Strider Rider UK Balance Bike

Written by Lauren. Posted in General, Reviews, Toys

We have been searching since Christmas for a bicycle product that was suitable for Spud.  He has a trike but his legs weren’t long enough to reach the peddles so it sat in the shed forgotten about.  Now that they are long enough we got it out for him to try and  discovered that he just doesn’t have the power to turn the peddles especially as they are angled quite far away from the saddle.  We took him to a leading Bicycle shop to see if a toddler bicycle with stabilisers would make any difference.  Even on the smallest toddler bicycle he just couldn’t get the peddles to turn 360°

We admitted defeat and decided that we would leave him a year and have a look again when he is three.  Then we discovered the Strider Balance Bike.

Suitable from 18 months to 5 years+ they enable a child to master balancing on two wheels in 3 stages.  The child starts by sitting on the bike, mastering balance and steering and using their feet to walk it along.  They then move on to the Gliding stage where they lift their legs up for short periods and “glide” along the ground.  The final stage is Striding.  They have sufficient balance to be able to rest their feet on the non slip foot rests and zoom around both on and off road.  The Strider Balance Bikes aid development and bypass the need for stabilisers which are known to limit a child’s mobility skills.

Striding

Walking

Gliding

The Strider Balance Bike is highly adjustable with the seat height ranging from 28cm to 40cm.  An extra seat post can be purchased to extend it even further up to 48cm.  The handle bar is adjustable from 51-56cm so it really can be suitable and comfortable for a long period of time.  It is made from thin gauge steel making it a mere 3kg in weight (light enough for a toddler to lift!)  It has puncture proof EVA polymer all-terrain tyres which are both long lasting and maintenance free.

The Strider Balance Bike. comes in 6 different colours and retails for £79.99 and with every purchase you receive a free shiny chrome bell.  To me this sounded quite expensive at first but when you consider the amount of time that they are suitable for and that they are made from long lasting, maintenance free materials they are worth every penny, especially as the average cost of a child’s bicycle is around £80 and they will only be suitable for approximately 18 months as children grow so quickly and they don’t grow with your child.

 

Review & Video – Galt Playnest

Written by Lauren. Posted in Reviews, Toys

The Galt Playnest was something that I always looked at buying but never got around to.  In hindsight, especially now that I have one, it should have been near the top of my baby must buys.  The lovely people at Galt were looking for people to review the Playnest and as Spike is at a really frustrating stage of development we jumped at the chance.  He can sit up on his own on the sofa, on our bed and in his highchair.  He even pulls himself to sitting when in his bouncer but you put him on the floor, where he truly wants to be and he becomes as floppy as a newborn!  He longs to be on the floor with his big brother because to Spike, Spud is the best thing since sliced bread.

The Galt Playnest provides plenty of support for him when he is sitting in it and also means that he can flop around without the risk of bumping his head.  It offers him a multi sensory environment with bright colours and plenty of textures to explore.  It has furry tigers, crinkly leaves and flaps for him to explore as well as a squeaky elephant.  All of which stimulate his sight, hearing and touch and contribute towards his development.

The original Galt Playnest is a circular shape so when I inflated the Jungle edition and put the cover on I had to double check that my eyes weren’t playing tricks and that it was now in fact triangular which is a definite improvement as it now offers a much better sideways support.  It is suitable from birth which would have been fantastic for us because we couldn’t really put him low in case Spud ran into him or bashed him with toys.  You simply don’t inflate it to full capacity and it provides a lovely padded area for the baby to lie.

The Galt Playnest is a huge hit in our house with both the children.  It is the first big baby toy that Spud hasn’t gotten bored of within 5 minutes and if he isn’t jumping in it as soon as I place it on the floor he is squeezing himself in with Spike.  From previous posts such as Brotherly Love and “Mummy where’s baby?” you will know that he isn’t usually keen to share with his baby brother!

We absolutely love this product and would recommend it to anyone, especially if they have an older child or pet.

Take a look at our first video review!

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