Piglet is the youngest of all of his cousins. There are 7 big boys and girls for him to run around after and he loves it! Ranging in age from 2 to tween, there is always someone for him to go and play with.
The best bit of having so many cousins are all the exciting toys they have. Piglet is always trying to get his hands on things he shouldn’t, and can often be found in my sisters conservatory playing with his cousin little toys. Some of their toys, however, he just can’t get the hang of. When we go out to the park and the big boys and girls are on their bikes and scooters Piglet is left behind. He isn’t happy about being pushed around in his trike all the time now – he wants up and on a bike of his own.
Thankfully there is just the bike for him! The Toddlebike2 is designed for kids that are walking independently, but not quite ready to balance on a bike with 2 wheels. It sounded exactly what we needed, so we were looking forward to giving it a try.
We were warned that our first impression of the Toddlebike 2 would be that we had an empty box – and they were right! It is so light that I barely noticed that I was carrying it at all. The fact that it is so lightweight means it isn’t cumbersome for little people to move around.
Children need to be able to get on and off the bike themselves, and when they sit their feet should be flat on the floor with their knee bent. In theory the top end of the age range for the bike is 3 years old, by which time most kids are ready to move on to something with 2 wheels, but I was assured that it was actually tested up to 100kg if necessary. This was a bit of a relief for me, as I knew that Piglet’s older cousins would definitely want a turn on his little bike and I wouldn’t want to be worrying about them breaking it.
Piglet took a shine to it straight away. I don’t think he really realised that it was for him to ride on, so for a while he was happy as larry pushing it around the kitchen. Although designed to look like a bike, the ToddleBike2 has 4 wheels so that it stays upright without any support. Piglet has been walking for quite a while now but he’s not always got the best balance, so a bike that supports itself means he’s got half a chance of riding on it.
At first he wasn’t too keen on the idea of riding on it, so I took it round to my sisters house to see if watching his cousins would help him get the right idea. As soon as his cousin took a turn Piglet was all over him and the squabbles began!
The Toddlebike2 has already taken a bit of a battering but it has withstood it well. They retail for £23.95 in Halfords which I think is really good value. Since it is relatively inexpensive I won’t mind when Piglet is ready to leave Toddlebike2 behind and venture on to 2 wheels.
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