As soon as summer arrives, we start seeing scooters absolutely everywhere! These lightweight constructions are driven by children of all ages: from very little ones to high school students. Therefore, it is quite predictable that your child will sooner or later start asking to have their own scooter. And if you do not know how to choose a children’s scooter and are generally unsure whether it is worth buying it at all, bear in mind that this means of transportation is said to be one of the safest ones for a child. The most important aspect here is to know how to choose the right one for your son or daughter.
A scooter for children combines 3 functions at once: it serves as a means of transportation, it engages the child in the same way as a toy, and it provides physical training just like a sports machine. And if you are a supporter of an active lifestyle and of ‘smart’ ways to exercise- a scooter will certainly come in handy for your children.
The first scooter for a child can be bought when the baby learns to stand firmly on their feet and to walk decently, which in most cases happens by the age of 1.5-2 years old. If the child is scared of this unusual way to move around, it is better to postpone acquaintance with a scooter for later. For the time being, as an alternative for until the baby has grown up, you can choose a scooter with a seat or a model designed for both of you – the adult and the child.
Riding a scooter, like any other form of moderate physical activity, has a beneficial effect on the health and development of children:
The only potential harm that a scooter may bring is the risk of falling over on it. However, the same risk exists when rollerblading or cycling, as well as with almost any other form of physical activity. And if we take into account the features of their construction – falling from a scooter that is very close to the ground at a low speed will certainly be less traumatic than, for example, the same accident on a fast-riding bicycle.
There is a myth among parents that children’s scooters provoke the appearance of scoliosis due to an increased load on a single part of the body while riding. Those reservations are partially true: unilateral loads can have a negative effect on the spine, however, according to orthopedists, riding a scooter even on a daily basis, cannot trigger scoliosis on its own. Moreover, helping the child to make this load more uniform is very easy – just teach them to alternate between the right and the left leg when riding.
The models of scooters vary in terms of the number of wheels and their purpose. When choosing a scooter for your son or daughter, first of all, take their age into account:
For kids younger than 3 years old, there are 3 types of 3-wheel kick scooters:
In terms of the usage, there is normally a distinction drawn between the 2- and the 3-wheel scooters that are aimed at teenagers and grown-ups:
Whilst aiming at being non-trivial, the manufacturers of scooters come up with more and more unusual types of scooters, such as models that have sparkles coming from underneath the wheels, scooters that have a treadmill option, and stroller scooters developed for young mothers.
Do not worry when the child goes for a ride with friends or drives away from you far. The “Find My Kids” app allows you to track the location of a young athlete in real-time, even if the child is lost from sight. Download the app from GooglePlay and AppStore.
When choosing a truly good scooter for your son or daughter, pay particular attention to the following these highly important criteria:
However, those factors are not always proportional to the price of the scooter – it is surely possible to purchase a very good value product for a good price.
Scooters for children are most often equipped with plastic or rubber wheels, and sometimes with wheels made from polyurethane.
What also matters is the size of the wheels: it is convenient to ride on even surfaces on scooters with small wheels, whereas large wheels allow you to overcome some minor obstacles on the road without any issues, such as pits, humps, and cracks.
If you want to buy the most stable scooter – choose from models with widely spread rear wheels, but if speed is more important to you – on the contrary, give preference to modifications with wheels that are positioned close to each other.
The plastic frame is lightweight, however, it deteriorates fairly quickly. The metal steering column is heavier, but also more durable, and if you are planning to buy a scooter that your child can use for several years, opt for the metal body.
The foot decks vary in width, length, and height on different scooter models. The most stable options have a wide deck. A short leg platform, of around 16 inches long, is more maneuverable than a long one, and the low positioning of the platform makes it much easier to control the scooters: the child will not have to put too much effort in when pushing it.
For safe skating, the surface of the platform should not be smooth to the touch, it should be rather rough; it can have rubberized tabs or anti-slip stickers placed on it.
The greater the weight of the scooter, the greater load it can withstand. However, lightweight constructions are said to be safer. A child is risking of injuring themselves with a scooter that is too heavy. On the other hand, a very light scooter may last for only one season. The optimal weight of a children’s scooter is 4-6 pounds and not more than 9 pounds.
The size of the scooter should correspond to the height of the child: when the child is standing on the deck, the handle should be at their chest level. If you would like the scooter to serve you for more than one year, choose the model which has the option of modifying the height of the handle.
In addition to the ability to adjust, the steering handle must meet two other requirements: to be covered with anti-slip coating and to be equipped with soft comfortable pads.
For children who are just learning to ride a scooter, models with a foot brake will be more convenient. For those who are already familiar with the process, a hand brake is preferable.
If the convenience of storage and the ease of transportation is highly important to you, choose the scooter that has got a folding mechanism.
