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Martian Law
Posted - 07 June 2018 11:35
I think it's a bit early imo. Mini-M would prob fall off one if I put her on it- her balance isn't there yet
Parsnip
Posted - 07 June 2018 11:42
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not too early at all

we bought these around 1 years old. the seat came off pretty quickly. by 2 ours were on the larger handle

https://www.johnlewis.com/micro-mini-micro-3-in-1-scooter-with-seat-and-o-bar-ha ndle-1-5-years-blue/p231468956
Cyprian
Posted - 07 June 2018 11:43
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We borrowed one when kid1 was about 20months. He couldn't manage it at all. Tried again when he was closer to 2 1/2 and he aced it.

Make sure you buy the microscooter mini (other brands are rubbish). You will need to replace the brake every 12-18 months, and the wheel barings every 6 months. Easy to do, just need some ALAN (coz it's RoF) keys.
Cyprian
Posted - 07 June 2018 11:44
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I bought the most recent one from Amazon.es (was about £25 cheaper than a UK sourced one).
Tangent Boy
Posted - 07 June 2018 11:47
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Wot Biff said about brands.

All depends on your child. There are some attachments you can get to allow them to gt used to it seated I think. We got one for our son's 2nd birthday and he was a bit slow to start but then whizzing around by 2 and a half. But he was a later walker, so if your child has already been walking from 10-11 months then worth a go.
Parsnip
Posted - 07 June 2018 11:48
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we have had no issues or replacement parts for ours in 3 years
other than adding on a basket and a bell
Jabberwangy
Posted - 07 June 2018 11:50
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Totally depends on the nipper tbh. One was happy to go on a three wheeler at sub 2, one was more like as soon as he could walk

I cant stand the things.

Balance bike would be my rec as early and often as poss
Parsnip
Posted - 07 June 2018 11:52
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we also have a balance bike which only started to get used once the eldest was 4 but its making a big impact
Obibi
Posted - 07 June 2018 11:55
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Yes - also in the market for a balance bike - but wasn't sure if was way too early for it.

Chz for brand recommendation as well guys

Obibi
Posted - 07 June 2018 11:56
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What's the deal with balance bikes ? - don't remember them when I was a kid.
Jabberwangy
Posted - 07 June 2018 12:01
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They probs didnt exist ob (pardon the assumption of age) - the theory is that it's more important to learn to balance on 2 wheels at speed than learning with stabilizers. Am fairly sure it's true from my limited test group
Cyprian
Posted - 07 June 2018 12:10
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Scooters very handy for walk to school. We went bikes with stabilisers - and no problems when they came off. Think Wang is generally right re balance>pedalling, but one of my nippers is on the small side and struggles to keep pedalling, but low centre of gravity makes his balance brilliant.
Obibi
Posted - 07 June 2018 12:24
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Cool. I prefer balance to speed as have the fear.
Jabberwangy
Posted - 07 June 2018 12:31
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Ideally get him a bike he'll grow into and take the pedals off. Even nev could do that surely
Cyprian
Posted - 07 June 2018 13:04
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don't get a bike unless it's a Frog or Islabike.
Betty
Posted - 07 June 2018 13:46
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Our son was in to it by 18 months but still (aged 3.5) not in to balance bikes. We put a good helmet on him, pad him up and let him go for it. The only thing I was strict on at the beginning was making him use the brake rather than taking the easy option and using his foot on the ground because that seemed safer to me.

He has a micro brand one and it seems really good but we’ve never tried him on any of the others.
Moosheepploptrump
Posted - 07 June 2018 14:43
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My 4 year old has just started riding without stabilisers... (proud Daddy moment last weekend!)

Only took a couple of minutes for him to be able to balance and ride (bit wobbly at first) but he's pretty sporty/fearless for his age. Really enjoyed pushing him off and then running along side him (for the first few go's!)

Prior to that we had stabilisers but he didn't ride that much. He's gone through various size scooters. Probably couldn't do it until about 2 from memory. 18 months is probably pushing it a bit but as with all kids, it depends. I've seen 18 month old children be super balanced!

Not sure "brand" matters that much. More about time spent helping/facilitating the learning.

At the risk of offending some Roffers/ettes - WTF - did you know you can PAY someone to teach your kid how to ride!! £60.00...

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Posted - 07 June 2018 14:47
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Ours eldest was using the half pipe on his micro mini at 18 months.
Moosheepploptrump
Posted - 07 June 2018 14:51
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tbf by oldest has always had the balance of Drogba in and around the penalty area so 18 months might be about right.
Moosheepploptrump
Posted - 07 June 2018 14:51
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My eldest... fat fingers..
Incakenito
Posted - 07 June 2018 15:02
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Clubcake started using hers around 18 months and now zips around which is great, if slightly terrifying at roads and junctions. Shouting “STOP!” with your heart in your mouth isn’t great but once you get to the park it’s fab.

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Posted - 07 June 2018 15:06
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You've got a spare one now though haven;t you?
Incakenito
Posted - 07 June 2018 15:13
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Christ.
cІubman
Posted - 07 June 2018 16:36
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you can't nanny them forever you've got to push them on.

Cat on a hot tin ceiling
Posted - 07 June 2018 17:06
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Just borrow one for 20 minutes or let him try one in the shop. It'll probs be pretty clear if he is ready or not.

My eldest loved scooters since about that age, my only reservation is that with him it then proved difficult to get him off the scooter (which he finds easy) and on to a bike (which he doesn't) so bike riding has taken a bit longer to get there than I would have hoped but then he is a bit of a wuss tbh.
Heffalump
Posted - 07 June 2018 17:12
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we got mini H one at 18 months and he was more overjoyed than it is feasible to be

a couple of months later he still can't do it all on his own but he is getting there
rogermellie
Posted - 07 June 2018 17:28
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both of ours were using unicycles before they could walk so we didn't bother with scooters
Tricksy Woo
Posted - 07 June 2018 22:27
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Ours doesn't have a scooter. He has a balance bike to learn the balance bit and a tricycle to learn the pedalling bit. Both by Puky. They are expensive but really good quality and if you don't keep them outside so they stay sort of in good nick, they are easy to sell on on eBay etc.