The Best Bikes and Scooters for Your Youngest Riders

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May 21, 2020
By: Amanda Mushro

Photo By: Robert Kneschke / EyeEm

Does Your Kid Have a Need for Speed?

It’s time to get outside and get your kids moving, especially your littlest ones. Learning to ride a bike or a scooter is a rite of passage for kids. If they have the need for speed but don’t have a way to bike, scoot or pedal, it’s time to fix that. Choosing your child’s first mode of transportation can be tricky but there are many good options to choose from. From balance bikes and scooters to tricycles that grow with your toddler, check out some of our favorite first rides.

12 Sport Balance Bike

For your littlest rider, a balance bike is a great option. These bikes don’t have pedals or training wheels, and the seats are lower so your child’s feet reach the ground. Kids will learn balance and coordination as they use their feet to move the bike forward and bring it to a stop. Even kids as young as 18 months can begin “riding” on a balance bike.

BUY IT: Amazon, $110

4-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike

Go cruising with your kiddo on a tricycle that grows with your baby. There are four ways to enjoy this bike: first as an infant push trike; then as a steering trike; next as a learn-to-ride trike; and finally, as a classic trike. It even comes with a removable wraparound tray, an adjustable UV blocking canopy and a 3-point harness for safety.

BUY IT: Amazon, $102

Micro Scooter

These three-wheeled scooters are perfect for clumsy kids. It’s designed to help little ones learn to steer while on a kickboard and helps toddlers and young children as they master balance and coordination. The scooter comes in a bunch of fun colors and is highly rated by parents.

BUY IT: Amazon, $90

Rock It Boy’s Bike

This bike is easy to assemble, highly rated by parents and looks like a big kid bike–which is always cool to little kids.

BUY IT: Walmart, $48

Frozen Bike

Not only does this cruiser feature the characters from Frozen, but it also comes with a doll carrier seat in the back so your little one can bring their favorite toy along for the ride.

BUY IT: Walmart, $74

Baby Balance Bike

We love toys that grow with our kids. The Mobo Wobo starts as a rocking toy for your baby and transforms into a balance bike when your little one is ready to ride. You can easily switch the Mobo Wobo between the rocking toy and the bike for indoor and outdoor play. The wheels even light up for added fun!

BUY IT: Amazon, $100

My First Scooter

Radio Flyer’s My First Scooter is designed for beginning riders with the help of its wide base that promotes balance and coordination. It even has an easy-to-use foot brake if your little one gets too speedy.

BUY IT: Amazon, $34

Schwinn Duet Bike

Get ready to ride with this super fun and colorful bike. The training wheels will help your kid learn the basics of riding a bike. It also has a rear coaster brake and front/rear hand brakes to help them stop safely.

BUY IT: Target, $90

Kangaroo Child Bike Seat

If you want to take your little one for a bike ride, then this seat is perfect for them. Just attach the seat to your bike and you’re off. The center-mounted bike seat offers a safe, comfortable front row view and it’s great for kids up to 33 pounds.

BUY IT: Amazon, $63

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