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Toddlers love rocking horses, no doubt about that.
If your kid has tried to play cowboy on you when you’re lying down, you will know what I’m saying. And it’s not about the thrills they get alone, 2-year-olds stand to gain from rocking ponies.
As simple as the toys look, they are boatloads of benefits for the little ones. Like most ride-on toys, they help in honing a child’s sense of balance and motor skills.
Rocking horses are also a sure way to let your child expend some of the excess energy kids are known for.
Here are some of the best rocking ponies for 2-year-olds:
Little Tikes Rocking Horse
This contemporary rocking horse by Little Tikes is sturdily and uniquely designed which makes it ideal for toddlers to make imaginary gallops around the house for hours.
All its corners and edges are smoothed and easy-to-clean. It is lightweight and small in size therefore, it easy for your kids to move about themselves both indoors and outdoors.
The toy features easy-to-grip handles and a low saddle which includes a high seat back to ensure your kids stability and prevent them from falling forward or back.
It comes fully assembled and has a maximum weight limit of up to 50 pounds. It is a great play tool to enable your kids learn balance and coordination; it comes in only two colours; bright blue and bright pink (magenta).
Labebe Baby Rocking Horse, Ride Unicorn, Kid Ride on Toy For Infant And Toddlers
Labebe’s rocking horse is a very well-made, roomy and durable play tool.
Though it is expensive, it is of extremely good quality and worth every penny. The fabric used to construct the toy is stain-resistant, comfortable, soft and safe for your kid’s skin.
It is easy to assemble and has a solid and sturdy structure but not too heavy to rock.
This toy comes with straps (which may seem too big) and buckles to aid in your kid’s balance and to keep him/her in place while rocking the toy.
All surfaces are smooth and your child’s clothes and skin are safe from scratches. It has a great forward and backward rocking motion but not to the point that it would tip over.
Happy Trails Rocking Haley Horse Ride On
This is a sturdy, easy-to-assemble and beautifully designed rocking horse by Happy Trails.
The horse is cute but cheaply made and stands on sturdy wooden rockers that could be sturdier and more put together.
It is not a ready for use product, as it requires assembly. It is fairly easy to assemble and the saddle which is not removable, does not lie perfectly smooth.
The rockers seem pretty short and the stirrups may not be suitable for your kid to use as they are attached by a thin strap to the not-too-strong saddle.
All in all, the Happy Trails rocking horse is affordable, adorable and fun to rock.
Rockin’ Rider Legacy Grow-with-me Pony
This rocking play horse by Tek Nek is excellent for a two years old kid. It is well built and sturdy but not quite easy to assemble.
The toy is uniquely designed to rock or bounce (not too intense), though the rocking effect may be better for older kids.
When the ears are pressed, the fun sound effects, talking effects, and rhymes are activated and your kid can happily sing along.
The saddle is removable and there is the issue of the screws not fitting into the holes because the pre-drilled holes in the toy seem bigger than the screws.
Rockin’ Rider play horse is fairly easy to climb on as well as come off with little or no assistance.
Radio Flyer Blaze Interactive Riding Horse
Blaze is a realistic looking play horse that features life-like sounds. This play horse comes with a carrot accessory of which when fed to the horse, triggers the chewing sound.
There is also a comb accessory for grooming the horse’s soft yarn mane.
The horse has built-in safety straps to ensure your kids protection and there are also climb steps for easy climbing on and coming off. It is a comfortable play tool that is nice on the skin due to the semi-fabric material over the plastic.
The base of the toy is very stable and your kid can rock back and forth or up and down. It is expensive and quite complicated to assemble (may require assistance).
Blaze is considerably small and light enough to be carried outdoors in good weather.
Labebe Wooden Rocking Horse
Labebe’s wooden rocking horse is a classic indoor and outdoor play tool. Kids can rock or bounce this toy forward and backward steadily using the handles.
There is a lower back rack which holds your kid safely and firmly in position while rocking or bouncing. It is quite easy to assemble and it is solidly made of durable and quality materials. It is small in size and sturdy, but not too heavy for your kids to rock or move about themselves.
The toy which comes as plain white in colour, can be repainted or customized to suit your kid’s taste or stickers can be pasted on it as they like.
Little Bird Told Me LB3022 Pixie & Fluff Infant Rocker Ride On
Pixie is an adorable and stylish looking rocking horse that is just perfect for little kids and has a weight limit of 44 pounds.
The instructions that come with this play tool is easy to follow and the play tool itself is very easy to assemble; requiring little or no assistance.
It is solidly constructed with soft and quality material. The horse is sturdy, well balanced and easy to get on and off.
It is all together except the rocker’s wooden legs and stirrups which are detachable and require assembling.
It is low enough to the ground so that a 2 years old can easily play with it and there is no issue of the pegs not being able to align with the holes.
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