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Teach your child to ride a bike

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It’s a great idea to get your toddler a balance bike.

A balance bike is a two-wheeled bike that does not have pedals. Children use their feet to push themselves forward, and they steer the bike using handlebars. Balance bikes are a brilliant way for young children to learn how to balance on a bike and can improve motor and cognitive skills, boost their confidence, encourage outdoor play and give them the skills needed to start pedalling on their own.

Here are some tips on how to teach your child to ride a bike:

  1. Make sure your child is ready. Not all children are ready to learn to ride a bike at the same age. Some may be ready as early as 3 or 4 years old, while others may not be ready until they are 5 or 6. There are a few signs that your child may be ready to learn to ride a bike: they can walk and run well;  they have good co-ordination and balance; they are eager to learn
  2. Choose the right bike. The bike should be the right size for your child. You can measure your child’s inside leg length to find the right size bike. The bike should also be in good condition. Make sure the tyres are inflated and the brakes work properly.
  3. Find a safe place to practice. You will need to find a safe place to practice riding your child’s bike. A park or empty car park is a good option. Make sure the area is free of obstacles and other people.
  4. Be patient, positive and encouraging. Learning to ride a bike takes time and practice. Don’t get frustrated if your child doesn’t get it right away. Just keep practicing and they will eventually get the hang of it.

Always ensure your child wears a helmet. This is important for safety, even when practicing.

Let your child know you believe in them and they can do it! With patience and practice, your child will be riding their bike in no time.

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