You might saw your neighbor kids or some kids at the park riding a balance bike. Balance bikes have been popular for quite a while, and in fact, more and more parents are turning to balance bikes for their toddlers as a training bicycle to help them learn to balance and steering. But the benefits of balance bikes for toddlers are much more than that.
What is a balance bike
Balances bikes are 2 wheels bikes without pedals. They feature a lightweight design, with the appropriate size for the young kids to be able to walk the bicycle while sitting comfortably in the saddle, putting both feet flat on the ground. They are also sometimes referred to as pedal-less bike, running bike. It aims to teach children to master the skills of balance and steering so they can transfer to the traditional bicycle with pedals smoothly. Toddlers from 18 months can start to ride a balance bike.
Now let’s see how toddlers will benefit from riding a balance bike.
Compared with the traditional bicycle, balance bikes offer toddlers more control. Because it is light and easy for little ones to move around. Their feet still on the ground and they are focused on balancing rather than pedaling, which also makes it safer for young children riding on uneven or angled ground. Because they can put their feet down when they feel the possibility of falling.
Help toddler master skills s
The normal bicycle requires thtep by stepe rider to learn pedal, balance, and steer, all at the same time, which are difficult for a toddler. But the balance bike provides the opportunity for children to master these skills step by step. They first walk the bicycle while standing over the saddle, then while sitting in the saddle, during this process they will learn to balance and steering with their feet planted on the ground. Next, they will gradually feel comfortable running and “scoot” while riding the bicycle, then to lift both feet off the ground and cruise while balancing on the two wheels. These exercises are contributed to building strength and coordination, and great for gross motor skills development.
Riding a bike is fun and can encourage kids to go outdoor. The balance bike can not only allow your kids to ride around the driveway, you kids can also having fun riding on the grass or a hiking trail. It great for the toddler to join the family bike ride and start exercising.
Toddlers don’t need to rely on parent’s help so much while riding a balance bike, because the bikes are low to the ground and easy to use. They won’t fall easily so fewer discouragement causes. Even they falling down they can pick up the bikes quickly. They will enjoy the feeling of independence and sense of accomplishment while riding a balance bike.
The balance bikes are easy to transport due to their compact design. They will not clumsy as the tricycle or heavy as normal bicycle, you can pick up a balance bike easily and carry home if your toddler gets tired of riding.
Transition easily to a pedal bike
When kids get used to riding a balance bike, they will master the skills of balance and steering which are the necessary components to learn to ride a pedal bike. Balance bike provides a safe foundation for kids to transition to a pedal bike.