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Balance Bikes

The art of riding any bike is ultimately learning how to ‘balance’. A balance bike is quite simply a ‘bike without pedals’, it looks very much like a regular bike and sometimes without the breaks. A balance bike is a great first bike for toddlers and young children taking their first steps into learning to ride a bike, where they can learn to not only balance but steer. Balance bikes come in different materials such as wood or metal and in many different designs such as three wheelers and two wheelers. They are ideal first bikes for toddlers as they are designed with young children in mind with simple structures to allow for safe, fun play as they learn to ride their first bike and build the confidence and independence to move onto a bicycle. Children are masters at learning and this is strengthened by letting them ride, move and steer a balance bike by themselves. The Safetots Ultimate Balance Bike trains the sense of balance, stimulates child’s development and gives them confidence and independence. The seat and handlebars can be adjusted to the height of the child so they feel as comfortable as possible when riding.   

TIPS:


ADJUSTING THE BALANCE BIKE:

Adjust the height of the saddle so that your child can easily touch the ground with the complete soles of their feet with slightly angled knees. The handlebar should be at a height that allows the arms to be held roughly horizontally. Check that your child feels comfortable in this position. If not, then adjust accordingly.


FIRST TRIES:  

As soon as your child is able to pick up the balance bike from the ground, it means they are able to ride it too! Let your child try and ride it and see what happens. Children are masters at learning and you strengthen this by letting them try new things out. Normally, they find out rather quickly how the bike can be moved and steered.


ROLLING:

Push forward off the ground with the feet, alternating between left and right. The smoother the feet roll off from toes to heel, the easier and faster your child will go.


STEERING:

The easiest way to steer the balance bike is with back and bottom. The balance bike trains the sense of balance, stimulates the physical and mental development, strengthens the back and makes your child like movements all in all more secure and sportive.


IN CASE YOUR CHILD NEEDS A HELPING HAND:

Let your child sit on the balance bike with their hands on the handlebar ends and move the bike’s frame from left to right. Your child will feel the new kind of movement and replicate it independently soon afterwards.

MOST POPULAR BIKES.

The safetots ramge of balance bikes have all been specifically designed with safety in mind.  

From the ever popular Batman and Superman bikes:

Batman Bike

To the multi colour options from the Safetots Ultimate Balance Bike range:

Balance Bike Red

Safetots have a full range of premium quality balance bikes, ideal for safely developing the skills young children will require to ride pedal bikes.

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Sep 29 ,2016

Child Safety when out and about

 CHILD SAFETY WHEN OUT AND ABOUT

 

Summers here, the days are longer and children simply love to be outdoors playing in parks, swimming in the local outdoor pool, being outdoors on their bikes, and for parents too, the summer welcomes many more outdoor family social activities.  Older children are more inclined to walk to and from school and there are more opportunities for younger children to become lost in the crowd. Children break up from nursery and school, families go camping, flights are booked, holidays are planned and the crazy summer days begin.  Summer is a time of sunshine and laughter and a time when as a parent your guard may be relaxed and down more than normal.  Enabling your child to experience the freedom to explore whilst keeping them safe can be challenging.  Take a look at our very best top tips for keeping children of all ages safe whilst out and about during these wonderful summer months.

 

 

KEEPING TODDLERS CLOSE

 

Popular with many parents who have an inquisitive, wandering toddler are toddler reins, or a child safety harnessToddler reins are fitted to the body of a toddler, and the long straps enable parents to allow their child to wander to a certain distance, giving them the feeling of independence yet enabling parents to pull their child back close to them instantly.  Most child safety harnesses have a restrictive distance in which a child can travel, they enable parents to let their child walk close to them with the reassurance they cannot run onto a road or any other form of danger, thanks to the close fitting harness and reins.

