Rocking horses made of wood have always been very popular with children. Nowadays, however, the classic rocking horse also has some other functions and can, for example, make sounds or move its tail. A rocking horse should also offer a certain comfort so that your child can sit comfortably on it.
We have compiled all the important information on the subject of wooden rocking horses in a checklist for you. Our product recommendations provide you with a good overview and already show you concrete examples of purchases.
- Many of the models are offered for children from 12 or 18 months.
- However, suitable rocking animals in a little horse design are also available for children as young as 6 months.
- Always pay attention to the age recommendation as well as the maximum weight specified by the manufacturer for the rocking horse.
- The rockinghorses for the very youngest have a backrest as well as side rests or a surrounding protective ring. This prevents the child from falling or sliding off the horse.
- It is practical if the protective ring can be removed later. This way, the rocking horse can be used even longer and even older children can still enjoy it.
- Some models also have a safety belt on the seat, so you can strap your child in.
- Runners with a very large radius are less recommended for small children, otherwise it can get very wild very quickly when rocking.
- Corners and edges should be rounded. Of course, the wood must not splinter at any point.
- In the best case, the materials are tested for harmful substances and certified.
- Especially the rocking horses for the youngest are covered with a soft plush fabric, which increases the seating comfort and invites you to cuddle while rocking.
- Wooden handles, which are usually attached to the side of the horse’s head , allow children to hold on tightly.
- A footrest also provides sufficient support for the feet.
- Even more play fun is offered by models that have folding castors. Folded up, it is a classic rocking horse. If you fold down the wheels, the child can ride around on his horse.
- Some models have an integrated sound or music function. So songs or horse sounds like neighing or galloping sounds can be played.
- Likewise, there are rocking horses where even the mouth and tail can move.
- Rocking horses for older children (ages 3 and up) often come with realistic details like bridles and a saddle with stirrups.
- If the bridle and saddle are removable, the child can always bridle and saddlehis little horse himself before playing.
- Some rocking horses are toys and sports equipment in one. They can move without external drive , just by pressing the pedals by the child himself. Thus, a real ride can be taken.
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FAQ For Rocking Horses Wood
A rocking horse is considered a children’s toy that has the shape of a horse. Runners under it ensure that your child can rock back and forth. Meanwhile, some models also have wheels under the horse. So your child can even take a little ride and move around the house.
Wooden rocking horses are suitable from about 6 months.
You should choose good and durable wood. It should also not splinter, so that your child can not injure himself. You can also check the manufacturer’s specifications to see if the material is free of harmful substances.
Many rocking horses now have a variety of functions. For example, some horses can neigh or move their tails. Of course, you can also choose a classic model, which has no specific extras. This is especially useful for younger children, as they could otherwise be overwhelmed by too loud movements or noises.
For younger children, a classic wooden horse with runners is ideal. Since children over the age of one cannot yet sit stably on their own, the horse should also be padded. You can also attach a cushion to the backrest so that your child is comfortable and can sit on the rocking horse for a longer period of time. Older children can also use rocking horses without a backrest.
The classic rocking horse, as the name suggests, features a horse shape. In the meantime, however, rocking horses are also available in other animal shapes (for example, llama, rabbit, donkey, dragon or sheep).
A high-quality rocking horse made of wood can cost up to 80 euros or more. In this case, however, you should accept the more expensive price so that your child can enjoy the rocking horse for a long time and not get hurt by splintering pieces of wood. In addition, you may be able to give the rocking horse to other children in your family later.
Many rocking horses have a back or side rest so your child can’t fall out. However, a safety harness can also protect your child sufficiently if they get a little carried away while rocking.
Children usually lose interest in the rocking horse at the age of 5 or 6, because by then they are already going to school and turning to other leisure activities. Often your child is then also too heavy for the rocking horse, which is why it is recommended to use one until the age of 4.
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