So your little bundle of joy has just started developing their walking skills, and their energy levels are all over the place. This is just the perfect time to instill an active lifestyle for the young one.
You want to help them build up their muscles and attain a sense of balance, but at the same time, you want them to have fun.
A baby bike/ ride-on toy is just what you need to do the trick.
Most baby bikes are a cross between a toy and a riding tool. These bikes are designed specifically to aid with independence and balance while still offering support. And they do so in such a fun way!
If you want to enable your child to develop riding skills at an early age, these mini bikes are by far the best introduction to the world of biking. Thereafter, you can get them a balance bike then move on to their first pedal bike, and finally, they can branch into specific types of bikes that align with their interests.
But for now, we’ve assembled the best baby bikes in the industry today as well as a reliable buying guide for little Maggie or little Kevin’s first bike. But before then, what are the different types, you may ask?
As you ask yourself, what is the best bike for a toddler? Here is a categorization table for the different types of bikes for toddlers. However, given the physical and cognitive development level of toddlers, we highly recommend ride-on toys and balance bikes.
|Type of Toddler Bike||Features of the Toddler Bike|
These types of toddler bikes are recommended for toddlers between ages 12-18 months.
They come in three or four wheels and are beneficial in enabling the toddlers to scoot around on their bikes.
They are great for little ones who have an appetite for riding but are not just ready for balance bikes
They are a perfect birthday gift for cycling families who have kids within the age-range.An example is the Hape Scoot Around, which is a sure way to whet the cycling appetite for the little ones.
Balance bikes are great for toddlers that are confident while running, above 18 months, and have an inseam of at least 11 inches.
Balance bikes have great advantages. They teach toddlers the art of balancing and controlling a bike at a young age.
Above all, they save you from buying bikes with training wheels.
With a balance bike, your toddler will gain natural riding experience. While using these bikes, it is important to know the limit your child can go to.
Seat SMART goals when training them on how to ride.Check out our list of the best balance bikes. You might as well be interested in our best wooden balance bike compilation.
|Training Wheels and Tricycles||
We, for the best reasons, Do Not Recommend training wheels and tricycles. We covered that in our article that details why balance bikes are superior.
Yes, they were an option for us when we were young, but there are better ways to learn how to cycle. Balance bikes perform better compared to these two.If you are into tricycles, you should check out the Wishbone-3-in-1 tricycle that can convert into a small balance bike.
Now that we understand what types of bike options are there take a look at the best bikes for one-year-olds.
Dimensions – 20 x 7 x 14 inches
Ancaixin baby balance bike kicks off our list for the best baby bikes in the market today. Although the brand name itself may not sound familiar, this product’s features meet all the needs of children in the early walking stages with ultimate precision.
This child walker is a popular choice among parents with one-year-olds owing to its perfectly balanced design.
For starters, the bike seats very low to the ground in such a way that it offers exceptional stability to the young rider. If you’re an avid cyclist, then you know how important this is for the youngest riders.
The mini-bike is further structured with four fully & widen enclosed wheels that perform two critical roles. Firstly, the four wheels ensure that that the 10 months to 24 months old child who is yet to master balance can is given a steady and solid foundation, and secondly, being enclosed, the wheels ensure that the baby’s feet remain protected as they leap forward.
With such great stability and closeness to the ground, even if the child falls off the bike, chances of them hurting themselves are very minimal.
This mini bike is also a trend-setter with its solid but lightweight structure. Made of steel frame and plastic wheels, it is entirely light and thereby easy for a parent to carry the bike around and store it when the child wears out.
Children who are just learning to walk take to the bike very instinctively, making it the perfect bike before moving on to larger balance bikes.
This is because it is perfectly sized for them such that their feet touch the ground when they are on and in no time they have mastered pushing the bike forwards and backward
With a soft and supportive seat, steering limiter, as well as decals and stickers to finish off the look of the bike, what’s not love about this bike.
In fact, our only complaint about this bike is that it does not feature height adjustments to allow for growth.
