Whether she's learning to walk, ride a bike, or maneuver her first scooter, your child will get a kick out of these cool ride-on toys. From baby beginners to capable kindergartners, there is something here for every little one. Play in the backyard or take them to and from preschool or the park to add active play to your child's day.
As the name implies, this little trike has three play modes that grow with your toddler. Starting at 18 months, kids can sit on the seat and use as a rocker. Then, when they're ready to hit the road, convert the rocker base into a parent handle so you can help roll the trike along. Finally, remove the handle so your child (up to age 5) can ride on his own.
This is just one of several brands of "balance" or "walking" bikes on the market. Many, like this one, are made of sturdy, stylish wood. Parents are turning to these pedal-free bikes to help young children master balance in preparation for learning to ride bigger bikes. Also check out the Skuut (compare prices) and Kettler (compare prices).
This colorful take on the balance bike/trike has a wider front wheel for increased stability and a smoother ride. The seat is placed so that kids can extend their legs fully to propel the YBike along. It's made of lightweight, sturdy plastic.
Once you see this clever ride-on toy in action, you won't be able to resist its charms. It's easy for kids to operate—just rotate the steering wheel to make it go—and moves fast enough to exhilarate kids. (But not fast enough to terrify parents.) It's even strong enough for Mom or Dad to give it a whirl!
With no pedals, chain, or batteries, just how does this bike/scooter hybrid go? Kids as young as three catch on quickly. All they have to do is press their feet against the push bar, alternating right and left to create a surprisingly fast, sinuous motion. Older kids can try it too--it's safe for riders up to 150 lbs.
Whatever ride-on your child chooses, make sure she is protected with a helmet. One way to encourage helmet wear is with these cool helmet covers. There are many designs available—everything from princess crowns to dinosaur spikes to dozens of different animals and insects. Tail Wags covers fit over all makes and models of bike, ski, skate, and equestrian helmets. Or check out the fun helmet designs from Raskullz (compare prices).