Your little one is fledging and wants to explore the world on wheels? When s/he speeds up with a balance bike, sits comfortably on a tricycle or rides his/her scooter quite casually, being out and about will be twice the fun! Children's vehicles enable your child to become independent, learn new things and slowly get used to the regulations in traffic. More information >
Being equipped with vehicles by Puky and other manufacturers, your child can conquer the world on his/her own and at their own pace. Your child is no longer just an observer of his environment, but right in the midst of activities! Depending on the age and development of your child, you can choose from a wide range of different children's vehicles. Whether you opt for a tricycle with push rod for your child’s first attempts at riding or for a sporty scooter with a matching helmet for advanced users, there is definitely something for everyone. However, choosing the right vehicle for your child is not always easy.
For children the most important aspect of a bike, trike or scooter is its look. Whether the design comes in your little one’s favourite colour or features his/her personal heroes, you will definitely find the right vehicle for your little one’s taste. Parents on the other, pay special attention to whether the vehicle features a high level of safety for their child. The toy should be made of tested and safe materials and should also be labelled accordingly. Depending on your preference, you can choose between wood, plastic and various metals such as aluminium or stainless steel.
The handling during assembly and use must be simple and easy to understand. Most children's vehicles can be put together and bolted together in a few simple steps. Regarding the wheels, you have the choice between different tires and should consider carefully on which ground your little one is supposed to use his/her trike, bike or scooter most frequently. If you plan to be off-roads most of the time, large wheels with pneumatic tires turn out to be perfect. If you prefer excursions in the city, you might opt for small plastic wheels which are also much lighter in weight.
The size should be easily adjustable. Your child’s future vehicle should be able to grow with your little one, so that s/he is given the opportunity to sit or stand comfortably on the toy at any time – that way, the ride won’t be too strenuous. The vehicle should also be light and handy. It may happen that you have to carry it because your child does not feel like using it anymore when being on the go. You may also want to be able to bring the vehicle with you on a stroller or in a car, which is why you should avoid purchasing models which are too heavy and bulky.
Scooters are available in very different models depending on your child’s motor skills. For example, there is the classic, two-wheeled scooter for children who are already able to keep their balance and steer the vehicle properly. Furthermore, there are four-wheeled vehicles for the little beginners at the age of about one and a half years – these models will make your child feel particularly safe, since they can stand on their own.
The three-wheeled models are suitable for children at the age of about three years and up. Here, you can choose between two different wheel configurations: either a model with one front wheel and two rear wheels or vice versa two front wheels and one rear wheel. The third wheel on the toy gives the child more stability and thus makes the scooter perfect for being used as a starter vehicle.
Scooters with a removable seat have also been on the market for some time now – that way, you can combine the run bike with the scooter.
When it comes to the accessories for the new toy, you also need to pay attention to tested and harmless products. For the tricycle, there are various useful things from the push rod, to canopies, to baskets and trays. You can choose between vehicles with brakes, tilt protection, seat belts and more. For children, who like it a bit faster on their balance bike or scooter, we recommend you getting a helmet as well as knee pads and elbow pads or cycling gloves. Many models are fitted with lights, reflectors, bells and even a stand.
In case children wear off their shoes while riding their vehicle, it is wise to get some protective caps.
Whichever model you choose, being equipped with a suitable children's vehicle, will make your little one’s heart melt and make an invaluable contribution to the development of your child’s motor skills at the same time. A balance bike, trike or scooter fosters your little one’s coordination, promotes his/her joy of being in motion and teaches him/her how to handle their new vehicle in a playful way. Learning to steer, maintaining balance, and judging one's own speed are also very useful skills for learning to ride a bicycle later on.
Whether you opt for a tricycle, balance bike or scooter, the best way to practise riding these vehicles is on a level, even ground in quiet surroundings such as in your own garden or maybe even in the living room. Please make sure that your child – even if s/he is already a little expert – never uses their new vehicle unattended!
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