That aside, if your child is at the “almost-walking” stage, this four-wheeled child walker is an excellent way of enhancing their leg strength and balance.
Weight limit - 44 pounds
Dimensions - 22 x 18 x 18 inches
The Ybike Pewi bike is an award-worthy mini trike that is aimed at enhancing the development of important motor skills such as balance and coordination in a fun and exciting way.
It is innovatively designed to mimic a chair and a horse in its outward appearance, but its way of functioning is where its charm is.
Firstly, the most unique thing about the Pewi is that it features four small, caster-style wheels which are multi-directional and give 360-degree movement. This is entirely different from the steering-limited wheels that we’ve seen beforehand.
The rubber wheels are smooth and roll fast, but the best thing about them is that they can be used both inside and outside the house.
The bike is smooth on thick carpets, doesn’t leave marks on hardwood floors, and is incredibly silent even on tiles! Plus, a thin rubber covers the wheels, making them extremely easy to clean after outdoor use.
With such a broad base, tipping is kept at a minimum and only becomes an issue if the bike is rolled at fast speeds.
Another great feature is that the Pewi can be used both as a push-toy/ walking aid to learn to walk and will still be useful as a ride-on long after learning to walk. And it requires little effort to function in either position.
Additionally, unlike most baby bikes, it doesn’t feature steering and instead just has a holder that doesn’t guide the direction of the bike.
The bike is mounted on a lightweight aluminum frame while the rest of it is plastic save for the seat, which is fitted with soft foam. Needless to say, most parents loved how easy to clean the plastic is and how cozy the bike is in general.
The Pewi’s only fault is that its height is not adjustable; however, it is a winner in our books for being very versatile in its use.
For toddlers between the cruising and independent walking stage, the Ybike Pewi is a perfect fit.
Dimensions- 18.1 x 4 x 14.2 inches
The Hape wood Scoot bike can be described in many ways, but one word surpasses all, and that is; environmental-friendly.
This bike is made from wood sourced from environmentally sustainable forests and finished with a bright green water-based paint.
The bright green color appeals to kids and the solid wood construction appeals to their environmentally-conscious parents; however, that isn’t all there is to this mini bike.
This bike leads in terms of stability.
Its handlebars are set high, which is perfect as it allows the bike to accommodate the growing size of the kid. Not only that, but it is also paired with a wide and highly comfortable wooden seat with a small backrest to keep the kid on the bike.
As for navigation, four rubberized wheels roll effortlessly and with just the right speed for young riders, all while protecting the floor they glide on. This makes the bike a great indoor and outdoor toy, so you can expect daily use from your toddler.
The wheels are well-balanced with two closely set ones at the front and another two in the rear that is wide set to administer exceptional balance and stability.
The Scoot Around has a simple yet highly functional design featuring a short floor-to- seat height so the child can easily reach the floor with their feet.
It further features a turning limiter to prevent tip-overs that might end up in injury. As they get older, then a larger window of steering can be allowed, but for users who are still in the walking stage, the limiter is perfect.
With such outstanding features, it is no wonder that the Hape Scoot is an award-winner. So if you are in the market for a non-toxic mini bike to help with muscle development and balance, then the Hape Scoot Around should be your first stop.
Making the next debut is the YGJT baby balance bike.
This China-made mini bike takes the cake for being one of the most robust minibikes we’ve ever come across.
The bike’s frame is made of highly durable and sturdy carbon steel so you can be sure that it will not only serve the first child well but will survive long enough to also be of use to younger siblings.
Although height and weight appropriate for kids between 10 and 24 months, we will warn that the bike does lie on the smaller side. So if your toddler is bigger in size than most, you might want to test it out before the purchase.
All the same, the YGJT mini bike is a perfect choice for growing families.
This infant bike was easy and straightforward to assemble as it comes with an instruction manual as well as picturized instructions that simplify things – only taking a minute to put together.
A pedal-less design necessitates natural/ instinctive propelling from the child and is backed by nice wide and noiseless EVA wheels that spin freely and resist slipping. This makes the bike especially great on flat surfaces, including carpet and wooden floors!
