We all remember our first time with our parents, learning how to ride a bike. The wobbly knees and hesitation, lead by us losing balance and ending up in a bush or on the ground with some cuts and bruises. It was no easy task and usually took us a couple solid attempts in order to get the hang of it. At this moment, your child is in the same place where you were. The only thing is they’re at a vantage point since they have a balance bike.
Balance bikes help teach your child how to balance, coordinate, lean and steer the bicycle with their bodies. With foot-to-floor design, your child has full-body control of this pedal-less bike. But, just like any other traditional bicycle, you will need to help your child in understanding how it works.
Your child’s first ride
You just bought your child a balance bike and they’re ecstatic to hop on and take it for a ride. However, there are some things you need to explain to your child before you let them try it out. This way, you stop and preventable accidents from happening.
Talk about it
Explain to your child what a balance bike it and how it functions. They’re most likely used to seeing a traditional bicycle so they may be unsure with how they will actually ride the balance bike.You can show them a video clip if they’re unsure or uncomfortable of the idea of their new bike. Also, they should be explained the road dangers to riding a bike, and though it has no pedals, your child should always wear a helmet.
For their first couple of rides, let them test out the bike on softer surfaces in case they lose their balance and tip over. The bike is set low to the ground, so their falls will be minor. Also, this way, they will learn how to use their feet to prevent tipping over. You can always help them out if you see they need help.
Now that your child has their new balance bike, you should make sure it’s equipped with the necessary accessories and safety gear. Of course, the most important safety feature is a helmet. Make sure they’re wearing one at all times when using the balance bike. Riding gloves are also an accessory that can be bought for your child, as their hands may get sweaty during riding which can result in a loss of control. If you plan on allowing your child to ride their bike during the evening, make sure the bike is equipped with lights at both the front and back of the bike. A bell is also an additional safety feature which can also be added to the balance bike. Though all these safety accessories are important, it’s more important that these accessories, like the helmet and gloves, are fitted properly for your child’s safety.
Teaching your child how to ride a balance bike is a great and memorable experience. Taking the extra precautions in making sure your child is safe will relieve any extra stress off your shoulders and allow you to also fully enjoy the experience together.