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to worry a little that toddler won't run much because he is always on scooter/bike?

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OrlandoTheCat Mon 27-Mar-17 15:05:40

My toddler (2yr) is OBSESSED with his balance bike and, to a slightly lesser extent, his scooter. It feels like he hardly ever walks or runs. If he can't scoot or cycle, he mostly wants to be in the buggy. It feels odd to refuse him his bike or scooter when he wants to use them (and we're not on busy/narrow pavements).

When I was little, very young children weren't on balance bikes (I don't think they existed) or scooters (not yet the fashion). But now it seems like young children have scooters like they would another limb....

Does this mean that they might become less inclined to walk or run as they get older??

JonesyAndTheSalad Tue 28-Mar-17 07:04:55

I would also be a little worried. Does he walk and run well when he does?

TheClaws Tue 28-Mar-17 07:20:16

I wouldn't worry yet - he's just two. Plus, you can encourage walking and running by sometimes not having the balance bike or scooter around for him to use. It's okay to say no, you know, even if it does feel odd smile

OrlandoTheCat Tue 28-Mar-17 22:50:51


Jonesy he seems to be fairly good at walking and least not noticeably worse than other children his age....

smellyboot Tue 28-Mar-17 22:53:55

I wouldnt worry. He will be using his legs everywhere else - round the house etc. Id ditch the buggy soon unless you need it for him to sleep.

TheRealPooTroll Tue 28-Mar-17 22:54:39

It's all exercise isn't it? I wouldn't worry - he won't forget how to walk!

smellyboot Tue 28-Mar-17 22:55:19

If he loves his BBike he'll be on pedals by age 3.5 - the norm near us.
He'll naturally move to other interests he likes anyway too.

4sausages Tue 28-Mar-17 22:56:04

I wouldn't worry at all. When my youngest was 2 he was either on his balance bike or in the pushchair. He's now 7 and runs, walks, rides his bike or scooter, plays football etc etc. At 2 surely we just want children to be free of the confines of a pushchair (I know I did) and if that means using a balance bike then so be it! FWIW my eldest didn't have a balance bike or scooter at that age and the only way I could get him out of his pushchair was to let him push his teddy in a dolls pushchair!

OrlandoTheCat Tue 28-Mar-17 23:22:43

Thanks all. Reassured now.

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