Rocking Chair / April 30, 2018 / Ashlee Meyers
First and foremost, you will need to know how tall your child is. If you are buying this as a gift, you can make a simple phone call to get that information. The child's height is important because you want them to be able to get in and out of the chair without assistance. Having their own chair builds their identity and independence, and being able to get in and out of it by themselves only fosters this. Generally speaking, mini rocking chairs are geared for 1 to 3 year olds and the seat height is around 10 inches. The next step up is a child size chair for 3 to 8 year olds, which usually has a height around 10.5-12.5 inches. If your child is on the taller side for his age, you might want to purchase the child size chair so they won't grow out of it too quickly.
The origin of the rocking chair is unknown but the first ones we do know of originated in England in the early 1700's and were made near Windsor Castle in Berkshire (which lies about a 20 minute drive away from Heathrow Airport) hence the name 'Windsor Rocker'. In all probability it came about through watching the therapeutic effect of gently rocking a baby in it's cradle, so why not do the same for adults? England was not the only country to have the rocker at that time, Sweden had another form around 1740 called the 'Gungstol', which just means rocking chair. These originally had 6 legs and were traditionally painted black with gold outlines. A four legged version became popular in the 1800's
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