17 rocking toys for junior jockeys

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Best rocking horse toys in Australia | Mum's Grapevine

A wooden rocking horse dishes up big thrills and a rocking good time. It also provides growing kids with loads of developmental benefits.

Available in more styles than ever, from rattan beauties to plush animals, the classic rocking horse stimulates kids’ senses and encourages loads of physical play. Skills of coordination and balance are honed, mighty muscles get a workout and busy minds unwind with the dreamy rocking motion.

Read on for some helpful points to consider when you’re on the hunt for fab rocker, plus a handy list of spectacular styles available right here in Australia.

What to consider when buying a rocking horse

Abide Interiors Elephant Rocker

Age and readiness – Children need to be able to sit unsupported before they can start enjoying the thrills of a rocking horse on their own. Also, keep in mind that some models have small parts and are recommended for ages three plus.

Grip – Look for easy-hold handles that aren’t slippery so little hands can get a good grip when they’re galloping at top speed.

Size – While technically a stationary toy, rocking horses do tend to move a bit during the back and forth motion, so clear enough space for tots to rock away safely – and keep any breakables out of the way.

Height – You want your toddler to be able to get off the rocking horse just as easily as they get on, so check the height before you buy to ensure it’s just right for your wee one. To reduce the risk of falls, you’ll want little feet to be able to touch the floor.

17 unforgettable rocking toys

To help you get your toddler rocking sooner, we’ve scoured the country to bring you a complete roundup of top brands. Here are 17 of the best rocking horse toys in Australia:

Hip Kids

Hip Kids Rocking Horse

Hip Kids Rocking Horse and Unicorn ($159.95)

Whether they want a sturdy steed or a magical unicorn, Hip Kids has you covered. Made for kids over three years, they come with reins, saddle, stirrups and tough handles for easy grip. Give the ear a squeeze and listen to those hooves gallop!

Buy now from HipKids


Kinderkram Wooden Rocking Horse

Kinderkram Rocking Horse ($460)

Straight from the pages of a fairytale, this spectacular rocking horse is handcrafted in Europe from sustainable beechwood timber and child-safe oils. It’s the perfect prop for unlimited imaginative play and tough enough to last for generations.

Buy now from Honeybee Toys


Liewood Lina Rocking Horse

Liewood Lina Rocking Horse ($249)

We love Liewood for its pared-back and fresh designs, and these fabulous rocking horses are no exception. Made from solid beechwood, they come in three shades and feature anti-tipping rails, a comfy backrest and seriously cute bear-shaped handles.

Buy now from Design Stuff

Kids Concept

Kids Concept Rocking Moose Edvin

Kids Concept Rocking Moose – Edvin ($249.95)

Who said rocking is just for horses? This friendly Swedish moose is up for any adventure your mini can conjure up. It has a tough wooden frame, antler handles and plush fabric padding to support tiny bots. Just try not to hug this guy.

Buy now from HipKids

Abide Interiors

Abide Interiors Rocking Horse Collection

Abide Interiors Rattan Rockers (from $269)

Not only are these sustainably made rocking horses perfect for families who want to reduce their carbon footprint, but they are as pretty as a picture. Beautifully crafted from rattan, they’re suitable for toddlers from two years.

Buy now from Abide Interiors


Childhome Rocking Scooter

Childhome Rocking Scooter ($129.95)

It’s hard not to love a pint-sized Vespa. These zippy rockers are made with extra-long runners to minimise the risk of tipping. They come in three colourways and have a wipe-clean surface – because you’ll totally want to pair these with gelati.

Buy now from Danish by Design


Hape Rock and Ride Rocking Horse

Hape Rock and Ride Wooden Rocking Horse ($135.47)

From gentle rocking to full-paced gallops, this sturdy wooden rocking horse from Hape can stand up to anything toddlers throw at it. Suitable from ten months to three years, it’s made of solid wood and finished with non-toxic paints and lacquers.

Buy now from The Nile


EverEarth Bamboo Rocking Horse

EverEarth Bamboo Rocking Horse ($169.95)

This bamboo rocking horse from EverEarth combines eco-friendly materials with a classic design – and it couldn’t be more perfect for the modern home. It’s recommended for kids from 12 months and comes with tough handles and a slatted base.

Buy now from Zanui


Bloomingville Moby Rocky Whale

Bloomingville Moby Rocky Whale ($249.95)

Designed in Denmark, this charming interpretation of the kids’ rocking horse has completely stolen our hearts. Made from poplar wood and deliciously plush fabrics, it’s the perfect pal to sail the rocky waters with.

Buy now from HipKids

Le Toy Van

Le Toy Van Rocking Unicorn Carousel

Le Toy Van Petilou Rocking Unicorn Carousel ($127.99)

Roll up, roll up. Le Toy Van’s Rocking Unicorn just arrived in town and there’s loads of magic in tow. Designed for toddlers from 12 months, it boasts a solid wooden body, fab pops of colour and just the right amount of glitter paint.

Buy now from The Nile


Pintoy Rocking Horse

Pintoy Shetland Wooden Rocking Horse ($176.13)

With an adjustable seatback and removable rails, this is a rocking horse that grows with your child, from their very first birthday and beyond. In solid wood, it comes with painted details, a footrest and rubber safety stoppers.

Buy now from The Nile

Pottery Barn Kids

POttery Barn Kids Plush Nursery Rockers

Pottery Barn Kids Plush Nursery Rockers (from $249)

Perfectly sized for toddlers, these woodland pals are ready for fun. They come equipped with robust rubberwood runners, tough handles and an ultra-soft plush cover for maximum comfort and cuteness. Beary sweet, indeed.

Buy now from Pottery Barn Kids

Lifespan Kids

Lifespan Kids Rocking Horse

Lifespan Kids Wooden Rocking Horse ($69.95)

With a sturdy MDF frame, this tough horsey is up for years of adventure-filled rocking. It’s perfect for tots from one year of age and features adorable contrasting handles, footrests and stirrups. Giddy-up!

Buy now from Zanui


Tinnitots Sensory Horse

Tinnitots Sensory Horse ($249)

For a different take on the classic rocking horse, but with all the fun, we had to mention this happy horsey from Tinnitots. Packed with sensory features that growing tots will adore, it’s chunky, padded and perfect for jumping all over. We love!

Buy now from Tinnitots

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17 Best Rocking Horses | Mum's Grapevine

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