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Best Balance Bikes, Trikes and Ride-Ons For Children

Whilst out in the garden last week I came to the realisation that we have a lot of toys of the wheeled variety. As the girls abandoned yet another on the lawn I had to have a little chuckle. There were bikes, trikes, scooters, mice and a dinosaur car. It’s ridiculous! I therefore think I’m rather well placed to bring you my expertise on the best bikes, trikes and ride ons for children. And if you don’t fancy buying a new one I reckon I may need to hold a car boot sale very soon!

Balance Bikes

Balance bikes are a great starting point for kids to learn how to ride a bike. Many of my friends children had them and almost went straight from one of these to a real bike. Molly had one and it definitely helped her co ordination and balance with moving along. She does still have stabilisers on her proper bike now and Alice has taken control of the balance bike. We opted for the Tidlo wooden one which has been great.

During a recent Instagram session I spied the most beautiful bike. Minty green loveliness. A bit of hunting and searching found it to be a Bobbin Bicycle. Oh my, they are just gorgeous and very firmly on Molly’s birthday list for this year. She will be getting a proper bike this year and given her penchant for pink this beautiful pale pink number fits the bill. For the little ones just starting out they do a balance bike option. I’m rather taken with the mint green myself.

This nifty number from Little Citizens Boutique is both a balance bike and a trike. It changes as your child grows so they scoot around on the trike when they are little and then move on to a balance bike as they get bigger.

Trikes

For Alice’s second birthday we got her a Scuttlebug. Best buy ever! If you haven’t seen one of these they are a great invention. And such a good price. A little trike in the style of an array of bugs and insects. It is ridiculously lightweight which means the littles can scoot around to their hearts content. What’s more the legs fold in really quickly to make it flat. Ideal for storing away or for chucking in the car for trips out.

Most toddlers love being pushed around in a trike but if you want to save your back you’ll need one with a handle. There are a vast array out there in varying colours and styles. This Smoby version looks good with an added sun shade and little pouches for storing all the essentials. It can be changed to a normal trike when they want to be independent.

When Molly was three we decided to buy her a proper trike for Christmas. I will admit that I dislike the look of a lot of the plastic numbers out there. I wanted something classic and that would hopefully last her as she grew. Then I came across the Radio Flyer bikes. Think old school Americana. Truly gorgeous. A lovely bright red colour and there are tassels. We opted for the standard trike with little steps on the back. When Molly first got it she used these for climbing on but this summer it has been super cute as she gives Alice a ride around the garden. For those of you whose little ones can’t ride themselves yet they do an option with a handle attachment or a fancy all singing all dancing stroll n trike version. A lovely alternative to the plastic versions out there. The only caveat I would put to this is the weight of it. It is rather heavy and Molly struggled with riding it until she was a bit bigger. However, still definitely ones to look at.

This wooden bunny trike from ELC is a good option. We had one of these when the girls were younger and they loved it. Easy to scoot on and kids seem to love the animal faces. It also comes in an amazing squirrel design.

This snazzy trike converts in to scooter for when they are more comfortable on two wheels than three.

Ride Ons

One of the first wheely things we bought was in fact a wheelybug. It was for Molly’s first birthday and has remained a favourite in our house ever since. These are plush little leather bugs and animals that have a handle to help keep the little ones balanced. They are just the cutest. We opted for the mouse but could equally have chosen the bee or the cow or all manner of critters and creatures. I adore the quality of them. A sturdy wooden base and the comfiest little animal to sit. They come in two sizes and we opted for the smallest. In hindsight we probably should have gone for the toddler size as it is sadly far too small for the girls now and in reality we ended up pushing them on it most of the time when they were little anyway.

I have always admired these gorgeous old fashioned style cars. Complete with racing stripes to make it perfect for whizzing round the house. After all, it is too lovely to be left out in the garden.

This innovative Y Pewi Walking Buddy changes from a stable platform babies can use to pull up and learn how to stand, to a push along walking aid and then a ride on for toddlers. Ideal for mastering balance.

Ideal for when your baby takes their first steps this walker to ride on hers support them with their first steps and can then convert to a ride on when they want to go for a spin.

This Little Trikes Jelly Bean Racer is a fun option. With a curved seat perfect for little bottoms. A slightly more expensive option is the Spherovelo which has a rather funky bubbly like shape. It has two settings so it can change from a more stable ride with stabilisers on to a balance option with two wheels.

If you want something a bit more from your wheely toy then this bunny one has an integrated shape sorter to keep your toddler amused.

And not strictly a ride on but you can’t not mention the Little Tikes car. Every child I know loves these and they now come in a vast array of colours and designs. Alice ended up with the dinosaur!! Edd’s choice I might add!

Have you spied any great options that I have missed?

Images by Anna Clarke Photography and Sarah Mason Photography.

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I think I’m going to get a Wheelybug for a first birthday pressie for my boy – would you say worth getting the bigger one? He’s quite big for his age anyway. Just cannot pick which design!!!

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Lottie Manns
23rd May 2016 8:51 am

They are ace. I’d go for the bigger size as it will definitely last longer xx

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We got the smaller size but we got it second hand on eBay. She didn’t really get into it until 15-16 months and despite being 100% on height charts the bigger one would have been even longer.

Personally I’d say get the smaller and then when he’s older go for the Little Tykes car. I’ve never seen anything get fought over so much at a playgroup

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Oh I love, love, love the Bobbins bikes….I want one!!!
In fact I want to get one for M and me and to have matching mint ones with baskets…..I’m so cool….!!
Love your red trike too…..I saw it on your Instagram and wondered where it was from!