It further features a PU seat that is set low and close to the handlebars and also centered between the wheels enabling the child to maintain an upright sitting position.
As far as comfort goes, the bike is equipped with soft handlebars as well as a soft EVA seat which fully and comfortably supports the child
And as for safety, it features fully enclosed wheels to prevent clamping baby’s feet and a steering limiter that protects the child. More importantly, it is qualified for use having passed CPSC requirements and is ASTM and CE compliant
That said, the only other thing we are concerned about is that we wish it could grow with the child, but unfortunately, the seat lacks an adjustable mechanism for its height.
Ultimately, if you’re in the market for a small toddler’s bike to introduce your child to bike riding, then this is a great choice.
The XJD baby balance bike is one of the smallest balance bikes we have ever come across!
To start with, it is so light (weighing approximately 4 pounds), meaning that children between 10 and 24 months can efficiently steer the bike and even build upon speed as they get older.
The handlebars are also positioned lowly, and the bike further has a low step-through frame allowing babies to quickly and independently get on and off of it. It features a low seat height that allows the child to sit with both feet on the floor and get the leverage needed to push the bike.
Being sized for the smallest riders, we would recommend that you use the kids’ size rather than their age to guide your purchase. This will save you a ton of confusion once your package arrives.
That aside, the bike is well-made with every intention that it will last long. Thanks to a steel construction that is very sturdy supported by four quality EVA wheels, which roll smoothly.
The wheels are fully enclosed for safety, and being noise-free means that the bike can be used anywhere at any time!
This adorable bike is also designed to minimize the danger of riding with a steering limiter that limits turning beyond 135 degrees. Although stiff, this restriction is a huge protectant for the youngest and smallest riders.
Like the YGJT baby balance bike, a very lightweight steel frame makes this mini bike great for the youngest riders and the earliest walkers.
This pre-balance bike from Bekilole is as close as one can get to a balance-bike like construction.
Featuring three wheels instead of four like most baby bikes we’ve featured in our review.
The three wheels are set in the reverse of the tricycle design in that two wheels are placed at the front and one at the back. Surprisingly, this design is quite advantageous as it offers the necessary support for the early rider.
There is literally no chance of the bike tipping over as it is set to be heavier at the front- and the single wheel at the back challenges the young rider to learn how to balance.
This three-wheeled design is also a great precursor to a two-wheeled balance bike as it not only delivers the best stability but also instills confidence in the earliest riders.
A low center of gravity further keeps the bike steady while a low step-through frame eases mounting and dismounting.
Another great and unique feature bout this bike is that it entails a one-piece high-quality steel frame design, which makes it extremely hard to decline no matter how much abuse it is subjected to.
The handlebars are made of non-slip EVA and feature a 135-degree turning limiter to prevent sharp turns and jackknifing.
With EVA wheels that are sure to last, the Bekilole baby bike just oozes high-quality craftsmanship. Furthermore, the frame can hold a weight of up to 90kgs- speaking of just how sturdy it is.
It comes with attractive color options with fun theme designs featuring zebra and giraffe prints, which will be sure to excite the kid.
Lastly, it features a large cushioned seat whose only flaw is that it is fixed and, therefore, can’t be adjusted to grow with the child.
This pre-balance bike from Bekilole is otherwise an excellent tool for promoting coordination, stability, and muscle development- and the closest one can get to a balance bike design.
The Avenor baby balance bike is just the perfect bike for babies who are too young for a pedal bike.
This bike boasts of a sturdy design made of a carbon steel frame that holds up well after extended periods of use. Despite the steel frame, it is surprisingly very light in weight, merely weighing just over 4 pounds, which is excellent as one-year-olds can quickly push the bike.
While the frame is made of metal, its handlebar grips are made of EVA foam, and the wheels are widely designed with thick plastic. The handlebar also features a turning limiter to prevent the bike from over-flexing (beyond 135 degrees).
Akin to the balance bike design, the Avenor is pedal-less, so the child instinctively uses their feet to balance and stop the bike.
