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The best balance bikes, trikes and ride-ons for toddlers

Section: Toys & Education
The best balance bikes, trikes and ride-ons for babies and toddlers

If you’ve been hunting for the best balance bikes for your two-year-old, you can now breathe a sigh of relief! We've scoured the shops and online retailers to find our shortlist of the best bikes, trikes, and ride-ons for toddlers. 

Your first bike or trike is a massive milestone for a toddler, and one of huge excitement - but also probably a lot of trepidation from parents, too. It can be scary to see your little one suddenly independent and mobilised - have wheels, will travel - and it can be tempting to run alongside just in case they fall off. But from the first moment they make the leap on their trike or bike, the world is their oyster and even more of an adventure than they already thought. 

But which one should you choose as their first set of wheels? From the Mother&Baby award winners to our market top picks, have a browse of these...


In bright colours that your little one will love, this fun trike has a parent handle so you keep control, which can be removed when they’re ready to zoom off on their own, and footrests for small ones which can be folded back when they want to practise pedalling.  

2016 Mother & Baby award winner, this three-wheeled scooter is perfect for toddlers on the go! Our mums loved the lovely bright colours and found their tots found it easy to steer, which is always a plus. 

Your little one can get their balance on this traditional wooden balance bike. The seat height is adjustable, and the handles are easy-grip. Recommended for toddlers over 3 years.

With rubber tyres and a comfy saddle, this high-quality balance bike is a great starter bike. It also has mudguards to protect (a little bit) from the mess and a bell, so you know your toddler is coming.

Easy to use and more importantly, put together, this high-quality bike helps your little one learn to balance, in style. The seat can be adjusted as your toddler grows and comes in lots of designs.

This bike is said to give your little one a no-stress experience of learning to ride a bike. We love the horse saddle shaped seat, which prevents your tot from slipping off the bike. 

This vintage style ride-on car will provide your toddler with just the inspiration for them to imagine themselves driving through the streets, helping to boost their mental development as well as get them used to pushing themselves around. Recommended for ages one to three years.

A scooter with a detachable mini seat, this will take your toddler from first wobbles – hence the sturdy seat – to more confident scootering. With the seat, it’s suitable for one to three years and as a scooter only it can be used from three to five years.

Wheelybugs go backwards, forwards, sideways, round and round. The bodies are padded for a comfy ride, and letting your toddler push themselves around will promote self-confidence, spatial awareness and motor skills. They look adorable too! 

If your little one fancies themselves as a bit of a Bradley Wiggins or Victoria Pendleton, then this balance bike is perfect. The lower centre of gravity created with the ‘road bike’ handlebars provides greater control and stability and allows your child to push off more freely and drive the balance bike. Surely the first step to his or her racing career... Suitable from three to five years.

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  • Author: Sophie Knight Sophie Knight
  • Job Title: Contributing Editor

Sophie is a journalist and mum of one, and previously edited before moving on to write about family cars for - now Sophie is Commercial Content Editor for M&B, Closer, Heat, Empire, Yours, Garden News, and 

She is passionate about raising awareness around postnatal depression and is a Mental Health First Aider.

Sophie studied History at the University of Sheffield and has been in journalism for 16 years. 

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