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What Balance Bike is Right for my Child’s Age?

The question I get asked most often by customers is, “is your balance bike suitable for my child who is (2/3/4/5…) years old?”

To be fair, it’s a reasonable question, and I understand why it’s usually asked in this way.

While age is a factor in deciding what type/size of balance bike to get, we should remember that children (like adults) are all different and develop at different rates. So other factors have to be considered too, such as size, balance & coordination skills, special needs etc.

Some kids will happily pedal independently at 3 or 4 years of age, while others might take a bit longer to ride off into the sunset. It’s not uncommon for some kids to scoot along on their balance bikes until they’re 6, 7 or even older.

So while there will always be exceptions, the age ranges I’ve used in this post are, anecdotally, the average ages that kids will be at the various stages of their “learning to cycle” journey.

At what age should my child start riding a balance bike?

A child of 2 years old is, on average, physically and developmentally ready to start riding a balance bike. But there are no hard and fast rules. In fact, I’d encourage kids to start on a balance bike as young as 18 months old if they feel confident enough to do so.

A balance bike will help your child improve their balance and coordination. It’s great exercise too, so will help with their overall physical development.

As a child grows in both age and physical size, their bike obviously needs to adapt too. If they’re not quite ready to move to a pedal bike, then it’s important for continued development that the frame can be adjusted to fit their growing legs. Most balance bikes unfortunately don’t allow this type of adjustment, and you might end up having to buy a bigger balance bike.

What’s most important is to ensure that your bike is the correct size for your child, otherwise it will delay their cycling development and make it more difficult to learn. That same principle applies to all bike purchases, whether it’s for a child or an adult.

Best balance bike for toddler (2 or 3 year old)?

There are many reasons why I believe the LittleBig is the best balance bike option for a 2 – 3 year old child:

  • Easy to assemble
  • High-quality materials
  • Choice of bright colours
  • Cool design your child will love
  • Chunky tyres allow a smooth, comfortable ride
  • Multiple levels of adjustment so you can adjust the bike as your child grows
  • Sustainable & eco-friendly. with reduced material waste and assurance of a long product life.

When choosing the best balance bike for a 2/3-year-old child, you need to consider safety & stability, along with the aesthetic appeal. If your child doesn’t like how the bike looks, you’ll have a hard job getting them to try it out.

Our unique design achieves this balance. Your child will love riding the balance bike, while you’ll have the assurance of knowing it’s helping them learn to cycle easier and safer.

littlebig bike in little balance bike mode

Best balance bike for 4 or 5 year old child?

The LittleBig balance bike in the “Big” mode will typically fit kids aged 4 or older.

The rear of the frame can be flipped, converting the little balance bike into a bigger balance bike with a higher saddle and longer arm reach. If your child has been riding the LittleBig since the age of 2 or 3, flipping the frame will keep the familiar feel of the old bike while making it more comfortable to ride.

littlebig bike in big balance bike mode

Best bike for a 4 to 6 year old child learning to pedal?

The average age for learning to pedal a bike independently is around 4 – 6 years old. Indeed this is a broad age range, but as mentioned at the outset, all kids are different and will begin pedalling at different ages. Some kids are total daredevils and hitting the skatepark at age 3 (or younger!), while others still tip-toe along age 4 or 5. It’s best to let your child learn to ride in their own time with perhaps a little nudging to get them onto their pedal bike if needed. If your child is a little reluctant to begin pedalling, you may find this guide useful.

There is no need to rush into pedalling. If your little one is happy on the balance bike, that’s great! They are still developing their balance and coordination and the more confident they are on the balance bike, the more seamless the transition to pedalling will be.

Usually, starting to pedal is the stage at which you’ll throw away the balance bike and buy a new pedal bike. Not the most sustainable or budget-friendly solution.

Learning to pedal a completely different bike can be daunting for some children. And if you’re tempted to add stabilisers on to the new bike, you may end up causing more harm than good.

Fortunately, the LittleBig balance bike has a solution to this problem. When your child is ready to start pedalling, you can simply fix on the pedal kit. As your child is already familiar with the bike, they’ll be able to start pedalling independently far sooner than they would on a different bike.

At LittleBig bikes we aim to give kids all the tools to begin pedalling a swift and safe manner. And hopefully by the time your little one has outgrown the LittleBig bike he or she will already be a seasoned cyclist.

What Balance Bike would suit my child who has special needs?

It’s really hard to answer this question without knowing more about the child’s specific needs. But what we can say is that kids with special needs such as Autism, Dyspraxia and Down Syndrome will certainly benefit from the LittleBig’s Balance Bike for a child with special needs because of its unique design.

The convertible frame and pedal attachment will allow the child more time to get comfortable and confident on the bike. This means your child can learn to cycle at their own pace, without the bike feeling too small.

Why LittleBig Is The Best Balance Bike For Kids Of Any Age

Here are the main reasons why we feel the LittleBig Balance Bike’s unique design and features make it the perfect choice for a child of any age:

Age of Child

Best Balance Bike for Child's Age

Reason

2-3 years oldLittleBig Balance Bike ("Little" mode)Your child will love the look & feel of the bike. You'll love the high quality engineering, longevity & sustainability.
4+ years oldLittleBig Balance Bike ("Big" mode)Unique design allows you to "flip" the rear frame so it has a higher saddle and longer arm reach. Kids can stay riding the balance bike mode as long as they wish, it's great fun!
4-6 years oldLittleBig in "Pedal" mode)Just add the pedal attachment to convert the balance bike into a pedal bike. Your child will learn to pedal sooner and you'll save money by not having to buy a new bike.
Child with special needsLittleBig Balance Bike (From "Little" to "Pedal" mode)The unique convertible design gives your child more time to learn to cycle on a comfortable and familiar bike.

Round the world cyclist, mountain bike racer, engineer and all round bike geek, Simon Evans clearly loves all things BIKE.

Simon worked as a Structural Engineer in Cambridge for a number of years before setting off on an 18 month, 30,000km cycle around the world, testing his bike, body and mind to the limit and giving a wealth of wonderful experiences.

Coming home in 2010, he wanted to combine his engineering with his love of bikes to create a better and more sustainable bike for kids. In 2015 he launched LittleBig bikes which have now been sold to to 77 countries around the world giving thousands of kids the best start on two wheels.

2 comments

  1. Mary McCarthy

    Hi My Daughter is 8 years old and has dyspraxia. She is 127cm tall and i wanted to enquire if any of your bikes would suit her.

    Thank You

    1. Hi Mary, the LittleBig is normally only for kids age 7 max but if you measure your daughter’s inseam you can gauge if the bike will work for her. You can see the full sizing guide here. Hope this helps, Simon

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