Its seat is made with PU leather. Compared to most, this isn’t the most comfortable seat, but it isn’t hard to sit on. The advantage of this material is that the seat is scratch and water-resistant so it can easily be cleaned with a wet sponge.
We love that the Avenor is perfect for indoor use. This is optimized by the bike wheels being noise-free and anti-vibrant. What surprised more us is that it glides just as smoothly and ‘silently’ on gravel as it is on wood surfaces.
The seat height is, however, not adjustable, which means that the bike will either have to be handed down to the next child or re-sold once your little one outgrows it.
This bike just embodies convenience! It comes 95% assembled and is incredibly easy to put the remaining parts together. Within one or two minutes, the little tyke can be ready to go.
And with a small design, storage isn’t an issue as the bike can be easily tucked in the trunk of cars.
For babies who are just starting to walk or can already walk, the Avenor baby bike makes for a perfect first bike!
DIMENSION – 6 x 4.2 x 10.3 inches
Maximum weight - 44 pounds
The Joovy Tricycoo is one of the newer versatile creations whose thrill-factor is in its design.
Unlike most tricycles, this is a four-stage trike that accommodates all the developmental stages of a child.
It can be used as early as 10 months old, and the elements such as the surround arms, parent push bar, and harness can be removed to transition the Joovy Tricycoo from a stroller to a well-functioning tricycle
A big front wheel enables easy maneuvering when the mini-bike is in use in stroller mode. And regardless of the terrain, the stroller travels quickly.
Like a typical stroller, it features a handlebar for steering by the parent. The push handle is removable and adjustable from 32.5 inches to 38 inches to accommodate the height of the parent and promote their comfort.
The push handle, however, received several complaints about being flimsy and makes steering the steering the trike somewhat hard, especially considering that it can be navigated with the child’s handlebars.
This is especially hard when the child starts figuring out the tricycle’s navigation system- a little too early.
The front-wheel locks in place for safety, and the pedals can activate the tricycle for it to be used independently by the kid.
The Joovy Tricycoo features a deluxe seat pad that offers maximum comfort, removable surround arms for protection, a footrest that folds down as well as a harness that holds the child in place.
The comfort features don’t end there as the Joovy Tricyccoo further features a large UVF 50 canopy to provide sunshade for the child. To help with the storage of essentials, the bike/ stroller is equipped with a rear storage basket.
A stand-out feature of this tricycle is that its seat can be adjusted in three positions for it to continuously fit the growing child.
As you can see, the many configurations of the Joovy Tricycoo make it a must-have for kid-raising households.
Radio flyer has never disappointed as it is infamous for creating classic toys. And the Scoot About by Radio flyer is an excellent choice for babies who love to ride in style!
Spotting a classic red steel frame, black and white rims, and stylish chrome handlebars, this mini-bike mashes style with functionality!
A high-quality steel frame speaks of the bike’s sturdiness while wide-set front wheels enhance the stability of the bike and enable smooth steering.
One unique thing about this four-wheeled mini bike is that its front wheels are embellished with a protective bumper whose advantages all parents will appreciate. The bumper is not only an aesthetic feature but also functions to prevent the child from accidentally running into walls, and furnishings or worse yet, even flipping over.
On the flip side, some parents complained that the front bumper was a barrier for kids as they try to propel the bike forward- but that wasn’t registered as a flaw, among many other parents.
But back to why we fell in love with this baby bike, unlike most mini-bikes in our review, the Scoot About features an adjustable seat. The seat can be moved up or down depending on the size of the child, which means that as they grow, this classic bike will be right there with them.
Finishing off its look are red and white streamers that move with the rhythm of the bike as well as a bell that will surely add to the fun of the bike.
This is by far the coolest of the bunch, and thus this retro-style baby bike is an ideal fit for the coolest toddlers between one and three years old.
Weight limit – 50 pounds
Dimensions - 11 x 23.3 x 16 inches
The Little Tikes 5-in-1 deluxe trike can be described as fun, stylish, and, more importantly, very safe.
