Small and mighty, the Toot Scoot is a unique balance bike designed for the smallest of toddlers starting at 12 months. With wider wheels than traditional balance bikes, the TootScoot can be used by kids who aren’t quite ready to balance on a true balance bike but are ready for something more than a traditional toddler ride-on toy.
The TootScoot is the perfect in-between as it allows kids to easily learn to balance, while still allowing them to cruise like on a true balance bike. Read the review below for all the reasons this is one of our favorite “pre” balance bikes.
Toot Scoot Overview
RATING: Highly Recommended
BEST FOR: Toddlers ages 18-months to 3-years. Best for toddlers too timid to ride on a traditional balance bike.
SEAT HEIGHT: 11″ – 14″
WEIGHT: 7 lb.
TIRES: Solid rubber
FITS PANTS SIZES: 18mo to 2T
TURNING LIMITER: No
- Wide, stable tires
- Small minimum seat height fits the smallest toddlers
- Easy transition to a standard-sized balance bike
- Can be heavy for small toddlers
- Too wide for narrow frames
Toot Scoot Review – Results of our Test Rides
The TootScoot is the perfect pint-size bike for young toddlers with a need for speed. Significantly smaller and with wider tires than a standard sized balance bike, the TootScoot is an amazing pre-balance bike for on-the-go toddlers aged 12 months (when they are steady walkers) to 3 years.
TootScoot is a SMALL Balance Bike
Designed specifically for small toddlers, the TootScoot is small. Compared to the average-sized balance bike (such as a Strider) the TootScoot is shorter and has a much smaller wheelbase, which makes it much easier for the smaller riders to handle. As a “pre-balance bike” it fit kids aged 18 months up to 3 years. Although the TootScoot has an adjustable height seat and handlebars, most three-year-old will be too big for the TootScoot.
Compared to other “pre-balance bikes” the TootScoot is similar in size, but has two wheels and is a true balance bike shape. At 7 lb. it is also heavier than other pre-bikes, but the weight wasn’t an issue for our 21 lb. tester.
|Bike||TootScoot||YBIKE Pewi||Hape Scoot Around|
|Seat Range||11″ – 14″||10.6″||8.75″|
|Weight||7 lb.||4.4 lb.||5.6 lb.|
|Read the Review||You’re reading it!||YBIKE Pewi||Hape Scoot Around|
TootScoot’s Wider Tires and Wheels
The wider, more stable wheels appeared to be the key to helping our young tester learn to glide. Most kids don’t have the hand-eye coordination or the balance to learn to balance a regular balance bike until around their second birthday, but appear to be able to balance the TootScoot sooner. The TootScoot’s wheels are flat versus rounded, which provided a large base for kids to balance themselves on.
Our 21-month-old tester in 18 months clothes was able glide on the TootScoot within a week of use, but even though he fit on a standard sized balance bike, was he unable to glide on it.
The wider weren’t too wide to interfere with his stride. Plenty of space was available between the frame and his legs. Our tester does have slightly bowed out legs, however, so the width of the bike could be problematic for young toddlers with narrow frames.
Footrest & Rounded Bolts
As an added feature for older kids, the TootScoot does come with a footrest. Kids can begin to use the footrest as soon as they are able to glide the bike for several seconds, which is usually around 2.5 years. With the footrest, kids are able to place their heels up, resting their feet and able to glide on the bike.
Once kids are able to glide, it is also important to take note of the shape of the bolts in the rear and front axle. Many bolts stick out about 0.5″ and can interfere with a child’s stride. The bolts of the TootScoot are rounded and out of the way.
Toot Scoot Balance Bike Bottom Line
The TootScoot is an amazing pre-balance bike for young toddlers ages 18 months up to three years. Its unique tires provide a wider base for kids to learn how to balance.