If one of the best nursing chairs is on your list of must-haves for your new baby's room, you are in the right place. Whether you're designing a nursery or if the baby will be with you in your bedroom, a must-have piece of kit is a comfortable chair for feeds. We have rounded up five picks that will suit all styles and budgets – some are specifically designed to be nursing chairs and some are just comfy seats that are more than capable of doing just as good a job. Whatever kind of nursing chair you are after you are sure to find it here...
If you are wanting to invest in a nursing chair that been specifically design for well... nursing, this is our top choice. The design is still subtle despite having a lot of functions you wouldn't get with other chairs, so is still going to look cute in the corner of your bedroom or the nursery. There are seven different recline positions so you can really personalise it to however you find comfiest, plus there is a gentle rocking mechanism to help you and baby relax. The seat is really nice and wide for extra comfy and the footstool just adds a bit more support.
- Shop the Kub Chatsworth Glider Nursing Chair and Foot Stool
We love this nursing chair because it doesn't look like a nursing chair but still has all the functions. You can really easily recline the chair using a subtle button, and find the perfect position. The winged back and rolled armrests offer ample shoulder and elbow space so you won't feel cramped, whatever position you find works best. The mechanism is also really quiet so it won't disturb your baby and it's a really smooth motion too. The only downside here is that this chair doesn't rock – some many prefer that but we have plenty more options if that's a must-have spec for your nursing chair.
- Shop the Pottery Barn Kids Modern Wingback Reclining Nursing Chair
This is the first of our picks that isn't specifically designed to be a nursing chair, but that's not to say it's not up for the job. It's really comfy, got a wide and deep seat so even though it doesn't recline you can still find a really comfy position. The footstool is included, which we think for the price is amazing, and that will only add to your comfort. What we do like about chairs that aren't necessarily nursing chairs is that they can stay in your home for years after you have stopped nursing your baby. This would look just as lovely in a living room as it would in a kid's room.
- Shop the Made.com Elvi Accent Armchair & Footstool
This nursery chair a really affordable option, especially if you are after all the bells and whistles that some of the more pricey, high-end models have. It has seven recline positions that are adjusted easily by raising the arms, the cushions are extra thick for maximum comfort and both the chair and the stool rock gently together to help with sleep and relaxation. The arm cushions even have a handy pocket to keep books and toys within reach.
- Shop the Obaby Deluxe Reclining Glider Chair and Stool
Not all nursing chair need to be sensible! Well obviously, they have to be practical, but you can choose one that suits your more out-there style. This rocking chair from Made.com does both. It's a funky statement chair in its own right, but its wide seat and thick cushion make it a great nursing chair as you aren't restricted by rigid arms. It also rocks too, so will be a relaxing spot to nurse or get your baby off to sleep.
- Shop the Made.com Kolton Rocking Chair
How to choose the best nursing chair
Where to buy the best nursing chair
Comfort is key but as you can see, there are plenty to choose from that look great too. Something with a slight recline is good for getting into a comfy position where you aren't leaning over baby as you feed. And something that rocks or has a footstool will help get you into the best feeding pose.
We would then recommend checking how easy the fabric will be to clean. Accidents happen during feeding – be it a bit of milky sick or worse – so be armed with a muslin to protect your clothes, but find washable upholstery. Some can be treated against stains, or just find cushions that can be unzipped and have their covers thrown in the wash.