It transforms from a parent pushing stroller mode all the way to pedal tricycle that kids can steer on their own once they are all grown up.
And that’s the beauty of it- like the Joovy tricycoo, this tricycle cum stroller grows with the child and allows them to form an unforgettable bond.
A stylish and soft cushioned seat enhances the comfort of the child and is appropriately sized with a high back for additional support in all modes. The seat can be simply adjusted with the flip of a switch to enable it to be tailored to the child’s size
A restraint keeps them safely tucked within and can be removed for use in tricycle mode once the toddler ages.
It also features a push bar for the parent and a waist bar for the child, both of which are detachable. What we loved the most about the waist bar is that it is quite extensive instead of the regular bar meaning that you can place items when the bike is not in motion
A foot platform for resting the little one’s feet and protecting them from bumping into the pedals adorns the bike while a large storage bucket located at the back of the seat allows stowing of riding essentials.
This bike features a three-position reclining seat to keep sleeping children in a comfortable position as well as a full shade canopy offers excellent sun protection
Like most conversion trikes, the complaint was that the push bar is quite flimsy compared to standard strollers and even presents a hassle when trying to make sharp turns. Understandably so as the bike isn’t made to take sharp turns
In the tricycle mode, the child can finally propel the bike unsupervised. When the child is old enough to do so, it is an excellent aid at exercising and teaching balance.
Ultimately, it is the well-thought-out conversion modes of this trike sold this trike for us!
Dimensions - 28.7 x 22 x 41.3 inches
Weight capacity - 49 pounds
Radio Flyer is a brand that is recognized for making masterpieces in the toy world- with roots dating back to 1917, so we expect nothing but the best from them.
That said, the 4-in-1 Stroll N’ Trike is a must-mention for its exceptional combination of a trike and a stroller. It is the upgraded version of the classic Radio Flyer toddler tricycle with a twist in that it starts out a stroller that eventually grows with the child.
Believe you us, this stroller cum trike is everything that a parent who’s keen on teaching their child how to ride needs.
Like most machines that eventually convert into trikes, the Radio flyer stroller and trike spot a removable footrest for use with the youngest riders and removal as they get older as well as wide rear wheels roll smoothly and silently in both functions.
It is sturdily built with a steel frame and equipped with a detachable foam-grip push handle, a 3-point safety harness that securely holds the child, an adjustable UV-blocking canopy, XL parent pouch as well as a detachable tray with a cup holder for sippy cups.
An adjustable seat with a high back safely accommodates the little one as early as 9 months till when they are 5 years old, but we will warn that the seat is rather slippery and being flat rather than bucket-style only makes this more noticeable.
In our experience, the safety harness did a great job of holding the child in place and negating the slippery factor.
The only other drawback to this trike is that its steering attachment is flimsy and requires some play to get it to align with the direction of the handlebars. However, it doesn’t take much effort to override the child steering
Embellished in the classic red packaging, the Radio Flyer stroller N’ Trike secures an excellent spot in our versatile trikes list.
Last but definitely not least is the Xiapia baby balance bike.
This bike is quite similar in make to the Ancaixin and the YPJN baby balance bikes, which is why it deserves a spot in our recommendation list.
Like the aforementioned mini bikes, it is engineered to protect the little child and teach them to balance all while ensuring they are comfortable. Moreover, this bike is built to last with an extremely robust carbon steel frame.
Despite the metal frame, the bike is very light and can, therefore, be easily carried around by the parent.
The bike is perfectly sized for one-year-olds with a seat height that is not too high yet not too wide. That way, the little one can comfortably straddle the bike.
This four-wheeled baby bike is not only easy to steer, but its wheels roll quietly, and because they are soft, they pause no damage to floors and other surfaces they are placed on.
For the child’s safety, it features a steering limiter and fully enclosed and widened rubber wheels. However, it doesn’t avail safety at the compromise of comfort as it features a comfortable ergonomic seat as well as anti-slip EVA handlebars.
The bike’s small size is both an advantage and a disadvantage in that the bike it’s the smallest and youngest riders and stores easily but is also unfortunately very easy to grow out of.
