Christmas 2014. 2 years 5 months old. 2 presents received (well loads of presents received but the two most notable):
1. Baby Brother
In isolation, these are arguably the two greatest presents you could ever receive. Together, not so good!
By the end of summer, the bike had been from one end of the patio to the other quite a few times but further than that? Not so much! Enough was enough. Baby brother strapped to mummy in the baby carrier, the bike went round the block. Again and again and again. It was slow going. Hills especially so. But, it was without trauma.
No… ‘I don’t want to ride the bike’. No… ‘I can’t do it’. Not one complaint from the rider was received. Mummy meanwhile was getting pretty agitated. ‘Why not try lifting your feet up Seth?’ ‘Why not push and see if you can glide?’ ‘Why not practice balancing?’ But no, the footpaths were worn out from the endless walking round the block with a bike between the legs.
Perseverance was the key. The bike went to nursery to be ridden home. A way of carrying the bike on the baby’s pram was discovered. The bike went to the park and was ridden round the paths.
Something clicked and the balance bike was mastered.
Thank goodness for that! It is now an essential piece of kit. It allows the boy to get from a to b quickly without complaint and without the need of a buggy board. It is character building (although I’m not sure his Dad would agree) – he falls off, he cries, he gets back on. In Mummy logic ‘what’s the worst that can happen?’ (Daddy would prefer the wrapping in bubble wrap or cotton wool approach I’m sure!)
At the weekend, we went to visit Grandma at the seaside and took the bike with us. We went the whole way round Fairhaven Lake (near St Anne’s in Lancashire) the furthest his Grandma had ever seen Seth go without the need of either the buggy board or a piggy back. He didn’t bike it the whole way round of course, he had to get off for a run and an explore but he did well. Balance bike finally mastered almost a year after he got it.
Did your children start with a balance bike? How was the transition to pedals and how old were they when they moved on? I’m determined not to bother with stabilisers as this would defeat the object of starting with the balance bike.
Seth is now asking for a skateboard – I think Daddy will have something to say about that! 😂