Children of all ages love scooters - but you'll need to think carefully about which one would best suit your kid. With that in mind, here's our advice.
It doesn't take much thinking to realise why kids love scooters so much. Riding on one is just so much fun, allowing them to pick up speed with little need for anything other than their own pushing power. A dedicated kids' scooter could therefore be just the thing for enabling your child to let off steam while also learning psychmotor skills.
But which kids' scooter to buy? That's a big question, as there are many different types of scooters for kids on the market. So, here are some pointers to help you to choose.
What factors do you need to think about?
There's obviously no single answer to the question of which is the best scooter for kids, as it all depends on such factors as a child's age, weight and body shape.
One thing that you should certainly compare from one scooter to the next is the ABEC rating. This is the standard defining the scooter's bearings. The lower this rating is, the slower the scooter will be. It therefore makes sense, when you're purchasing your child's very first scooter, to go for a lower number. An ABEC 1 scooter, for instance, should be great for helping your child to find their balance on their scooter without being able to go too fast.
There are also crucial differences between the wheels and wheel configurations of different kids' scooters. Hard wheels should certainly be more durable than their softer counterparts, but they're also likely to provide less comfort for your child. Bear in mind as well that some scooters have in-line wheels, while others' wheels are arranged in a triangle.
The deck of a scooter - the 'platform' on which your child places their feet - should also be carefully thought about. The width of a scooter deck does vary from one model to the next, so you should consider whether your child will find it easier to stay on their scooter when the deck is broader.
The headset, meanwhile, is the part of the scooter that allows the user to steer, and even braking systems aren't always the same across different models. So, we would advise you to pay close attention to the design of these when you are comparing various kids' scooters for sale.
How should the age of your child affect your choice?
Even children as young as two years old can learn to ride a scooter. Indeed, there is many a kids' micro scooter on the market that has been designed with their needs in mind.
The smaller and more stable nature of such scooters makes it easier for toddlers to learn how to safely glide along. The most stable of all are the kids' three-wheel scooter models that are especially suitable for beginners aged between two and four years old. But if your child is already pretty good at keeping balanced and is a little older - say, about five to six years old - you may want to look instead at a two-wheeled scooter.
But you probably won't need us to tell you that kids grow up astonishingly quickly. Once, then, your child gets to between six and 12 years old, it's wise to get them a scooter that is designed for more regular and punishing use. Many a great kids' folding scooter is available to choose from, likely to include more fluid bearings and softer wheels to enable easier gliding.
Whatever scooter you buy for your child, you need to ensure it suits their riding style. If your kid wants to do freestyle tricks with their scooter, for instance, you'll need to get them a dedicated kids' stunt scooter. A scooter designed for long-distance commuting just isn't tough enough to stand up to 'stunt' use - so be sure to ask your child exactly what they want from a scooter as they get older.
One more thing...
Don't overlook the importance of the right kids' scooter accessories! Protective gear is especially vital, given how many scrapes we all know those little terrors can get themselves into.
So, don't hesitate to browse the Decathlon website today for all of the essential kids' scooter helmets and related items for your bundle of joy. This way, you can be confident that they're suitably equipped to make the most of their new scooter.