American Baby’s Baby Booty: Rocking Horse Giveaway!

Woody the Rocking Horse

“What should I get a 1-year-old?” is a surprisingly frequent question around here, especially around the holidays. Here’s what I tell people:

1-YEAR-OLDS LOVE BLINKING, MUSIC-PLAYING PLASTIC TOYS. Their parents may hate them, but 1-year-olds love love love them. Why not make a kid happy? And though I’m always one to champion the little guys, toys from big companies are often great hits. Fisher-Price (with their Laugh & Learn line), VTech, Leapfrog, and Playskool all test their toys on real kids and pretty much nail what young toddlers want. Just pay attention to the age grading on the packaging. If it says “12 months and up,” don’t buy it for a 9-month-old and expect him to do much with it. If it says “3 years and up,” take that to heart; it usually means there are small parts that a child under 3 could choke on.

We got a lot of mileage out of this toy car!

TODDLERS ALSO LOVE TO IMITATE THEIR PARENTS. I just adore this about 1-year-olds, and 2-year-olds too. Before babes can walk around on their own, they are more or less stuck watching grown-ups, so when they begin to play, they imitate what they’ve seen, to often hilarious results. My daughter Grace had a toy cell phone, but instead of talking on it, she mostly pretended to be listening, and then would give an occasional big, fake laugh. Anything from pretend cell phones and keys (Parents makes these with Manhattan Toy, see them here) to kitchens (Step2 and Little Tikes make the classics) and toy cars have that I’m-just-like-Mom-and-Dad appeal. Both my kids were obsessed with the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe. We got a lot of mileage, ahem, out of that one!

Julian rocks!

1-YEAR-OLDS WILL PLAY WITH PRETTY TOYS TOO. And these will make their parents much happier. Simple wooden cars are nice, or stacking blocks. Or a pretty wooden rocking horse. A rocking toy is such a classic, and there are so many fun versions. Our executive editor’s mom got her grandson, Julian, this adroable one. Is it a dino or a dragon? Doesn’t matter—the birthday boy loved it!

This year I’m liking Woody the Rocking Horse because he’s a modern-looking but totally classic toy. He’s also only $80, which makes him as affordable as many of the big plastic toys. And he’s got a nice story; Prince Lionheart, the company that makes him, started off in 1973 making rocking horses, you can see their story here. Note: Woody is age-graded 18 months and up, so make sure you’re buying it for a kid heading toward his second birthday!

And good news! One of you lucky ducks will win a Prince Lionheart Woody the Rocking Horse of your very own. Just leave a comment below; you can post once a day through Wednesday. I’d appreciate it if you posted what your own 1-year-old loves to play with! Click here for the full rules. Goody luck!

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  1. by Amanda Sleeper

    On December 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    My daughter just loves anything and everything she can ride on. She loves to get on and off of things all by herself simply because she can. She would absolutely love this rocking horse!

  2. by Janet Beauprez

    On December 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    This would be a great gift for my kids since all we could afford for christmas was pillowpets this year. Please pick us!

  3. by Suzanne Whitehead

    On December 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I would LOVE to win this! My daughter is 2 years old, but my cousin is about to have a baby and would be a great gift! :) If she already has one I can always give it to a friend from church that just had twins. Either way it will get A LOT of play out of it! :)

  4. by toni yaple

    On December 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    My girls loved shapes toys where they put the shapes through the holes (does that make sense? lol) and of course, blocks. We never had anything like above so wouldn’t know if they’d like those… and who knows what my boy will like – never had a boy before! Thanks :D

  5. by ashley

    On December 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Oh my, that is soo sweet. I feel ya janet, we went through two moves this year, lost a lot. During our last move my oldests rocking horse (potato) broke and had to get tossed we can’t replace it, but this would be perfect. It is great that you do these giveaways and I’m sure whomever wins it will treasure it. Happy Holidays!

  6. by sharra

    On December 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    My one year old loves to be like dad! He plays in a pop up tent and carries balls all over the house. He will push a football down the hall and get excited like his older friends.

  7. by Miranda Welle

    On December 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    My 1 year old likes to play with BALLS!

  8. by Jennifer C.

    On December 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I love this rocking horse! We love playing with wooden toys!

  9. by Christine R

    On December 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    We have a little boy who would love a rocking horse! He loves to be swayed and rocked so that would be perfect!

  10. by Jeni Herrera

    On December 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    My 18 mo old LOVES Toy cars, buses, anything with wheels he can push!

  11. by Stephanie scammell

    On December 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Awesome! Thank you for the contest

  12. by Janelle

    On December 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    My 12 month old loves to play with any and all of his older brother’s toys. :) I would love for him to have a rocking horse to call his own!

  13. by Samantha Navarro

    On December 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    My son loves to imitate us talking on the phone, and he loves his blocks.