 

There are various baby harnesses and reins from which to choose.  Many parents choose the more traditional toddler reins such as the Clippasafe Leather Harness and Rein, or the Diono Sure Steps Security Harness, a standard child safety harness with the ultimate function of keeping toddlers close.  Others opt for the more multifunctional kids reins, such as toddler backpacks with reins.  Toddler backpacks with reins such as the Littlelife Toddler Daysacks in the fun Tigger and Minnie Mouse designs are ideal for taking toddlers to and from nursery safely.  Simply pack all their snacks and drinks for the day into these cute toddler backpacks and keep your little one close to you on route too and from nursery with the detachable safety rein.  These gorgeous kids Littlelife rucksacks also feature a grab handle enabling you to stop your child in their tracks at a moments notice.

 

Wrist links are an alternative to baby reins but ultimately designed to keep children close in the same way as a baby harness.  Toddler wrist links simply fasten to a childs wrist, forming part of a fully adjustable connecting rein.  Wrist links fit to a parent’s wrist and a second link fits to a childs wrist.  Wrist links keep children close to a parents side and enable parents to have greater control of their movements whilst also allowing their child independence.

 

 

KNOWING WHERE YOUR CHILD IS AT ALL TIMES

 

Perfect for darker evenings, for summer days quickly turning into darker nights and camping holidays with kids, are high visibility jackets for childrenHigh visibility vests for kids and high visibility backpacks are designed to keep young children visible and safe whilst they are out and about cycling, walking to and from school, crossing busy roads or simply keeping them visible to traffic and passers bye on dark evenings when you are venturing home from a friends barbeque or summer party. 

 

High visibility vests with reflective panels are great for families who enjoy camping with children.  Camping holidays are a time when families allow their young children to play with their friends in the outdoors for longer, and as the summer evenings can quickly draw in, a parent’s panic of where their children are can suddenly and quickly set in.  High visibility jackets enable parents to identify their child quickly and enable them to relax knowing that as the night closes in their child is still visible to any oncoming traffic as they head back for the night to the tent.  Hi-Vis backpacks are another great solution to keeping kids visible whilst out and about.  The Littlelife Hi-Vis Kids backpacks in the Dinosaur and Butterfly designs are ideal for active, adventurous children.  These kids backpacks have high visibility fabric, making it easy to be seen in a low light and benefit also from a grab handle, enabling parents to pull them back and grab hold immediately.

 

High visibility vests for children are also ideal for keeping in the car for unexpected break downs.

 

 

IDENTIFY YOUR CHILD QUICKLY WHEN SEPARATED

 

 

Kids ID bands are designed to wrap around a child’s wrist and contain insert cards which are stored safely inside the wrist band.  The insert cards enable parents to fill in information they would like adults to find should a child become lost and in their care, details such as contact numbers or any medical information.  Childrens ID straps are ideal for outdoor birthday parties, school trips, music festivals, active holidays or for general use whilst out and about on family day trips.  ID straps are ideal for days out in a busy environment where a child may potentially wander off and become lost in the crowd.  Childrens ID wristbands enable adults to quickly identify the child and contact the parents accordingly.

 

ID bands come in a range of colours, styles and sizes to suit any child.  ID bands with reflective strips such as the IDME Kids Safety reflective ID Wristband are designed for children who may be out in the dark, making them instantly more visible to adults.  If a child is a natural wanderer, ID bands can take some of the stress away, reuniting children with their parents quickly after the panic of being lost.

 

ID bands for children are also great for taking with you on holiday in the UK or abroad.  If your family are visiting a country where the first language is not English, your child may benefit further by carrying with them a contact number within their wristband.

 

 

CHILD SAFETY

 

Keeping children safe, whilst allowing them to become independent little people, without over protecting and restricting them can be challenging.  ID bands, Hi Vis vests, Wrist Links and Hi Vis Backpacks, enable children to play freely and safely and give parents a little more reassurance that their child can be spotted quickly in the dark and identified quickly if lost.  Safetots supply great solutions to keeping children safe whilst out and about, take a look at our wide range of child safety products designed to keep kids safe in the home, on holiday or for days out and about.

