If you've ever had a fussy, colicky baby on your hands, you know the value of a gentle rocking or bouncing motion when it comes to calming and soothing your unhappy, gassy little bundle. Rockers and gliders are a nice addition to baby's nursery, giving you a special place to breastfeed, cradle and cajole your babe -- and they come in handy well into toddlerhood as a place for tots to climb in your lap and read a good book, or to cozy up with mom or dad for a bonding session. Here are five eco-friendly rocking chairs and gliders that will help you deliver many a lullaby to your bambino.
1. Risom Rocker
Jens Risoms’ upholstered rocking chair boasts Danish modern, sustainable design, featuring a comfortable, nine-button tufted back which is made from 78% recycled polyester. The sleek chair’s sturdy walnut frame and sculpted armrests make it a beautiful, lifelong addition to home decor — long past the baby phase, the timeless charm of the Risom Rocker may be enjoyed well into the golden years, while carrying many a fond memory.
2. Eames Rocker
Fans of Charles and Ray Eames will be delighted to add the Eames Rocker to baby’s nursery, both fulfilling a necessity and indulging a design affinity. The rocker of choice of Inhabitots Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Jill Fehrenbacher, (she scored hers on eBay for less than $200!), this eco chic modern chair is made of recyclable polypropylene with maple runners. The chair’s easy to clean surface will stand up to spit-up and spills, and it’s classic design will forever be a showpiece in your home. Read Jill’s review of the Eames Rocker here.
If you want to make a bold statement with your nursery decor, ducduc’s high-backed, throne-like Collins Rocker will do the trick. Featuring non-toxic, pollutant free finishes, and made from sustainably harvested wood, this regal chair is created in New York and manufactured in New England. Available in a variety of showy fabric choices ranging from flamingo pink or a print of large orange flowers reminiscent of the 70’s era — to subdued white or gray, this chair may be customized to suit your style. You can even submit your own material to ducduc to create a one-of-a-kind rocker for your baby.
The Fava rocker doesn’t conjure up the image of typically comes to mind when you think about breastfeeding baby in her nursery, but just look at all of the cool variations this one chair offers when it comes to positioning and versatility! If you’re down with thinking outside the box, the Fava rocker literally transforms with your family, providing a cozy haven during pregnancy and beyond. This eco rocker is comprised of Forestry Stewardship Council-certified maple plywood and finished with linseed oil. Made in the USA, each rocker is padded with an organic cotton cushion in your choice of orange, chocolate, or green. Toddlers will love lounging in it, and you’ll love that it may be used as a calming meditation perch when colic turns into the kids staying out past curfew!
Yes, we’re a modern design site, but when it comes to the age-old tradition of rocking chairs, perhaps an old-fashioned, hand-crafted beauty is what you see in your mind’s eye. The one traditional chair on our list is the Amish Summit Glider, which is made in the USA from responsibly harvested solid wood, and artfully designed using age-old techniques. This glider may be personalized with your own cushions, but it’s also available with an upholstered cushion seat. Offered in three wood finishes: natural, ashbury brown, and espresso, and custom stains, finishes and paints are available upon request.