Scooters for 2 year olds
The Best Scooters for 2 Year Olds
Are you looking for a scooter for a 2 year old? My son has just turned 2 and a scooter was his main birthday gift. I did some research before buying his scooter and this article details what I found. There are scooters designed for younger toddlers (as young as 1 year old). Just bear in mind that it may take some 2 year olds and younger toddlers quite a bit of practice to master the scooter.
What to look for when buying a scooter for a 2 year old?
When buying a scooter for a 2 year old, it must have 3 or 4 wheels. Look for a scooter with a wide base so its easy for the 2 year old to balance. Scooters that grow with your 2 year old are ideal. Look for scooters with adjustable handlebars too.
Another consideration is do you want a foldable scooter? Foldable scooters can be easier to store. Additionally, when your 2 year old has had enough of his/her scooter, folded scooters are easy to carry.
If the scooter you want to buy doesn't fold try to make sure it's lightweight. If you have to carry it, it should be okay if it's not too heavy.
Lighter scooters are also easier for very young children to be able to move, control and use. This is why many are designed to be as lightweight as possible.
Ideally the scooter should have a wide base to help with stability and balance. A bonus is that it comes ready assembled so you don't have to put it together (always a plus!).
Read on for ideas of the best scooters for 2 year olds.
Mini MIcro 3 in 1 Scooter - My Choice
This is the scooter that I bought for my son for his 2nd birthday. It is designed to be used by children from aged 1 to 5.
There are 3 modes in which you use the scooter. Firstly it can be used as a ride on with an attached seat.
At the next stage you remove the seat and your 2 year old can use it with a the o bar handle. This is smaller than the normal handle (only 49cm or 19.2 inches) so much easier for them to use. When they are older you change the o bar handle into a t bar handle which is approximately 67cm or 26 inches from the floor to the top of the handlebars.
The scooter comes in pink and blue.
It is expensive but I am hoping not to have to buy him another scooter until his 5th birthday. The negative with this scooter is that it does not fold. I was concerned about this as I found it a real plus to be able to fold my elder son's scooter. It was easier to carry and store when it was folded. However, this scooter is really lightweight so it is easy to pick up and carry. Light scooters are also very easy for younger children to control. For storage and travel you can remove the scooter handlebar and store it in two parts.
Another option of the mini micro scooter for 2 year olds is one with a this seat. It's very similar to the mini micro above but with a different kind of seat.
It features an adjustable T-bar.
There are 3 rides for 3 ages all in one box.
At age 1 start with the ride-on seat using one of two seat heights.
At age 2 remove the seat for a stand-on scooter with short O-bar.
At age 3 replace the O-bar with the T-bar to convert to the Micro Mini original for ages 2 to 5.
Mini Micro Kick Scooter
The mini kick scooter is designed for kids aged 3 and up but there are lots of younger kids that actually use them. As you can see from the video below there are toddlers younger than 2 year who use this scooter. This is the same scooter as the scooter featured above except that it doesn't come with a seat and an o bar handle so is less expensive. There are plenty of reviews worth reading on amazon.com with toddlers that use the scooter.
The scooter is designed to be very strong to withstand the play that little ones dish out but also very light. A light scooter is very important for young children as it gives them more control and it's easier for them to use. They can pick it up to get up and down the sidewalk as well as over any steps. They can also pick it up to change direction when they need to. They can't do this if the scooter is too heavy.
It is an expensive but is perhaps the creme de la creme of scooters for young children. It has won awards for its design which is features a lean to steer mechanism. It has 3 wheels and a deck which is low to the ground for maximum stability. The wheels are also smooth gliding and quite.
It comes in several different colors, check the orange below.
19 Month Old on a Mini Micro Kick Scooter
Ther are other options of scooter that are similar to the mini micro that I also considered buying for my own son.
One option is the Globber range of scooters.
They have lots of options to choose from but I have focussed on two of them below.
The first is the Globber 5 in 1 convertible scooter and the second is the height adjustable Globber 3 wheeled scooter.
It's similar to the mini micro scooter above and is cheaper too. However, it does weigh a bit more but not too much more (4.8 pounds compared to 3.3 pounds). As has already been mentioned, lighter scooters are obviously easier for children to pick and move when they want to change direction so this may be factor in your decision making. But a 4.8 pounds it should be easy enough for a 2 year old to pick up.
Globber Scooter 5 in 1
This Globber scooter is fantastic for the younger child. It can be used as a push along ride on.
Then it can be converted into a sit on ride on where the child uses his or her feet to push the ride on along.
It can also change into a scooter with locked steering which makes it easier for children to learn to use and control the scooter in the beginning.
The scooter is also height adjustable ranging from 26.5 inches to 30.5 inches.
The Globber scooter is the same scooter as the 5 in 1 option above but without the push along toy or ride on.
Like the 5 in 1 it can be used with locked steering which can make it easier for children when they first learn to use the scooter.
The deck is low to the ground which makes it easy for the child to get on and off.
There are two 120mm PU wheels at the front and one 80mm PU rear wheel which offer a smooth ride.
The scooter is height adjustable. The lowest height is 67.5cm (26.5 inches) which is slightly higher than the height of the handlebar on the mini micro scooter but not much. The hightest height is 30.5 inches.
Kettler make scooter designed for kids aged from 18 months to 3 years.
They feature a wide front wheel and dual rear wheels which provide great stability while learning balance and coordination. The 8 position height adjustable handlebars can be easily adjusted as they grow. Also includes an integrated foot brake for safety.
Radio Flyer Scooter
The Radio Flyer scooter is a cheaper option of scooter for the 2 to 5 year age range.
If you are looking for an option of safe and solid scooter this may be a good choice. There is an extra wide base for stability and a foot brake for extra control.
It's designed to be safe so it isn't quite as easy to whizz round the corners as on a mini micro. However, this may be fine for the more safety conscious child.
The rear wheel also has a cover to offer extra safety.
It does compromise on some features. The wheels are plastic rather than PU which means it may not offer such a smooth a ride over the cracks and bumps in the pavement. Like the other scooters featured it doesn't fold.
It has a weight capacity for 50 pounds.
The Radio Flyer Scooter in Action
Tips to Help Your 2 Year Old Ride Their Scooter
Here are some tips to help your 2 year old ride their new scooter.
1.) Start in an open space with even ground. This will help them to keep their balance earlier.
2.) To ride a scooter they will need to achieve the balance required. Some 2 year olds will need help with this. You can help move them along and encourage them to use a foot to push themselves along. They may want to practice just standing on the scooter to get them used to it. They may just want to push it along without standing on it at first. This will help them get a feel for using the scooter too.
3.) Get a demonstration. Is there an older sibling, friend or children who live nearby that will be able to show your youngster how they use their scooter. The best way to learn is to copy and this can really help.
4.) Make it fun. Keep the scooter sessions short if necessary. They won't be able to scoot along unless they want to do it. Take the scooter to a fun place that they like to go to, like the park so make it a fun session. If they have had enough, don't force them. Put it away and have a go another day.