Shawn Patel. Rocking Chair. January 29th , 2018.
Michael Thonet a German craftsman made the first 'Bentwood' rocking chair in 1860. This design was unlike others of it's time, it was lightweight and graceful. He used steamed wood which made them very affordable as well as beautiful and had great success with them in Europe. During the 1920's a new style came on the market which made them even more useful, the 'Folding' version, which when used in the garden could be folded up and taken indoors in bad weather. With the arrival of the automobile it was useful for picnics and other outdoor activities. After this, this type of chair virtually 'stood still' until the 1950's when Sam Maloof began making deluxe rocking chairs, which are different again, as their rockers are ski-shaped.
What do you think of when you think of a rocking chair? Grandpa rocking on the porch enjoying his after dinner pipe of tobacco? Maybe you get a picture of Grandma sitting by the fire knitting furiously and then falling asleep with the cat on her lap? What about a mother nursing her new born baby until the baby eventually falls to sleep (or the mother does). There is no other piece of furniture which quite evokes our memories to the same extent as the humble rocking chair, many illustrators even picture Santa Claus is a rocking chair, having forty winks before setting off back up the chimney. This chair has been an inherent part of our history and, as with so many other things has evolved a long way from its crude beginnings.
It wasn't until we were expecting our first little one that I thought about rocking chairs again. Sure I had sat in many a chair since I was a child, but never thought about buying one for our household. Having a newborn means sleepless nights and tired Mommies and Daddies. Anything you can do to help soothe that new little baby and get him to sleep is a blessing. Having a chair that helped us rock our child to sleep during that time made our job so much easier. I can remember spending hours upon hours rocking my little one to sleep, only to be back in the same chair an hour or two later. This time was special and I look back on that time like it was yesterday. I'm glad I had that one-on-one time to bond with my baby and just watch him fall asleep with the rocking motion. Even today, as my kids are older, they still will crawl up into my lap for a snuggle in our favorite chair. They never tire of the way it makes them feel, and this chair is always a favorite place for story time before bed.
Wooden rockers, finished with safe, non-toxic materials, are best for children's toys and relaxation. Child's wooden rocking chair or rocking horse will last for decades to come, and can be handed down to your grandchildren someday. Rocking chairs built especially to fit children let them feel comfortable and secure, because their feet can touch the floor. Cozy and safe children's rocking chairs are the best way to share this classic comfort. Let your child rock alongside you and enjoy a story book in a new child size wooden rocking chair. An old fashioned rocking chair will give you and your child enjoyment for many years to come.
The rocking motion relieves stress. Yes, your child can be stressed out by your going to the grocers and leaving her behind with the nanny or with older siblings. She could be pressured by the demands to eat her vegetables or stop bedwetting. If you notice her reverting to thumb sucking, nose-picking, and hair twirling - that's it. She's stressed out.
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