Ride On Toys
Every kid loves a riding toy
Playtime for your baby is a time of learning, development and growth, as well as fun! You get to break away from the monotonous rhythm of diaper changes and feedings and really get to know your baby's personality and moods. Ride-on toys are a great way for you and your baby to have fun and get some exercise while you're at it.
Types of Ride-on Toys
At about 12 months, your baby is able to sit and stand without assistance — this is when you can start trying some ride-ons. Because babies do not have enough coordination to pedal a bike or other toy, they will push with their feet in order to get the toy to move. Therefore, all toys should be fitted with four wheels, not two, and should be low and stable enough for easy mounting and dismounting.
A classic example of a ride-on toy is a car that can be maneuvered with the feet — many babies enjoy trying to move the car around. Babies may also enjoy riding in a wagon or other toy with an activity centre. At this age, bright colors, mirrors and noises make toddler toys interesting to your child. Choose a toy with a handle at the back to allow you to guide and push your toddler or easily pull the toy out of trouble spots.
A toddler around the ages of 24 to 36 months will be able to utilize more sophisticated toys, such as battery powered ride-on toys. They may, under supervision, be able to steer and press pedals in order to get such a toy to move properly. Some parents choose a ride-on toy train for their toddler at this age; it allows the child to move around using his or her feet or, in some cases, ride happily on the track as the train is controlled by the parent. Others decide on a battery powered car or jeep for their child to enjoy.
One of the great kids' riding toys is the rocking horse (or a variant thereof). This can be set up in a safe, level place and provide hours of enjoyment to your toddler. Many rocking horses are also bounce horses, which means that your toddler can strengthen his or her legs by using them to move the horse up and down.
Baby and toddler playtime is a great way for you and your child to bond, and a ride-on toy ensures that you don't have to be stuck in the house all day, either.