All children develop their motor skills and build up strength in their legs and arms at different rates. They also vary in height considerably at age milestones so it’s hard to give a definitive answer to this one. They need to be able to control the handle bars for safe steering and co-ordinate left and right legs to push off the ground, as well as be tall enough to sit in the seat.
The safest riding position is with both feet flat on the ground and a slight bend in the leg. So, it really depends on how tall your child is, the length of their legs and their level of co-ordination.
The best thing is to measure the inside leg and add a couple of cm to allow for the leg bend. Take a look at the graphic below that highlights the different seat heights of the bikes we stock.
Wishbone Original and Recycled Editions can be used from 12 months onwards as they are stable 3 wheelers to start with. To progress to a two wheel balance bike, either STRIDER or Wishbone, some children may be ready from around the age of 2 years although others may take longer.
Don’t worry if initially they seem to be just taking the balance bike for a walk. It’s takes them a while to get the hang of the ‘balance thing’ and start coasting along. If they are not keen, put it aside and wait until they are ready, it’s all about fun!
Minimum Bike Seat Height Comparison Chart