What could be more satisfying than getting a glider for the nursery? But Most gliders are too big for small moms!
With a lot of digging, we managed to find the best gliders for short moms that sit at the right height with the right amount of sitting space.
Yeah, you could have considered a rocker. However, a glider works more smoothly and instead of tilting, it goes forward and backward. Some of the models can even swivel 360-degrees.
For shorter parents, we tried to include gliders that have stationary ottoman. This helps to get in and out of the chair with ease.
Check them out!
Note: We added the weight capacity and height for each model. The height in this case refers to the measurement from the bottom to tallest part of the glider, which is its back part.
|DaVinci Olive Swivel Glider||39-in|
|Angel Line Monterey Glider||37.5-in|
|Delta Children Emerson Upholstered Glider||39.5-in|
|Babyletto Madison Swivel Glider||32-in|
|Babyletto Toco Upholstered Swivel Glider||33-in|
What You Need to Keep in Mind When Buying a Glider for a Short Mom?
1. Height of the Glider— The Most Important Criteria
There’s no rule book that says a glider or sofa with a certain height will work or not work for a person. However, when you are a short mom, the average sized glider will be too big for you. Your head won’t reach the top of the headrest and in most cases you won’t be able to keep your feet on the ground.
Any glider under 39.5-in height will work for moms under 5ft 7-in. Here’s a chart that you can follow:
|Height of the glider||Appropriate height of the user|
|37.5” -39.5”||5’2”-5’7” (will be a little high for a 5’ mom, but with a ottoman can be used comfortably)|
|32”-33”||5’-5’4 (will be too low for anyone over 5’4”)|
2. Depth & Width of the Glider— Can Affect Posture and Comfort
The width of the glider seat might not be a crucial criteria. But too wide a glider will give you a tough time to place your arms on the armrests. A seat width of 21-22 inches is what works best for petite moms. The only glider having a wider seat is Angel Line Monterey. However, it will still work for you if you have a wider body structure.
The depth of a glider is what matters more. When it is too deep, you will slouch and your posture will suffer. Look for a glider that has a depth of under 22-in. Anything close to 18-in works best for petite moms based on our experience and research.
3. Functionality of the Ottoman
Ottoman could be a nice addition to a glider. Although it can take some space, it’s really helpful when you are short. You can use it to push yourself safely on to the glider and if you can’t reach the floor, you can keep your feet raised on the ottoman.
For example, if you buy the Davinci Olive and you are under 5’2”, you can’t touch your feet on the floor. So, the ottoman will still make the glider usable and comfortable.
Ottomans come in two forms: stationary ottoman and gliding ottoman. There are mixed opinions about the gliding ottoman among moms. However, they offer more relaxation. If you want to try out a glider with a moving ottoman, check out the Angel Line Monterey Glider.
4. Comfort Factors— Cushioning and Lumbar Pillow
You don’t have much option when it comes to choosing the cushioning system of a glider in this category. Despite that there are few gliders that have more plush cushioning. But some moms just like it stiff and firm. So, the choice is yours to make.
If you want more back support, you can choose a glider with a lumbar pillow. In that case, the Davinci Olive and Babyletto Toco is your best option.
5. Quality of the Upholstery
Polyester is the most common form of upholstery in this category of gliders. Considering the price of the gliders, it’s a good upholstery material. It will hold up to daily use and will retain its shape longer. Even if you spill any liquid, you can easily get rid of it just by wiping with a damp cloth.
5 Best Glider For Short Moms 2021
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1.DaVinci Olive Upholstered Swivel Glider
Weight capacity: 300 lbs
In a market packed with tall and big gliders, the Davinci Olive stands being the best glider for short parents! You can ask any mom and she will tell you this one fits perfectly in terms of height and overall size.
This glider has one of the smoothest gliding motions with no creaking noises to annoy you. The ottoman is stationary and doesn’t glide. For most parents that’s an advantage as it allows them to push off safely.
The seat isn’t very deep and that is what you want when you are in the 5’-5’6-in mark. Most parents have highly praised the raised back of the chair and how it keeps them at comfort during the night time feedings. The lumbar pillow is a real bonus and provides more support to your back.
We are sure you will love the 360-degree swiveling feature of the glider. This allows you to have more varied movements and can help colicky babies to calm down a bit. Highly recommended!
- Polyester upholstery is free from all sorts of harmful chemicals.
- High back and lumbar pillow are great for support and comfort.
- Has a narrow sitting space to keep you snug.
- All around swivels helps to keep the baby calm and relaxed.
- The ottoman is lightweight and you might need to readjust it often as it moves around easily.
