What are the best glider rockers for baby?
I think all of our bottoms prefer something different. I have 2 gliders, and I found them both on a facebook yardsale site. The first was $100 (and a steal, originally $300 in stores). The second was free. It just didn't go with the home decor anymore so the lady gave it away. They're both different but both work equally well.
So I suggest going to a store and sitting on as many as you can until you find the right one. Some come with ottomans, some don't. Some have washable, removable slipcovers, some don't. Is it for the nursery? Some are more quiet than others. Will others in the family be using it? Metal might be more sturdy. Really it depends on what your household dynamics are like.
When I would go to bed at night and they were super fussy I would sit right on the edge of the rocker, rock the baby to sleep and then maneuver us both into bed. I got pretty good at it!