You’re stuck indoors wondering why your toddler is destroying the place, not listening to you and whining (a LOT). So you want to get out (it’s rare these days you go stir crazy) but outings always mean to the park. Why not make it a little more fun and throw a Toddlebike2 into the mix. Your child will definitely love it and it makes outings so much more exciting. I’m so so grateful for Toddlebike for gifting us one of these even if I do have to get it out on most trips to the park and I love that bear has his own little bike now.
Before I even fell pregnant, I’d known about children using bikes and stabilisers, bike safety etc. I mean, I’d been through all of that myself as I’m sure anyone reading this has. I only knew about trikes being available for smaller children however and riding a bike was a skill I thought would be really good for bear to learn (if he wanted to of course). But honestly, the more I thought about it, the more I knew I wasn’t so sure myself of how best to teach him when the time came. As I got further into my pregnancy, I’d read about balance bikes, you know those small wooden 2 wheelers, perfect for small children and knew I’d want to get him something like that eventually. Then came Toddlebike2 on my news feed & a close friend had mentioned how she had just received hers for her little who is of a similar age so I was over the moon when they were looking to work with bloggers. PERFECT.
The Toddlebike2 is so so cute! We opted for the Midnight Blue one, but there is also a Pinky Pink colour and a Racing Red colour to choose from too. The absolute first thing that impressed me (and reading other blogs, I know it impressed others too) is how light the bike is! It weighs a very teeny 0.8kg which is perfect because it means toddlers can carry it round with them, you can attach it to the buggy and it wont make too much of a weight difference, it’s also easy to take with you on holiday if you wanted to. But don’t be deceived, the bike is really rather sturdy (and especially important that when your child learns to use the bike, they have their knees bent and feet flat at all times) and it is also tested upto 100kg! (not that I know any children of that particular weight but it’s really good to know isn’t it?!).
The morning the package came to the door, bear could not wait to take it from the postman and open the box. He clearly already knew it was for him (or assumed, he does that a lot too). He straight away seemed to know what to do when I got it out for him. Well, he sat on the crossbar at first with his hands firmly on the handles and his feet on the floor and began to push himself around the room. Sitting on the crossbars at first is pretty normal by the way, as is pushing backwards rather than forwards, but they get the hang of it. Bear had decided that he was now going to use the bike to sit on whilst watching his morning cartoons and he loved showing his new bike off to us, he honestly couldn’t get enough of it (I did wonder if it was going to end up going to bed with him, but thankfully, it didn’t!)
A few weeks passed and he started to really get the hang of it. He was now sitting on the seat and his feet and body were positioned in the best possible position for him. He was sat straight with his hands on the bars still and he was zooming. He had become so damn fast on this thing. I honestly couldn’t fault it. I decided we should take it to the park with us as he seemed so confident on it. There are a variety of terrains at our local park so if grass wasn’t for him, there was a long path he could ride on or even sand in the play area. The bike fit so well in the footwell where he sits in the car and so simple to get in and out. I was so worried about the bike getting dirty though as when we arrived, the park was a bit muddy in places (and we all know toddlers just head for the mud/dirt/puddles). But it was so easy to clean when we got back to the car. I gave it a good wipe down with a cloth and some cleaning wipes and it looked brand new.
Bear loves taking his Toddlebike2 out wherever we go and I can’t wait for summer where he can get more use out of it at the park and in the paddling pool etc. It’s so light and versatile it can be used most places and for most activities. I’d love to do some mark making with him with some paint and some large sheets of paper where he can ride the paint onto the paper and make a wonderful, colourful mess.
Some Useful Info
Okay so, I’ve got a little useful information for you which I know will help when choosing the Toddlebike2 for your toddler. It’s aimed at toddlers who are confidently walking, usually they might have been using baby ride ons prior to this but it’s great for those who aren’t ready for a scooter or bike with pedals. It’s also easier than a lot of balance bikes as it has 2 narrow wheels at the front and 2 at the back making it sturdy but also giving children that opportunity of being able to feel like they’re riding more of a bike than a quad.
The Toddlebike2 is safe for children and is made from CE-approved and TU certified materials. It’s made in Europe and is of a high UK specification. It’s easy to clean, handle and store (I assure you on that one). It also provides independence, exercise and freedom from buggies for children and I love the colours it comes in (although I do wish there was an orange or yellow one, not that bear minds I’m sure).
Also, the Toddlebike2 is available for just £23.95 and that’s including delivery! Such a bargain. It’s available from Amazon, Halfords and the Toddlebike website and delivery from all of these places is usually pretty quick (from experience).
I can see the Toddlebike lasting us a good while until we feel that bear is ready to start using a bike with pedals (I’m definitely not prepared for the amount of falls, scrapes, cuts and bruises yet) and we love taking it out and about with us! If you follow my Instagram or Twitter, you’ll be able to see what we get upto with it and get some inspiration of the things you can do with your Toddlebike2 I hope! If you have one, how have you used it? Where have you been with yours?