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

Section: Toys & Education

If you’ve been hunting for the best balance bikes for your two-year-old, you can now breathe a sigh of relief!

From the Mother&Baby award winners to our market top picks, have a browse of these...

 

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1) Little Tikes Deluxe 5-in-1 Ride and Relax, £88, Amazon

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 practice pedalling.  
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2) Hape Balance Wonder, £52.38, Amazon 

Your little one can get their balance on this traditional wooden balance bike. The seat height is adjustable, and the handles are easy-grip. Suitable for toddlers over 3 years.
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3) Carrera Coast Balance Bike, £90, Halfords.com 

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.
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4) Micro Scooters Mini Micro Scooter, £74, Amazon 

A 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. 
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5) Kiddimoto Pastel Dotty Kurve Balance Bike, £81, Amazon 

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!
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6) Strider 12 Sport Balance Bike, £88, Amazon 

The Sport Balance Bike has a padded performance seat to avoid straining the mini hip spacing of young children. A Mother&Baby 2016 award winner, your little one will love looking like one of the big boys whilst learning to ride! 
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7) FirstBIKE Balance Bike, £99, Amazon 

This award-winning 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. 
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8) Skoot Ride-On Suitcase, £77.99, Amazon 

Based on a scooter, but with up to 13 litres of packing space, this is an ideal ride-on for when you’re travelling. The front wheel and handles make it easy for your toddler to steer (so less chance of those awkward moments where your toddler ploughs straight into a fellow passenger)…you hope.
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9) Vilac Metal Car (Red), £79.95, Amazon

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.
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10) Micro Scooter – Xtreme Scooter Mini 3 In 1 3 Wheels, £114.99, Amazon

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.
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11) Early RiderAlley Runner Kids' Kids Bike, £169.82, Amazon

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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12) Wheelybug Tiger Ride-On, £50.98, Amazon

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! 

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

Sophie is a journalist and mum of one, and previously worked for Mother&Baby for two years before moving on to write about family cars and consumer advice for Parkers.co.uk

She is passionate about Post-Natal Depression, and is a Mental Health First Aider for Bauer Media.

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