The world of toddler bikes has most definitely changed since I was a child, I had your traditional bike with stabilisers and when they came off, it was almost like a right of passage into big kid world!
As with everything over the past few decades, even toddler bikes have gotten more sophisticated… the balance bike was something I’d never heard of for example.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I don’t see many kids on bikes in Malta. With that in mind, I thought I’d write about a few! Especially in the time we are in when playgrounds and regular outings can potentially be a risk with COVID, the old bicycle can be a great activity to master with your little one and is great for keeping active and getting the fresh air in, now that temps are getting cooler.
Here are a few suggestions.
ALWAYS have the correct sized helmet for the child, as well as any other safety bits you may need like shin and elbow pads for smaller kids.
It’s never too early to teach your kids about road safety either and using a bike as a tool for this is a great option.
Get them signaling early so that our future generation might actually use indicators!
The Balance Bike
As far as I’m aware, balance bikes are a relatively new thing, I’d never heard of them until a family member asked me was Conor interested in bikes yet and how she had seen other children get great use out them. The idea is that the bike has no pedals or stabilisers and encourages better balance from the get-go so that when the child transitions to a regular pedal bike, there would be no need for stabilisers and it would be much easier for the child to take the big step towards the big kid bike.
There are many options, some from even 18months on.
A common toddler bike, the tricycle is great for pushing your babe along as you still have control.
Most are secured with belts and can be a nice move away from a buggy.
You can opt for a regular kids’ bike and have stabilisers attached which will balance the bike for them. Probably the most traditional option for teaching your kid how to cycle, the stabilisers can then be removed once the child is confident. This could be a more budget-friendly option too as you would keep the same bike.
Would you like to add this to your kids’ Christmas Present list, maybe grandma will volunteer, drop a link on our Indulge Me Gift app.