Toddlebike Review + Giveaway

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When Little Pudding turned two we made a really big mistake.  We bought her a balance bike, thinking it would be great for her to be able to practice on ready for a getting a big girls bike.  Well, unfortunately, she really didn’t get on very well with it, and it became quite apparent she was’t quite ready for that stage just yet.  Fortunately, shortly after, I was introduced to the Toddlebike, the pre balance bike for toddlers which sounded perfect for her and we’ve been very busy in the park trying it out.

The Toddlebike has 4 wheels instead of 2, so it’s stable for her to ride.  It’s a lightweight sturdy frame, so she  also doesn’t have the issue of having to keep it upright.  We found one of the problems with the balance bike we had bought was it was too heavy for her to manage, so balancing on it was incredibly difficult for her.

Toddlebike Review

At first, Little Pudding’s instinct was to use both feet at the same time to propel herself forward on the Toddlebike.  Because of it’s sturdy frame and 4 wheels it didn’t topple over when she tried to do this.

Once she felt confident on the Toddlebike, she realised that alternating her feet would propel her forward quicker so she could keep up with her sister.  It was lovely to see her bike riding skills progressing in a way that was manageable for her without all the frustration that falling off can bring.

Toddlebike Video Review

Do take a look at our video and see Little Pudding’s confidence grow as she masters going faster on the Toddlebike without any problems.

The Toddlebike works like a normal bike in that the handlebars turn so you can change direction or go around corners, but this skill is something that Little Pudding is still working on.  Her instinct seems to be to come to a stop and then lift the bike and point it in the direction she wants it to go in.

The Toddlebike is giving her the confidence to master turning the corners properly and develop this new skill.  She is stopping less and less as she realises the handlebars will do the work for her.

I’m really impressed with the Toddlebike and wish we had heard about it sooner.  It’s a great bike for toddlers and can be used from 18 months old.  It seems to really help them build the confidence and skills needed to go onto the next stage of riding a bike.

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Toddlebike review plus giveaway

Toddlebike Giveaway

If, like me you made a mistake and went for the balance bike a bit too soon or would just like to get your hands on one of these for your children, then I have the perfect giveaway for you.  Just enter via the rafflecopter below and good luck with your entry. Competition ends 6/9/16. Other T&C’s apply.

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We were provided with the Toddlebike in exchange for our honest review, but all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

151 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon
    August 9, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    Try and do it in a grassy place so when they fall off it doesn’t hurt!

  2. Rebecca Nisbet
    August 9, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    patience and encouragement, make it fun and they will eventually do it.

  3. Tricia Cowell
    August 9, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    Lots of encouragement and praise!

  4. S Edwards
    August 9, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    A nice grassed slope so they can get use to the balance of the bike as its always harder for them to have to push off and pedal

  5. August 9, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    Hold the bike and run with them but don’t let go until they have some balance and confidence.

  6. lucy higgins
    August 9, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    Lots of praise to give them confidence

  7. laura stewart
    August 9, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    dont rush them x

  8. iain maciver
    August 9, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    have patience

  9. Susan Smith
    August 9, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    Patience, and praise, and when they fall down, help them to get back on and try again

  10. Andrea Fletcher
    August 9, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    Lots of encouragement and make it fun.

  11. amy fidler
    August 9, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    Be patient,let them learn in there own way/time and do it on a soft area like grass x

  12. Tracy Hanley
    August 9, 2016 / 5:47 pm

    I used a Walking Reins for my son, I held it at the back while he got his balance

  13. Angela Treadway
    August 9, 2016 / 6:07 pm

    Lots of encouragement and let them gain thier balance with you holding on to them for a while x

  14. Nicki Evans
    August 9, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    Be patient and give them lots of support and encouragement.

  15. Noreen
    August 9, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    Support their shoulders to give confidence to start with, make it a fun exercise with lots of praise and encouragement

  16. Olga carpenter
    August 9, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    Just don’t rush them

  17. Margaret Gallagher
    August 9, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    Lots of praise and reassure
    Go at their pace -they are all different

  18. sb
    August 9, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    get dad to teach them

  19. claire woods
    August 9, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    lots of little go’s at them riding and you letting go just for a few seconds.

  20. Edward Guerreiro
    August 9, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    First make sure they have an appropriately sized bike (One where they can easily reach the peddles and the brakes). Then, basically, sit them on the bike and run alongside them controlling the steering. Once they have demonstrated they can peddle, and brake. Run alongside them once more, and let go at some point, without telling them. That’s how I was taught, and it worked.

