Kids love toys. That’s a fact. Whether your little one loves playing dress up or prefers to sit down with a good book
, we all want to give our kids what they want. Rocking horses have always been a popular toy for children due to stunning designs and their ability to let your imagination run wild. In many ways, a rocking horse is more than a toy - it’s a friend. They are a product with a million and one uses. Whether you’re a cowboy roaming the Wild West or a princess in search of her prince charming, rocking horses make playtime magical!
When it comes to choosing the best rocking horse for you and your little one, there are a few factors you will need to consider first. The age of your child is going to play a big role in the product you eventually choose as well as what features your rocking horse will include. For example, rocking horses for children between 2 and 3 years old will be smaller and simpler in design, whereas rocking horses for older children will be larger and more detailed. Many rocking horses also have weight allowances too, so you might need to consider this before making a purchase.
The main factor in choosing your new rocking horse, however, is most likely going to be price. Cheaper models will be more basic in design whereas pricier horses will be more interactive and work like a motorized ride on toy
rather than a manual one
. This is going to depend totally, however, on your own personal preference and how much you are willing to spend on your new product.
When it comes to the price of your new rocking horse, this will depend on how many bells and whistles the product features. A standard rocking horse, either plush or plastic, simple in design, will cost anywhere between $30 and $60. If it’s for a small child (1-2 years), it’s likely to be around $30, and if it’s for a larger child (3-6 years), it will be closer to $60. If you decided, however that you are after a rocking horse that’s more interactive (these are usually the horses that are run on batteries) then you will be looking at paying between $100 and $200 for these kinds of products.
If you are looking to save some pennies then you can buy cheaper rocking horses that aren’t on stands but have a curved base instead. This means your child uses their feet to move the horse rather than a stand or batteries. These types of products get tiring quickly, however, and are often only suitable for very small children.
Like we mentioned previously, the features you go for in your new rocking horse are going to be totally down to you and your own personal preferences. There are a few things, however, that we recommend keeping an eye out for when making your selection.
Here are the key features to look out for:
- Sturdy design (made from wood, plastic or steel)
- Safety features
- Extra accessories
- Soft, cuddly material (if you go for a plush model)
Construction and Design
When it comes to the construction of your rocking horse, it’s important to choose a product that’s made from sturdy materials. The reason for this is because the product is going to need to be able to take the weight of your child and also be able to rock efficiently too. If a product is flimsy or not well made, the horse won’t work properly and potentially becomes a safety hazard. That is why we recommend choosing products that have a wooden, steel or durable plastic base.
We also recommend choosing a rocking horse that includes safety features such as a harness, stirrups or easy grip handles. Although rocking horses are a very safe product there is still the chance your child will fall off. Therefore, selecting a rocking horse with safety features included will give you peace of mind and allow your child to fully enjoy their new rocking horse.
Many rocking horses these days come with lots of added accessories, such as combs to groom your new friend or plastic carrots to feed them with! These types of accessories don’t tend to add too much price to the product and are something that your little one will really enjoy.
Some rocking horses aren’t just made from hard materials such as plastic or wood but instead come in plush, fluffy varieties. These have become increasingly popular over recent years and we can certainly see why. Therefore, we recommend choosing the fluffiest, cutest horse you can get your hands on - they are great for cuddling too!
The more expensive rocking horses are often mechanical and run on batteries. This means they can gallop, trot and run in place and they sometimes even talk and sing too! Kid’s seem to love these types of products but be a little wary, as these types of rocking horse may not be suitable for very small children.
Performance and Ease of Use
Some rocking horses do require some assembly and this usually depends on how complex their design is. If you aren’t a fan of assembling products yourself then don’t worry, this isn’t the case for all rocking horses and you will certainly be able to find a product that is already set up for you. Just be aware, however, that this may mean your product will include slightly less features and be more simplistic in design.
When it comes to caring for your child’s new friend, how easy it is will depend on the type of product you choose. If you go for a plastic rocking horse then cleaning up and wiping down is a breeze - all it requires is either water or a non-toxic antibacterial spray. If, however, you go for a plush, fluffy design then these are slightly harder to care for. Don’t panic though, you won’t have to send them off to the dry cleaners! We recommend simply getting some hot soapy water, a sponge and some elbow grease and scrubbing the mess away.
If you decide to go for a rocking horse that’s interactive then don’t worry, you won’t have to spend hours re-wiring the product to get it up and running again. Most of these types of product simply run on batteries and all that’s required is replacing them. Simple!
Once you’ve decided what features are important for you and your child, it will help with choosing a rocking horse that’s right for you. Let's take a look at our 5 picks to help you decide what style you are after in particular and also which ones are the cutest!
Founded in 1997, Rockin’ Rider specializes in creating ride-on-toys and rocking horses your little one will adore. Today, Rockin’ Rider is the number one selling brand of rocking horses, spring horses and stick horses in the world. The brand has everything your little heart desires when it comes to rocking horses such as 2-in-1 Ponies, Grow-With-Me-Ponies, Rocking Horses, Stable Horses and even Baby Rockers too!
The Talking Rocking Horse from Rockin’ Rider is a favorite of ours due to its great reviews online and its sturdy, durable design. Made from soft, cuddly plush, this rocking horse talks and sings to you with over 6 different phrases and sound effects. Its mouth even moves, too! The 3 position stirrups on this horse grow with your child, meaning you can have years of fun with this cuddly little pony. This product also features easy-grip handles for your child to hold onto securely as well as a detailed, colorful saddle, fluffy mane and tail and embroidered eyes. You can even alter the volume levels on the horse to find a noise level that’s right for your home.
Founded in 1970, Little Tikes has been creating revolutionary toys for babies, toddlers and kids for almost 50 years. Little Tikes is committed to making toys that are safe, imaginative and make play time fun. The brand is famous for having a huge collection of toys including playhouses, ride-ons, sports toys, sandboxes, slides and much, much more. Even during periods of decline in toy sales during the mid 1970’s, Little Tikes actually saw an increase in product sales, demonstrating how popular its toys really were.
We decided to feature the Little Tikes Classic Rocking Horse due to the reputation of the brand itself but also because of the product’s small size and easy grip handles. The size of this product makes it ideal for both indoor and outdoor play areas with a specialized seat that’s designed to stop your little one from falling off. Made from solid plastic, this horse is easy to clean, long lasting and has soft edges to prevent any nasty accidents.
Best Choice Products was founded in 2002 in Southern California, originally as a brand that sold pool tables online. Today, Best Choice has expanded and now sells a wide range of quality products at low prices. The brand is also passionate about customer service and has purposefully made itself available through phone, email, live chat and social media.
The Musical Rocking Horse by Best Choice Products is an educational toy that looks fantastic and has some pretty impressive reviews online, too. Made from durable plastic, this product will support your child while it rocks back and forth, taking your little cowboys and cowgirls on the ride of their lives! This fun product comes with a rolling picture story that plays music as the wheel is spun around. This rocking horse also features 3 different educational buttons that teach your little one all about numbers, shapes and their ABCs. The seat even has a storage compartment that your child can store all their favorite toys in.
Fingers crossed, you now have a better understanding about what type of rocking horse is most suited to you and your child and which features you want included in your new product. If you’ve been browsing through and haven’t been ‘wowed’ by our personal favorites, then don’t worry! We understand everyone’s tastes are different and that’s why we specifically chose brands with lots of different products to offer. Simply browse through their other rocking horses to find one that just right for your child. Easy!