2.Angel Line Monterey Glider
Weight capacity: 250+ lbs
The Angel Line Monterey is a classic glider set that will add value to your baby’s nursery. Though it doesn’t have swiveling motion like the previous model, it’s got more comfortable padding around the seat and the back.
We found the upholstery fabric on this glider to be of heavy-duty quality. Even after years of use, it holds up pretty well without any tears or color wearing out. The chair cushions can be removed and gives you room for spot cleaning.
The matching ottoman also glides smoothly. Some parents will find it extremely relaxing, while others hate the excess motion. It made this list of the best gliders for short moms because of its size and how well short people can adjust to it. So, you shouldn’t be that concerned about the moving ottoman.
You will love the additional lumbar pillow that comes with the chair. Users with lower back pain will find it quite handy. While everything is positive, the only thing negative is the chair can make some squeaking noises sometimes. In that case, just apply WD-40 to solve this issue.
- Wooden frame and heavy duty fabric is durable and long lasting.
- Extra pockets and pillow for lumbar support.
- The chair cushions are removable and makes cleaning a breeze.
- Generous padding around the armrests and cushions.
- It can make occasional noises but that can be fixed.
3.Delta Children Emerson Upholstered Glider
Weight capacity: 250 lbs
A fully fiber upholstered glider can be a lot more comfortable than other upholstery methods. The Delta Children Emerson has a neutral grey color that can blend into any sort of home or room decor.
We found that people between 5’-5’7” had no issues getting up and down the glider. The backrest has a 26.5” height and it supports the body perfectly. From this perspective, this is one of the best gliders for short people.
A few things worth noting. The seat cushions on this are removable. For cleaning purposes, this option could be a deal maker. Additionally, assembling the unit is effortless and you only need to attach the back to the base.
As for issues, there’s only one. The chair can develop creaking noise over time, but it isn’t that bad to put you off. However, recently this problem might have been solved.
- Thickly padded armrests provides more support during breast feeding.
- Easy to clean as you can remove the seat cushion.
- Short people will have no issues sitting and getting down.
- The assembling process is simple.
- The chair needs some break-in time as it starts off a bit on the stiffer side.
4.Babyletto Madison Swivel Glider
Weight capacity: 300 lbs
The Babyletto Madison is another top-class glider short a short mom who loves to feed her baby at night from the comfort of the glider. It comes in a classic mid-century design that could bring in a new perspective to your old nursery.
This chair is compact and space-saving and that’s the reason it also adjusts properly to petite and shorter users. Although the back isn’t as high as some of the other models, the armrests are at the right height for feeding your baby comfortably.
The upholstered fabric is water and stain-resistant. If you have kids and pets running around with food and liquid spilling all over, this should be an ideal purchase for you. You can easily wipe off fur or hair from the fabric using a damn paper towel.
Overall, we think the Madison is worth putting your money in if the height of the glider is a major issue for you. Even if you are below 5-ft, this should work for you!
- Compact design is suitable for small apartments.
- Water and stain-resistant fabric saves you from accidental spills
- Armrests are at the right position for feeding the baby.
- Swiveling metal base keeps babies relaxed.
- The back is a bit low for users with average height, but shouldn’t be an issue for petite users.
5.Babyletto Toco Upholstered Swivel Glider
Weight capacity: 300 lbs
Wingback design on any sofa or couch looks elegant and stylish. The Babyletto Tocco could be a great glider petite moms who don’t want to compromise on design and functionality both.
The upholstery fabric is polyester. Though nothing special can be said about that, the handmade construction is what makes every piece of this glider unique.
This glider won’t eat up too much space in the nursery. The back will be positioned just a little bit over the head if you are in the 5’5” range. Due to the narrow sitting area, you can easily rest your arms during feeds.
It’s good to have an ottoman with a glider. What stands out is the ottoman is stationary and will support you when you want to get in or out. Together with the 360-degree swiveling motion, you will never regret purchasing this glider!
- Has the right kinds of height at the back for shorter parents.
- Narrow sitting position allows you to rest your arms when feeding.
- The ottoman is stationary and helps to get in and out swiftly.
- Handmade upholstery has a unique finish.
- It can make some grinding noises while gliding.
Conclusion & Editor’s Choice
On a quest to find the best glider for short mom, we talked with many parents, we engaged in forums, analyzed customer reviews and even discussed with manufacturers.
DaVinci Olive wins over other models by some margin. It swings silently and smoothly. Petite and short parents found it extremely convenient to get in and out. And the stationary ottoman just makes it even better. As a bonus, the swiveling base will even help relax your colicky baby.
If you believe we missed out on any glider that could serve a short user, don’t hesitate to contact us.