Is your kiddo ready for a scooter? We've got some safe and smooth-riding options for their first set of wheels.
Now that the weather has perked up and your little one is on the move, perhaps it's time to think about their mode of transportation? We love a balance bike in preparation for learning to ride a bike, but if they're not quite there or up for another similar challenge, a scooter is a great choice for your toddler's first set of wheels.
Generally speaking, your toddler is ready for a scooter when they are able to walk smoothly and with a steady gait. And since motor skills can differ, your child's physical ability will be the best indicator of scooter readiness (though you'll find this usually falls within the 2 to 3 year old age range). Aside from the obvious fun factor, scooting also has many benefits for toddlers, from motor skill and muscle development to coordination and decision making skills. Now that spring is here and we're able to spend more time outside (which has its own set of benefits), perhaps scooting will be on the agenda? Who knows, you might want to go for a scoot with your little one, too, just to keep up. But don't forget your toddler's helmet (and your own)!
Ready to ride? Here are 8 of the best scooters for toddlers we've found.
The most classic of all scooters, this Radio Flyer "My 1st Scooter" is an Amazon Exclusive and built for ages 2-5 years old. Perfect for beginner riders, this scooter is designed to help with balance and coordination. It has a specially designed turning radius that provides safety without compromising mobility. I also love the wide deck for little feet, which adds traction and stability.
For the parent who likes to plan ahead, this 3 stages scooter from Micro Kickboard will grow with your child (and is geared for ages 1 to 5). First, as a ride-on scooter (offering two seat heights) with the help of an adult to offer direction and stability, then as a ride-on scooter by themselves, and lastly as the stand-on Micro Mini Deluxe with adjustable-height handlebar.
Thanks to a unique steering system, this scooter from Decathalon encourages learning and steering and is suitable for children ages 2-5. The wheel base and wheel angle offer confidence while riding, and handlebars adjust to 4 different positions to grow with your child.
Another ride-on scooter for consideration, KIDEE offers foldable seats that can easily fold up (or be removed) when your child outgrows the need for it. Made with 1-5 year olds in mind, the KIDEE offers a wide footboard, back wheel breaking and a strong and sturdy design with lean-to-turn steering that's perfect for toddlers learning balance and motor skills. And did we mention wheels that light up?
Normally I wouldn't mention the same brand twice, but just look at this one! If you want to try your little one on a scooter by 12 months, you're in luck. First, use as a ride-on toy and scoot from the seated position (and store some toys while you're at it) then as your child grows, convert to a 4-wheel scooter by flipping the deck (which requires no tools, by the way). The durable 4 wheels will allow your little one to gain confidence and balance so they can scoot on their own. Perfect for age 1-4.
Perfect for ages 3-6, the Hiboy Q1 kick scooter is pre-assembled and ready to go out of the package (major check for busy parents). Offering an adjustable height that allows the scooter to grow with your child, the Hiboy is also lightweight and foldable for easy storage. And here's to those fun light up wheels!
I must admit the look and style of this award-winning scooter is what first turned my head (check out that lighting bolt). But, then I read about the adjustable handle bar and seat heights on this ride-on scooter (the seat folds up and out of the way when your child no longer needs it). Recommended for ages 1-5, a stylish choice for your consideration.
GOMO stands for "get out more often", which is always good advice (especially when the weather's nice!). This 3-wheel scooter features "lean to turn" steering that helps toddlers practice coordination before moving on to a bigger scooter. The wide foot bed and rubber grip lets them place their feet safely, and the foot brake helps them practice safe stopping without touching the ground. Recommended for ages 2-5, with an adjustable hand bar to grow with your child. I also like the safety nose bumper on the front of scooter, perfect for softening bumps along the way. And yes, light up wheels, because they're awesome.
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