Now that Sophie is a full-fledged toddler, one of the things I have been looking forward to doing is helping to improve her balance with the use of a balance bike. She is always looking for new and exciting ways to challenge herself, and this seems like a wonderful way to do just that, while improving her balance, stability, and overall confidence.
What is a balance bike? It's a miniature bike, designed specifically for the littlest of riders in mind. Balance bikes are unique because they do not utilize standard pedals. The bike is powered by the child as they balance themselves on the seat and scoot forward using their feet. (Think Fred Flintstone!) Why does this approach work? Simple! As a child becomes comfortable with sitting on the bike and using good balance, they then quickly develop the skills needed to ride a "big kid" bike later on, with a seamless and easy transition. As a matter of fact, many kids who start out on a balance bike can skip training wheels altogether!
One great place to find durable, high-quality balance bikes is TykesBykes. This is a family owned company that is dedicated to helping families raise happy, active kids by getting them off of the couch and cycling in the great outdoors. TykeBykes Balance Bikes are the perfect way to provide a great start at an active lifestyle.
What puts TykesBykes Balance Bikes a step above the rest? Quality! TykesBykes balance bikes come standard with rear brake, which is something you don't usually find in a balance bike. This is great for added safety as well as preparation for the feel and function of a "real" bike as the child grows. This bike also has a light weight steel frame, as well as an adjustable seat and handle bars to ensure the perfect fit for your little tyke! The inflatable tires are very durable and rugged with off-road styling that provide great grip and cushion the rider.
The generous folks at TykeBykes sent me their sleek, black balance bike to review with my toddlers. Take a look at how adorable this is!
Now Sophie is very petite, so she needs about another inch before she's just the right size for the bike, even at the smallest settings. This comes as no shock to me since most other kids her age tower over her. Because she is a wee bit small still, despite the fact that she's the proper age, we opted to get her used to the bike by helping her the whole time. Nevertheless, she had a blast and has mastered the art of steering! Take a look at how much fun she had with her Daddy!
PLEASE NOTE: Any child riding on their own should always wear a helmet! Since my husband was physically handling the bike the entire time, Sophie was not wearing one. It's on our shopping list, though!
If you've been considering purchasing a balance bike for your little ones, I would highly recommend checking out the selection available at TykesBykes. There are several fun colors to choose from, and you can even get must-have accessories as well! The best part? By choosing a TykesBykes balance bike, you're giving your child a gift that keeps on giving and will prepare them for a love of cycling. Confidence, an active lifestyle, and loads of fun are a nice added bonus, too!
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***Disclosure: I received a complimentary samples and information to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***