But for the smallest babies who are still learning to walk, this cute bike is a great way to improve their balance.
Baby bikes aren’t supposed to be too complicated for the young ones to use, and that is precisely what the Ancaixin baby balance bike embodies. The simplicity of the design of this four-wheeled baby balance bike is what makes it a great tool for toddlers.
With a sturdy steel construction and child-optimized features that make its use automatic for children, this mini trike is the best way to introduce little ones to riding while simultaneously teaching balance and building their muscle strength.
This bike takes the cake for its innovative design. Featuring no steering and four caster wheels with 360 degrees multidirectional but its ability to function exceptionally well as both a ride-on and a walking aid make this mini-trike an excellent tool for new parents.
The Hape Scoot Around comes in next with a solid wood construction that is not only environmentally friendly but also an excellent pick for being extremely stable. Its back support for comfort and support, highly set handlebars for an upright riding position, and non-marking wheels are just a few of the features that make this bike stand out.
|Toddler Bike Name||Recommened Age||Frame and Wheel Material||Weight (Pounds)||Seat Height||Stand-out Feature|
|Ancaixin Baby Balance Bike||10 – 24 months||Carbon steel||4||8 inches||Lightweight, perfectly balanced design, safety verified|
|YGJT baby balance bike||10 to 24 months||Carbon steel frame, EVA wheels||4||8 inches||Patented design, multiple colors, Safety certified.|
|XJD baby balance bike||12 to 24 months||Carbon steel, EVA wheels||4.1||8.98 inches||Child-sized balance bike|
|Ybike Pewi||9 months and above||Aluminum frame||4||10 inches||Caster wheels, multi-directional movement, no steering.|
|Hape Scoot||12 months – 3 years||Wood frame,
|8.98 inches||Aesthetically pleasing, environmentally friendly wood frame, outstanding stability|
|Bekilole||10 – 24 months||Carbon steel frame||10 inches||One-piece design, three-wheeled, Certified safety|
|Avenor baby balance bike||6 - 36 months||Carbon steel frame, EVA wheels||4.45||10 inches||Sturdy yet lightweight construction, very portable, ideal seat height for kids|
|Joovy Tricycoo 4.1 Tricycle||10 months and above||Aluminum||14.4||14 inches||4-stage Tricycoo, large canopy, comfortable machine-washable padded seat|
|Radio Flyer Scoot About||1-3 years||Steel/ plastic||8.5||N?A||Wide-set front wheels, protective bumper, retro style|
5-in-1 Deluxe ride & relax
|9 months – 4 years||Steel/ plastic||20||N/A||Reclining seat, conversion modes from stroller to tricycle|
|Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll N’ Trike||9 months – 5 years||Steel/plastic||16||N/A||Stroller and trike in one, three-point harness, UV canopy|
|XIAPIA||10 – 24 months||Carbon steel frame, rubber wheels||5.03||8||Sturdily constructed, sized for the smallest riders|
Unlike the pedal bikes that most of us were initiated into cycling with (and that scarred some of us), newer inventions have been made. The mini bike is one such creation that is well-made to teach children important motor skills without subjecting them to the many falls and bruises they are otherwise bound to encounter.
With that in mind, a lot of factors go into determining the right mini bike for your toddler, but these are the key factors:
Getting the right bike size for your child is the most critical aspect of riding.
This is because the size of a bike can motivate the child to ride or discourage them altogether.
Usually, the wheel diameter is used to determine the appropriate size for kids’ balance and pedal bikes. However, with baby bikes, most manufacturers usually indicate the seat height and recommended age range to act as a guide for the right sizing.
With toddlers, and especially those who are in the learning stages of walking, their feet should sit firmly on the ground for them to be able to obtain ample leverage to push themselves forward and gain both balance and speed.
It is, therefore, vital to know their height and inseam measurements beforehand. The bike that will be the right size is the one whose seat height measures one inch less than the child’s inseam measurement.
So take care not to select a bike that’s too big or too small.
