As I mentioned in the last article, the rocking chair was made largely popular by American manufacturers in the early 1700s. It’s history it vague but for the most part it is believed to have originated in England at the Windsor castle, which had chairs in the gardens that sat on bands of wood that curved so that they rocked when you say in them. Its namesake coming from this area, the Philadelphia-made American Windsor Rocking chair gained worldwide popularity in a short amount of time.
Over time rocking chairs gained popularity indoors and out it was born the Boston rocker which is the most often passed down piece of furniture in generational families. They took on many functions beyond just relaxing on the porch. Parents used a kind of nursery rocking chair to assuage fussy children and put them to sleep. Other times it was used to soothe an ailing child or to console emotional stress.
For the most part a child’s rocking chair was used as a bonding mechanism between mother and child, the two of them rocking together in unison.
childs rocking chair
Nursery Rocking Chair
Rocking a baby offers the baby a sense of security when the mother is with it, creating a rhythm with her breathing that the baby was used to during pregnancy. The rocking pattern strengthens the neural network in the child’s brain and ensures that all signals are being reached and operate normally. This bond doesn’t always exist between mother and child as many new mothers simply give their child a pacifier, put them in a crib and expect the child to fall to sleep content. But the fact is the baby needs that connection while it is still in its infancy. Otherwise, emotional trauma sets in.