Channel your inner Victoria Pendleton (kind of…) and get on your bike with your toddler
OK yes, the weather is a bit miserable right now. But between showers (or during them if you have an anorak), get out for a family bike ride.
It could be at a nearby park, down the road to Grandma’s, on a designated cycle route – Google to find your local one – or round the garden if it’s just your little ones riding.
Not only are you all getting a fresh air dose (even if your baby’s just in a seat on your bike) but cycling is also great for your toddler’s balance, leg strength and confidence. Plus, it uses up a lot of energy so he’s not going stir crazy inside and will hopefully sleep well later on.
Not only are you all getting a fresh air dose but cycling is also great for your toddler’s balance, leg strength and confidence
If he’s a little young and can’t ride a bike yet, it can be good to start on a balance bike or trike – it teaches him about stability and propelling himself forward.
Or if you’ve been thinking about moving your child onto a more grown-up bike, do it now while you have more time.
Find the ideal location (clue: it’s not always grass) and get going with these tips. Tumbles are all part of the process, so make sure you’ve sorted a correctly fitting helmet and done your safety checks.
What are your cycling-with-toddler tips? Let us know on the comments board below.