Best "Most Like a Balance Bike"
Small and mighty, the wide wheels allow kids to easily learn to balance, while still allowing them to cruise when they get older.
Seat Height: 11" - 14"
Brakes: No Brakes
Tire Size: 10"
Grips Bumper: Yes
Frame Material: Steel
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.
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.
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 toddler 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.
The TootScoot is an amazing pre-balance bike for young toddlers ages 18 months up to three years. It’s unique tires provide a wider base for kids to learn how to balance on.
By: Natalie Martins
Last Updated: May 23, 2016
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