The Two Wheeling Toddler on a Strider Bike post is sponsored. All opinions expressed are solely my own and may not reflect those of others or the brand.
Remember back in November when I was in panic mode trying to find Christmas gifts for the boys? I wanted them to open gifts that made them squeal with excitement. After an intense facebook poll most everyone agreed that even though electronics rule Christmas wishlists we all wanted to gift our kiddos outdoor play gear. I was stumped on my two year old who usually gets all of the hand-me-downs, so bicycles are already waiting for him in the garage. He’s at the age where he just isn’t quite ready for a bike and can’t keep up on a rider. We luckily stumbled upon the Strider bike and immediately knew we had to give it a try.
The Strider bike is a pedal free, balance bike designed to give children as young as 18 months and up to 5 years the ability to ride on two wheels. Dominic who is two years old confidently used his feet to push the Strider bike around while sitting on the seat. Not having to worry about pedaling helped him develop the skill to balance. I love the whole idea behind this bike as it helps to develop to necessary skill he can use his entire life. As he became confident he started to push off with his feet and become more steady as he gained speed slowly raising his feet off the ground. We encouraged him to raise his feet and after a few weeks, he is actually riding on his own for longer periods of time. I see him transitioning into a pedal bike, way sooner than my other kids who where always terrified to ride without training wheels.
I didn’t initially think the Strider bike would be suited for my five year old, even though he is still using training wheels. Boy was I wrong, that invaluable tool of learning to balance is necessary before you can more to a non-training bike. We now let Brody have his turn at jumping on the Strider he has more fun with it than I would have thought and in a week learned to balance amazingly that he now flies without training wheels on his old bike.