When we bought all of our furniture for The K Man’s nursery, I didn’t spend too much time thinking about chairs. I mean, one rocker’s the same as the next glider, right?
So, so wrong.
The glider – and accompanying gliding ottoman – that came with the nursery set looked good enough. It was the same sleigh-style as The K Man’s crib, in a lovely dark java colour. Was I over-the-moon in love with it? No. But it moved back and forth in that nice gliding motion…as gliders do. Yet on our 80-year-old hardwood floors and beneath Big B’s weight, the creaking and squeaking became unbearable in its first month of use. It wasn’t long before I loathed even looking at that chair, much less using it.
When we moved to our new house here in rural suburbia, I wanted to give the glider another chance. We purposely put carpet in the bedrooms to make sneaking out of a sleeping child’s room as easy as possible. (After all, once you’ve lived with hardwood floorboards that were new at the tail end of the Great Depression, you appreciate a little underpad.) No go. It still squeaked like crazy. It was banished to the
I started looking for an alternative, and narrowed it down to the Monte Luca and the TRYP chair by Best. Both were really comfortable and seemed ideal for nursing, but I chose the TRYP because it’s (a) a few hundred bucks cheaper than Monte’s nursery chair, (b) wider than the Luca (better for Big B), and (c) it swivels, rocks and fully reclines.
By the time I’d narrowed it down to the TRYP chair, I was pregnant with Miss Q, so I ordered two of them in a lovely woven cotton fabric.
Best’s fabric selection is enormous – with more than 700 options, you’ll spend all day with fabric swatches. I found at least a dozen off-whites that I really liked for Miss Q’s room (yeah, a white-ish chair for a baby’s room…I’m a brave woman). In hindsight, we should have gone with microfibre – we have it on our family room couch and it’s so easy to clean. The cotton we ultimately chose looks great but spot cleaning isn’t a breeze.
It’s a classic style, and if my kids don’t end up taking them to their first apartments one day (single tear), we’ll re-cover them in matching fabric and use them in our rec room one day.
There’s a power recline option that allows you to go from the upright to semi-reclined to fully reclined positions at the touch of a button. We tried this model at the store and it was awesome, but quite a bit more expensive, so we passed. I so wish we’d just sucked it up and gone with this option. Trying to access the recline lever once you have a baby comfortably tucked into the crook of your right arm can be a hassle (but I can’t fault the company for my own choice or for being so forgetful that night after night I don’t recline before we get cosy).
The TRYP chair is so comfortable that I often fall asleep in it myself while nursing Miss Q during her bedtime routine. I could probably sleep there all night if it wasn’t for…
The TRYP doesn’t lock into place once you’re fully reclined. Inevitably, I fall asleep with Miss Q in my arms, woken only to find myself creeping back into the semi-reclined position. Awkwardly.
Every time I push the footrest down so I can get out of the semi-recline position, the clunking noise that ensues frustrates me to no end. The footrest BANGS back into place – fiercely. Noisily. It’s worse on The K Man’s chair than Miss Q’s. It’s especially annoying when Miss Q falls asleep in my arms and to prevent waking her, I climb out of the chair with the footrest still up, clutching tightly to my not-so-small-toddler so I don’t inadvertently fling her from my arms as I hurdle forwards and catch my balance. I’ve been known to leave that footrest up until morning.
Comfort doesn’t come cheap; although far less expensive than the Luca, the TRYP is still an investment at around $600 to $650, depending where you buy it. But work out the price-per-use: at $700 including tax, if you use it for a minimum of 10 years (that’s 3,650 days – give or take a couple of Leap Years), it’s less than 20 cents per day.
3.5/5 (with real potential to be a 5/5 if the two main issues are worked out)