Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Opinions Wanted...

Since our days at Seminary began, we've tried to keep major furniture purchases and even minor household item additions to a minimal level. We live a transitional life. Our 2.5 years in Louisville is likely to be the longest we'll stay at one address for many moons. We're planning to move back to Memphis 4 months after Jude's arrival and may make another move overseas within a year if all goes well.

Thus, with such a mindset, registering for baby items was quite difficult for me. What do I really need? Surely babies don't require all that much. In Africa, they run around naked a lot....and I've never seen a baby bouncer around a hut. I was a bit stressed. So I called Laurin and she walked me through the aisles at Target explaining to me the uses of a variety of baby items.



And thus, our registry was born. Certainly not everything is a necessity but I'm trying to stick to what would be practical for our time frame and limited space, borrow as much as possible, and find bargains on used stuff.

Here's my question for you.

Rocking chair: Worth rearranging a room or not?

We have this cozy chair and a half...but it's not so comfortable that I can imagine myself holding/feeding Jude in it for hours on end.


Craigs List has offered me so little in this area that I'm starting to get discouraged. I know, I know. Gliders are incredible. I agree that they really do feel great. Truthfully though, no offense to the many who have a glider rocker, I just don't like the way they look. I would definitely put one in a nursery but I'm not sold on having one in my living room and that's the only space available.

My latest thought...trade in the green chair and footstool on Craigs List and buy a rocking chair replacement from Ikea.

Options I like....

Option 1:

Option 2:

Yes? No?

I've never rocked a lot of babies. I need some help here.

15 comments:

Lee said...

I don't like the way the glider rockers look either. We got an upholstered chair made by Little Castle. It is called an adult royal glider, but there is no wood exposed like the gliders I think you are referring to. Our chair looks like a regular chair you would put in a living room and you can even change the fabric if you put a slipcover on it. I believe Pottery Barn makes the same idea of a chair. It would be an investment. Here is a link you can copy and paste. This is where we got ours.

http://www.babybrowns.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=LC03ADG

Stacey Hays said...

Eleanor doesn't care to be rocked. We do have a rocking chair...but it really is just there to take up space. It was a hand-me down so no money was spent. I think I have fed her in it maybe 4 times in 4 months. I am much more comfortable on the couch or chair.

Lee said...

ps - just from personal experience, I would not go with something with hard or scratchy edges. I spent many a night getting cozy in a chair that had cushioning. Had it been any other way, I would not have not been able to endure those 2 a.m. feedings in quite the same way. That's just my opinion. But I would not get a wooden chair or something that doesn't have softness and padding. Using a pillow is not enough. You want the chair to "embrace" you. =) This is from a breastfeeding mom. The cozy chair made a big difference!

Beth said...

Well, this isn't exactly my area of expertise, but I do know that you're not the only one who doesn't want a rocker!

http://www.younghouselove.com/2010/02/nursery-progress-chair-hunting-testing/

I think Lee is probably way right about something cozy. The chair you have looks great to me. Would it be more comfortable if you had an ottoman or something on which you could put your feet??

Laurin said...

Sorry to offer an opinion since I'm always giving you one these days....those look a bit uncomfy that you posted. I remember holding S hours on end during those first weeks, falling asleep in our rocker/glider. You know the one, since we still have it in the girls' room. But I love the current one you have and would keep with that one vs. buying the others.

Spencer and Kari said...

The first 6 weeks or so I was so thankful I had a rocker. After that we tried not to 'rock Naomi to sleep' :) but I still really enjoy having a rocker. Probably because it relaxes me, haha. I do reccommend a soft comfortable chair of some sort to nurse/sit in. Those first several weeks (months in my case) were uncomfortable to sit while recovering from childbirth so you definitely want a chair that is comfortable. I had to sit on a pillow plus a cushioned rocker! We have both a glider (in the nursery) and a rocker/recliner (in the living room). I was the same way I didn't want a glider in the living room. Thankfully someone bought ours for us and the rocker/recliner I got for $25 at a yard sale. We love that thing. I would definitely reccommend hitting up the yard sales this spring. I love yard sales :) Also consignment stores/good will. I do like having a place to feed Naomi at night in her room though because I like those night time feedings to be as short as possible :)

Spencer and Kari said...

ps I remember feeding Naomi in your big chair and half you are talking about and honestly it wasn't the most comfortable or easiest to feed in. I would probably try to sell that chair and get a soft rocker/recliner if you can find one for a good price. Definitely sit in it and try it out!

