There are a few different types of scooters, but the good news is that your child can learn to ride a scooter as a toddler. While all children are different, and some pick up physical skills more quickly than others, you can likely begin introducing a 3-wheeled scooter around ages 2-3. Some are even designed for one-year-olds.
There are a ton of safe 3-wheeled scooter options for whenever you and your toddler are ready to hit the sidewalk. Make sure to grab a helmet that fits your toddler properly!
What’s a 3-wheeled Scooter?
3-wheeled scooters have one wheel in the front, two wheels in the back, and are wider than 2-wheeled scooters. This makes them very stable and a great tool for learning to balance while scootering.
There are a lot of different brands out there for your child’s first scooter, many with seats that you can fold when not in use. Others come with a round handlebar that can later be swapped out with the traditional scooter handlebar, like the Micro Mini 3-in-1, designed for toddlers as young as one.
How do We Get Started?
3-wheeled scooters will help your child build the confidence to keep their balance, hold onto the handlebars, and propel themselves forward. The scooters that come with a seat really do help them to learn the general idea, using both feet to gain some speed.
First things first: find a toddler-sized helmet that does not move around on their head. It should fit snugly and be buckled properly. You can start by introducing the scooter inside and moving to a smooth sidewalk or driveway when they’re ready. Go slowly, and follow their lead. You or an older sibling can show them how it works.
They’ll likely explore by pushing the scooter without being on it, eventually learning to ride it while sitting, and then standing. As all parents know, some kids will be daredevils from the get-go, while others will cautiously take baby steps.
When are They Ready for the Next Step?
The next step is a 2-wheeled scooter, which has one wheel in the front, one in the back, and a more narrow standing surface. Kids will likely be ready for this around ages 4-6. 2-wheeled scooters require more balance and confidence and can pick up speed more quickly. While it can be tempting to move them along to the next step, enjoy the slow-paced safety of that 3-wheeler while you can.
There are also electric scooters, recommended for ages 8 and older. Stunt scooters, designed for stunts and tricks, are typically marketed to kids around age 8, although companies have begun making them for 5-8-year-olds due to demand.
Like everything else in parenting, when your child gets to move to the next step is a personal decision that will depend on your comfort level and your child’s abilities and interests.