Balance plays an important role in children’s motor skills.
In order to develop the balance of the child, some parents bought a balance bike for their children early.
There are many merchants who want you to buy a balance bike in advance and claim that the baby as young as 18 months can ride the balance bike. Is this really true?
What age is best for a balance bike?
In the post “Bikes, Skates& Ride-Ons, What age is best for it?”, we propose One should consider the physical abilities and balance bike characteristics when determining the age appropriateness of a balance bike.
Several factors work together to influence what age is best for a balance bike.
The balance bike has only two wheels and it can’t balance itself. When riding the balance bike, the child needs to have enough stability to support the balance bike.
The toddlers aged 18 Months who can walk with some steady already have the stability to support a balance bike, but they straddle and walk with the bike. They can’t alternate feet to gliding on a balance bike.
2.Alternate feet and Gliding
Balance bike relies on children to pushes along forward by their feet, so it needs the child to be able to alternate their feet continuously to provide gliding power.
Most of the children aged 19 to 23 begin to alternate feet. The faster the child alternates feet, the faster the balance bike glides.
It is dangerous that the child can’t brake in time when riding a balance bike.
If they want to stop a gliding balance bike according to their will, they also need the ability to brake at any time.
Most of the children aged 19 to 23 months will naturally brake with feet, but they haven’t enough hand-eye coordination to use a hand brake until 3.5 years old.
The children should learn to steering to avoid obstacles when riding a balance bike.
The children aged 18 months haven’t enough hand-eye coordination to steering. 2-years-olds able to steer the balance bike but still lack the steering skills. They can exercise steering skills when riding a balance bike.
5.Inseam and Seat Height
If the toddler wants to ride on the balance bike comfortably, their knees should allow for a slight bend when they sit on the balance bike seat. As a general rule, the children current inseam should be 1″to 1.5″higher than the lowest seat height.
The Average inseam size of the baby aged18 months is 11.25″.
The Average inseam size of the toddler aged 2-years-olds is 12.5″.
Common Balance bike seat Height to Weight Chart on the market.
11 ″- 19″
12″ – 18″
14″ to 20″
10.16″ – 14.37″
The lowest seat height is wool1 with the Minimum Seat height =10.16″ (258 mm).
The Woom is one of the few bikes that had a seat height low enough for the baby aged 18 months.
The other balance bikes are too high for the baby aged 18 months. Most balance bikes have the adjustable seat height to fit the toddler 2-years-old.
6.Strength and Weight of balance bike
The children should have enough strength to manipulate a balance bike. The lighter the bike is, the easier the child can ride it.
On the market, most of the balance bikes with lightweight design make it easy for the little ones ride.
When falling during the ride, the child should have enough strength to pick up the bike. As a general rule, a toddler can pick up a balance bike that weight 30% of your child’s weight.
The average weight of the baby aged 18 months is 24lbs. The balance bike appropriate for the baby aged 18 months should weigh no more than 7.2 lbs. Some balance on the market bike can meet this requirement.
The average weight of the toddler aged 2-years-old is 27 lbs. The balance bike appropriate for the toddler aged 2-years-old should weigh no more than 8.1lbs. Most balance bike on the market can meet this requirement.
The baby 18 months can walk with some steady; they have enough stability to support the balance bike.
But they can’t able to flexibly alternate feet and steering. They also can’t pick up the balance bike when falling.
Buying a balance bike for the baby 18 months old, Just to make them familiar with the bike, don’t have too much expectation.
There are many balance bikes on the market indicate that they can be used for an 18 months baby.
In fact, in order to develop the balance of the child, Parents are also willing to introduce the balance bike to the child earlier. When 18 months of baby ride a balance bike, parents must guard the baby and make sure safety.
2 years old toddler can walk steady and have enough stability to support a balance bike. They also have the ability of steering to avoid obstacles when riding a balance bike.
2-years-old children riding a balance bike is easy to get started, soon they will skill at it and enjoy the pleasure of riding.
So we recommend 2 years old is best for a balance bike.
If your kids are over 2-years-old, it is time to own the balance bike. The balance bike will make years of fun with your child.
If your kids are over 6-years-old, they have some difficulty in riding a pedal bike, you also buy a balance bike for them.
If you want to know more about balance bike, please review these post.