One of the things about having spread my parenting out over such a long period, is that in between kids new inventions or guidelines have come along. This time round there seems to be a new trend in bikes! Whereas traditionally your child’s first bike would come complete with stabilisers to help them learn to pedal without worrying about balancing, the new bikes on the block take the opposite approach- learn to balance without pedalling!
|A lovely Tiny Bike!|
Fun4Kids sent us a Tiny Bike from their range for Syd to try out. It arrived needing some assembly, but with 3 generations on the job it didn’t take long before it was built and ready to ride! Ours is a lovely vibrant red, and seems exceptionally robust and well made. They currently retail at just under £50, which seems reasonable for a good quality item which should see a few years use.
|It was actually very simple to assemble, but it was sweet watching
the three generations working together on it!
The bikes are aimed at ages 2 – 5, and as Syd has only been 2 for a fortnight he is right at the very bottom end of this age group. As such I am not totally sure he is ready yet, but nonetheless he was very excited to see his bike, really enjoyed ‘helping’ put it together, and was eager to have a go.
|A bit wobbly.|
Well, he is a bit wobbly. Actually very wobbly, but he can just about wibble about on it with his feet on the floor before toppling off every couple of yards. I am actually going to put it to one side as I think it will make a great Christmas present, and the intervening few months will allow him to reach the perfect age to start getting to grips with it.
|I think he is planning a second career in the circus….
but it proves how sturdy this bike is!
Overall I would say they look great, are very sturdy, and are an excellent starter bike. Possibly more suited from 2 and a half than at just turned 2, but of course all toddlers vary and other children’s development may be at a stage where they can cope at 2, but some may be 3 before they are ready. I often find I manage to buy things when they are a little too young for them, but within a few months they have come into their own!