Designing a nursery or your bedroom for a new baby? One of the must-have pieces of kit is a nursing chair for both day and night feeds. Want one that's designed-for-purpose and looks the part to fit with your baby's new room scheme? Don't miss our pick of the best.
1. Ideal for a Scandi-style nursery
We think the Olli Ella Co-Ko Rocker looks good enough to sit in a living room once it's done its work in the nursery (which is lucky because it's not the cheapest of our finds). Super comfortable for those interminable, middle-of-the-night feeds (sorry, first-time mums, they're magical, honest), it's ergonomically designed with extra lumbar support. Available in stain-resistant and water-repellent luxurious micro-suede and a sleek-looking leatherette, and in 18 different colours, it measures H93cm x W62cm x D93cm. Ki-ka pouffe sold separately.
2. Perfect for a vintage room scheme
While the Miss Behaving isn’t designed specifically for nursing, its upright back and curved arms mean you’ll be able to comfortably feed baby in it. And the vintage design means it’s a bedroom chair you’ll want to keep for years afterwards, too. Handmade in Sofa Workshop’s British workshop, it comes with a 25 year frame guarantee, and an endless choice of fabrics. It measures H98cm x W70cm x D89cm.
3. Contemporary-style nursery? Pick rocking chair
Built for comfort with padded cushioning, this modern rocking nursery chair from Nubie will fit in well with a contemporary nursery room design, with its cool 1970s looks. Not sure about the lack of supportive arms? This is a design that'll be a breeze with a newborn (light as a feather) and by the time they reach a hefty six months, (hopefully) those night feeds will have tailed off. It measures H101cm x W69cm x D79cm.
4. Design over comfort? Choose a classic
Taking inspiration from the iconic designs of Charles and Ray Eames, this colourful rocking chair is ideal for modern nurseries. The deep armchair style seat, high arm sides and curved solid wood rockers will gently rock you and baby, but its polypropylene construction means you're unlikely to continually drop off in it – plus it's wipeable, which is such a bonus. The Moda rocking chair comes in wide range of colours. and measures H68cm x W45cm x D40cm.
5. Deck your nursery with urban style
Look away now if you’re on a budget! Handmade in Ireland by Bunny & Clyde, makers of heirloom quality children's furniture with a contemporary edge, this comfortable Rosaline barrel seat has a rocking motion designed to be easily controlled. The sleek frame is in solid ash (pictured) or solid walnut, and can also be made in lacquered finish upon request. Custom fabrics, and a matching footstool can also be ordered. It measures H82cm x W82cm x D94cm.
6. Must have Mid-century modern? Try a tub chair
Tub chairs make for a surprisingly comfortable shape for nursing. This glider chair from Olli Ella offers a modern take on the classic design, and is available in a luxurious microsuede which is stain-resistant and water-repellent as well as good looking. It measures H80cm x W78cm x D70cm.
7. Put your feet up on a chaise longue
If space isn’t an issue but budget is, then Ikea's STOCKSUND could be for you. Extra deep and wide, there’s plenty of room for you to sit back and and put your feet up comfortably while nursing. The cover is easy to keep clean as it is removable and can be machine washed. It measures H89cm x W92cm x D153cm.
8. Rest in a reclining glider chair
If you’re looking for a classic nursing glider chair design, you can’t go wrong with Mothercare's reclining glider chair, which comes with a matching footstool. Made with a soft upholstery, the glider chair can reclined through seven different positions, and pockets in the arms mean you can keep everything within easy reach. Be aware that it comes flatpack so will require self-assembly. It measures H101cm x W56cm x D73cm.
9. Nursing in the living room? Pick a piece that suits
Influenced by simple Scandi-design, the Jemima chairhas a graceful silhouette and clean lines that make it the perfect buy for the nursery and beyond. The solid beech wood frame is available in four stains. It measures H82cm x W76cm x D108cm.
10. Room for two on a love seat
If you already have a toddler who might want to cuddle up when you’re feeding your newborn, then why not consider a love seat.? The wraparound back of Loaf’s Schnaps love seat means you can really snuggle in, but you might need to use pillows or throw cushions to support your back when feeding. The Clever Softie and Clever Deep Velvet fabrics are both good cover choices, as they’re durable and spill-resistant. It measures H74cm x W138cm x D70cm.