The most reliable models have a fastening screw: when the screw is removed, the scooter is folded and stored or transported in the compact form without having the risk of losing any parts.
There are some scooters that can fold automatically with the click of a button – this mechanism is convenient, however, it represents the risk of losing some parts.
The table below presents a ranking of the best scooters for children that are categorized according to different age groups and to special features of each of them. Each category contains two options: the best one and the best low-cost one.
|Below 3 years old||3-4 years old||4-5 years old||5-6 years old||For children over the age of 7||Electric scooters|
|Skip Hop Kids — $59.99, Globber Go Up 4 in 1 Lights – $119.99||Razor JR 3-Wheel Lil Rock — $24.96, Globber Elite Prime – $109.99||Gomo 3-Wheel Kids’ — $59.99, Bird Birdie — $129.99.||Jetson Jupiter Kids’ – $29.99, Micro Kickboard Maxi 3 Original — $129.99.||Y-Volution Kids’ Neon Ghost LED — $49.99, Razor A5 Air Kick — $129.99.||Razor E300 — $249.99, Urbanglide Ride 80XL – $315.|
Here are some details about every model mentioned above:
For adventurous kids below the age of 3 years old, the Globber Go Up 4 in 1 Lights would be the perfect scooter to start their exciting journey. It was built to be safe and durable, as well as to be highly adjustable with its moving handlebar and an option to not only use it as a scooter, but also as a ride-on and a walking bike, which makes it a super good investment for parents.
Children below 3 years old can be introduced to this means of transportation in the best way with the Skip Hop Kids – a scooter that provides a very fun riding experience. The scooter has got a seating space that can be removed later on as the child learns the mechanics of riding the scooter. Moreover, it allows kids to play when on board with its option of melodies, effects, and headlights.
The best for 3-4-year-olds is the Globber Elite Prime, a scooter with a special patented elliptic system, a large rear brake, and a unique curved handlebar with an easier and more comfortable grip.
3-4-year-olds are able to enjoy a great Razor JR 3-Wheel Lil Rock scooter at a fantastic price. The scooter has got a comfortable deck and is available in various colors for girls and boys. It is highly stable and secure. It allows kids to become very good at riding scooters.
The best choice for 4-5 years old is the Bird Birdie — a scooter with both sleek and durable design available in 3-4 stunning matte color options. It has an ultrawide footboard and grip, a non-slip grip on the handle, and an adjustable steering column. It is both lightweight and firm on the ground. A highly practical scooter.
For 4-5-year-olds, the best model on a budget would be the Gomo 3-Wheel Kids’ with its nylon frame and a patented ‘Lean+Turn’ steering system, which allows kids to master the art of riding a scooter from a very young age. The wheels are made from polyurethane, hence, they are more durable and offer a better shock absоrbtion.
The best option from our selection for 5-6-year-olds is the Micro Kickboard Maxi 3 Original. It is easily adjustable, foldable for extra convenience, and is available in a selection of lovely colors. In addition to that, it has also got a light, yet durable plastic frame. This scooter provides the smoothest and quietest ride in this age segment.
The best value option for 5-6-year-olds is the Jetson Jupiter Kids’. This scooter has got a very unique design that really stands out from the crowd: it has more than 100 LED lights integrated into its various parts. Moreover, it has got a very useful rear foot brake and easy folding design.
For children of 7 years old and up, the best choice is the Razor A5 Air Kick which can be used not solely on very flat surfaces in the city. It has special anti-rattle handles and extra-long deck wheels.
For children older than 7 years old, the best saver option is the Y-Volution Kids’ Neon Ghost LED with its highly adjustable handlebars, wide rear brakes, and unusual and fun design with color control operated from a push of a button.
The best-selected option for electric scooters would be the Urbanglide Ride 80XL with an ergonomically designed frame, a very comfortable handlebar, and a great possibility to maneuver. Very quiet and easy to ride.
The best saver option for electric scooters would be the Razor E300 which is aimed mainly at 13+ year olds, has good shock absorbers, a convenient supersize deck, and frame, and twist-grip acceleration control. Goes as fast as 11mph, the charge lasts up to 1 hour of riding.
We invite all parents to learn more about our material Summer safety for children: water, insects, and sun, to be on the alert and tell their children about the rules.
Not every child has a natural flair for sports. And not every single one of them is able to achieve great results in this domain. Nevertheless, taking into account the sedentary lifestyle of modern children, it can be said that some physical exercise is a must today. Even if the child is not very good at sports – the scooter will become a very good solution for them – riding it does not put too much of a physical load on the child and allows them to maintain a good shape. And if you keep your child company while riding a scooter, you may perhaps have a new family hobby!
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