Whether it’s your child’s birthday coming up or they’ve been pestering you for a scooter for months and you’ve finally given in, you’ll no doubt want to make sure the scooter you’re buying is suitable for your child – in more ways than one.
So, to help you find the perfect toddler scooters available, we’ve put together these handy tips:
Find the Right Size
While you’ll want to ensure this scooter lasts as long as possible, it’s crucial you find one that’s suitable for your child’s age. Too big and they might not be able to control it properly and may find it difficult to manoeuvre.
Many scooters are available within a certain age bracket, but it’s still a good idea to take some measurements to be sure.
For example, the handlebars should reach up to their waist. This will mean they can whizz around with maximum control, which will boost their confidence and they will spend much more time outside on it.
Essentially, your child should be able to ride the scooter with a straight back – so if they’re hunched over, it’s probably too small.
Look for ones with adjustable handlebars so you can prolong the longevity of the scooter. These can be altered as they grow or to suit younger siblings when your child moves onto the next size up.
Choose the Number of Wheels
Often, scooters will only have two wheels. But if this is for a toddler, you might want to consider a 3 or 4-wheeler scooter. This offers more stability and is a fantastic choice when they’re just starting to learn.
Consider Additional Features
If you want to go one step further with your child’s scooter, there are some additional features to look out for.
These include electric-powered scooters which are ideal if they’re going to be using the scooter to get around (e.g. instead of walking to school). These tend to have batteries that need charging up every so often but as they can achieve speeds of up to 10mph they offer an added element of fun.
For slightly older kids, stunt scooters may also be an option. These tend to be studier so it’s easier and safer for children to practise their stunts. And they may also come with pegs so they have more scope for the stunts they’re going to pull (buying elbow and knee pads may be a good option here!).
Decide Whether It Should Be Foldable
Another hugely important feature, especially if you’re limited on storage space or your child will be taking their scooter to school, is foldability. Foldable features instantly make the scooter more compact so you can pop it away or in the boot of your car with ease.
Finally, the only other thing to consider is the colour and style of the scooter – which we’re pretty sure your child will have already been quite specific about!
This is a guest post/collaboration with skatehut.co.uk