  21. ElizM
    August 9, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    My father taught me by holding me by the neck and running behind me as I was on the bike. Probably a bit extreme but it worked!

  22. Kirsty Fox
    August 9, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    Lots of practice and be patient, my kids learnt by me running behind them and holding onto the seat before secretly letting go!

  23. Tom
    August 10, 2016 / 3:38 am

    Run alongside to offer a helping hand!

  24. Amanda
    August 10, 2016 / 6:49 am

    Patience, encouragement and praise 🙂

  25. August 10, 2016 / 7:26 am

    Take them to a big open space that is flat like a big empty car park or residential area. I found that having older children cycling around really inspired my son to practice and get better to be like the bigger boys.

  26. Simon Tutthill
    August 10, 2016 / 7:43 am

    Encouragement and let them learn in their own time

  27. BECCA STAPLES
    August 10, 2016 / 7:54 am

    Lots of praise, and making lots of time to keep practising x

  28. alison fisher
    August 10, 2016 / 10:06 am

    keep holding until they have that balance then let go without telling them (so run along side them still) then its lots of encouragement and rubbing of grazed knees until the skill is perfected

  29. Ray Dodds
    August 10, 2016 / 10:54 am

    Grassy area where it doesn’t hurt to fall off

  30. Tammy Westrup
    August 10, 2016 / 11:31 am

    I would definately recommend a balance bike to learn how to balance first. We did with my son and then when we introduced a pedal bike he went from wobbly in the garden to pedaling around the block within half an hour! The theory of balance bikes definately worked!

  31. Kate Milton
    August 10, 2016 / 11:38 am

    With my son I ran behind him holding on to the back of his seat so I could straighten him if he wobbled then I let go but kept running and holding my arm out as if I was holding him because I found if he knew I’d let go he’d lose all confidence and swerve… so I fibbed that I was still holding on and before he knew it he was doing it all by his self 🙂

  32. Paula Readings
    August 10, 2016 / 11:44 am

    Make it fun

  33. Karen Knox
    August 10, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    We are not at that stage just yet, but I’d just say lots of encouragement and try to keep them positive even if they fall off x

  34. Henry Little
    August 10, 2016 / 3:05 pm

    a lot of patience and cuddles when they fall off!!

  35. Katrina Fox
    August 10, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    Don’t show your fear, that prompts nervousness. Stay calm and praise them, whatever they achieve.

  36. Gisela Wilson
    August 10, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    Patience, encouragement and running next to the bike usually help.

  37. Laura Pritchard
    August 10, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Take them to a grassy place to learn, so they have a soft landing!

  38. Leanne Bell
    August 10, 2016 / 11:01 pm

    I think a balance bike is a fab way to help them learn in the beginning x

  39. Heather Morrison
    August 11, 2016 / 5:38 am

    I have recently taught my 4 year old to ride his bike. I took him to the park with his cousin who can already ride and I think that helped him as he was watching her and learning from her xxx

  40. Ruth Harwood
    August 11, 2016 / 6:11 am

    the biggest thing to keep in mind is patience. and find somewhere where there’s plenty of space xx

  41. Margaret Clarkson
    August 11, 2016 / 8:48 am

    Lots of patience and praise

  42. James Harris
    August 11, 2016 / 9:05 am

    Definitely invest in a balance bike before moving on to one with pedals so they get the feel for riding a bike without the fear of falling off. They then find it easier when they move on to a pedal bike.

  43. Colin Bancroft
    August 11, 2016 / 11:29 am

    Make it fun , lots of encouragement

  44. August 11, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    Take it at their pace and make it fun and stress free

  45. Lyndsay-Rose
    August 11, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    My daughter learns by watching other children. She loves the trikes they have at her toddler groups

  46. Laura Kevlin
    August 11, 2016 / 1:11 pm

    Don’t push too hard – they’ll crack it at their own pace – it’s nerve wracking enough without added pressure x

  47. tracy james
    August 11, 2016 / 4:00 pm

    lots of praise and make it fun.x

  48. Evette Gabriella Williams
    August 11, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    Don’t try when child is tired. Their concentration will be poor and could be lots of tears.

