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How to teach your child to ride a balance bike

Teaching your child to ride a bike is an important milestone in a parent’s life. Although it can seem a little daunting at first, lots of encouragement and positivity will make the process fun and easy for both you and your child.

Get used to feel of bike

It’s important your child feels they are in control so the first step in teaching your child to ride a balance bike is all about getting them used to this new metal or wooden object with wheels. They may have seen older siblings and other kids in the park using a bike but they may not have had the chance to get up close and personal with a bike. Encouraging your child to hold the bike and walk alongside it whilst wheeling it along will help them get a feel for the bike and get used to how it works.

Encourage them to sit on the saddle and walk

This may sound obvious but encouraging your child to walk whilst sitting on the saddle helps them get a sense of how cycling will work and how the balance bike feels while they are sitting on it. This will help them when it comes to the next steps which won’t appear as daunting.

Gliding!

The next step may seem a little daunting but it’s lots of fun! Once your child has the idea of walking along whilst sitting on the bike, the next step is to encourage them to lift their feet up and get gliding! If your balance bike has a brake, now is the time to get your child familiar with it. Teaching them the effects of gently pulling on the brake will help them learn that this will slow them down and stop the bike. (Best to try this on a flat surface first before tackling anything with a slope!)

Next steps…

Once your child has mastered the art of balance, coordination and the other basic motor skills involved in cycling, they are ready to try independent cycling with pedals! Having learnt to ride using a balance bike, your child will find it much easier to progress to a pedal bike.

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