Rocking horses are the classic nursery and playroom accessory, and they go back a long-time – several centuries in fact. The predecessor to the rocking horse was a wheeled horse, which is believed to have hailed back to the thirteen hundreds. Rocking horses form an important part of child development, helping children to develop balance and coordination, and improving the motor skills necessary to walk and run.
Children love to be rocked. From the day a baby is born, we rock them to soothe and comfort them. Buying a rocking horse for your child is a natural extension of this comfort, which they can now do themselves. We review ten of the best rocking horses available to help you to purchase the right one for your child.
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|Rocking Horse Name||Weight Limit||Recommended Age||Check Price|
|Rockin' Rider Lucky Talking Plush Spring Horse||65lbs||Age: 2 years - 5 years||Check Price|
|Rockin' Rider Charger 2-in-1 Pony Ride-On||40lbs||Age: 1 year - 3 years||Check Price|
|Little Tikes Rocking Horse Blue||50lbs||Age: 1 year - 3 years||Check Price|
|Little Bird Told Me Rufus & Ted Infant Wood Rocking Horse||Age: 9 Months+||Check Price|
|Rockin' Rider Diesel Stable Horse||65lbs||Age: 3 years - 10 years||Check Price|
|Hape Rock and Ride Kid's Wooden Rocking Horse||Age: 10 Months - 3 years||Check Price|
|Smart Gear Pony Cycle Chocolate, Light Brown, or Brown Horse Riding Toy||Age: 5 years - 9 years||Check Price|
|Labebe Modern Plush Rocking Horse for Little Toddlers Kids||150lbs||Age: 5 years and younger||Check Price|
|Labebe Wooden Rocking Horse for Toddlers Girls & Boys||150lbs||Age: 5 years and younger||Check Price|
|Princess Rocking Horse Pony - Pink||Age: 36 Months+||Check Price|
This talking, singing, rocking horse will have your child enthralled. Press its left ear and it sings “I’m a little pony”. Press the right ear to hear one of six phrases or other sounds. The mouth is synchronized to move as it sings or speaks. It makes galloping noises as it rocks.
If all this noise seems a bit much, rest assured the sound level is adjustable. The horse is attached by springs to a durable steel frame. The soft, plush body makes the horse more realistic and lovable. It has adjustable stirrups making it suitable for children from two to five years old.
The Rockin' rider 2-in-1 pony ride on is a cute riding horse toy with wheels. This sweet little rocker has a soft plush body. Designed for toddlers between the ages of twelve and thirty six months, it has easy grip handles and non-slip foot rests. It is equipped with wheels so that when the rockers are clipped off it easily converts into a roller.
The horse has embroidered eyes, so that there are no small parts that can be swallowed. At only 12.5 inches, the seat is low enough for the small child to mount and dismount. This horse sings and speaks. Press the left ear and it will sing “I’m a Little Pony”. It also says six phrases, and makes other noises. The mouth moves simultaneously when it speaks or sings.
This sturdy little rocking horse has been around for a number of years and is still a firm favorite. It is made from durable blue moulded plastic and is great for both indoor and outdoor play. Because it is little and light weighing less than eight pounds, it is easily moved from one room to the next.
The high back seat, low saddle and easy grip handles are designed to prevent the rider from falling over the front or back of the horse. The toy has smooth edges and corners to prevent injuries. The little tikes rocking horse is definitely one of the best rocking horse for 1 year old to 3 year old kids.
If you are looking for a toy that will become a family heirloom this rustic little rocking horse will fit the bill. Rufus is a soft padded horse made from chequered brown and cream fabric. Tucked snugly into his pocket, is his little friend Ted, a soft teddy bear with plaid ears and belly and an embroidered smile.
The horse has a leatherette bridle and padded saddle. His mane and tail feel great as they are made from faux suede, which crinkles when you touch it. The bowed rocking base is made from walnut stained material. It has removable footrests, and is suitable for children over nine months old.
This realistic looking horse is suitable for three to ten year olds. It is made from soft plush material, which is printed with realistic brown and white horse patterns. This horse has a number of talents. Able to sing “I’m a Little Pony” when his left ear is pressed, he is also capable of six phrases and horse noises.
When his reigns are pulled he neighs. Pat his nose to hear him snort, and a tap on his rear end will be rewarded with galloping and trotting sounds. This is a great rocking horse for big kids and older kids because of its leatherette saddle and metal stirrups. The saddle height of this metal framed product is eighteen inches. No one can argue that this isn't one of the best rocking horse.
This is a classic wooden rocking horse. Recommended for children between the ages of ten months and three years, it is well balanced, and child safe. The seat and mane are painted a cheerful bright red using a water-based paint. The rocking horse contains no padding and is therefore very easy to keep clean.
It has a wide seat back to prevent the child from falling backwards. Weighing only eight pounds, this toy is easily moved from one room to another. All finishes on this sturdy rocking horse wooden toy are high quality and non-toxic.
Believe it or not this horse moves forward in a galloping motion without the need for batteries or electricity.
According to the manufacturers this is the world’s first simulated riding toy and is a great rocking horse for an older child. The rider moves the pony cycle forward by gently moving up and down in the saddle causing the horse’s head and legs to move backwards and forwards simulating a galloping motion. The horse can turn both left and right.
For safety reasons it is prevented from rolling backwards. Made from plush chocolate fabric with a leatherette saddle, it comes in two sizes, small size rocking horse for 3 year old for three to five year olds and medium size rocking horse for 5 year old to nine year olds.
This cute little number is intended for babies from six to 36 months. It’s an award winning rocking horse that sports a plush design with high sides and back to keep your baby snug. The rocking horse easily converts from rocker to stroller, no tools required. The rubber-coated wheels run quietly and smoothly on almost any surface and will not cause scratches.
The ears and tail of the plush, padded animal design will make noises when squeezed. This is a high quality riding horse toy with wheels manufactured from fabrics, which are resistant to stains and pilling.
This is another classic wooden rocking horse, but the modern design will bring style to any nursery. This large rocking horse toy is designed for children who are between twelve and thirty six months old. It has a large seat for comfort, and with enough space for your child to take his favorite soft toy on a ride.
A back-rail ensures that your child does not fall off the back of the horse. It has detachable foot pedals to assist the smaller child to rock. The plywood and wood construction ensures stability and durability, but is also lightweight so that it can be moved from room to room. The manufacturer backs the product with a thirty-day money back guarantee.
This pink rocking horse will make some special little girl very happy. Pink from top to hoof, and with a very long pink mane and tail, she is made from plush, huggable fabric. Squeeze her ear and she will reward you with horsey noises.
The lights flash on her chest and her mouth moves simultaneously as she neighs or whinnies. Her mane and tail can be brushed and braided. With a seat height of eighteen inches this rocking horse has been designed for children over the age of three.
Rocking horses have come a long way since the days of the wheeled horse. They have innovative designs and styles and features that will delight any small child that receives one as a gift.
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