Now that your little one is moving and grooving, it may be time to look for a toddler ride-on toy, which usually comes first before a scooter or balance bike (though they're all equally awesome). Aside from hours of entertainment, the benefits of ride-on toys are countless, from enhancing motor skill development to improving balance and coordination. And when your little one realizes the power of movement comes from their own two feet, well, see ya later, kiddo. There's something really amazing about seeing the joy on your child's face when they accomplish just about anything, from pulling up on the couch to taking their first steps, and it's an expression you'll see a lot when they're using a ride-on toy.
The 10 toddler ride-on toys below showcase a variety of styles and price points while never compromising on safety. Check 'em out!
Is your toddler ready for a ride-on toy? Grab the keys and let's go, kiddos!
This best-selling vintage style fire truck from Pottery Barn Kids, painted with child-safe nontoxic matte paint, is about as adorable (and durable) as it gets. Made for ages 1 and up, the truck is easy for kids to push and steer, features smooth-rolling rubber tires, a sturdy steel body and special details like the wooden ladder, chrome ringing bell and a pedal-free working steering wheel. Extra bonus? Personalization is included.
This adorable fox from Janod is designed for freshly motivated riders. Little ones ages 1-3 can get their wobble on, steadying themselves with two easy-grab handles and rubber tires that keep it from being too slippy.
Wayfair offers a twist on the classic ride-on toy (since it comes with its own 10.25 ft. roller coaster track!), so you can see why I couldn't pass this toy by. Perfect for indoor or outdoor play, your toddler or preschooler will practice gross motor skills as they zoom down the track safely, since the ride-on toy features a high back, handrail, and footrests for a safe, secure ride down the track.
For the toddler who needs a little extra help from mom or dad, I love this ride-on push car from Step2, featuring "whisper ride" wheels for a smooth and quiet ride. Safety is top of mind, as the car comes with a safety belt to secure toddler inside. I also love the kid-powered car horn and storage located under the hood for any treasures your toddler finds along the way, as well as the cup holder for both child and adult doing the pushing. Nice thinking! When not in use, the handle folds easily. Maximum weight limit on this ride-on: 50 pounds.
This Little People ride-on toy, suggested for ages 1-3, features all the bells and whistles (literally). With the touch of the keyboard, the Music Parade ride-on plays any of the featured five marching tunes. You can also switch to play mode, so your toddler can create their own music by pressing on different instruments, including the trumpet, tuba, saxophone and drum. Other noises include an engine start and revving sounds when it's turned on. While I love that this toy is so musically-inclined, keep that in mind if there's a baby in the house, or say, neighbors who don't love a lot of noise. Requires 3 AA batteries to operate, which are included.
Recommended for children 18 months and over, the Smooth Rider from B. Toys is perfect for the little one already eyeing their first bike. Made with the environment in mind, (packaging is 100% recyclable), this wooden bike has 4 sturdy wheels and handles perfectly-sized for little hands. One other plus? No assembly required (a blessing for all parents).
Ginetta Kids' race car
A modern and sleek toy from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Ginetta Kids' ride-on is appropriate for ages 1-6 and features a straight handle for easy wheel control, and the ability to spin around at 360 degrees. Fun! I also love that it offers a rear storage space and rubber coated wheels for protecting your floor and keeping your ride quiet.
This award-winning and classic ride-on toy is appropriate for ages 3 and up and offers easy movement—just prop your feet up on the footrests and turn the steering wheel to begin moving. It will even support an adult (up to 220 lbs), so parents can give it a go as well! With a patented safety seat, the PlasmaCar exceeds all US, Canadian and European safety standards.
Radio Flyer has done it again with Socks, their newest rolling pony, perfect for ages 1-3 years old. EZ-Glide wheels allow your toddler to create their own motion and the ability to move in any direction. Safe for indoor and outdoor use, I also appreciate the durable, easy grip handles for little hands and super soft fabric when giving Socks a hug after their ride.
I love the bright colors of this llama ride-on from Janod, not to mention the ability to play with it in more than way. Perfect for ages 1 year and older, the shape sorter comes with Inca-themed wooden pieces that are easily retrieved when the game is over (simply lift up the seat). This ride-on toy features an anti-tipping system for safety and silent rubber wheels, which will keep floors unmarked.
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