Thursday, 25 July 2013

Balancing Your Child’s Way to Ride a Bike – Balance Bikes

When is it time to introduce your child to a two-wheeler bike?

Some parents are doing this as soon as their children start to walk!  Yes, the newest way to build your child’s confidence and get them ready to ride a two-wheeler on their own is to get them on a balance bike – a bike without pedals.

The idea may sound a bit farfetched for some, but the idea is catching on FAST!  It’s likely that you have seen these awesome little balance bikes in your neighborhood or at the park.  Kids straddle the seat and power these bikes with their feet as they scoot along, totally in control.  It is not surprising then, to see them learn quickly how to balance and gain confidence in themselves and the idea of riding their bike on their own.

Balance bikes have been popular in Europe for some time and are growing in popularity in the US because of their practical approach to teaching children how to ride bikes – one step at a time.  Mastering balance comes first.

For some, learning to ride a bike can be a daunting task. The idea of learning to balance and pedal at the same time is difficult, even for some adults.  Training wheels were introduced to buffer the challenge of learning two skills at once.  While this sounds like a reasonable way to learn, the reality is that training wheels can be counter-productive and introduce a false sense of confidence.   Children become dependent on these little wheels rather than mastering balance and coordination; essentials to successful bike riding.  Taking the wheels off can lead to defeat and frustration for the child as well as headache and exasperation for parents.

Rather than introducing training wheels just to take them away, it makes sense to leave them out of the equation altogether.  This makes it easier on parents too; less whining, skinned knees and bending over little bicycles.

Joovy thinks balance bikes are the coolest invention for kids and takes the hassle and headache out of teaching a child to ride a bike for mom and dad.  This fun and alternative method makes sense to many modern parents who love that their kids learn faster and in a more positive, confidence-building manner.  When kids learn on a balance bike, they are ready to try the two-wheeler having already mastered the balance part of the equation.

Check out the new Joovy Bicycoo balance bikes for kids 3 years and above.  Kids start slowly by walking over their bike, and before long, they are zipping along at their own pace, full of confidence and independence.

This puts a smile on our face.  Balance baby, balance!