What is the best scooter for a three-year-old?

May 1, 2019

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When buying a scooter, it is important to get the right kind of scooter. There are many different types and styles of scooter available. Certain scooter is best for each age group or skill level.

When you are buying a scooter for a child there are certain things to take into consideration. The kids will be strolling along, usually at a pretty decent speed. You want a scooter that has the right features and safety points that make it safe for what each kid can handle.

Looking for a scooter for a three-year-old? Use these tips when deciding what is the best scooter for a 3-year-old.

Things to Consider When Buying a Scooter for a Three-Year-Old


What is the right age to give a child a scooter? Most scooters recommend a starting age of 2 or 3 years. When it comes to deciding if a child is ready for a scooter, ask yourself these questions:

  • Would the child steer the scooter by themselves?
  • Would the child push the scooter on their own?
  • Is the child coordinated enough to use her foot to push, steer and watch what’s around them?
  • Does your child have enough strength to use the scooter?


How many wheels should a scooter for a 3-year old have? There are several options when it comes to how many wheels are on a scooter. There are 4 wheeled scooters, and 3 wheeled scooters. Personally, I would recommend looking for a 3 wheel scooter for kids. Three wheel scooters are perfect for a 3-year-old offering more stability than a 2 wheel scooter, whilst still allowing them to keep up with their older siblings.

When a child is using a 3 wheel scooter, there is less balance required. That means it is perfect for younger children who are still learning balance, how to push the scooter forward and the all-important turning.


The weight of the scooter matters quite a bit. If the scooter is too heavy for the child, it can be hard for the child to manoeuvre and steer. Ensure that the scooter you select is lightweight and designed for a three-year-old.

Adjustable Handle

When buying a scooter for a three-year-old, it is important for it to have an adjustable handle. Not all children are the same height so it is important to be able to move the handles at the right level. This makes the scooter easier to control. As well as allowing the find a comfortable scooting position.


Most scooters have brakes but for a three-year-old, it is important that the brakes are easy to use. Having a scooter with the brakes by the feet make stoping easier. It’s important that you take the time to show them how to use them and that it’s working whenever they head out on their scooter.


Whilst accessories might be top of your list of requirements, they will be something that friends or family members can purchase to make the gift of a scooter that bit more special. From adding a detachable bag that can be used to carry their toys or even their lunch in. Cute wheel covers to bling up their scooter, or a basket so they are able to take along their favourite teddy on adventures. Oh… and don’t forget a bell, they’ll love ringing it plus it’s a great safety feature once they are zooming along to warn others to jump out of the way.

When buying a scooter for a 3-year-old, consider these safety points. And of course, make sure any child on a scooter, no matter what age he or she is, is wearing a helmet.

  • Treasure Every Moment May 1, 2019 at 11:04 am

    There are so many important points here – my daughter has just turned four, but loved her scooter throughout being three! We have a Micro Mini 3-in-1 and is has grown with her, so has been perfect 🙂

  • Laura Dove May 1, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Great advice here. The kids have all got new scooters and I went for different styles for each of them. I think the Micro scooters are fab, love the little rucksack too!

  • Rhian westbury May 2, 2019 at 8:12 am

    So many factors to consider, especially safety. I didn’t have a scooter until I was much later but I would have loved one that young x

  • Super Busy Mum May 2, 2019 at 10:32 am

    So many important things to consider when buying a scooter for a young child. We prefer the 3-wheeled scooters, that can also grow with your child. My daughter is also a fan of the tilt-to-turn on her scooter rather than having to actually turn the handlebars.

  • Hollie Burgess May 2, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Such a fab post for us as we’re on the lookout for a scooter for my little one!

  • Fatima May 2, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    When my little one was 3, he got one something like this. He actually got it as a birthday present from one of his uncles.

  • Emma May 2, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Great tips! Charlie has a scooter, but I can’t get a helmet to fit his tiny head!

  • WhatLauraLoves May 3, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    So many great tips in this post, especially regarding the wheels. Safety and sturdiness is so important xxx

  • Sarah May 3, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Love this post, and great advice. I definitely think three wheeled scooters are better. My 5 year old even has a 3 Wheeled one and it’s fantastic!

  • Playdays and Runways May 4, 2019 at 8:53 am

    We have just had to upgrade little J’s scooter for his 6th birthday. He got a Maxi Micro Scooter.

  • Kara May 4, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    We love out Microscooters and use them daily. Sebby needs the Maxi Micro now and I am going to get him one for his birthday

  • Louise May 5, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Oscar loves his micro-scooter. He doesn’t get to use it as much as he’d like though as we live in a really busy area.

    Louise x

  • Liam Anguish May 5, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    She looks so confident, ive seen these scooters in action and there great!

  • Fiona jk42 May 5, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Lots of useful info. I would add that weight also matters because parents will inevitably find themselves carrying the scooter at various times. In terms of accessories, it also helps if there is a strap that you can sling over your shoulder leaving your hands free when you carry the scooter.

  • Jess Howliston May 6, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Great advice, I definitely agree with the 3 wheels as my little girl found this easiest to use too, it also made it a little easier when moving to a two wheel scooter recently too! I love the idea of being able to add accessories like the little bags as my daughter always wants to bring a drink or toy or snack out with us wherever we go lol!

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