Last Christmas, I wanted to buy a gift for my youngest son that promoted active play and imagination. The Rody Horse seemed like it would be a great choice, but I was a little hesitant to buy it because I wondered if an inflatable toy would really be able to hold up to my son's rowdy toddler play. Here's my review of the Rody Horse after a year of use.
- Ride-on bouncy horse
- Made of thick vinyl
- Latex-free, BPA-free, pthalate-free
- Inflatable and adjustable
- About a foot high at the saddle
- Pump not included
- Recommended for ages two to four
- About $50
What I Like About Rody Horse
The longevity of the toy has been my favorite feature so far. My son was two when we bought the Rody Horse, and it is still used on a daily basis over a year later. I expect that we will get at least another year of entertainment out of it before it gets passed on to another little one.
The Rody Horse is extremely durable. My toddler isn't small - he's nearly 40 pounds at three and a half - but he can bounce and ride the Rody all over the house. After more than a year in regular use, it still looks new, aside from the occasional splashes of dirt or snack remnants. The surface is easy to wipe clean, though, so Rody can have a bath if the messes are too much.
Despite my requests otherwise, some of my older kids have sat on Rody.
He's pretty irresistible. Even with the obviously too large kids riding on it, this horse is still going strong.
Younger toddlers can sit on the horse and bounce a bit, like a stationary toy. As they grow and gain new skills, they can grab Rody's flexible ears and then jump him all over the place. There's a base available separately, too ($50), that can turn Rody into a rocking horse.
I love toys that encourage active play and allow toddlers to use their fantastic imaginations. Rody Horse certainly does that. My son has been a knight on a horse, the Rody has become a fierce predator to be captured, and he is treated like a pet when they play house. All of the bouncing and riding around provides a little toddler workout, too.
The Rody Horse is available in lots of different colors, so you can find one that will be a favorite for any child. Our is lime green, but there are orange, yellow, blue, purple, pink and brown styles, too.
If the older kids (or adults) don't want to leave this sweet toy alone, Rody also makes a larger version called Rody Max. Yes, that's right, you can have your own Rody Horse, too, which would make for some epic in-house races for the whole family. The larger size costs about $120.
What I Don't Like About Rody Horse
Having to buy the pump separately is annoying. It's an additional $10 on top of the cost of the horse. You can use some other types of pumps to inflate and maintain the horse, but you may have to get an adapter or larger nozzle to fit the opening on the horse. We were able to use a pump we already had, but you have to be really fast getting the plug back in after pumping it up or you'll end up with less air inside than when you started.
The good news is that once inflated, the Rody Horse doesn't need to be re-inflated very often.
Overall, the Rody Horse is a toy that will see a lot of action from your toddler. It's durable and easy to maintain. For about $50, you'll get a toy that can be played with for at least two years, which is much longer than most toddler toys.
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