There are few toys as classic and beloved as rocking horses and not only do they look great, they're also a fantastic tool to develop your baby's balance, motor skills and imagination too.
You can find rocking horses in all shapes, sizes and designs, from squashy plush to old fashioned vintage style - and some aren't even horses! To help you choose the best rocker for your rockin rider, we've put together this helpful list of our top 10 favourites.
Kidadl's Top Pick
All the baby rocking horses on this list are worth a look, but if you're short on time this is our top pick of the best rocking horses based on its traditional design, great price and great modern extra features.
1. HOMCOM Toddler's Donkey Plush Rocking Ride On With Sound
This great little offering from HOMCOM is an ideal soft rocking horse for baby rockers, with a high seat back and safety belt to ensure they stay in the saddle. A classic donkey with a wooden base and handlebars, it has a pleasingly traditional design but incorporates plenty of great modern features, including an easy-press music button in the ear with realistic neighing sound effects. The plush body is well padded and the smooth rockers have a foot pedal so your baby will ride in comfort and style.
- Price: £46.99
- Age: 18M+
Best For Easy Cleaning
2. Little Tikes Rocking Horse
If your mucky pups are the kind who leave their toys in a mess, this rocking horse for toddlers is a great solution. A plastic design, it easily wipes clean, while the simple outline and bold colour is sure to appeal to your little one. The low seat, high back and wide runners make this extra stable so they won't lose their balance, and the light plastic design means it can be used outside too.
- Price: £24.95
- Age: 12M+
Best For Comfort
3. Nattou N Valentine Rocker - Valentine The Mouse
For tots who like to do their adventuring in comfort, this is the best rocking mouse in town. Valentine the Mouse is a sweet little baby rocking horse with seat and safety belt for security and a luxurious soft plush covering for a cosy feel. There are no hard handlebars either, but the soft mouse ears are perfect for hanging on to. Her cute features and pink covering is likely to be a hit with little girls especially, and as a mouse rather than a horse she'll spark the imagination with different kinds of adventures.
- Price: £105
- Age: 9M+
Best For A Singalong
4. HOMCOM Kids' Rocking Horse Toys Giraffe
Another non-traditional rocking horse, this soft plush giraffe with sound effects is perfect for little ones who like to belt out some tunes on their travels. 32 different nursery rhymes can be played simply by pressing the giraffe's horns, keeping your baby entertained for hours. The high, padded seat, easy-grip handlebars and seat belt will keep them securely in the saddle and they can improve their balance and coordination by rocking in time to the songs.
- Price: £49.99
- Age: 18M+
Best For Keeping Up Tradition
5. Hape E0100 Grow With Me Rocking Horse
If you're looking for a classic, wooden rocking horse for your child, this simple and traditional horse from Hape is hard to beat. Designed to adapt as your baby gets older, it comes with wooden guard rails that can be removed when they are ready. A small backrest can also be removed, so older toddlers can still ride in comfort. Not only is this rocking horse a cleverly designed classic, it is also made with a commitment to sustainability so buying this toy can be one of your many efforts to help save the planet.
- Price: £50.02
- Age: 10M+
Best For Fantasy Adventures
6. Chad Valley Rainbow Rocking Unicorn
A horse may be traditional, but for out-of-this-world adventures your child is sure to love this fantastical unicorn rocker. With a vibrant rainbow coloured mane and tail and iridescent pink wings, the design is sure to get their imagination going, while the wooden rockers, sturdy built and built in saddle make it a safe ride even without the seat back and belt other models provide. This rocking horse is also the most affordable on our list, making it a dream come true for you too!
- Price: £30
- Age: 3Y+
Best For Kids On The Go
7. Labebe Baby Rocking Horse Elephant Rocker With Wheels
This rocking horse is a rare find because it actually works as a two-in-one rocker and stroller, making it the best rocking horse (or elephant) for little tikes who love to roam around the house. The provided wheels can easily be added to the wooden rockers without tools and they are wrapped with rubber, meaning they can travel on any surface without noise or scratches. This elephant also supports a weight of 65kg, making it one of the sturdiest rocking horses on the market.
- Price: £82.99
- Age: 12M+
Best For Getting Creative
8. Labebe Baby Wooden White Rocking Horse
Another Labebe model, this plain white rocking horse is ideal if your child has creative aspirations, allowing them to decorate it as they see fit. The horse is well-designed with the simplest of outlines, hand and foot bars (providing support even if your little one can't yet reach the floor) and an extra large seat to ensure they can enjoy it for years to come. With no fabric to damage or tear, this horse is also great for outdoor play.
- Price: £39.99
- Age: 12M+
Best For A Personal Touch
9. Lime Tree London Personalised Rocking Horse With Mouse
Up there with the best rocking horses if you're looking for something traditional, this classic, stylish horse sits on a wooden rocking base and is covered in a soft, neutral fabric with a built in saddle and simple wooden handles and footplates. But Biscuit The Horse has some lovely touches that set him apart. A pocket on his left leg is home to Skip The Mouse, a little buddy to tag along on adventures with your child, and Biscuit's rockers can also be personalised with your baby's name if you wish.
- Price: £125
- Age: 9M+
Best For As Your Child Grows
10. MJMARK Handmade Rocking Horse "Titan"
Plenty of rocking horses on this list have seat backs, safety belts and foot rests to ensure your child can enjoy their rocking horse from as young an age as possible. But if your toddler already has the balance and coordination needed for a more advanced toy then this is one of the best rocking horses around. A classic, realistic design, Titan has been lovingly handmade with wooden rockers, a traditional carved wooden nose, a soft saddle and real stirrups, so your child can feel like a pro. Big enough to be enjoyed by seven or eight year olds, it will bring years of fun to any kid.
- Price: £119.99
- Age: 3Y+
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