an absolute lifesaver for your back. Or better yet, what about a chair that reclines in no less than seven different ways?
Once the gentle gliding motion has sent baby to the land of nod and they're safely back in their crib, the Habebe Recliner allows you to lay back and do the same should you so wish.
Unlike the Ickle Bubba Dursley and the IKEA POÄNG, a footstool comes included in the price. However, some parents who have tried and tested this particular combo report that the gliding motion can make the stool travel, particularly if you have a non-carpeted floor. But even if you end up just using the chair, it still works out cheaper than many other gliders on the market.
- Breaking system for recline is a useful feature
- Covers can be machine-washed
- Handy side pockets
- Some users report that it can be noisy when reclining
- Footstool may travel across floor when in use
- Material: Timber frame and linen covers
- Size: 62cm (W) x 72cm (D) x 100cm (H)
- Weight: 23kg
- Colours: Grey and cream
4. Best nursing armchair: Elliot Armchair
Price: £179 | Buy now from M&S
“I don't know how people do a chill bedtime without a chair once [your child moves] into their own room [...] We have the Elliot armchair from Marksies with an old feeding pillow. I looked at the POÄNG but her original room was the box room and I wanted something a bit smaller.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user TheCraicDealer)
While your nursing chair needs to be practical, you shouldn't have to compromise on style.
Mumsnetters love M&S’s Elliot Armchair, rating it highly for comfort with its high back providing much-needed support during feeds. It’s also available in an array of vibrant colours, making it one of the most stylish-looking chairs on our list.
There's one big downside to using the Elliot as a feeding chair and that’s that the covers cannot be removed for washing or dry cleaning, which isn’t ideal if your baby is sick or feeding time gets particularly messy.
- Great colour choice
- Padded arms
- No movement
- Covers can’t be removed for washing
- No storage pockets
- Material: Fabric or velvet
- Size: 67cm (W) x 72cm (D) x 77cm (H)
- Weight: Not specified
- Colours: Ochre, pearl grey, ash grey (velvet), dark teal (velvet), midnight navy (velvet) and pink (velvet)
5. Best rocking chair for nursing mothers: Tutti Bambini Oscar Rocking Chair
Price: £229 | Buy now from Amazon
“I loved mine. I found myself falling asleep in bed whilst feeding but taking myself out of the bed to the chair (with a blanket for my legs) was great as I stayed awake and comfortable but being upright I didn’t doze off. The chair moved into the nursery with the baby eventually and we’d sit and snuggle in it whilst having a bedtime bottle or reading books. I got mine secondhand though - there are lots out there. It was as good as new. It’s a Tutti Bambini.” (Recommended by Mumsnetter Hunkydory99)
“I got Tutti Bambini Oscar - baby not here yet but I love it! So comfy and has a [small] pouffe with it too.” (Rated by Mumsnetter HungryHippo20)
Comfort is key with this gorgeous rocking chair, which boasts generous padding and a wide seat, meaning you have plenty of room to snuggle down and settle in for a long feed.
The Oscar Rocking Chair comes with an extra cushion to support your back and a matching pouffe to rest your aching feet. Unlike the footstool that comes with the Habebe Recliner, this one doesn’t move, so you don’t have to worry about it disappearing across the room mid-feed. Although the chair has been treated with fabric protector, the manufacturer recommends spot-cleaning or professional cleaning only.
- Wide seat allows you to really get comfy
- Comes with supportive back cushion
- Decent-sized knitted pouffe included
- No pockets
- Cushions can’t be put in washing machine
- Limited colour choice
- Material: Brushed fabric
- Size: 91cm (L) x 74cm (W) x 96cm (H)
- Weight: 19.7kg
- Colours: Stone and pebble
6. Best nursing chair for pregnant women: Sereno Nursing Glider
Price: £229.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“This chair is ridiculous! I am already planning on moving it down stairs when baby is done breastfeeding!” (Tried and tested by Mumsnetter MrsRose2018)
If you’re nursing and pregnant at the same time, you don’t need us to tell you that your body is going through a lot right now, and chances are you’re experiencing aches, pains and ailments pretty much everywhere.
The Sereno Nursing Glider can help to relieve some of the associated discomforts of pregnancy and breastfeeding with a reclining backrest and a footstool for elevating sore and swollen ankles.
