9 Best Rocking Horses of 2019

Best Rocking Horses

November 12, 2019

Best Rocking Horses

Best Rocking Horses
When they’re begging for a pony, turn to these smart picks that go way beyond old-fashioned horseplay. Best Rocking Horses

Rocking horses withstand the test of time—and for good reason! These classic toys have been inspiring imaginations for generations. Besides being whimsically fun, they help tots improve gross motor skills, balance and coordination. While your child is busy being a cowkid, they’ll be putting upper body muscles to work and learning new push-pull motions. Another bonus feature: the gentle rocking motion can be soothing and comforting to kids. Who knew a pretend game of “farmer” could pave the way for naptime?

With so many styles and sizes to choose from, there’s a pony pal for every nursery, playroom or backyard. Be sure to read the age requirements carefully before buying, because while some rocking horses are safe for infants (they usually include a padded seat and security strap), others are designed for older toddlers and preschoolers.

Ready to ride? These are our favorite picks:

Classic Style

So your kiddo wants a pony? Done. This adorable plush rocker is almost as good as the real thing (it even makes galloping sounds when the ear is pressed). There are so many things to love about the Rock and Trot: super soft fur, a realistic-looking saddle and bridle, easy-to-grip handles and a solid wood base with slats that make it easier for new riders to climb onto. Thanks to its classic style and high-quality components, your family can enjoy this rocker for years.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 2 years+; up to 150 lbs
Dimensions 23” x 16” x 32”

For the Littler Cowpokes

You can always count on Little Tikes for well-made childhood staples. Their rocking horse is no exception. Light, small and easy on the wallet, this no-frills rocker has smooth corners and edges for an even ride. Great for both indoor and outdoor play, toddlers as young as 12 months will enjoy every minute of improving their balance and coordination. Thanks to the low saddle height, high back and handles, you can rest assured little riders will sit safely and securely. Bonus: its one-piece construction means it comes fully assembled. Keep in mind, the weight limit is only up to 50 pounds. To get the most bang for your buck, purchase this when your child is little and will have plenty of room to grow.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 12 months–3 years; up to 50 lbs
Dimensions 33” x 10” x 17.5”

Soft and Plush

This sweet little rocker from Pottery Barn is another good pick for younger kids. Whatever animal you choose (and there are a lot to choose from) it’s soft and snuggly and sits atop a wooden rocker base, which makes for a smooth glide. It’s on the pricier side, but you can also add your child’s name to this little guy (you can put up to nine characters on the glider base), and that little touch of personalization makes the price point worth it.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 12 months–5 years; up to 40 lbs
Dimensions Varies by animal

The Modern Rocker

This rocker doubles as nursery decor (it’s so cool, it may even make you rethink the entire room motif). A modern twist on typical rockers (and typical zebras!), the plush body sits on a sleek wooden frame. The red saddle adds a pop of color against the black and white design. Now that you think about it…it would look great in the living room too.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 18 months+; up to 70 lbs
Dimensions 29.5 x 12” x 26”

The Superstar

The Rockin’ Rider is kind of a big deal (and has a base that’s bigger than most rocking horses, so make sure you have ample space). It sings and talks with a synchronized moving mouth and makes motion-activated sound effects (don’t worry, there are volume controls!). Unlike wooden-base rocking horses, this plush pony moves with springs for a bouncier, more lifelike ride. And it’s higher off the ground. Designed with a sturdy steel frame and three-position stirrups to grow with your kiddo, your playroom will be rodeo ready for a long time.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 2–10 years; up to 65 lbs
Dimensions 39” x 24” x 37.5”

A Comfy Ride

Looking for a ride that’s a little more secure (and comfortable) for your little one? This rocker has a high-backed seat and a lap belt to keep riders in place as they gallop off on a wild adventure, plus a plush cushion to keep tiny bottoms from getting sore. Since it doesn’t require riders to balance sitting upright, it’s safe for babies as young as nine months, which is rare with rocking horses. Not into giraffes? Check out Qaba’s other seated rockers (including an airplane!).

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 9 months+; up to 80 lbs
Dimensions 23” x 18” x 12”

So Posh

British toy brand Little Bird Told Me takes the classic rocking horse style up several notches with their gorgeous patterns and leatherette saddle and bridle. And each horse comes with a small stuffie friend to ride along in a side pocket—how adorable is that? This rocker is both stylish and comfortable, and you just might want to leave it sitting out for everyone to admire.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 9 months–4 years; up to 44 lbs
Dimensions 30.25” x 10” x 21.5”

The Heirloom Rocker

Does this remind you of your grandma’s rocking horse? You’re not alone; Amish-made rocking horses like this one have been around for generations, and for good reason. Beautifully handmade from solid oak, it’s built to be played with and handed down over decades. The handpainted features give this pony a sweet disposition, and it’s sure to be a beloved playtime pal for your children, your childrens children and beyond.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3–6 years
Dimensions 30.25” x 10” x 21.5”

The Rocker Alternative

You know what kids love just as much as phones, tablets and TV? A simple stick horse. Let their imagination (and legs!) run wild on this old-fashioned family favorite. Made with high-quality materials and featuring several fun sound effects, there will be no shortage of giddy-upping, jumping and laughing around your house. Even better? It doesn’t take up much space among your tot’s impressive dress-up collection.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Dimensions 37” long
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