Since moving to an urban community a couple of months ago, the kids have been spending more time skateboarding, walking to the park, and generally running about on the sidewalks. So I was pretty excited to get a Skuut wooden balance bike.
I have never visited Scandinavia, but from books the kids and I have read together, biking is a way of life there, and kids start out with these wooden balance bikes before learning how to ride a big bike. No training wheels, the child learns how to balance using their feet so there is no scary transition.
I thought my 3 and 5 year old girls would love the Skuut, but so far it has been my 7 year old, who already rides a regular bike, who loves it. When the weather is too cold to ride outside, he Skuuts around on the hardwood floors of the apartment!
I think the Skuut has an awesome, clean looking and attractive design. It took us about 5 minutes to put the bike together (it arrives in a flat pack box).
The design is simple but quite functional. The seat is adjustable as far as height, making it comfortable for a child from ages 2-5 (or a small 7 year old like mine – maximum weight is 70 pounds). It also easily angles back and forth for comfort.
And it is darn cute! The thing looks good just hanging around which is all the better. Leave it to the Scandinavians to design something for kids that is not garish and ugly and plastic.
Another thing I noticed, and I am not sure exactly what the wheels are made of (the website says they are pneumatic rubber), but they do not stink like other rubber wheels. A plus since we store it in our apartment.
My son said about the bike: “You pedal with it with your feet, it goes like 3 miles an hour and it lasts going for ten seconds or longer.”
My 5 year old said: “It always does not have wheels but it is so easier. Sometimes I can balance on it but not really good of course. But I like the bike very, very much.”
Environmentalists would be impressed that Skuut, has partnered with Trees for the Future, and ensures that a tree is planted for every bike sold. Also notable is the fact that the bike won Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Active Products.
Carrie Lauth is a homeschooling mom of 4 who resides in the metro Atlanta area. She is the voice behind Natural Moms Talk Radio, a free weekly internet talk radio show and podcast. Hear more about the Skuut bike here: [http://naturalmomstalkradio.com/blog/skuut-bike-review/]
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