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How Do I Choose the Best Toddler Bike?

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There are several factors to consider when looking for a toddler bike, as children are unique and have different abilities. As a result, there is a variety of potentially suitable bikes from which to choose. Your selection will most likely depend on such factors as the child's age and level of coordination. Furthermore, some children have a preference for certain styles of riding toys, so considering their opinions might make the decision easier. Though there might be more options available, many parents choose from three basic types of toddler bikes: convertible trikes, traditional bikes with training wheels, and balance bikes.

Trikes are examples of riding toys that typically convert according to the child's age; for instance, from 10 months up to 24 months. At first, the parent pushes the bike, then he or she guides it after the child has learned some skills, and finally the toddler controls it. Some advantages of these trikes are that many of them have adjustable seats and handles, making them among the safer types of riding toys. Many have accessories such as canopies, comfort handles and removable footrests — storage buckets and beverage holders are additional convenient options favored by many parents.

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An older child might prefer a traditional toddler bike with training wheels to help him or her learn how to balance. After mastering this skill, he or she can advance to riding on two wheels. This type of bike is typically used when the child starts learning at a later age, as it usually takes some advanced coordination to balance on the bike and manipulate its pedals at the same time.

A balance bike, unlike a traditional toddler bike, typically has no pedals. Some say that this feature eliminates the need for training wheels. Without having to pedal, the child can focus on learning balance first. He or she then pushes with the feet to maneuver the bike.

It can be difficult to choose the best toddler bike without testing different options first. If you have access to a selection of bikes at a store, you can bring your child with you to try out the available models. One of the deciding factors should usually be how well the child fits on the bike, without it being too large or too small. He or she might want a certain style, which can often be accommodated as long as the bike also has the safety and convenience features you desire. Choosing the best bike for your child will depend mainly on your personal preferences and his or her readiness for a certain type of toddler bike.

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