The gentle gliding motion is perfect for relaxing both mum and baby, and there’s ample padding on the seat which you will be very grateful for post-birth.
- Storage pockets
- Padded armrests
- Comes with footstool included
- Cushions are sponge-clean only
- Limited colour choice
- Material: Corduroy
- Size: 72cm (D) x 68cm (W) x 103cm (H)
- Weight: 25kg
- Colours: White and natural
7. Best postpartum nursing chair: Kub Haywood Nursing Glider and Footstool
Price: £239.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“POÄNG is comfy but can be tricky immediately postpartum to get into. Especially if you have sore back or hips after birth. I found the glider more comfortable and got mine from John Lewis - the Kub Haywood chair. My bum fit in it when I was size 20!” (Tried and tested by Mumsnetter Lacedwithgrace)
“I bought this one recently and it’s amazing!” (Recommended by Mumsnet user etaketak1991)
Whether you’ve given birth vaginally or by C-section, you’re likely to be left pretty bruised and sore after the experience. The Kub Haywood Nursing Glider, similar in design to the Sereno Nursing Glider, benefits from substantial padding on the seat and bow-shaped back, meaning this chair scores highly when it comes to comfort while providing gentle support to sore backs.
Unlike the POÄNG, the Kub Haywood also has padded arms, making nursing after birth as comfortable as possible. The gliding motion of the chair and footstool combined is super relaxing. And bonus points for the handy storage pockets too.
- Loads of padding in all the right places
- Footstool suitable for carpeted and wooden floors (no travelling!)
- Can recline if required
- Can’t machine wash the cushions
- Material: Microfibre fabric with a suede touch
- Size: 65.65cm (W) x 69cm (D) x 103.5cm (H)
- Weight: 21kg
- Colours: Natural beige or white wood finish
8. Best nursing chair and footstool: Obaby Reclining Glider Nursing Chair & Stool
Price: £206.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“We have this - baby isn't here yet, but I often find DH sat in the nursery on it during the day as he's WFH and apparently it's the comfiest seat in the house..” (Recommended by Mumsnetter Babyshine2020)
With its soft grey cushions and seductive padding, the Obaby Reclining Glider Nursing Chair would be a beautiful addition to any nursery.
Although stylish, the Obaby doesn’t compromise on functionality, with its smooth gliding function, seven-position reclining system, comfortable footstool and useful armrest pockets making this chair the perfect nursing and bedtime companion.
However, unlike the popular IKEA POÄNG (and indeed most of the other chairs on our recommendations list), there’s absolutely no information about how to care for the cushions, which doesn’t bode well for those of us who are fans of chucking it all in the wash.
- Stylish-looking chair
- Multiple reclining options
- Comfortable footstool included
- No information about how to wash or care for cushions
- Limited colour choice
- Material: Not specified
- Size: 99.6cm (H) x 65.3cm (W) x 71.9cm (D)
- Weight: 15.1kg
- Colours: Grey
9. Best glider nursing chair: Kub Chatsworth Glider Nursing Chair and Foot Stool
Price: £349 | Buy now from John Lewis & Partners
“I went with this one. I love it and have been using it for 16 months.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnetter MichelleOR84)
We swear we feel more comfortable just looking at the glorious Kub Chatsworth Glider Nursing Chair.
The padded sleigh back reclines into seven different positions and the seat is extra roomy so you can snuggle down and easily find your best position for feeding. The gentle gliding motion is smooth and silent to help settle baby quickly.
The material is soft to the touch and the armrest pockets are great for stashing everything you need for a feed, so there’s no excuse for getting caught out without your reading materials ever again.
It’s slightly more pricey than similar chairs on our list, such as the Obaby Reclining Glider Nursing Chair and Stool, but in terms of comfort and sheer luxury, the Kub Chatsworth is worth every penny - if you can overlook that the cushion covers are handwash-only, that is.
- Substantial padded back
- Comfortable stool included
- Cushion covers are handwash-only
- Material: Corduroy
- Size: 102.5cm (H) x 67cm (W) x 83cm (L)
- Weight: 23kg
- Colours: Grey
10. Best luxury nursing chair: Mamas & Papas Hilston Nursing Chair
Price: From £519 | Buy now from Mamas & Papas
“I've ordered this exact nursing chair OP. I've sat in multiple and can say that this one is really really comfortable and seems lovely quality.” (Recommended my Mumsnet user thosethreewords)
“I have this and love it.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnetter Abi58)
If you’ve got the cash to splash and are looking for a solid, high-quality piece of nursery furniture, then the Hilston Nursing Chair is the one for you.
