Seeing my sister with her baby, Benjamin, has been nothing short of amazing. I’ve always heard people say that once you have a baby, your motherly instinct kicks in. I never quite understood that until now.

My sister makes decisions quickly, and always seems to know what Benjamin needs before anyone else. Her priorities have changed, and she manages to hold it all together, while going on two hours of sleep at a time.


For Christmas this year, my mom and I have talked about getting her a nice rocking chair. Not only is it a staple in many nurseries, but it’s also been shown to release endorphins, improve mood and reduce pain. If you choose wisely, a good rocking chair can last for many years. If you’re in the market for one, consider these tips:


Know what you want

Ask yourself: Do I want a traditional, wooden rocking chair? Or, do I prefer a cushioned, upholstered version? Another item to consider is whether you want a glider or a traditional rocker.

Are you a techie? Many models today come equipped with back massagers and other advanced features, such as speakers and smart-phone hookups. If you plan to spend a lot of time in your chair, you might also want to consider a chair-ottoman combo.

Decide where it will go


First, choose whether you want to keep it indoors or outdoors. If you’re opting for an outdoor chair, make sure it is suited for the elements. If you have a specific room in mind, remember to choose fabrics and materials that will complement your existing space.

Sit on it

As much as I can appreciate online shopping, I’m not a fan of purchasing furniture that way. Instead, visit furniture stores and showrooms, and test out as many models as you can. Take pictures and notes so that you can remember your favorites. Then, look online for deals. If you find a good one, see if your local store can match the price.

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