SCOOTERS FOR KIDS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
We have spent the summer scootering in NY, NJ, MA and ME. My kids live on their scooters and these wheels make my life SO much easier. At twelve, nine and six, we are obviously stroller-less. Scooters make getting around on foot so good. When Sloane is having a hard time keeping up, I simply raise the handle bar and pull her alongside with me. Problem solved.
You guys have asked me a ton of questions so I am going to link all the answers here in one post!
Currently, all three children use the Micro Maxi Deluxe. I love this model because it is adjusts as your child grows. Sloane is a very petite six year old (more like the size of a four year old, and I am being generous) and she rides comfortably with the handle close to the lowest setting. At nine and twelve, Nate and Ruby use the tallest setting comfortably. This scooter has non-marking wheels, so kids can learn to ride inside! My absolute favorite things about this scooter is that it folds so easily. You can stick it in a suitcase for travel or behind the hostess stand in a restaurant.
When the kids were smaller and younger, we used the Mini Deluxe . It makes a great stroller alternative. The handlebar adjusts, so it can grow with your child until five years old. This one is also lean to steer with an easy to grip t-bar. It comes apart so that you can stow it in a suitcase, but it does not fold. It is a little trickier to travel with.
For very little ones, I absolutely LOVE the Mini 3in1 Deluxe Plus. I love to give this as a one-year-old gift. Children can sit and scoot, be pushed, and stand and scoot. This all-in-one is made so well and it is clear that they had a child’s development in mind when they made it.
Prior to this year, we only used our scooters for recreation. My kids have always loved to put on helmets and zip up and down our dead end street. They make obstacle courses with tires, cones, chairs and chalk, gather the neighborhood kids, and race! THESE are our favorite helmets.
Sometime this past Spring, I took the children to NYC for the day. Sloane is too old for a stroller, but still has trouble keeping up with the big kids on long days with lots of walking. I was worried about having all three in the city with no stroller when I remembered a trip to London a few years ago. These scooters were EVERYWHERE! I even saw nannies that had attached a rope and were towing their tired charges across the city. BINGO. A solution to tired little legs….
I sat the children down and we chatted about scooters. I told them about what I called “commuter scooter.” Commuter scooter, I decided, was when we were just using the scooter to get around, NOT for racing or trying out tricks. It meant keeping pace with a walking momma (me) and going relatively slow and steady. We practiced stopping our scooter on the first ask. We practiced (ad nauseam) what to do when mom yells “car.” I also set a firm limit that IF you choose not to listen, it will show me that you are not mature enough for a “commuter scooter” and you will have to walk instead.
We also talk a lot about being respectful on our scooters. Often, the children are scootering through crowded downtowns, with lots of people and dogs. They need to slow down even more on the sidewalk with lots of people. They need to be very careful of dogs and small children. We are not ever allowed to scooter inside a shop or restaurant, and we always fold and stow the scooters when we sit down for a meal.
I have done a fair bit of solo-traveling with my three kids this summer and these scooters have been a lifesaver. The key is setting up expectations and practicing before hitting the road.
*This post is not sponsored. Micro Kickboard gifted us these scooters for a previous collaboration and this post is not contracted in any way. The links are Amazon affiliate links, which means I receive a small kick back that costs you nothing.