We have a Skuttle bug (Aldi bargain, randomly!) and a Little Tikes car, which although large and plastic, is a retro classic….and M loves it!

Have get my eye on a wheely bug, so very cute and now a bobbins bike!
That’s Christmas and Birthday sorted then!!

Great post!

Jane x

Ps Went and bought the duck egg M & S shirt dress after seeing you in it and it’s now a firm favourite!!

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Lottie Manns
23rd May 2016 7:54 pm

I know Jane. I also want to ride along on matching mummy and Molly Bobbin Bikes. Super cute. Sounds like we have pretty much all the same things so great minds and I like the forward thinking of Birthday and Xmas. Plus hooray for buying the shirt dress. It really is great. xxxx

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Oh God. Now I need a Bobbin bike for everyone in the family, plus a wheelybug and a scuttlebug. Normally it’s Lolly’s fault when I bash the plastic but I have a feeling this post is about to cost me a fortune Lottie! ?

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Lottie Manns
23rd May 2016 7:52 pm

Ooops, sorry Tracy! They are all pretty ace though. I reckon they could sort of be seen as investments (of some kind!) xxx

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So I now really need a bobbin bike and a matching one for Anna! I do love the radioflyer and looked at them for Anna but was a bit worried she might be too small for one yet so ended up with a red italtrike with a parent handle. It looks ace and while also a bit on the heavy side due to being mostly metal I don’t mind so much as it will last for ages (it would totally make sense to have more children just to get more use out of it). They’re a bit pricey but I managed to snap a new one (just unboxed) on eBay for £35…yay! The 3 hours spent on the M25…not so yay but I’m slowly managing to block it out from my memory. The grandparents have a wooden balance bike for her 2nd birthday which I’m sure she’ll love. P.S. If that radioflyer ever makes it into your car boot sale I’ll gladly have it, even though I’d be tempted to keep it forever.

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Lottie Manns
23rd May 2016 7:51 pm

Obviously more children definitely justifies the spend. I use that a lot. Love that you did a 3 hour trip for it. If it’s any consolation I once bought something on Gum Tree that was in Southampton, I live in the midlands. Luckily we had friends to visit otherwise it would have been a long trip. Your name is first on the list for the Radio Flyer! xx

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My garden / house is littered with toys of the wheeled variety. We love our mini micro scooters and they have done some serious miles and still look fab. Bike wise we have gone with the Isla bikes – sort of following crowd where we live and they are fantastic. They are bit ££ but they re sell on eBay at almost full price so worth it in my opinion. So easy for the children to pedal from the minute they get on and they do a great balance bike too.

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Lottie Manns
23rd May 2016 7:49 pm

Oooh, the Isla bikes look good. Whilst I would like a Bobbin bike for Molly this is much more Edds cup of tea. I feel a battle coming on x

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We were given a (lurid pink) balance bike by a friend, which our middle daughter used from a young age – I took her to the park around Christmas time to teach her how to ride a proper / big bike (AKA her older brothers first bike without stabilizers). I was ready for lots of lessons / falling off / frustration as per her brother learning (we didn’t have the balance bike when he was young), but she hopped on and off she went, no teaching necessary – so I am now a total balance bike convert and if we didn’t already have one, I’d be splashing out on the gorgeous Bobbin balance bike for our 3rd and youngest child. So for anyone dithering about the investment – do it 😉

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Lottie Manns
23rd May 2016 7:46 pm

Wow, that’s amazing! Great going from your little girl. xxx

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Hi Lottie, At Acorn & Pip we have the new IIMO trike which is a Japanese design trike. It is a retro design but it is if the highest quality. I’d love to know what you think! They are adaptable from 1-4 yrs. http://acornandpip.com/shop/toys/iimo-tricycle/

We have the exclusively on sale and are available for pre-order.

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Ahh we have the ELC squirrel trike, my little girl loves it. She is getting a Cozy Coupe for her 2nd birthday soon, was going to get the standard red & yellow but now very tempted by the dinosaur version…! Also very tempted to get her a Scuttlebug too now, such a good price and great that you can fold it up easily! I love the look of the mouse wheelybug, feeling like I need a bigger house and garden now to accomodate all these things…! x

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Lottie Manns
23rd May 2016 7:45 pm

Ha ha. It is amazing how many toys they amass isn’t it? I’m very jealous of the squirrel. I love it! xx

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Hi, we’ve had a lot of fun with the wheely bug after our friends recommended it (having survived both their very active boys brilliantly). We had a the smaller size from age 1 and it’s still being used at 2.5 yrs.

We purchased a Frog bike balance bike for our son just before he was 2 and he loves it. A member of my old tri club established Frog bikes a few years ago with a specific goal to build lightweight bikes for kids. In my opinion they’ve created a really great product which has helped other friends kids go straight from balance bike to a two-wheeler without stabilizers. My hubby (a keen cyclist) loves that Frog bikes have teamed up with Team Sky racing so we now have a 2yr old whizzing around on a Team Sky bike!!! 😉

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Need some advise I can’t decide whether to buy a large wheels bug or a balance bike for my little girl for Christmas or both she will be 22 months of age any advice

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Hi Cheryl. I’d say it depends on the height of your little girl/height of balance bike. Alice has only just fitted on to her balance bike and she was 3 in July but I have friends whose kids have been using them since they were younger. I’d be tempted to say the large wheel bug as she’ll have a lot of fun xx

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