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Why a ride in a child at all?
The ride on is undoubtedly a toy that from the very beginning supports the toddler in the process of learning to walk. Initially, the rider can be used as a pusher, thus becoming a stable support for the flexible body, the child supporting the rider, feels more confident to take the first steps. When the child begins to move freely on the legs, the ride will become a companion of play and a way to move.
What to suggest when choosing a ride for a child?
The choice of rides in stores is huge. There are models with lights, melodies, blasting bubbles, in the form of cars, animals, trains, with a push handle and many others, which often make a parent dizzy.
However, aesthetic value should not be a decisive factor when buying a ride. First of all, the ride-on should be safe, have appropriate approvals and certificates, let's check if there are sharp edges, small elements that the dismantling toddler can easily disassemble and if they are carefully made (the problem of fast-drying paint).
It is also worth paying attention to the weight of the ride, too heavy will be resistant to the child, while too light may not be very stable for the leaning baby.
The wheels should adhere well to the ground, you need to check that the child, leaning against the front and rear, will not cause the rider to overturn (there are rides with special locks to prevent rollover).
If the ride is intended for the youngest children, it is worth ensuring that it has additional elements stimulating the child's development, such as buttons, knobs, levers. The toddler will also enjoy the sound and light additions, but it's better to check in advance whether the sound of the ride is too loud and the lights are too glaring, because these features can effectively discourage the toddler from using the toy, and the parent will probably have a problem with " a new acquisition. "
Choosing a toy appropriate to the age of the child is a completely separate issue. The manufacturer should include in the product description for which age and height of the child the ride is intended. For a smaller child, the better one will be heavier, with four wheels and a push support, as well as low so that the child can sit on it and push themselves with their feet. For older children, it's best to buy a 2-3 wheel taller ride so that you don't have to squeeze the legs or with the pedals for your first pedaling while riding.
Advantages of using a ride-on car
- the child uses the ride alone, so when it's ready,
- motivates to take the first steps
- becomes a support when the child begins to stand up on its own
- relieves the parent of the child's constant belaying in learning to walk
- is great fun for the baby
- is a toy for a long time, at least for several months,
- you can play with it not only at home, but also in the yard or walk,
- develops the child's coordination of movement,
- riding a ride supports the work of the leg muscles,
- supports the child's physical activity - pushing off the legs, keeping the steering wheel in the hands,
- teaches how to balance
- develops motor skills - the child consciously plans the direction of travel,
- prepares for cycling, e.g. running
- - this is a fairly large toy that takes up a lot of space at home,
- quite high price,
- sounds and lights installed in ride-ons can be too intense and difficult to bear in everyday use.
Like all toys, the ride-on car has its pros and cons. Opinions about the safety and impact of ride on the proper development of the child are divided.
It should be remembered that a ride-on toy is a toy for a few minutes and not a permanent element of the child's everyday life, so it should be used in moderation and at the will of the child, not forcing the parent.