Though the balance bike may look easy to the eye, it, in fact, does take some time to adjust too. The pedal-less feature and simplistic design may create the image that you just hop on and ride it. But, due to its clever design, your child will have to develop their coordination, balance, leaning and steering in order to effectively ride this bike without any trouble. The beginning will always be a challenge at first, but here are some helpful tips to get your child riding their balance bike with ease and a smile.
When you first get the bike it’ll only take you ten minutes to put the bike together in one piece. At that point, you’ll think that the bike is fully rideable and ready to go. However, that may not be the case. You’ll need to adjust the balance bikes handlebar and seat before your child takes a ride on the bike. This is an extremely important task to do as this will not only teach them proper riding technique and posture, but it will act as an additional safety feature. Why? All balance bikes are designed with a foot-to-floor concept which allows your children to use their feet to act as a brake for the balance bike. Making sure their feet properly touch the ground will prevent any accidents and allow them to gain balance.
Bike riding is fun!
And you should do things with your child to emphasize this point. Bike riding is not only great exercise, but it’s a fun outdoor activity. That being said, don’t push them into gliding or trying some tricks out right away. If your child gets scared of the balance bike, then there will be a greater challenge transitioning them to a traditional bicycle. Surround them with positivity and encourage them to bike ride in their comfort zone. If your child doesn’t want to progress into the gliding phase out of fear, we recommend showing your child some video clips of other children gliding and riding the balance bike. This will show them that progressing is not a bad thing, as other kids are able to do it as well.
Support your child when riding
It’s very easy to grab onto your child when they’re trying to learn how to ride a balance bike or a traditional bike. However, by doing this, you prevent them from learning how to balance and gain coordination. If you feel the need to support them, or they ask you to, make sure you physically support the child instead of the bike. Walk behind or beside them, or support them by holding their chest or arms. This will make the child feel supported and safe while learning how to ride the bike. Eventually, you can hold them gently and then slowly release so that they are riding on their own.
Balance bikes are a great learning experience for your child and are a better alternative for learning balance, coordination, steering and leaning. With these tips, your child will be able to ride their balance bike in no time at all.