Additionally, factor in whether your child is within the recommended age range and whether they fall on the smallest or biggest size for their age. If your child is the taller size, you can get a bike for their recommended age, but note that they may soon grow out of it. In such cases, bikes that have features such as adjustable seat heights and handlebar heights accommodate the growth in the child’s size.
The weight of kids’ bikes is always a key consideration when looking for the right bike for your kid.
As a rule of thumb, the bike should weigh less than 30% of the child’s body weight. This is important so that the child can navigate the bike independently.
The weight is usually affected by the frame materials. Bikes constructed from carbon steel or aluminum frames are usually the lightest and the strongest. They are followed closely by wooden bikes.
You, therefore, ought to get the lightest bike that is appropriately sized for your child and, of course, within your price range.
As you can tell from our list, mini bikes vary in terms of the number of wheels that they have. While some have four wheels, others are three-wheeled with the difference in how far the wheels are placed from each other.
In our opinion, a baby bike should have the right number of wheels that provide needed support for the young one who is just learning to walk and ride.
So consider whether you want to buy a bike to enhance your child’s walking ability or help them develop essential riding skills such as balance or even both.
If you are keen on developing their riding skills, then a three-wheeler (especially one whose rear wheels are closely set to resemble a two-wheeled balance bike) is a batter option.
The child’s personality can also come into play.
A four-wheeled bike is steadier and is therefore great for timid kids as it gives them a sense of stability. You don’t want them to fear bikes from the get-go.
For the more adventurous type, a bike that’s close to a balance bike is a better alternative.
Both types of kids might use the bike as a toy in the beginning stages, but eventually, they will get the hang of it.
Above all, the bike you choose should cater to the child’s needs and persona.
For this age range, most parents should opt for pedal-less bikes as there isn’t much use for the pedals- they would only serve as a distraction for the young rider.
At this stage, you are looking to help develop balance and leg muscle for the child. Pedals are too complicated for the young minds who are yet to master coordination.
Pedal-less bikes, and any bike really, can be used as a walker whereby the child simply stands behind the bike and pushes it forward while taking steps. They’ll find their walking balance in this way.
Once they hop on the bike correctly, they can learn how to balance on their own by using their feet to push against the ground and move while maintaining an upright sitting position.
Wheel material is also important as more often than not, the bike will be used indoors. As such, opting for wheels made from eco-friendly EVA material or rubber is better as they are kinder to the surfaces they are put on.
When it comes to ride-on toys, this is one of the most effective safety features.
A steering limiter helps control the bike and prevents the child from hurting themself by falling sideways or jackknifing.
Some bikes usually incorporate fixed front wheels which bar and sideways movement; be it left or right. On the other hand, others instill limiters which restrain the turning of the wheels up to a certain degree/ angle.
As you’ve seen with almost all of our recommended bikes, the most common arc is 135 degrees- which is perfect for riders in this age range as they are not fully capable of controlling bikes yet.
A full range of turning can turn out to be a danger to the child and their favorite toy, so we recommend fixed front wheels or limited steering for the earliest riders who are yet to achieve any kind of motor skills.
The Ybike Pewi is a unique example of a bike that features no steering and multi-directional wheels. This allows the child to use their feet to move in whichever direction and is excellent if steering seems too complicated for the young one.
Lastly, comfort features such as soft handlebars and a padded seat also play a role in the reception of the bike/ toy from your kid. They ensure that the child doesn't suffer throughout the learning process.
As a parent, you realize that the development of a healthy and active lifestyle for your child starts with you.
If you’ve got the healthy food and full night of rest on lock, the only other missing thing that comes to mind is physical play. There’s really a no better way to help toddlers burn off their high energy levels, help them develop riding skills, enhance their leg muscle, improve essential skills such as balance- and still allow them to have fun than getting them a minibike.
Of course, they’ll take to it as a toy first than a walking aid or a pre-balance bike, but that shouldn’t worry you. They’ll get the hang of it with time.
That said, you can trust any of our recommended bikes to serve all the aforementioned roles. Stop overthinking it; there’s a perfect bike for your child out there, so go for it!