THE BALANCE BIKE OR THE ART OF FREE-WHEELING
GETTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT: IT’S ALL ABOUT BALANCE
The main objective of this type of bicycle is to find balance (rather than learning to pedal). Sitting on his saddle, the child must move forward using his legs. With a little confidence (and encouragement from our side), your little one will be able to find its balance to lift its feet off the ground and enjoy its momentum.
In addition to its balance and motor skills, your child will be able to develop its perception of space and the coordination of its limbs thanks to its bike without pedals. All while having fun (which is, let's be honest, even better)!
FOSTERING CONFIDENCE AND AUTONOMY
The absence of pedals allows your little one to focus on developing its balance at its own pace. With practice, this will result in a gain in confidence in its abilities and an increase in its autonomy.
As it is up to the child to decide their speed and course, with each step, they gain control of their bike. This allows them to appropriate the area where they circulate and make it their playground. The next step? Explore the world (as long as it's still in the neighbourhood)!
SIT UP AND TAKE NOTICE
For all these beautiful skills to take root, the bicycle must first and foremost be ergonomic for your own child. Here are some things you should look for in a balance bike.
Sitting on the saddle, the child must:
- have its feet flat on the ground (extra points for an adjustable seat model!)
- be comfortably seated in the saddle with its legs half bent
- be able to grab the handlebars easily (without restricting the legs or knees)
- move with ease
- be able to get off (and on) easily.
Please also remember to consider the weight of the bike (especially if it is up to you to carry it when the ride has been longer than expected) and to buy a helmet (safety first).
WHICH MODEL SHOULD I CHOOSE?
Although it is best to rely on the list of elements to be validated above, here are the different models and the recommended age produced by Coco Village.
NANO - 2 years and under. Tricycle that turns into a two-wheeled balance bike with height-adjustable seat (from 23 to 28 cm - 9 to 11 in.).
MINI - From 2 to 3 years old. Tricycle that turns into a two-wheeled balance bike with height-adjustable seat (from 27 to 33 cm - 10.5 to 13 in.).
GRANDE - 3 years and up. Two-wheeled balance bike with height adjustable seat (from 32 to 38 cm - 12.5 to 15 in.).
That being said, the whole village wishes you a great time riding with your family!