7 Best Rocking Horses of 2019

Best Rocking Horses

November 6, 2018

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.

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. A rocking horse fosters independence, too. The gentle rocking motion is soothing and comforting to kids. Who knew a pretend game of “farmer” could pave the way for an awesome nap?

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 some are designed for older toddlers and preschoolers. Bottom line: there’s nothing like good, old-fashioned horseplay.

Ready to ride? These are our favorite picks:

The Classic Rocker

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, this is the rocker your family will enjoy for years.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 2+
Dimensions 23 x 16 x 32 inches
Weight Limit Up to 150 pounds

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+
Dimensions 29.5 x.12 x.26 inches
Weight Limit Up to 70 pounds

The Bargain Rocker

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: 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
Dimensions 33.5 x 11.5 x 16.5 inches
Weight Limit Up to 50 pounds

The Old-School Rocker

Another rocker that younger toddlers can hop right on is the Labebe Wooden Vintage Retro Classic. Smooth, sturdy wood provides a perfect spot to rock. There are two removable foot pedals, which come in handy when kiddos legs are too short to reach the ground. The seat has a small backrest for added stability. Better yet, the neutral design fits easily into any nursery or playroom.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 12 months-3 years
Dimensions 17.55 x 26.52 x 10.53 inches
Weight Limit Up to 150 pounds

The Superstar Rocker

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 rocking horses, this plush pony moves with springs for a bouncier 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 2-5 years
Dimensions 31 x 22 x 11 inches
Weight Limit Up to 65 pounds

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+
Dimensions 37 inches long

The Soft Rocker

This sweet little rocker from Pottery Barn is another good pick for younger kids. The elephant is soft and snuggly and sits atop a wooden rocker base, which make for a smooth glide. It’s on the pricier side, but you can also personalize this little guy (you can put up to nine characters on the glider base), so it could be a fun group gift.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 18–36 months
Dimensions 26” wide x 13.5” deep x 20.5” high
Weight Limit Up to 40 pounds
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