A glider a waste of money? I don't think so! Ours is 5 years old this month, and it still gets daily use! It was the only chair I was comfortable in those last miserable weeks of pregnancy, and it remains my favorite chair. As for the decorating. Do whatever you want with the room. When our first was born, the room was previously decorated in a pretty neutral tan/blue. We left it that way. Do give baby a mobile though for the crib, they can see that far and it gives them something interesting to look at.