With its solid oak rocking legs, this chair will serve you well way beyond the baby years. The ergonomic shape supports you as you nurse and the chair arms are in the best place to ensure feeding is as comfortable as possible.
But the plush velvet fabric looks lovely, and the reversible cushion can be removed for easy cleaning. However, the brand doesn’t elaborate on exactly what ‘easy cleaning’ actually entails.
- Great colour choice
- Seat cushion is reversible and can be removed for cleaning
- Footstool not included
- No storage pockets
- Material: Velvet
- Size: 73cm (W) x 81cm (H) x 79.5cm (D)
- Weight: 24.5kg
- Colours: Silver, duck egg, sand, grey, navy, rose
Do I really need a nursing chair?
In the strictest terms, you don’t need a nursing chair but, as many Mumsnet parents will tell you, there are huge benefits to buying one. A good nursing chair will support your back for long periods of feeding and will be much better for your posture rather than feeding on the sofa (however comfy it may be). A chair that rocks or glides is also a great labour-saving device for helping to get your baby to sleep.
What kinds of nursing chairs are there?
Nursing chairs generally fall into two types - gliders and rockers. A glider chair itself doesn’t move but it travels smoothly forwards and backwards on a fixed track, while arched legs move the whole of a rocker chair back and forth in one big movement.
What is better - a glider or a rocker?
This boils down to personal preference, but Mumsnetters tend to plump for gliders over rockers. This is because a glider offers a smoother, quieter motion, and often comes with handy storage pockets for all your feeding essentials.
However if you would rather your chair stay in one place, you can always go for a static option, such as M&S’s Elliot Armchair.
How do I choose the best nursing chair?
There are a number of things you should consider before purchasing your nursing chair.
- Comfort: Comfort is key! Try before you buy if you can, but consider whether the chair has an appropriate amount of padding on the back, seat and armrests. Some nursing chairs have a larger seat size to allow you to shift around and find your optimum feeding position. Other questions you should ask yourself are ‘does it recline?’ and ‘is the back high enough?’ Some chairs come with a footstool, which can prove useful for tired feet and swollen ankles.
- Size: Does it fit in your nursery? Make sure you measure the space and check the measurements of the chair before ordering. The last thing you want is to have to return the nursing chair of your dreams because it won't fit into your box room. And don’t forget to factor in the footstool too.
- Cleaning instructions: You may have noticed that we bang on about this quite a bit, but feeding a baby can be a messy, messy business. Some chairs have removable cushions which can be put in the washing machine, others are dry clean only while other chairs have non-removable cushions. Check the care instructions before committing to a purchase, particularly if the chair is made out of a special material like velvet.
- Storage: Some chairs come with deep pockets on the armrests to store everything you need for feeding, such as muslins, baby wipes and breastfeeding snacks. And don’t forget your tablet, book or TV remote. Not all chairs come with this storage.
- Motion: Do you want your chair to rock, glide, bounce or just stay still?
- Budget: Always set a budget. Nursing chairs can cost hundreds of pounds and it is very easy to get carried away when buying baby gear. But many Mumsnetters have found that the cheaper options have served them just as well. Set yourself a firm budget - and stick to it.
How much do nursing chairs cost?
The cost of nursing chairs varies wildly. You can pick up a no-frills nursing chair, such as the IKEA POÄNG Armchair, for under £100 but, as a rule, you should expect to pay over £100 for a new chair. A designer nursing chair can cost several hundred pounds, especially if a footstool is included.
What is the best nursing chair?
Mumsnetters can’t get enough of the IKEA POÄNG. Although it’s not strictly a nursing chair, it does the job with the best of them. The POÄNG is rated highly for comfort, it’s inexpensive and is easy to clean. What’s not to like?
How we chose our recommendations
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All the nursing chairs on this list have been tried and tested by Mumsnet users who have recommended their favourite based on factors including comfort, motion and ease of cleaning. We include these so you know that real people are behind these recommendations.
Finally, we collated all that information and then looked at other online reviews to see which nursing chairs have received the best recommendations.
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