Rocking horses revive the memories of wonderful and carefree childhood years in each and everyone of us. No matter if it’s a baby or infant – this toy is quite rightly loved by the smallest among us. It is perfect for acting out your little one’s urge to move while fostering his motor skills and motion sequences in a playful way at the same time. An animal rocker or rocking horse is an absolute must-have accessory for every nursery because it contributes to optimum promotion of your child’s locomotor system and is a trendy eye catcher that will immediately attract everybody’s attention. More information >
The classic rocking toy is of course the rocking horse made of wood which nowadays has to compete with plenty of other rocking toy versions. Thus, the renowned manufacturer Nattou offers a wide range of different animal rockers made of plush that supply your child with the gentlest rocking pleasure. Who knows, maybe it is the memory of the favourite toy which makes rabbit, donkey or horse to your child’s favourite animals later on.
The rocking horse made of wood hits many parents with nostalgia for their own childhood which is why this adorable toy is a sight for sore eyes in every nursery. By now you will also find rocking horses that not only feature the common horse part that is mounted on curved rockers but versions that resemble a kids’ swing that remains firmly on the floor. This new model of a rocking horse won’t leave any scratches on your floors even when your child uses his favourite toy for several hours.
In terms of colour, only the sky is the limit. Usually, parents opt for a rocking horse that matches the colour of the furniture in their little one’s nursery. If you have a little princess at home, a light pink colour would do and if the toy is for your little prince, you can get him a version in the colour blue. A more modern and gender-neutral alternative would be mint green.
Your little one will feel absolutely comfortable on Nattou’s rocking toy because it features soft plush which provides a good padding. That is why, this toy by Nattou supplies your little one at the age of ten months and up with an optimal entry into the world of rocking horses. As soon as your child has the knack of weight shift and their motor abilities have increased, they can switch to a rocking horse made of wood and thus feel like a real cowboy or cowgirl.
Rocking horses have been very popular parts of the equipment in the nursery for many centuries because they are much more than just normal toys. In order to enjoy the rocking motion your little one has to get active himself instead of being pushed as is the case with common swings. Riding on a rocking horse requires many different motion sequences which are fostered and trained in a playful way while your little one sits on this cheerful fellow. Important skills such as standing and sitting upright are trained while your little one’s sense of balance is fostered at the same time.
Another great benefit of the rocking horse is the calming effect it can have on your child. This effect might have already occurred to you when your little one was lying in a baby bouncer or in his pram. That might be because this special way of movement reminds your little one of the time in your womb.
Benefits of animal rockers & rocking horses:
In order to make sure that your little one is supplied with a toy that thrills and delights him, you should pay special attention to its quality. The prize and look of the toy must not be the only criteria you have to consider when buying a rocking horse for your little one. The materials used for making the toy as well as how they are processed should stand in the centre of your attention because these are the criteria that provide safety and security for your child. Child-oriented design and high-quality materials of a rocking horse are confirmed by the CE marking. Products by renowned manufacturers such as Nattou are always CE certified.
Another contributing factor for the safety of a rocking horse is not only its workmanship but its equipment. Babies younger than one year of age should have a rocking horse which features a backrest. The rocking horses by Nattou for instance come with soft padded backrests that offer maximum protection for your little one’s back even on more savage rides. Most models feature backrests that can be detached so that the toy can grow with your child and thus be used for a long period of time.
In addition to the backrest, there are also many animal rockers or rocking horses with safety belts that prevent your child from slipping off. If you have decided for a rocking horse with a safety belt, you should still make sure that your little doesn’t use his new toy unattended. A sudden urge for adventure and climbing ambitions can otherwise lead to injuries.
In order to ensure maximum safety for your child on his rocking horse, you should look for a model that comes in a size which matches the size of your little one. An animal rocker or rocking horse with a suitable size enables your child to mount and dismount easily. If the toy comes with other possibilities to hang on to such as a horse’s mane or reins which can be used in addition to the classic handles on the rocking horse’s head, your little one is ready to enjoy riding on his new toy.
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