Would your little tike fancy a balance bike or a ride on car? Let Hip Kids help!
If you’ve got a toddler, chances are you’re looking at getting them some sort of bike. But with all the choices on the market today, making the right selection can be confusing. We’ve got all the insider info to help you make the best choice for your toddler! Read on to find out more.
Which will suit your toddler best?
While both balance bikes and ride on cars will provide hours of fun and exercise for your toddler, there are a few differences you should be aware of.
Balance bikes can be introduced to your child from as young as 18 months. The brilliant thing about them is that they adjust as your toddler grows, guaranteeing years of enjoyment. The lightweight design is perfectly suited for little ones just learning to stand and ride. What’s more, they help your toddler learn the fundamental skill of balancing on two wheels. This makes learning to ride a bike so much easier in the future as they learn not only to balance but also to steer. You might be able to bypass training wheels all together!
Ride on cars for toddlers offer a bit more stability which means your child won’t have to rely on their own standing and balancing skills. This makes them perfect for toddlers who need a bit more practice before they graduate to a balance bike. Ride on cars come in a wide variety of colours, shapes and sizes, so you’re bound to find the perfect one for your child. While ride on cars aren’t adjustable, your little one will still enjoy hours of fun riding around, steering and using their imaginations.
What are the benefits of bikes for toddlers?
The biggest benefit of getting a bike for your toddler is the skills they help develop. Your child will learn about balancing and co-ordination, developing strength and furthering their fine motor skills as they gain confidence. Walking and mobility are also improved – all while they’re having fun!
Bikes also teach toddlers to use their feet to stop, manoeuvre their bodies in the direction they want to go and to use their arms and legs when moving forward. A balance bike is a safer and less intimidating way to help your child learn how to ride. The seat is a lot closer to the ground than a regular bike, so in the event of a fall, the impact is reduced. Also, the bike will go only as fast as your little one can push it which gives them a greater sense of control.
Lastly, these little bikes are easy to store and transport so you can take them to your favourite park, the waterfront or wherever your family likes to ride!