In addition to being fun, a balance bike helps with gross-motor skill development, builds confidence, and provides an easy transition to a pedal bike. Here are some of the top reasons you should get a balance bike for your toddler if they don’t have one already.
Gross-motor skill development
According to Kid Sense Child Development, learning balance and coordination is important for injury prevention, self-regulation, and developing a foundation for future development of fine motor skills. Balance bikes also help develop core muscle strength and endurance.
Easy transition to a pedal bike
Toddlers who start on a balance bike early (at 18 months – 24 months) are often riding a pedal bike without training wheels by 3 years old. The balance bike familiarizes kids with the concepts of balance and motion and provides a safe foundation for learning to ride a pedal bike.
Bike burns off some of that never-ending energy that toddlers have.
Every time he rides off a “ledge” or a “jump” or manages to coast ten feet without stopping, he just beams with pride.
Exposure to the outdoors
Most kids today don’t get enough time in nature causing a wide range of behavioral and emotional problems. If you get a well-built balance bike it is capable of not just riding around the driveway, it can be ridden on the grass at the park or even on your favorite hiking trail.
A quality wooden balance bike, on the other hand, can be used by your child for several years and then still be in good enough shape to hand-down to a younger sibling.
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