Giddyup, Babyologists, it’s Chinese New Year! Today marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Horse and we’ve got a whole stable full of equine themed treasures to welcome the little ponies born this year.
Babies born from today are considered little horse babies under the Chinese Zodiac. But not just any horse – 2014 is the Year of the Wooden Horse. So what does that mean for your little horse-born cherub?
According to Chinese lore, horse babies are smart, popular and very, very chatty. Natural daredevils, they love to be the centre of attention and have big hearts, but don’t like being told what to do . They are tenacious and never like to give up. Horse babies tend to be early walkers and talkers and adept at keeping parents on their toes, They can also be hot-tempered and stubborn, with a short attention span that makes them prone to being flighty, so parents should try to teach them patience and the importance of sticking with something from an early age. Now come, there’s a whole mounting yard of horse treasure to explore!
Let the whole world know you have a little filly by putting them in this whinny-some hand crocheted horse hat and bloomers set. Made to order by Melon Caps, the set includes a little pony beanie and a cute-as-a-button nappy cover, complete with little horse’s tail. It can be made in sizes to fit from newborn up until twelve months old. This one’s a pretty pink version for little fillies but Melany can also make you one without bows and with blue details if you have a little colt on your hands. The two piece set costs $53 from Melon Caps on Etsy, and the beanie is also available separately. Shipping to Australia costs $11.
Be still my beating horsey heart, here’s something for those little horse newborns that’s so cute, I can’t stand it. Hello, little horse booties, with your little manes and little horsey tales. These chestnut Little Horse Booties cost $21 from Little Bits 101 on Etsy and can also be made as palominos or greys. Orders can be made in sizes to fit from newborn up to nine months.
Whoah there! Would you look at this sweet thing! A wooden horse designed for pull-along fun, it is made by hand from birch and finished in milk paints and linseed oil so it’s safe for wee ones. Use it as a splendid decor object for your little pony’s nursery until they’re big enough to play with it. The wooden pull-along horse costs $50 from Toys for Keeps.
From a wooden horse to pull to a wooden horse to ride, no Year of the Wooden Horse nursery can be truly complete without one of these darlings from Mocka. The wooden rocking horse comes in white as well, though I’m quite partial to this red fella. Suitable for children aged up to two-and-a-half, it costs $49.95 from Mocka.
If your horse bubba’s more of a swinger than a rocker, then you’ll be salivating over this wooden horse swing from Etsy’s aptly named Wooden Horse shop. Handcrafted from birch wood in Lithuania, it is designed to be used for babies aged from six months. Then, when your baby morphs into a toddler, remove the side safety rails and it can be used until the child is seven. Available in a variety of colours, the wooden horse swing costs $81. Of course, being made from wood makes this is a heavy item, so expect to pay a heavy price for shipping to Australia – currently $105. But what an heirloom you’ll have.
These cute pony up bed sheets from Garnet Hill will have little ones trotting off to bed quite happily. They come in crisp percale cotton or flannel sets and fitted cot sheets are available too in both fabric options for $25.
Team your fitted pony cot sheet with a pony motif sleeping bag. This sweet offering from Brit nursery brand Mamas and Papas is appropriately unisex and will have baby sleeping soundly. The Zeddy and Parsnip Dreampod comes in two sizes, one to fit from newborn and the other from six months.
Mammas and Papas have an entire range of Zeddy and Parsnip nursery products too (above), so that cute little pony can be on everything from the mat on your nursery floor to the curtains on your nursery window.
Who says ponies can’t fly? They will when you hang this handcrafted pony mobile over the cot or bassinet. The Dreems Rider baby mobile is handmade in Lithuania and costs $163 plus shipping. Each horse is hand knitted and stuffed with wool before being suspended from a beech tree hoop. Find it on Etsy.
Here’s another Etsy find we like. The baby boy horse nappy cover and singlet set is made in Sydney, so you can snap it up and it will arrive in plenty of time for our hot summer weather. It is made to order in sizes from newborn to toddler and costs $30 from Etsy store Bubby Makes Three.
All the pretty horses should be sporting a retro pony tee from Josiekat’s Trunk. We adore the vintage cuteness on show with this tee, which comes in sizes to fit from the teeniest tiny newborns all the way to the biggest kids. It costs $21 plus shipping. Team it with a pair of equally pretty bloomers or twirly skirt, also from Josiekat’s Trunk.
Give your little foal a cuddly friend of their very own, like this delightful jointed pony from Australian toy company Alimrose Designs. Alimrose stockist Silly Milly Moo have a whole stable of ponies in every colour and pattern imaginable. They cost $34.95 each. You’ll also find Alimrose Horse Rattles and Horse Squeakers at Silly Milly Moo. The rattles cost $14.95 and squeakers $16.95, with postage a flat $6.95 anywhere in Australia.
There’s something very striking about the bold graphics on this Modern Folk Horse cushion by artist Ellen Giggenbach. I can picture it gracing an Eames rocker or Ubabub cot in a modern nursery. The original artwork has been digitally printed on to a cotton-linen cushion cover, with an inspiring message on the back. It costs $42 plus shipping.
Finally, being a baby can be a very dribbly business. We’ve got your little foal covered with this soft-as-can-be Cowboy Joe horse bib. Find it at But For Now We Are Young on Etsy, where it costs $9.