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Can 2 year olds ride a scooter?

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theduchesse Tue 07-May-13 18:08:08

My DS is currently 19 months and I want to know what everyones DC could do at 2 in terms of riding a scooter or a tricycle or one of those trikes with a handle for parents.

In September when my DS will be 2 he will be changing to a new nursery. I'm currently choosing between a few nurseries but we will be using buses to get there so our commute is part of my decision. I can't decide if it would be better to take a longer bus ride with less walking (possibly more boring for him) or a longer walk and short bus ride. The walk is up/down a hill so I'm not sure how much I would trust him on a scooter even if he was capable. He would be too slow walking and while a pram is a possibility it's not my preferred option.

6 months seems an eternity when trying to guess what a toddler will be like/capable of!

Mutley77 Sat 11-May-13 08:37:51

I think balance bikes are great - DS had a Puky as well as his scooter - but I don't see them as a scooter alternative, they need both IMO. I would much rather carry the scooter if he gets bored than the bike - and his control was much better on the scooter initially meaning it was safer by the road (but I would agree with the poster who says to exercise caution near roads).

feelthis Sat 11-May-13 07:14:27

I would plan on using a buggy for a while yet. It will be faster and there will be lots of times when your DC is tired and doesn't want to scoot.

I wouldn't trust a 2 year old on a scooter near a road- they can lose control easily

Wallace Sat 11-May-13 07:03:41

I second a balance bike. Ds3 started to ride his Puky LRM when he was 19 months - and he is not very tall.

By the time he was 2 he was whizzing around on it and able to ride a bike with no stabilisers!

I would suggest reins/littlelife backpack for control. Also you will sometimes end up carrying child and bike, but luckily the Puky is very light.

savoirfaire Fri 10-May-13 22:38:51

Ozbozz Trail Twist (? maybe Twist Trail) is £15 vs £50+ for a minimicro. They are basically identical. Slight difference in the type of plastic, which prob means mini micro is more robust in the longer term and slightly 'smoother ride' on bumpy ground. We have a MM for DC1, but for our second child we bought the Ozbozz (poor neglected second child syndrome) - I would highly recommend the cheaper option.

Mutley77 Fri 10-May-13 04:04:38

My DS loved his mini micro (only just growing out of it now at nearly 5) and could scoot pretty adeptly as soon as he got it for his second birthday. It absolutely revolutionised my life as I could pretty much do away with the buggy and it is so light and easy to transport around.

Kiwiinkits Fri 10-May-13 02:19:59

sorry for thread hijack
If your child was coming up 3 would you buy a mini micro or something with only 2 wheels and a handle with adjustable height? DD can scooter reasonably well but is slow. Don't want to buy something she'll outgrow in a few months.
FWIW we have two kids and this buggy-scooter from Phil&Teds has been really useful for getting from A to B. Scooter itself isn't as good as a mini micro but having it attached to the buggy is a godsend. Freerider Stroller Board

MoelFammau Thu 09-May-13 23:36:19

DD has used a Mini Micro Scooter since 18mo. She's now 2 and pretty good on it.

savoirfaire Wed 08-May-13 21:16:58

DS got a mini micro for his 2nd birthday. Wouldn't go more than 3 feet on it for over a year. Finally got into the swing of it when about 3.4 and then started using it every day for nursery commutes etc. There's no way we could have done it earlier (he walked the commute from being just over 2.5 - about half a mile). DD on other hand could scoot a short distance at 18 months and I'm sure by 2 will be going back and forward from nursery.

WhispersOfWickedness Wed 08-May-13 10:05:09

DS is 3 and only just mastered it. I can't see DD (20 months) getting it for many many months yet. I have not got dc who are blessed in the physical coordination department though grin

DeWe Wed 08-May-13 09:39:31

You don't need to pay out on a mini micro for a 2yo to use a scooter. Both dd2 (who only has one hand making it harder) and ds were using an ordinary three wheeler (the sort that are about £10) from before 2yo. They also fold up quite small for tucking away.