  49. Anthony Harrington
    August 11, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    take is slowly and make it fun

  50. allison sullivan
    August 11, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    been patient with children so they dont get too scared while learning to ride a bike is important as too much too soon and they fall off puts them off wanting to try again

  51. Claire Sutherland
    August 12, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    Send hubby outside to teach them!

  52. Val Pownall
    August 12, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    Little and often to build confidence and make it lots of fun.

  53. janine atkin
    August 12, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    encourage them but dont get to fussy if they fall off or they’ll be too scared to get back on!!

  54. sarah knightley
    August 12, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    Start on grass

  55. Samantha O'D
    August 12, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    Ensure they are well protected, don’t make a fuss if they fall

  56. EJ Dunn
    August 12, 2016 / 11:34 pm

    A slight slope on a grassy surface is best. I remember when my nan pushed me down a steep hill repeatedly until I learnt to balance!

  57. Astra Coath
    August 13, 2016 / 2:12 am

    Be patient and calm with lots of praise and go to a grassy field to do it so if they fall off it won’t hurt as much.

  58. Claire Nutman
    August 13, 2016 / 10:15 am

    Lots of encouragement is the best x

  59. judy kennedy
    August 13, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    Big open spaces are good. I learnt to ride in our local park as did my daughter

  60. Solange
    August 14, 2016 / 4:25 am

    Lots of encouragement and praise.

  61. Kelly Ellen Hirst
    August 14, 2016 / 4:47 pm

    Practise at the local park (on the grass!) where there are other children Bike riding who might inspire them

  62. Susie Wilkinson
    August 14, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    Be patient, and a little bit sneaky! We always said we were holding up the back of the bike, which we were at the beginning, but then let go but didn’t tell them! After a few wobbles they soon realised they could do it!

  63. Katie b
    August 15, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    We have some land and when my niece comes to help nanny she would love this. It would be the perfect environment, she can do it at her own pace and lots of grass so if she falls off it won’t hurt her!

  64. Karolina Rozwarska
    August 15, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    Just encourage them!

  65. Carly Belsey
    August 15, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    A balance bike to start off is a fab idea. My son used to always ride on grass as he used to fall over a lot!

  66. Lorraine Tinsley
    August 15, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    I’m not sure I can give tips as my daughters are quite young, but I would advise to start them early with a helmet as my eldest always wears hers as she doesn’t know any different. We are hoping to get her a property big girl bike, we are not going to get a bike with pedals on the front wheel as I don’t think they help, they just look really hard to pedal.

  67. Jodie Harvey
    August 16, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    safety gear and loads of encouragement

  68. Michaela Hannah
    August 18, 2016 / 7:56 am

    I am just learning my eldest son now and so far i’ve found that persistence is key as he gets easily disheartened if he falls or can’t pedal uphill.

  69. Tamsin Dean
    August 18, 2016 / 8:47 am

    I found that having friends or older siblings that already ride helps as that gets/keeps them motivated to learn, some take to it faster than others

  70. Heidi Craske
    August 18, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    Be patient and encouraging!

  71. Hazel Murphy
    August 18, 2016 / 6:46 pm

    Just a little patience until the child get their balance. Also expect a couple of grazes at first.

  72. Sylvia Paul
    August 19, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    Make it fun, if they fall of laugh about it

  73. Clare Hubbard
    August 19, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    Be patient and always wear a helmet!

  74. Rachel Butterworth
    August 21, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    Make a little competition of it and teach kids with their siblings/cousins/friends.

  75. TEE simpson
    August 21, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    get a balamce bike first then pedals when they can balance

  76. Kim Styles
    August 22, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    have stabilisers definately and helmet and teach in an empty childrens plyground that has the recycled rubber type ground surface in case of falls-that’s how my children learnt

  77. Jamie Millard
    August 23, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    we haven’t got to that stage yet. i’d imagine getting them used to other ride ons helps as does trying as early as possibe

  78. harriet
    August 23, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    don’t show that you are nervous!

  79. Kirsty Ward
    August 24, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    Patience & Lots of Encouragement!

  80. Ema J Lowe
    August 25, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    let them do it at their own pace and make sure you got your running shoes on, to run behind them.

  81. Sue McCarthy
    August 26, 2016 / 7:42 am

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

  82. Karen Barrett
    August 26, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    We always held the back of the seat whilst the child pedaled just to give them a little bit of confidence

  83. Julie
    August 27, 2016 / 9:28 am

    Don’t doit when you’re tired!