  14. by Jennifer B

    On December 8, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    my son loves to play with… anything he can make a mess with. I’m hoping he starts actually playing with his toys again!

  15. by Deborah Dadlani

    On December 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I would love to win the rocking horse for our 13 month old daughter. What a great traditional gift to put under our tree.

  16. by Elizabeth Keller

    On December 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    This is soooo cute! My almost one-year-old loves his walker right now!

  17. by Sarah Vanderkooy

    On December 8, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    My daughter will be one just after the holidays. She loves to imitate me, holding anything the size of a cell phone up to her ear with a big smile on her face. She is also loving her first Melissa and Doug puzzle.

  18. by Danielle

    On December 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    My daughter is 9 months old and she’ll play with practically anything. My 1-year-old nephew prefers toys with buttons to press- the Playskool carpenter’s bench and the little people batman lair are his favorite.

  19. by Moira R.

    On December 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    My daughter loves to play with anything she can get her hands on.

  20. by RachelJ

    On December 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Love the simplicity of the horse.

  21. by Tiffany c

    On December 9, 2011 at 12:12 am

    My two daughters will go crazy for this rocking horse. It looks like a classic toy that would be lots of fun!

  22. by Jackie Y

    On December 9, 2011 at 12:37 am

    I have my rocking horse from when i was a kid and the kids love it, but it seriously needs to be replaced…30 plus years old :) Rocking horses give hours of fun and great for picture props.

  23. by Miranda

    On December 9, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I would love ton win this for my 10 month old son.

  24. by Suz Cieslica

    On December 9, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I loved my rocking horse growing up and would love one for my son!

  25. by Danielle

    On December 9, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Working with children, I have found the classics are still favorites- shape sorters, wooden puzzles and stacking blocks still win over the newer flashier toys.

  26. by Aura

    On December 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    My one year old enjoys any toy that looks like mommy’s and makes noise like a toy vacuum, toy blender…

  27. by Angela smith

    On December 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    My son would adore this :)

  28. by lace

    On December 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    She loves to play with babies and boxes.

  29. by Stephanie Scammell

    On December 9, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Love them!

  30. by Stephanie scammell

    On December 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Awesome toys!

  31. by barb

    On December 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    My little one loves to play in her kitchen.

  32. by 1955nurse

    On December 10, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Our Grandaughter loves the ride-on toys, so her big Brother can push her around!!! She would LOVE this Rocking horse – & it would be nice for her to have a riding toy that was new to her, not a hand-me-down! Can’t afford much for Christmas this year (I’ve been out of work!) so this would be FABulous!!!((1955nursehjc4me(at)myway(dot)com)) Thanks for the chance….

  33. by Shawnda Embrey

    On December 11, 2011 at 4:14 am

    My son loves to dump out his mega blocks every day! He gets more out of dumping them out than he does playing! He also loves to play with his cozy coupe type stroller thing. He drives and we push!

  34. by Miranda

    On December 11, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Daily Entry…Would love to win this for my 3 boys. 12/11/11

  35. by Miranda

    On December 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Daily Entry…Would love to win this for my 3 boys! 12/12/11

  36. by Heather

    On December 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    cute, cute, cute

  37. by Emily Steinberg

    On December 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    This wooden horse is absolutely adorable! I can def see my son loving it =)

  38. by paula miranda

    On December 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    i want it !!1 i dont need but would look this for my babies <3

  39. by nicole

    On December 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    my son would live this rocking horse . rocking is his favorite activity!

  40. by Wendy Foote

    On December 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    My little Liam would love a rocking horse. I had one when I was little and had a blast.

  41. by Michelle

    On December 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    My son would love this! Thanks for the opportunity and Happy Holidays to all :)

  42. by Amanda Cotton

    On December 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    my daughter loves playing cowboys, her dad said “giddy up cowgirl!” and she said “no daddy me not a cowgirl me a cowkid” lol

  43. by Kristensmith

    On December 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    My son is almost 14mos and is always playing with his cosy coupe and his leapfrog dog Scout. He comes with me to the church daycare I work at and they had a little black and red rocking horse he fell in love with. He would play with it everyday since he could stand until it broke in half from too many kids using it over tge years, I know he would love to have his own for Christmas!

  44. by susan

    On December 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    My baby girl loves to walk with her Dino walker and her Laugh and Learn Picnic Basket. I think this is a perfect toy for her to grow into for summer.

  45. by tegan

    On December 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    The wooden rocking horse looks amazing, we’d love one PLEASE!

  46. by Heidy campana

    On December 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    My baby is still too little to ride the horse (he’ll be two months on the 21st) BUT that horse would look lovely in his nursery until he’s ready to get on and ride and have fun! ;)

  47. by Lauren Gomez

    On December 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I would LOVE to win one! Beautiful!!

