I hope it’s not too soon to post more rocking toys because I really want to share these fun and decorative options from The Land of Nod.
The Wooden Crocodile Rocker ($150) was designed exclusively for The Land of Nod by Pommette and is the friendliest looking crocodile I’ve ever seen. He actually looks to me a lot like Maurice Sendak’s alligators from Alligators All Around. Yes? No?
The Arctic Plush Polar Bear Rocker ($169) features a cuddly polar bear. It’s like the perfect cross between a teddy bear and a rocking horse.
We’ve seen rocking sheep before, but this “Rock With Ewe” Sheep Rocker is exclusive to The Land of Nod ($170).
Since we’re on the topic, Pottery Barn Kids also has a cute Sheep Rocker ($130).
And if you want an actual horse, I’m diggin’ this Sprout Rocking Horse ($250).
I never did have a rocking horse as a kid. Does this explain my current obsession? I even have a Pinterest Board just for rocking toys if you’re interested in more options.
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The only thing better than finding an Eco-friendly modern version of a classic children’s toy is discovering that it is made locally. Wee Rock Toy Co. is based near me in South Florida, where they produce this line of rocking animals. In addition to the traditional horse, they’ve got the highlights of a zoo covered with a gorilla, an elephant, a rhino and a giraffe.
Founded by two former architecture students, We Rock Toy Co. produces these beautiful heirloom toys in Miami using FSC certified Bamboo Plywood.
No tools, hardware or glue are required for their assembly and the rockers retail for $300. Any one of them would look fantastic in your modern nursery. Which would you choose?
Thanks to Cool Kids Company, some more exclusive European brands are now more easily accessible here in the US. I’ve talked about ninetonine before, but this Spanish furniture company is coming to us via Cool Kids Company now. They’ll be selling the Deskhouse, Mouse Table and Drum Stools.
Cool Kids Company is also bringing Kast van een Huis to our shores. These storage houses are both inspired by and made in Holland. Warning: these are NOT cheap. At $2200 a piece, you may have to save up awhile before these storage cabinets line your canals.
Any of these items under the tree would surely inspire a very Merry Christmas! I hope we see many more gorgeous imports coming our way in 2013.
I thought I already knew the most expensive high chair out there, but I found one that beats the Henry IV, which tops my list at $1350. Well, Ineke Hans‘s Supperman chair can be yours for the tidy sum of $2125. You can find this black recycled plastic seat (smart!) at babygeared.
You can find additional pieces from Ineke Hans’s children’s collection on babygeared as well. There are tables, chairs , desk sets and of course, a rocking horse– Happy Horse for $965.
What’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought for your baby, or where do you think it’s most useful to spend when buying for baby? Our high chair was one of the LEAST expensive things we got.
We talked about Povl Kjer’s Rocking Sheep back in January, but I’ve just discovered that we CAN still get our hands on this furry little beauty!
And while I estimated it to cost $575, it looks like babygeared has it for $375 + $125 freight. You can take your pick from six colors including the fantastic pink one.
ALSO… there’s the Rocking LAMB, which is half the size of the sheep. This is more sculpture than toy and you can order yours for $190 plus $100 freight.
Another rocking sheep that is just too cute and cuddly is the Emu Enu Rocking Sheep by Nobuyuki Morita. I pinned it a while ago onto my Rocking Toys Pinterest board, but I didn’t know it was available for purchase at a US retailer. Again, we have babygeared to thank for that.
You can get a black or white Emu Enu Rocking Sheep at babygeared for $600 plus $175 freight and be among the elite few with this beauty.
Finally, if you’re just looking for something shaggy that rocks but isn’t necessarily meant to be a sheep, babygeared also has the Harry Rocking Stool by Kenneth Cobonpue.
This one is available in 6 colors and will set you back $835.
I love rocking horses. They do double duty as toy and decor. Modern rocking horses pay homage to traditional nursery toys while updating them to fit in our present day aesthetic. I think the Woody Rocking Horse from Prince Lionheart does exactly that. It’s our newest addition to the toy guide at BuyModernToys (just scroll down the list to see all my recommended rocking horses).
These retail for about $80 but you can get your own Woody Rocking Horse from our amazon affiliate for just under $57.
For my full rocking horse gallery, see my Rocking Toys – Horses and More Pinterest board. Let me know which is your favorite!
The new Wary Meyers Kids Shop has a vintage Creative Playthings Rocking Beauty Hobby Horse (from 1964) for a mere $1200.
If the vintage version is too pricey, I DID find the modern remake (called the Red Ball Rocker) still listed at Genius Jones for $265. It is no longer being made by Knu however, so this may just be some stock that they have left over. I’d call and check if they still have it before I put in my order.
For more information about the history of this modernist rocking horse, read Greg’s post on daddytypes.
Even if you’re not in the market for a vintage Rocking Beauty, you’re going to want to bookmark the Mary Meyers new kids shop as it is sure to have all kinds of wonderful vintage treasures. I was tickled to find Robie among their offerings. We’ve got one of these mechanical banks in my son’s room!
And I’m trying to figure out where I could put this incredible Big Bird poster!
For some reason, I’m a sucker when it comes to rocking toys, so cozy, fuzzy rocking sheep really get my attention.
On the left we have the Rocking Sheep designed by Povl Kjer that was available from Crafts Collection. I can’t find any place where you can actually order this “rockin’” design, but according to the The Perfect Baby Handbook, it would have set you back $575. I saw these in reports from ICFF years ago, but for $575, you can imagine why they weren’t more popular.
Inspired by Povl Kjer, Max Tyrie of Bright Spark Design on etsy came up with his own interpretation of the Rocking Sheep. It might be a little less rock-n-roll, but this handmade in the USA sheep still rocks! Each one is made to order out of Baltic birch plywood, some reclaimed scrap wood and real sheepskin.
For more of my favorite rocking toys, see my list in our modern toy guide.
Now I have a great collection of rocking toys in my modern toy guide, but I have yet to have seen either a rocking giraffe or rocking guitar. Zebra? Yes. Moose? Yes. Bear? Certainly. Oh- I think I just got the joke- a “rockin’ guitar”. Okay, that’s cool.
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