  84. Sarah Walford
    August 27, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Patience and time to spend with them, it helps to be fit to so you can run along side them.

  85. August 29, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    I think it helps if they see grownups using and enjoying bikes, so they see it as something perfectly normal that they will be able to do when bigger.

  86. Jodie W
    August 29, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    were not at that stage yet, but with everything else so far we have just encouraged our son to try it, and when he gets going lots of praise and then when he is confident let him try it on his own

  87. MANDY DOHERTY
    August 29, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Plenty of patience and praise

  88. Rich Tyler
    August 30, 2016 / 11:31 am

    Slowly but surely, letting them find their own way, in own time 🙂

  89. Hannah Cummings
    August 31, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    Practice makes perfect!

  90. helen w
    September 1, 2016 / 11:56 am

    don’t rush them let them do it in their own time
    We find the best time is in the school holidays as there is more children around riding bikes which makes them want to learn as they don’t want to be the only one with stabilisers

  91. Kayleigh Mendoza
    September 1, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    would love one of these for my youngest.

  92. leigh boyle
    September 2, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    mine just decided one day they wanted the stabilisers off and they was off they had a balance bike before a pedal bike so think that helped x

  93. steph lenehan
    September 2, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    I need something like yhis for my boysbit looks nice too

  94. Lisa George
    September 2, 2016 / 5:33 pm

    For us, with lots of patience, love, nurture and praise and then she got it! Plus I had to show her how to do it, that was probably more memorable for her! Then as soon as she achieved it the confidence flowed. So lovely to see!

  95. Kelly
    September 3, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    Enjoy it with them and keep on praising and encouraging them to do it! Don’t rush them or get frustrated as they will see that and just make it fun for them!

  96. Susan B
    September 3, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    Starting in the playground where there is a firm but forgiving surface is helpful.

  97. Barbara Handley
    September 3, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Hold the child, not the bike.

  98. Laura Harrison
    September 3, 2016 / 11:39 pm

    Don’t rush them, give lots of encouragement and praise xxx

  99. Wendy Jones
    September 4, 2016 / 8:31 am

    Work at their own pace and always praise EVERY little improvement

  100. Beverley Sharp
    September 4, 2016 / 10:00 am

    Stay positive with loads of encouragement. Also if they keep slipping there feet off the pedal an elastic band over the foot and pedal helps.

  101. carol boffey
    September 4, 2016 / 10:51 am

    Lots of encouragement

  102. Allan Fullarton
    September 4, 2016 / 11:17 am

    Lots of praise to give them confidence to develop.

  103. Francesca Jones
    September 4, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    Get them some protection pads and gloves to protect those areas prone to scrapes should they fall off!

  104. Rebecca Smith
    September 4, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    Lots of encouragement and patience

  105. LEE HARDY
    September 4, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    The park is the best place to do this.

  106. Kristy Brown
    September 4, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    Find somewhere flat and quiet without a crowd!

  107. Pam Smith
    September 4, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    Let them do it in their own time and give lots of praise

  108. Debi Newman
    September 4, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    Keeping trying and lots of praise x

  109. Jemma Dwyer
    September 4, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    have patience don’t be pushy

  110. Toni Pearson
    September 4, 2016 / 6:32 pm

    Try try and try again. X

  111. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    September 4, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    Patience and praise!

  112. Petra Hora
    September 4, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    My son started riding a bike when he was 2,5 years old. He was on his balance bike since he was 20months and he loved it. Basically we used it instead of the buggy when his brother came along. When he was 2,5 years old we got him Islabike, very light bike with special design brakes too. He already had good balance but he didn’t know how to peddle. I took him to the playground where you can peddle on the special bike. After 2 weeks of practising at home how how to peddle he hoped on his bike and went.

  113. Simone Kilshaw
    September 4, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    patience is key as they can get frustrated and disheartened. also safety gear to the max 🙂

  114. Gillian Hutchison
    September 4, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    Make sure the bike is the right size and the seat is adjusted to the correct height.

  115. Adrian Bold
    September 5, 2016 / 12:34 am

    First you need patience and to go at the childs pace. Make sure the bike is the correct size / height – and that safety equipment is being used.

  116. Shannon Mostert
    September 5, 2016 / 6:10 am

    Somewhere flat and preferably grassy, then loads of praise and encouragement

  117. Jenny Prest
    September 5, 2016 / 6:31 am

    Lots of patience i should imagine!!

