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Besides taking the first steps, our babies riding a tricycle is a significant milestone we look forward to as parents. It’s a fun way to keep your child occupied and a healthy form of exercise. However, we have doubts about the right age to introduce a toddler tricycle to your kid.
Moreover, we aren’t sure of the safety precautions to keep the kid safe while riding a tricycle. Luckily, you are in the right place.
This article will provide you with the answers to your questions and clear your doubts.
Let’s get right into it.
What’s the Right Age To Introduce A Toddler Tricycle to Your Kid?
The answer: it depends. See, tricycles come in different designs that vary with the child’s age. Some tricycles have a handle bar that helps the parent steer it around as the child learns how to pedal. Such trikes are suitable for kids from the age of 10 months going up.
These trikes are a better alternative to a stroller, especially when the kid is learning to walk. They help strengthen the child’s muscles and help develop their motor skills.
By the time your kid hits the terrible twos, his motor skills should be developed enough to pedal the tricycle independently. He’ll also have good balance and coordination for a handle-free trike.
Do you know what would be a good idea? A “grow with me” trike that will last past the baby’s second birthday.
Never heard of grow with me tricycle before?
A ‘grow with me” tricycle is one that starts with a parent’s full control and then eventually evolves into an independent trike for your kid. It comes with three or four stages.
In the first stage, the baby is safely strapped in the trike to enjoy the rise as you push them around with the parent handle. It’s suitable for ten-month-olds and above. The baby’s legs can rest on the attachable footrest instead of getting exhausted by the handles. You can also allow the baby to hold the handles for the fun of it.
From there, you gradually add a little independence for your kid. He will practice steering and pedal, but you’ll still be in control since the handle will still be attached.
Once the child fully understands how to ride the tricycle, it’s time to let go. Fold in the parent handle and allow them to cruise around independently.
Factors to Consider When Buying A Tricycle For Your Child
I’m sure you can’t wait to order a trike for your little one already. But, hold that thought. There is more to it.
As you might know, children grow at different rates. One year enough could be tall and energetic enough to start learning a trike while the other could barely sit up. It would be best if you, therefore, considered the following before you buy a trike.
1. What’s Your Child’s Height?
Your child’s height is vital in riding a tricycle. He/she should be tall enough to reach the pedals. There will be no fun in riding the trike if the child is struggling to reach the pedals.
Additionally, the little ones’ feet should touch the floor while seated on the tricycle. Why is this important?
Because braking a trike requires him to touch the ground. Therefore, if his feet are not tall enough to touch the ground, he won’t be able to stop the trike. This increases the risk of falling.
2. Is Your Little One Strong Enough?
The little one needs a considerable amount of strength to pedal and turn the trike in different directions. If he has no necessary strength, the ride will be strenuous and thus not enjoyable.
Before you get your little one a tricycle, gauge if he has enough strength to ride it.
3. Does Your Baby Have Balance?
Some people think that because a tricycle has three wheels, body balance is not important. They are wrong.
Before he gets a tricycle, your child should be able to sit upright without support. If he can sit, even strapping him in won’t be of much help.
Enough balance will also allow the baby to get on and off the trike without falling off. Riding on a straight line also needs balance.so, if your child has no balance yet, it’s not advisable to get him a tricycle.
4. Good Coordination
Riding a tricycle requires the kid to steer, pedal, and at the same time look for hurdles ahead. This is impossible if the child has no coordination. Until your child can coordinate his mind and body, buying him a trike is not necessary. However, you can get him one with a push handle for you to push him around till he gains the required coordination.
Safety Precautions That Will Help Reduce the Risks to Your Child When Riding A Tricycle.
- Get a trike that has big wheels and is built low on the ground. Such designs are less likely to tip over thus safer.
- Your baby should always be in a well-fitting helmet every time he is riding a tricycle.
- Ensure that the little one rides on protected areas. Keep him away from swimming pools, near cars and driveways.
The Bottom Line
As you can see, there is no actual right age to introduce a toddler tricycle to your kid. The time depends on the type of tricycle and some features of your child. If your little one is a late bloomer, be patient. He will eventually get there.