Only thing is that it does take time to get up to a reasonable speed. We took ours to Butlins and they spent a week scooting round, and then they were as fast as you like. Dd2 was just over 2yo, and ds was a couple of months off being 2yo when we did that. After that they were pretty much as fast as me walking.

MummaBubba123 Wed 08-May-13 06:17:26

My 2 and a half year old has been using a scooter for a few months with ease. However, it takes about 200 times longer to get anywhere than usual!

RegularVoltaire Tue 07-May-13 23:30:36

Get a balance bike!

Dd was 2 when she got hers - the pram was redundant!

CarefulUpThere Tue 07-May-13 23:23:04

Dd2 scooted slowly on her mini micro from age 2 I think but it was great for getting around because she would let me pull her after having a go for 5 mins herself. Because I'm short it was easy to do this even with no strap. This was our main way of getting around for months! Much easier to get on buses/down the highstreet with than a pushchair.

DH also found you can hook one handle on top of your shoulder and hang the thing on your back if needing to carry it whilst having hands free for bags/holding toddler.

PacificDogwood Tue 07-May-13 23:11:10

Yy to Mini Micro scooter.

BUT don't rely on it being your only mode of transport for your DS. Half the time I carry the scooter and push the empty pram while he examines every leaf or pebble on the road walks.
DSs2 and 4 were mad keen on their scooters from before they were 2; DSs1 and 3 not so much. Totally depends on the child and the phase of the moon.

maxpower Tue 07-May-13 23:10:28

Ime the bus wins every time. If you'll be near traffic you'll want something you can control.

Yika Tue 07-May-13 23:08:00

My d d got a mini micro at age 2.3 but she's still not yet into it at 2.7. Although she's active i still use the pushchair more than I would have imagined a year ago.

quornqueen Tue 07-May-13 23:02:24

My DS can ride a scooter. He is 2.5. I wouldn't bother using it as a serious mode of transport though, I've seen rocks moving faster grin

TheChaoGoesMu Tue 07-May-13 23:01:22

Ds could ride a micro from about 18 months. But dd was about 3 before she mastered it. It depends on the child.

Prozacbear Tue 07-May-13 22:58:36

DS has a mini micro (2.2) which he nagged me for incessently over the period of about a month. It's lovely to see him happy, and he no longer gazes longingly at other childrens' scooters, but it is s...l...o...w.

Be prepared to walk veeery veeery slowly behind your DS. Until the moment he 'gets' it and then be prepared to run like a bat out of hell grin

narmada Tue 07-May-13 21:11:19

mini micro also make one with a little seat on it for real shorties, which can be removed as they get older and more confident.

theduchesse Tue 07-May-13 21:09:04

Thanks for all your replies. I've googled the mini micro and ozbozz scooters and will be going out to check them out next week. Oh and I'm very pleased to hear that straps exist to keep him in check!

ChazDingle Tue 07-May-13 21:08:31

my ds is 3 in a couple of weeks and really still has no idea on a scooter. He also hasn't got the hang of peddling a bike and has only just in last 6 months or so moved himself along on wheeled toys. He just doesn't seem to be interested in this type of thing, so like others have said it depends on the child

narmada Tue 07-May-13 18:57:59

Get a strap, but yes, mini-micro from 2 should be fine. DS could manage it and he had only started walking at around 17 months so I was quite surprised. He did have a big sister and an adventurous disposition, which probably helped a lot, though.

StickEmWithThePointyEnd Tue 07-May-13 18:20:24

Ds got a mini micro scooter for his second birthday and had no interest in it whatsoever until a month ago (he's now 2.9) and I can't get him off the bloody thing. He's really good on it and picked it up really quickly once he showed an interest.

nulgirl Tue 07-May-13 18:16:20

Depends on how they pick things up physically. My dd didn't start using her mini-micro until she was 3. My ds was scooting everywhere at 18m. You also need to consider road-awareness. My ds was very good on his scooter but I had my heart in my mouth every time he scooted off ahead on a pavement as I was worried he wouldn't stop at the road. They can go very fast on scooters especially on a slope.

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