A young boy riding a skateboard up the side of a road

Buying a Child’s First Scooter

December 18, 2018

This is a partnership article

When scooters first came on the scene, about a hundred years ago, they were homemade. Parents or adventurous kids would scrape materials together like crates and mismatched wheel to make their own scooters. These days, no one needs to worry about trying to make their own scooter because scooters are easily available.

Things to look for when buying toddler scooters

There are a few things to consider when buying toddler scooters. You will want to consider what style of scooter is best for the child, the height of the child and how well the child can balance well. Also things like how long the scooter will last and what weight the scooter goes up to, how fast the scooter will go, and if it is designed for tricks.

A young boy riding a skateboard up the side of a road

Balance

There are several styles of scooters. Some scooters have two wheels, some scooters have three wheels and then there are scooters that while they have the three wheels are designed to have a wider base and let younger children have an easier time on the scooter. Decide which set of wheels will be best for your child. When buying a scooter for a toddler, three wheels with a larger standing area is key.

Speed

When children are learning to scoot, you will not be concerned about how fast the scooter goes because the child won’t be able to make it go fast. However, it is important to check for things like do the wheels move smoothly? Once the child learns the basic movements to make the scooter move, then how fast it goes is an issue. Parents should try the scooter themselves to see how fast it goes. A scooter that goes too fast could be a falling hazard for young learners. A scooter that doesn’t roll smoothly can be discouraging and the child might not want to ride on it.

Built to Last

Another thing to consider when buying a scooter is how long you would like it to last. Will this scooter last until the child has outgrown it? Do you want to pass it down to a younger sibling? Check the quality when making these decisions. Also, if you want to be able to pass it down to other children, consider buying the scooter in a neutral colour.

How heavy is the Scooter?

Checking the weight of the scooter is important too. If a scooter is too heavy, the child will have trouble moving it around by themselves. Also, if a heavy scooter falls onto a child, it might be discouraging and cause increased fear. Falling can be scary alone, but thinking of a heavy scooter falling on top of them can scare them even more.

If you would like some further advice on this subject take a look at this toddler scooters buying guide


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