As a family we love to be outdoors – with my guys it’s necessary to give them a wide open space to stretch their legs and burn off energy. Our garage is full of bikes, scooters, skateboards and gear.
My youngest was finally at an age this year where he was ready to ditch the stroller and join his brothers for some afternoon fun. The boys love to ride their scooters in front of our house, or take them along on our evening walks through the neighborhood. Teaching a child to ride can be a little nerve wracking though, no matter how many times you’ve done it before! So I’ve come up with a few tips that will make the learning process a little smoother, safer and a lot more fun!
Choose the right ride. Having an appropriately sized scooter is the most important step in riding safely. While a hand me down from older siblings may be tempting, a scooter that is too big will be hard to control leading to injuries. Our new scooter obsession this summer has been the Lil’ E Electric Scooter from Razor. It is perfectly sized and designed for children who are still mastering balance and coordination, so my youngest can hang with the big kids, and I know he’s not in over his head.
The Razor Lil’ E Electric Scooter has three wheels for stability and a simple push to start button for easy riding. I love that the button is placed perfectly on the handlebars. Out of the way enough that it won’t be pressed by accident, but close enough that children can hold it and still have a secure grip on the handlebar. When my son lets go of the button the scooter stops, which made him feel really secure as he was learning to ride.
Don’t skip the gear. Helmets are a must. Not only is it the law, it is the only safe way to ride! Get a properly fitting helmet – and if you don’t know how to choose the right size stop in to a local bike store. Someone there will be happy to make sure you have the right fit for comfort and safety. Make sure your child is wearing sturdy shoes – sneakers with rubber soles, laces tucked securely out of the way.
Knee pads, elbow pads and gloves are also important. They will prevent serious injuries and make kids more likely to hop back on after a fall. Gloves are my favorite protective gear because it’s natural to put your hands out to catch yourself when you’re falling, and scraped hands can end an otherwise fun day really quickly. You can get some great breathable, comfortable gloves in fun kid-friendly colors!
Pick the right space. Plan your first rides on smooth, even terrain. Clear away rocks and twigs and choose an area that is free of puddles, cracks and bumps.
Parental Supervision. This one is pretty obvious, but distractions happen to all of us! Avoid taking phone calls or sharing your amazing scooter pics to social media until after your child is done riding. You’ll have more fun and they’ll be safer if you’re close at hand and alert for any obstacles!
Tune It Up. It’s always a good idea to give your child’s ride a thorough once-over before they hop on. Check for any wear or broken parts, and tighten any loose screws. Keeping you scooter stored in a dry place and using a damp cloth to remove dirt after a ride is a great way to keep it running well!
The Lil’ E Electric Scooter has a soft start throttle (this is so important – starting too fast can scare a first time rider, and the Lil’ E starts off so nice and slowly!) and 2 mhp cruising speed, so my son was always confident and in control of his ride.
The scooter charges quickly and the battery provides about 60 minutes of riding time, which has been perfect for us. Because it’s electric he feels just like the big kids, and I love that he can take it on longer walks and not get tired out (how nice it is to not be stuck carrying home a scooter half way home because the kids are too tired to finish riding it)! And speaking of carrying – the Lil’ E is super light, so it’s been a breeze to take with us to the park and friend’s houses.
The Lil’ E is designed for kids ages 3+, up to 44 lbs, so your little one will get plenty of riding time on this. I love the blue/green and pink/purple color combinations – it makes the scooter so bright and fun looking, and at around $70, this is a great price for an electric ride on!
You can see more details about the Lil’ E Electric Scooter on the Razor website!
Is your little one taking their first ride? Leave a comment and let me know what their favorite part was!