Rocker Update

Sadly I do not mean rocker as in David Bowie. I’m talking about my ongoing obsession with finding a reasonably priced nursery rocker. A few months back I had posted about my search for a modern affordable glider or rocker here. While I pined over the Monte Joya rocker, alas, it was not in the budget. I eventually settled on an Eames rocker knock off.

Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker

Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker

Now, I must say, I LOVE that little chair. It’s super cute, the size is great for our little nursery and it has style. Is it the most practical rocker for a nursery? Probably not. The more mama blogs I read, and the more people I talk to, it seems like having a super comfortable place to chillax during a nighttime feeding is reallllly important. So, with limited budget in hand, I began my search again. This time I went to the boards. I belong to NPN, a Chicago-based parents site, and began posting and searching the boards there for a used modern rocker. I lucked out and found a Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker! It’s even in the color we want (see pic) and it’s brand new. For 1/2 off the original price it’s a steal! Score! We are supposed to pic it up this weekend. So unless the lady flakes, or we show up and it turns out they are recruiting for a sex ring, hopefully this rocker will be in my home by the end of the weekend! Yay!

The Quest to Find a Modern Rocker…

The Monte Joya Rocker

… has ended. What my mind envisioned, and what my wallet demanded were two different things. And now, after 2 months of scouring the internet for a rocker (or glider) that didn’t look like it belonged in the den of my parent’s 1970′s style basement, I have chosen. Was it the best choice? Well, probably not.

I have mentioned before that I love looking through all the user submitted nurserys on Ohdeedoh and a lot of them featured the classic Eames rocker. Well, let me tell you, I have always dreamed about owning my own Eames rocker. Then I decided to start reading reviews of rockers and suggestions from moms who have been there done that. The biggest downside, it seemed, was that the rocker back was too short – no place to rest your weary head during long nights of nursing or rocking your baby to sleep. So, I started checking out other options and that is when the Monte Joya rocker and I met. And it was love at first site. The clean lines! The walnut wood base! The cute lumbar support pillow! Everything about screamed to be put down smack dab into my little nursery haven I was creating… except for the price tag.

My Knock-Off Eames Rocker

My Knock-Off Eames Rocker

At a cool $900 (before shipping or adding other options) it was way out of my price range. Especially if my baby wanted diapers, food, ect. So, back to the Eames rocker. Well, it clocks in well under the Joya at around $500 (new at Herman Miller or R&B). I could probably find a used one on Craigs List for around $400 (if I was lucky). So on to Overstock.com and my new best friend, the Vinnie Cradle Chair. According to most of the review on the site this is a pretty damn good knock-off – and at $135 bucks, a good budget fit as well. Plus, I figured if it didn’t work out in the nursery it would look good elsewhere in the house. Score!