 

 

 

 

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Jul 19 ,2017

BALANCE BIKES OR PEDAL BIKES?

BALANCE BIKES OR PEDAL BIKES?

 

It’s a popular topic of conversation in the nursery / pre-school playground, should I buy my child a balance bike or a more traditional pedal bike with stabiliser’s / training wheels?  As a parent buying a first bike for their child, deciding on which type of bike to buy can raise all kinds of questions.  Is a balance bike better that a traditional pedal bike? What are the benefits of a balance bike? From what age can my child ride a balance bike?  I learned to ride with stabilisers, are bikes with training wheels really that bad?

 

Over the years kid’s first bikes have come a long way, from the once heavy framed bike complete with training wheels to aid them in ‘learning to ride a bike’, to the now lightweight, pedal free, scoot bikes, where children use their feet to scoot along as appose to being stabilised by training wheels.

 

So which is the best first bike for your child?

 

 

A BIKE WITH STABILISERS OR A BALANCE BIKE?

 

Children are generally ready for their first ‘proper’ bike from the age of 18 months old and deciding on which first bike to buy for your child can be a tricky one, weighing up the pros and cons of a more traditional bike with stabilisers virsus the ever growing in popularity ‘balance bike’. 

 

Balance bikes for kids are designed to encourage young children to learn the skills and techniques needed for progressing onto a standard pedal bike.  Unlike a bike with stabilisers, a balance bike enables children to learn the ultimate skill needed to ride a bike, BALANCE!  A bike with training wheels tends to tilt to one side and can sometimes give a false sense of balance.  Balance bikes also known as glider bikes are generally more lightweight in design, they are ideal for scooting across fields and more uneven terrain where a bike with stabilisers is more likely to struggle.  There is less risk of injury from riding a balance bike as a child is less likely to topple over.  Balance bikes have proved to in-still confidence in young riders and children who have learnt to ride a bike firstly with a balance bike generally progress to a standard pedal bike easier and quicker.

 

 

FROM WHAT AGE CAN MY CHILD RIDE A BALANCE BIKE?

 

Balance bikes come in a number of sizes to suit young children of various ages.  Most balance bikes, such as Safetots balance bikes are suitable for children between the ages of 2 to 5 years.  However, all children develop at different times and for some children a balance bike is suitable from the age of 18 months, parental judgement in deciding when a child is ready to ride a bike is acceptable.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A BALANCE BIKE?

 

Balance bikes provide children with more freedom and independence that a bike with training pedals. Balance bikes are easier to manouver and children learn the skills needed to ride a bike from an early age.  Once a child has learnt to ride a bike with the use of trainer wheels, they generally need to learn the skill of ‘balance’ once the trainer wheels are removed.  Balance bikes create confident riders, they teach young children to steer, balance and break and train their sense of co-ordination, all the skills required to ride a pedal bike.  From the age of 4 to 5 years old, a child should make a smooth transition to a pedal bike without the need for having stabilisers.

 

Balance bikes stimulate a child’s mental and physical development and confidence is gained as they learn to move, ride, steer and balance a bike independantly.  Balance bikes for toddlers are designed within a lightweight frame, complete with spoked wheels that provide support and flexibility.

 

 

SAFETOTS BALANCE BIKES

 

Safetots have a wide range of balance bikes for girls and balance bikes for boys, unisex balance bikes and kids favourite superhero balance bikes including our best-selling ‘superman balance bike’ and ‘batman balance bike’.  Children simply love the designs of balance bikes featuring their favourite superheroes.  To find the best balance bike for your son or daughter visit us HERE at Safetots, or for any further advice on any of our Safetots balance bikes call us on 01438 728888 and we will be more than happy to help.

 

All Safetots balance bikes have been tried and tested and each one is designed to help children develop the skills and balance needed to ride a standard pedal bike.

 

Balance bikes by Safetots and Kazam in a great range of designs and colours are available to purchase at www.safetots.co.uk

    

 

 

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Jul 13 ,2017