Picture this. You’re cosied up with your family under the glow of the Christmas tree, Dad is dishing out the presents, while your excited tot wears a big toothy grin in anticipation of the goodies Santa has brought them. The look on their little face when they tear open the wrapping to reveal their first set of wheels will live forever in your memory.
However, there are so many different styles of ride on toy out there that deciding which one is right for your kiddo can feel overwhelming. To give you a hand, we’ve put together an age-by-age guide to the best ride on toys for 1 year olds, toddlers and bigger kids.
What Age Is A Ride On Toy For?
As you know, all children develop at their own pace. Some are walking by their first birthday while others are still happy shuffling about on all fours, so choosing a ride on toy is less about age and more about ability. Depending on their skills and development, our kids ride on toys are suitable for motorists of all ages, from 12-month-old babies to 80-year-old grandparents!
You’ll be the best judge when it comes to deciding which ride on toy your youngster is ready for, but here are a few things you can look out for to help you choose.
Best Ride On Toys For 1 Year Olds
Once your littlen is able to pull themselves up, stand on their own and take a few steps, their spine should be developed enough to enjoy zooming about on a Diditrike.
This toddler trike comes in four adorable animal-themed designs, including a giraffe, zebra, crocodile and ladybird. The three wheels and easy-to-steer handlebar make it really easy for babies as young as 12 months old to practise their gross motor skills, balance and spatial awareness.
Best Toddler Ride On Toys
By the age of three, your toddler is likely to have strengthened their motor skills, coordination and reflexes enough to control a Didicar.
Our ride on toy car has no pedals, motors, batteries or greasy chains, so it’s super simple to set up and manouvre. Race about inside or outside, and flip the wheel to go backwards! At this age, your toddler has probably started forming lots of likes and dislikes, but don’t fret. The Didicar comes in eight different colours - Cool Blue, Apple Green, Princess Pink, Fiery Red, Teal, Plum Purple, Brilliant Yellow and Grey - so you can pick their favourite.
Best Kids Ride On Toys
The next step up is our 3 wheel scooter for kids. The Didiscoot is perfect for children who can balance themselves well enough to ride, but aren’t quite ready to scoot about on two wheels yet. It’s designed this way to keep your kiddie stable and upright, and help them build confidence as they learn and develop their balance skills.
Our kids scooter comes in two colours, pink and teal, and features an adjustable handlebar height, so it’s ideal if you’re looking for a long-lasting ride on toy.