Toddlebike is so very useable indoors unlike most other ride-ons or bikes
We were very happy when we saw how small and light it is and we like the bright colours too. It will be very easy to take to the park – if we ever get a dry-ish weekend! For this reason we like the fact that the toddlebike is so very useable indoors. This is unlike most other ride-ons or bikes which are generally too large to manoeuvre around a house.
Our 21 month old daughter was immediately interested and shrieked “Oooohhh!” when as she saw it, wanting to get on straight away. We started indoors as soon as it arrived. Tried it in garden on paving and on grass immediately afterwards. Daughter wanted us to put her on it, so we showed her how to get on and off by herself. We noted that initially she walked or ran with the Toddlebike between her legs rather than sitting on the saddle. We think she found it a bit unnatural and something that had to be learned to have to lean forward to reach the bars from sitting on the seat – she always sat down on the seat initially, but then stood up again as soon as her hands were on the handlebars and walked forwards with it between her legs, rather than riding it. After a week of using it for about 3-5 minutes a day she’s just started to sit on the tip of the saddle and use her feet to move it forwards. We tried it again in the garden between rain showers over the weekend but so far haven’t taken it further afield.
Due to awful weather (heavy rain, hail and high winds!) we’ve not been to the park for two weeks! During the week there isn’t time to go to the park after work before our daughter’s bedtime, so playing in the garden is usually the only outdoor activity she gets with us till the weekend. For this reason we like the fact that the toddlebike is so very useable indoors. This is unlike most other ride-ons or bikes which are generally too large to manoeuvre around a house.
We haven’t seen anything similar to a Toddlebike before. A balance or run bike is definitely a bike with two wheels and quite a tricky thing for a toddler to use – balance and steering has to be learned and takes time. The aluminium balance bike (Islabike Rothan) we already have is too big for our daughter at the moment, being aimed at kids aged 2+ so the Toddlebike may bridge the gap.
On the other hand, all the ride-on toys we’ve seen (and we have two) are large, heavy and difficult to steer (steering very limited on some) and in fact really difficult for a toddler to move at all whilst sitting on them so they tend to get frustrated after a few minutes and move onto something else, or simply push the ride-on around (with difficulty) – these toys get very little use. Most ride-on toys seem unsuited to the physical strength and ability of a toddler, being too heavy to move and too difficult to steer to be used much, if at all. The lightness and small size of the Toddlebike must be a big plus in enabling a small toddler to get a decent amount of use out of it. Will try it out at the park this weekend, weather permitting and hope to take a few photos.
Blonde 21 months