Things to think about when buying a bike for a 2 year old
Before you rush in and buy a toddler bike, it's always worth stopping and answering a few questions.
How old is your two year old?
This may sound like a silly question, but if it's your child's 2nd birthday, they're going to be a totally different child, with different skills and requirements than a two year old who has their 3rd birthday tomorrow.
So much physical and mental development goes on during this year - by the end of it they're going to be taller, stronger and have better coordination.
How tall is your 2 year old?
Two year olds can vary massively in height. A small two year old girl on her 2nd birthday could be 77cm tall. A tall two year old boy just before his 3rd birthday could be 106cm tall.
This is a massive 29cm difference between two children both 2 years of age. This is why it's so important to check the sizing of any bike you buy, and whether it's correct for your child.
Is my 2 year old ready for a pedal bike?
Whilst there are the occasional exceptions, 2 year olds aren't ready to ride a bike with pedals.
The skills needed to ride a pedal bike develop over time, and it's best to start simple and let your child have loads of fun first.
A balance bike is usually the best option for this age group; they are small bikes with no pedals. They will teach your child all the fundamentals of how to ride a bike and will remove the need for using stabilisers.
Over time they will learn how to balance, steer, move at speed and come to a stop, all without having to worry about turning the pedals.