Kyra said...

I really don't have an opinion on rocking chairs either way but we have never had one and I have never wished I had one. I was always super comfortable feeding Nolyn on the couch during the day (I will say that a breastfeeding pillow like the "Boppy" or "My Breastfriend" is a GREAT purchase) and then I would just feed her in our bed at night b/c she slept in a bassinet right next to me (this was great b/c I never had to get out of bed)

Jeff Walters said...

forget the rocking. it spoils the child and makes them soft. give the baby a jar of food, a spoon, and put him straight to bed and avoid future problems.

I mean, after all, you know I never rocked my kids for hours on end, taking in every breath and sound and facial expression. I never held Rachel and felt her little head get hot and her little body relax as she fell asleep. No, not me...

Kyra said...

Amen! The day I figured out how to nurse lying down was one of the greatest in my life...

Jessica said...

We put one of our living room chairs in the bedroom and bought a laz-e-boy (sp ?). We bought it used, it wasn't super beautiful but the price was great and the reclining and foot support were perfect. I would have prefered the cute ones from the baby store but it was nice not to have a separate ottomon taking up space. This may notbe ideal but even new those are not as much as the baby store ones. It might be a nice compromise between the othe two options.

J.White Family said...

I totally understand not wanting to spend a fortune on baby things. Jason was a first year in dental school when Tucker was born, and that equaled no extra money! My parents' next door neighbor gifted me with a wooden rocking chair that has the most perfect arm height to nurse. My mom had thin cushions made for the seat, back, and arms so it was super comfy. We did not rock either baby to sleep, but it sure was nice to have a nursing and reading chair in the baby's room. This is just an idea, but... it is currently sitting in my attic since Collier has outgrown that stage. If your parents are driving up to see you anytime soon, I would love to shove the chair in the back of their car for you!! (I got the chance to talk to your sweet parents and the Dawkins last week, and I loved catching up on your life through them.)

theknoxfamily said...

definitely you will want a rocker. something comfy and fit to your taste. you will be so thankful you got one when you get to rock your sweet baby to sleep, feed, cuddle, calm...my opinion as a mommy of 2!

Emily said...

Oh my heavens to betsy, do NOT get that hard wooden rocker! If you want to rock, get a recliner. We have a glider rocker, and it's fine, but if I had it to do again, I'd definitely get a recliner. The problem with the glider is that while it does rock great, it's really hard to doze-off in. Ours is from Target, and while it's comfy, there were SOOO many times when the kids were babies that I was holding them for hours on end in the middle of the night and every time I'd doze-off, my head would bob and I'd almost drop them because the chair wouldn't recline very comfortably and there was nowhere to put my head. When we'd visit at my parent's house I used their recliner and I could just kick-up the footrest (we had a footrest for the glider, it's not the same), lean back, stuff pillow under my elbows to prop up the baby (not enough room for extra pillows and support in the glider), and go to sleep! On the issue of support, you wouldn't want to be nursing for long periods of time in a glider. Ours isn't wide enough for a Boppy or pillows. I still use ours to rock Harris, and I rocked Ev until she was almost 3, but it as a tight fit. Recliners are wider and you can fit them in your lap easier to read when they get bigger. (or more than one child) Plus, if you get a cute one, you can use it in your living room for years to come. Can you tell I'm sold on the recliner??? =) It really does depend on your parenting style, though, I have to say. If you plan to have the baby fall asleep by himself in the bed from an early age, you probably won't get a ton of use out of it, just a little bit of reading and feeding before bed. If you want to spend lots of cuddle time and he wants to be held a lot when he sleeps and you're ok with that, then you'll get lots and LOTS of use out of it.

Emily said...

Actually.... now that I think about it, I hardly ever used a rocking chair for Harris until a few months ago when we moved Ev's to his room when he was about 10 months old. Now I use it, but before that we had a twin bed in his room and I just reclined on a bunch of pillows to feed him. Actually, that was MUCH more comfortable for me and I was able to doze while he nursed in the middle of the night than a rocker when I was sitting more upright. And on that note, I think if you had an ottoman for that chair, you could recline in a slouchy sort of way with pillows under your elbows and your head leaned back on the chair. I think that unless you got a recliner, that is going to be your best bet. Harris liked to be bounced vigorously to be soothed or fall asleep, rocking was too peaceful for him, so was usually nursed before bed while I was still on the bed or bounced to sleep. A rocker really wasn't necessary. But it is really nice now that he's older to read stories and rock before bed.