  48. by Connie

    On December 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    My son’s nickname from one of his aunts is Lancelot. He love anything with knights and dragons and the like. This would be perfect for him, because what good is a knight if he doesn’t have his noble steed?

  49. by Celina pierce

    On December 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    My little guy loves stuffed animals and wooden toys. He’d would love this!

  50. by SHAUNNA

    On December 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Our son is a little young for this yet (he’s almost 3 months), but I’m sure he’d LOVE it once he’s older. Really hoping we win it!!

  51. by caramia cipriani

    On December 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    My little guy who will be 1 in January, loves anything that makes a noise lol. We just bought him the interactive Scout dog and its great, you can even personalize it!!! The “girl” version of the dog is named violet

  52. by Elton porter

    On December 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm


  53. by Candace Po

    On December 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    My baby is still very young, so she just likes playing by looking at Mommy and Daddy and cooing. We would love to have this for her to use when she’s old enough. :)

  54. by Roxanne

    On December 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    My baby girl Arianna 8mos. on the 15th would absolutely love this she’s such an active baby who loves to play!

  55. by Ashley St. John

    On December 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    My son would so love this! Happy Holidays!

  56. by Amy Rouse

    On December 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    My grandson is two and his favorite item to play with? The vacuum cleaner. His uncle bought him an actual working child size Dyson style vacuum and he vacuums CONSTANTLY. It is weird, he’d rather vacuum than play with any toys. Altho he did just get a “work bench” with tools and that seems to be rivaling the vacuum for his attention.

  57. by Charlotte Hart

    On December 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    My son loves to play with pots and their lids! Especially banging lids on the kitchen floor!

  58. by Nicole T

    On December 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    My 1-year-old currently loves playing with his grandma’s measuring cups and funnels!

  59. by Sara C.

    On December 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    My soon-to-be one-year-old loves any toy that he can push around. It has to make some sort of noise. He doesn’t care what sound it makes, just that it does.

  60. by Kelli

    On December 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I love this rocking horse!! My baby will be one in March and this would be a great gift for her.

  61. by Lindsay

    On December 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    This would be so wonderful! Mine loves blocks!

  62. by Destiny Corkle

    On December 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    My son is almost one and to be honest he enjoys the box more most of the toys

  63. by Angie

    On December 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I have a sweet little 4 month old boy. He would love this. Obviously not yet, but sooner than I know he will be big enough for that little cute rocking horse! He has been through a lot in his short little life-I think he deserves it! :)

  64. by Megan

    On December 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    This rocking horse is so cute. It reminds me of the one my grandfather made for me. It would be great if my little one had this.

  65. by Darcy

    On December 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I would be so grateful to win this beautiful rocking horse for my baby girl! Thank you for the opportunity!

  66. by Carolyn Jones

    On December 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    My little girl is really into EVERYTHING!! Her favorite is probably her babies. She loves her babies. And of course her brother who gives her piggy back rides! I think Woody would be a safer option to ride on!!!

  67. by Heather

    On December 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I want this for my new baby!

  68. by sheila bloom

    On December 13, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I would love to win this rocking horse so I could donate it to a needy family or donate it to a womens shelter where families leave home with just the clothes on their back. Unless people donate things these children won’t have a christmas.

  69. by Shaunna

    On December 14, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Crossing my fingers!! Would love to win this for my little boy!

  70. by Jennifer

    On December 15, 2011 at 12:17 am

    My little guy loves ride-on toys, little cars he can carry around and anything that makes music.

  71. by Shaun T

    On December 15, 2011 at 7:42 am

    This prize would be amazing for my 1 year old twin boys! Good luck to everyone

  72. by mackenzie

    On December 15, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I think this is absolutley precious! My two year old loves to play with her blocks and make towers. She also loves to sort things-anything! Often times I plop her in front of a small box of random gadets and she will find some way to sort them. She would absoulutley love this and doesn’t have any other toys like this.

  73. by Kourtney Eidam

    On December 15, 2011 at 8:30 am

    This contest is now closed. Thank you all!

  74. by Janna Zirker

    On December 16, 2011 at 11:15 am

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  75. by Stephanie

    On December 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    This would be a great gift!

  76. by Megan Lane

    On December 28, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    our (almost) 1 yr old loves to play with anything hes not supposed to, like his oxygen tubing! (he was born at 24 weeks and is still on o2 therapy)

  77. by cinthya

    On December 31, 2011 at 2:23 am

    I really wish I can win this for my lil boy! he is just 13 months old I am pretty sure he will love it :)

  78. by Ann Northcott

    On January 4, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I’d love to win this! i am sure we could put it to GREAT use!

  79. by Mariaelena

    On January 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    My child and i would enjoy having something
    New for play time.

  80. by Alicia C

    On January 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Teaching my 17 month old diffrent
    Animals and their noises, and her favorite is a
    Horse so I think she would really enjoy.