Updated on May 11, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
If your toddlers are anything like mine, they love the great outdoors! We are always on the hunt for things to do outside because sunlight and fresh air always make for a great day and an even greater nights’ sleep. We bought our toddler his first scooter after attending a birthday party (he was about 18 months old at the time) and seeing all of the kids ride them around outside. Not too long afterwards guess who was wanting one as well?! Little sis!
Scooters offer an endless amount of outdoor, and even sometimes indoor fun! If you’re looking for a device to help your toddler learn fine motor skills and build strength and balance without losing control, but still be able to “go fast” check out our list below!Please note: due to unusually high demand, a lot of these products are selling out fast! 🙁
7 Best Toddler Scooters for All Ages
(Best budget option – $)
Why it’s great: With a low profile and an extra-wide deck this one is great to begin with. It offers padded handlebars for comfortable steering. Parents say it is a smooth ride with it having larger wheels and have had children younger than three ride on it with no trouble as it is easy to stear and maintain balance with.
Keep in mind: Some parents have mentioned that taller kids may have issues with their ankles being hit by the wheels so they will have to adjust their positioning accordingly in those cases.
Good for: Ages 3 and older-supports up to 45 pounds
(Best Non-slip Option – $$$)
Why it’s great: This cute scooter is an award winning toy that recieved the Hong Kong & Baby Product Award! This scooter features an anti-slip board, which helps our toddlers grip onto the board without their feet sliding off. Watch your toddler ride through the neighborhood as the back wheel lights up (without any batteries required) while they scoot along! This scooter is known for the smooth ride and soft handles for the child to hold on to, which can be helpful in creating a comfortable ride for those baby- soft hands!
Keep in mind: Parents say that you have to lean to make the scooter turn which has been hard for their toddlers to understand how to do. This may make the scooter a better fit for children a bit older and with more body strength.
Good for: Ages 2-8 with a height between 33″ to 58″ tall
(Easy Storage and Repair – $$)
Why it’s great: The Micro Kickboard comes with a 2-year manufactuer warranty and no assembly required. It folds up for easy storage when not in use. This scooter comes from the factory with replaceable parts in case anything were to break and all neccessary tools to properly tighten any adjustments made. With many color options, this one is a great first stand up scooter as it offers a smooth, stable ride for toddlers who are learning to balance and ride, and is built to be a long lasting option.
Keep in mind: The handlebars can unlock if it is not in the highest setting which is something to keep an eye on if the scooter is being used by younger toddlers.
Good for: Ages 2-5 holding up to 75 pounds
(Most versatile – $$)
Why it’s great: Radio flyer is a highly known brand for great quality and long lasting craftsmanship, this scooter is no different. This one is perfect for our younger toddlers to grow with. This one is for toddlers as young as one year old, while they can tote their toys or drink around under the seat with the storage area underneath. While offering a sit option it can be removed as they get ready for the next stage. When your child is ready to get rid of the seat it is easily converted and requires no tools.
Keep in mind: The handlebars are aligned with the front wheels so if the wheels hit something hard it can cause the scooter to flip forwards. You’ll just want to supervise your child, in the beginning, to make sure they have learned how to ride safely.
Good for: Ages 1-4 years old weighing up to 44.1 pounds
(Lightweight – $$)
Why it’s great: One great thing parents say about this scooter is that it is light enough to allow your little one to ride this inside on those rainy days. It also has one press-button release design to detach the handlebars and breakdown for easy storage. All 3 wheels of this scooter light up as the child starts rolling.
Keep in mind: A few parents stated that they received a defective item (one of the wheels were broken) so they had to complete a return and wait on another to get there so they were not able to give the gift in time, but the company was easy to work with and willing to fix the situation.
Good for: Ages 2 to 5 weighing up to 110 pounds
(Extra Flashy Wheels – $$)
Why it’s great: This scooter requires no tools, so when your child does not need the seat and you already made the trip to the park you can easily detach the seat and allow them to ride the scooter as normal. Just as most scooters on this list feature light up wheels, this scooter takes it a step further with a variety of colors versus one solid color!
Keep in mind: Some parents that have bought this scooter have stated the quality of this product may be a bit lacking when compared to the competition. However, overall it gets great reviews.
Good for: Ages 2-5 with a weight capactiy of 110 pounds
(Best Long Term Option – $$)
Why it’s great: This is a great scooter to have around for the long haul with it being able to hold up to 154lbs. One thing parents have said that they love about this scooter is how well it is made and how it can hold up even with the daredevil toddlers all the way up to elementary and middle school children! It’s a great buy for parents looking for quality and longevity from their scooter.
Keep in mind: Parents have mentioned that their child has broken the plastic in front of the front wheel brake which can make the scooter not be able to move.
Good for: Ages 2-14 weighing up to 154 pounds
FAQ’s about Scooters
1. Can a two-year-old ride a scooter?
Absolutely! There are age-appropriate scooters that are good for two-year-olds.
2. How do you teach a toddler to ride a scooter?
Teaching a toddler to ride a scooter is no different than anything else, patience, time, and consistency and they will catch on! It’s a great idea to walk alongside of, and even help hold the scooter up when a toddler is first learning. Not only does this keep them safe from hard falls (you’ll be there to catch them), but it also instills confidence in them until they are strong enough and balanced enough to take full control!
3. Are three-wheel scooters safe?
Yes. Three-wheel scooters come pre-balanced which makes it a safer option for children, especially toddlers since they are just beginning to learn motion skills. More often than not, two-wheeled scooters require more balance and are easily flipped if the child hits an obstruction.
4. Will my toddler have to balance their scooter?
If it is a two-wheeled scooter, yes. All of the options listed above are 3-wheelers so it balances itself which is a great option for toddlers.
5. What is the difference in a 3 wheel scooter and a plasma car?
The plasma car and scooter are very similar in ways, such as they both have three wheels, ride smoothly, and have different age ranges. The age range for the plasma car is 3 years of age and older. The only downfall is the plasma car only features a sitting option so it is not able to transform like some of the scooter options we have listed.
Adding a scooter to your collection of outside toys for the summer is a great idea! One of the most encouraging things about 3 wheel scooters is that kids generally learn how to operate them at a younger age since they do not have to balance themselves. As for entertainment purposes, most scooters have wheels that light up, making the scooter a great conversation piece to the rest of the kids in your neighborhood. Parents, always remember to encourage safe scooter riding practice by having your child wear a helmet! Most, if not all of the manufacturers recommended safety equipment anyway.