  118. Jayne Kelsall
    September 5, 2016 / 7:18 am

    Loads of encouragement and patience and preferable start in a soft place .x

  119. Maureen M
    September 5, 2016 / 7:59 am

    make it fun/start on soft ground.

  120. A.E. ADKINS
    September 5, 2016 / 8:03 am

    Balance bikes are fab. Helmets are compulsory in our hose. No helmet: no bike!

  121. Hollie Newton
    September 5, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Patience and encouragement plus wide open spaces

  122. Pamela Gossage
    September 5, 2016 / 9:06 am

    Be patient

  123. Tasha
    September 5, 2016 / 9:47 am

    Give plenty of encouragement and take your time

  124. nicola ithell
    September 5, 2016 / 10:27 am

    Give plenty of encouragement and praise when they fall off to help them not to feel afraid and get straight back on the bike. Tell them to look in front as many kids always look around and that’s when their balance falters.

  125. paula cheadle
    September 5, 2016 / 11:12 am

    i would love this for my niece she is nearly 3yrs old, great for her birthday in oct

  126. Rebecca Powell
    September 5, 2016 / 11:23 am

    Give them lots of encouragement and only try once they’re really ready

  127. chris bull
    September 5, 2016 / 11:25 am

    Lots of time and even more patience 🙂

  128. Melissa Lee
    September 5, 2016 / 11:37 am

    Soft landing areas!

  129. Clare Munden
    September 5, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    Have lots of patienc and encouragement

  130. donna l jones
    September 5, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    lots of praise

  131. Diana
    September 5, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    be patient and make it fun 🙂

  132. Tracey F
    September 5, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    Lots of patience and remain calm, lots of smiles too!

  133. Rachel Craig
    September 5, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    Patience, Peaceful Enviroment and Praise. My sister was taught how to ride a bike (cycle) by Dad. Unfortunately he died whilst we were children. My sister enjoyed cycling. I learnt at a later age and stage than my sister, due to Dad not being around. I tackled it for myself, somehow. My Recommendations would be allow the children to gain the experience whilst young. As it gives the Best Opportunity for them to Master the skills, enjoy the experience. They may use it as a hobby, commute to school / work or it could be their “living” as Sports are being Encoraged as well as supported via The Big Lottery etc.

  134. Jeanette Davison
    September 5, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    Start with stabilizers till they get the hang of it then when they are ready take them off and hold the back of the bike while running along side till they get their balance .

  135. Dorothy K
    September 5, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    Lots of praise and if you’re anxious- don’t let it show. Let them see you have confidence in them

  136. tammi nutting
    September 5, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    be patiant

  137. jacqui cheadle
    September 5, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    lot of praise and patience.

  138. kirsty broadhead
    September 5, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    a lot of patience and praise 🙂

  139. Ian Murray
    September 5, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Let them fall off, but don’t make a big deal. Get them straight back on the bike. Falling makes them more careful 🙂

  140. Kat Allinson
    September 5, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    Patience, praise and in my experience a good lightweight bike without stabilisers

  141. Laura Loo
    September 5, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    A lot of patience and practice. We are currently trying to teach our son to ride

  142. ADEINNE TONNER
    September 5, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Personally i’ve found you have to be patient and encourage them as it takes time to learn to fully ride a bike.

  143. MichelleD
    September 5, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Stay patient, it’s hard for their little legs!

  144. Oksana Fitzgerald
    September 5, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    Make it fun and stress free

  145. claire little
    September 5, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    be patient

  146. Maureen Holland
    September 5, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    We have just bought a balance bike for our 2 yr old grandson. My husband was very keen to get one but I feel that it is too big and too much for our grandson to manage. I wish we had seen one of these toddle bikes before. Perhaps I will win then he can try both bikes.

  147. Tammy Neal
    September 5, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Be patient but also encourgement helps a lot xx

  148. Pia Stephens
    September 5, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    Doing it in stages is a great way to ease into proper cycling, before going for a bicycle and stabilisers give them a balance bike that they can kick their way around the garden. Our 4 & 5 year old boys are brilliant with their bicycles now and their little sister at 2 is enjoying chasing them on her scuttlebug at the moment x

  149. Natalie Crossan
    September 5, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    Be patient and give lots of encouragement x

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