There are ride-on toys beyond Power Wheels — ones that not only support your little one’s development, but are also imaginative, unique and beautifully designed.
Here are our 6 favorite ride-on toys for toddlers:
6. Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug
These Prince Lionheart ride-on wheely bugs are a classic, compact option that are well-made and achingly cute. (Get yours from Amazon, $59.98)
5. Leka Trojan Horse
Design lovers, this is the classic Scandinavian ride-on that you all want in your possession. It can be pushed, rode and even used to store other favorite toys. It will cost you at $194 (sold at Sleek Identity), but we’re sure it will be passed down for generations.
4. Wishbone Flip
One of our favorite new toys of 2011, Wishone’s newest addition — the Flip rider — converts from rocker to roller with one innovative flipping mechanism. Little ones can even store their favorite toys underneath as they roll around the house. (Available in April 2011 for $149.)
3. 10 Grain U Roll
This U Roll Scooter by 10 Grain is a beautifully designed and functional scooter that I know my 2-year-old would love rolling around the house — especially because he could bring his little teddy bear along for the ride underneath. It comes in two designs — Paul Frank or plain red. ($175 from 10 Grain)
2. Plan Toys Walking Elephant
Not only does this look so much cooler than the traditional rocking horse, but you can also make the elephant “walk” by rocking side-to-side instead of front-and-back. And of course, Plan Toys has some of the most well-made toys on the market. ($179.99 on Amazon)
1. Svan Scooter
This is my son’s favorite scooter — and for good reason. Not only is it sleek and attractive, but it has endless imaginative options. It can be a horse, a doggie, a rocket ship — anything, really. And to honest, it’s quite the conversation sparker, with grown adults asking to take it for a spin. (Babies R Us, $99.99)
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