We decided to bypass tricycles and training wheels with our girls and go right to balance bikes. If you don't know much about balance bikes, the idea is that kids learn the most difficult part of riding a bike first...balance. Once they learn to balance, learning to pedal is easy. After our experience, I highly recommend them! There are many many brands out there to choose from. I personally prefer those with metal frames over wood frames, but that's just a personal preference. We went with a Strider ST-3 PREbike. They were one of the few that got low enough for our girls at a young age.
We LOVE our Strider balance bikes! We purchased one when the girls were about 18 months old. They would take turns walking the bike in our living room. We didn't have a place to ride bikes at our previous home, so they didn't get much practice beyond that. This summer, we thought it would be a good idea to purchase a 2nd bike...especially since we have places to ride around our current home. We rode them around several times before we took them on our camping trip over Labor Day weekend. While camping, the girls rode and rode and rode...they got really good! We haven't taken them out much since we got back, but I took them for a pretty long ride this morning. They don't like me taking video, so I have to try and sneak it. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to capture much, but here's a little bit. I think Ellerie will be ready for regular pedal bike very soon.
(Esme on pink bike - Ellerie on yellow bike)
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