When we applied to write a ToddleBike2 review, I wasn’t sure how Nusaybah would take to it given that she seemed to really enjoy her scooter, and wasn’t interested in much else. Yusuf already has a balance bike so I applied for one for Nusaybah to try out. The minimalist in me was really hesitant to add yet another large item with wheels into the house, but I am so glad I did because they both love it!
The ToddleBike2 comes in red, pink and blue. I think the red is the most striking and I like that it is gender neutral.
Weight & Age restrictions:
The ToddleBike is aimed at children 18 months and over, but there are no restrictions beyond this. Yusuf, who is 3 years and 4 months old rides on this too – he weighs about 15 kgs and it hasn’t impacted the bike at all. Nusaybah started using it when she was 19 months old and is 22 months old now. You’ll notice she sits forward, on the crossbar and Yusuf sits on the seat since he’s more adept at it.
This bike is so easy to maintain. I love that it can be used indoors and outdoors and I usually just give the wheels a quick wipe if we’ve been at the park. If it gets really muddy, I just pop the whole thing in the shower and give it a good rinse off and it’s good to go to use indoors. The plastic is very hard-wearing, it will survive the most destructive toddler (I know, because I have one).
It weighs under a kilogram (under.a.kilogram!) and is SO compact – I don’t mind taking it out at all even if we’re going for a quick walk, because if Nusaybah gets tired of riding, holding it is no trouble at all – it weighs less than both their sports bottles! It’s easy to store, it can even be hung up behind a door for discreet storage if you want it off the floor.
Why we love it
Yusuf has gotten more confident on his balance bike since using this. Nusaybah’s steering has really improved – she did use a scooter that I happened to find at a charity shop for a bargain but in hindsight, that is too heavy and not easy to steer at all, so I probably shouldn’t have got it. I am really keen to see how this helps her transition to a balance bike and how much easier it is for her to use a balance bike in comparison to when Yusuf started. Since she isn’t at the ideal height to share Yusuf’s balance bike yet, she will keep using this until she’s ready to transition.
Nusaybah loves riding this alongside the pushchair – when she gets tired, I can pop it on the handlebars because it’s so light and put her back in the pushchair. If we’re going to someone’s home and I know they may get bored, I bring it along. The wheels won’t ruin flooring, it isn’t noisy and keeps them occupied the whole time.
In a nutshell
I love the fact that this was developed by a mother who saw a gap in the market for what her son needed/ wanted. We absolutely love ours and given the affordable price point, I’d highly recommend this as a present for a 1 / 2 year old, they can get SO much use out of it. Ideally we’re hoping that Yusuf and Nusaybah will progress to pedal bikes without the need for stabilisers because of their practice with this. I promise to keep you updated once we get there!
Do your children use balance bikes? Tell me about their experiences below – I’d love to hear how they progressed to pedal bikes!
Whilst we were provided with the product for free to review, all the opinions within this review are honest. I would never recommend anything that I/ my children don’t already use and love.