Don’t tell Alfie, but we’ve got him a Skipper wooden balance bike for Christmas (looks like his dad’s powder blue Vespa – thanks, Achica), but I’m a bit worried it’ll be too big for a few months, so I’ve been on the lookout for an interim vehicle as he’s fast outgrowing his Wheelybug. Step forward Toddlebike, which we were lucky enough to attend the launch of last week. The funky four-wheelers have been available in Europe for many years, but we’ve got Sussex mum Jo Hockley to thank for their appearance on our shores. Her little one took a shine to his cousin’s bike on a trip to Belgium and she spotted a gap in the market and decided to procure the rights to sell it in the UK (as you do!).
Designed for toddlers aged 18 to 36 months, it really does bridge the divide between cumbersome pre-walker ride-ons and balance bikes. It’s light enough to hang off a buggy, so great for trips to the park and that also means Alfie can carry it around himself, which he loves. Although I’m not normally a fan of plastic toys, this feels sturdy enough to be handed down (Jo had a letter from a lady who bought them for her sons over 30 years ago and they’re now being used by her grandchildren!) and even comes with a three-year guarantee. If you’re not a fan of rainbow brights, it does also come in tonal pinks.
As well as selling the bikes (at an amazingly bargainous Â£14.95, plus Â£2.95 p&p), Jo plans to organise events to encourage families to get out and about together and meet fellow Toddlebikers. Keep an eye on the website for details of happenings near you.