Shop
01491

Scooter buying guide & safety tips for toddlers

 
Is a scooter on your toddler's birthday or Christmas present list this year? Our buying guide to scooters has some useful tips on what to look for when you're out shopping for your toddler's first scooter, along with some important safety advice.
Is a scooter on your toddler's birthday or Christmas present list this year?

Our buying guide to scooters has some useful tips on what to look for when you're out shopping for your toddler's first scooter, along with some important safety advice.
 

What to look for when buying scooters for toddlers


Hard to believe that kids push scooters have been around for over a century. Yet young kids still love receiving their first scooter and have so much fun once they’ve mastered how to get along.

So where do you begin?
 
  • Scooters with 3 wheels are a great way to start your toddler off from a balance perspective, before they progress onto the 2 wheel kind when they're a little older.
 
  • Check that the scooter you’re buying is age-appropriate for your toddler. Don’t buy one meant for older kids hoping they’ll soon grow into it.
 
  • Look for a light weight design, a scooter that’s not too heavy for your toddler to push themselves or pick up if they fall over.
 
  • A scooter with adjustable height handlebars will let the scooter grow with your toddler.
 
  • Make sure the scooter is easy to assemble when you get home, if it’s not assembled already at the shop or online.
 
  • Buy a helmet at the same time as you buy their scooter and insist they wear it every time they go out for a scoot. Head injuries are one of the worst childhood injuries. Knee and elbow pads are an optional extra.
 

Scooter safety tips for toddlers

 
  • Start your toddler off on flat ground and slowly progress to them scooting up and down slopes and hills.
 
  • Teach them to be street-wise and to ensure that if they’re scooting along the pavement that they get into the habit of stopping at driveways and kerbs to ensure no traffic is coming their way.
 
  • To help prevent injuries, encourage your toddler to wear sturdy shoes whilst they’re scooting, in case they kick the pavement and stub their toes.
 
  • If you can, dress your toddler in brightly coloured clothes before they head off scooting, so that they’re visible to others walking on the pavement and to motorists.
 
  • Regularly check that the scooter's brakes are working and that the tyres are firm. Many scooter companies offer replacement parts if required.
 

Tell your friends

Like the article you've just been reading? Click on the Refer A Friend link at the top of the page and send the details to friends who might like to read it too.
 

More Hot Topics for you to enjoy

Image source: didactiktoy.com
Enquire

You might also be interested in ...

Make your own ice chalk paints

Make your own ice chalk paints

Painting with ice chalk paints is lots of fun! Make the most of the summer weather and have a go at this easy ice chalk paints recipe. It’s a great outdoors messy play activity, science experiment and painting material all in one!
12 Fun indoor activities for under 2's

12 Fun indoor activities for under 2's

Here are some fun indoor activities that you can do with your under two’s to encourage learning through play. As a parent or in home childcare provider, let your inhibitions go, be silly, forget the mess and join in with play wholeheartedly!

join us

Join us on social media for all our latest news.
facebook twitter pinterest
 

sign up

Sign up and receive our latest newsletters.
First/Last Name
Email
Town/City
 

contact us

mailinfo@under5s.co.nz
phone09 376 4408
PO Box 147429
Ponsonby
Auckland 1144

advertise with us