Shopping for a Ride-on Toy

It is only natural that your preschoolers will want their own set of wheels as they embrace their independence and growing sense of mobility. It could also be that they just want to imitate you, that’s why you find tricycles, scooters and other wheeled toys being in vogue.

Like it or not, soon you will be shopping for these ride-on toys for the little ones. These toys have been used with mixed success. It can be daunting at first, but with the right information and tips, you are on your way to a home filled with giggles and races. Let us look at some of the tips for raking in the best ride on toy for your kid.

Size Matters

If the unit doesn’t allow for adjustment, select the right size for the kid. Your child must be able to reach the pedals with the feet effortlessly while fully seated on the seat. The knees shouldn’t touch the handlebars or the steering wheel when pedaling. Many times you have been told to choose a unit that the child will “grow into” – bad idea. Choose one with an adjustable seat that you can adjust up or down depending on the size of the kid.

How sturdy is the Toy

The toy will be used while in motion, which means it needs to balance for safety and enjoyment. The best rides on toys are those with a wide wheelbase and a low center of gravity. You need to make sure the toy will not tip over when the kid pedals or when the steering wheel is turned sharply. At the same time, you need to remember that the kid isn’t in the right state to maneuver and steer properly until they hit three years.


One thing you haven’t anticipated when it comes to buying toys, but which happens most often is the issue of attachment. Your kid will soon get attached to the toy to the extent that they will want to go anywhere and everywhere with it. To this end, you need to make sure that the toy is easy to store and carry. Getting one that can be folded is the best option for you.

Final Thoughts

Getting a ride on toy for your kid is the start of many happy days ahead for him and some more time for you. These toys will teach the kid how to coordinate and will help build their growing muscles.