As we head into November, I am soon realizing that the holidays are right around the corner! I'm so excited that this year, my toddlers are at the point where they sort of "get" what the holidays are about. I am also excited to the gathering of my family and friends as they travel back into town!
With all this holiday cheer in the air, I can't help starting to think about Christmas gifts for the kids. From one parent to the next, I thought better time than now to recommend an awesome gift that I think would be great for your kids as you prepare your holiday shopping list!
One of the biggest milestones for a toddler is riding a two wheel bicycle without training wheels. A friend secretly told me about a bike their toddler was in LOVE with - the Strider No-Pedal Bike - that will help make the transition from a wobbler baby toy car to a real bike.
At first, I thought it sounded kind of ridiculous that you would have a bike with no pedals. After doing some research, I read and watched about how it intuitively teaches kids how to "balance" earlier. Here's a quote from their Amazon.com description:
Kids begin by straddling the bike, leaning on the handle bars and walking it forward. When ready, they can run the bike forward, gaining the speed and momentum required for balance. Finally, kids lift their feet and glide freely. At the first feeling of instability, your child will instinctively place both feet securely on the ground--so there are no "tricycle tip-overs" or "training-wheel wobbles" that stir-up a fear, hesitancy, or dislike of bike riding.
Cool right? Not only that, the bike could grow with the kid up until 4 (or whenever they need pedals). Furthermore, I was also reading their website at www.striderbikes.com and they help kids with Down syndrome, autism, low muscle tone, poor balance, arthrogryposis, and cerebral palsy also be able to enjoy riding bikes! The company gives back, and that says a lot!
You can buy the bikes on Strider No-Pedal Bike where they will ship it directly to you.
when the box was packaged up very securely.
It was super easy to put together. No additional tools needed! It was seriously a three step process and came with two seats that you can alternative from as your kiddo gets older. Ryan looked the bike all the way through. For anyone that knows Ryan, he's pretty picky about quality (after all, he's an engineer by trade). He said, "This thing is stout. The welding can't get any better than that." He looks at welding, I look at function - go figure.
Here are the specifications on the box. My kids will genetically destined to be short, and this bike was PERFECT height for them. The seat was EASILY adjustable, so no worries parents there 🙂
It comes in a multitude of colors:
And, if you want to go all out, you could buy some stocking stuffers for future years!
Anyway, here's a stock image of the bike put together. I don't have any with the girls on it only because life is crazy busy right now. But I will say that the girls love it 🙂 I'd recommend the Strider 12 Classic No-Pedal Balance Bike to any parent where their kids are mobile and ready for an adventure!