Choosing a kids' scooter
Adjustable scooter, 3-wheel scooter, 2-wheel scooter, etc. Nowadays, you'll find a wide range of designs for all ages. Choosing the right scooter for your child Get all our tips here!
Why buy a kids scooter?
While for adults, scooters are first and foremost a way of getting around, kids see their scooters as a fun toy they never tire of using. Scootering helps kids get moving, makes them stronger and develops their motor skills. Scooters are also a good way of teaching children to master balance and coordination.
Adjustable scooters from the age of 1
Choosing the best scooter for your child depends on each child's individual sense of balance. It's all down to the individual: some manage to hold themselves upright earlier, while others will take a little more time.
Adaptable scooters - "3-in-1" or "5-in-3" as seen at Micro and Globber - give children aged 1 and over the opportunity to develop their motor skills and sense of balance. This innovative adjustable scooter grows with your child and opens up a whole new world of possibilities for little ones. This means kids can start learning to balance while sat on the seat, accompanied by parents pushing them and steering using the steering rod. The seat can be easily removed once the child is older to ensure they learn to control it intuitively. Because some designs come fitted with adjustable bars, you can hang onto them for a while: potentially up to 6 years!
Push scooter or kids scooter?
Push scooters are ideal for kids aged 2 and over, provided they are already strong walkers. This pedal-free bike is easy to manage, and allows kids to get around by themselves using their feet. This boosts their independence and helps them find a sense of balance very early on. Walking bikes are a great way of transitioning up to a real bike without having to go down the stabiliser (small wheel) route. Once they've mastered balance, all that's left for your child to do is to learn to coordinate their legs to move the pedals!
For children aged 3 and above who have never scootered before, a 3-wheel scooter for kids is recommended to help them develop balance, up until the age of 4 on average. This is a nice and stable choice for getting started in scootering in complete safety thanks to the weight-spreading system. The perfect accompaniment to a push scooter, a 3-wheel scooter allows kids to move around while standing, and steer themselves using their entire body rather than just their legs.
Time to upgrade to a 'real' 2-wheel scooter? Often recommended for kids aged 4 and above and 1m10 to 1m50 tall, a 2-wheel scooter lets them get around on their own. Often foldable, 2-wheel scooters are easy to transport and don't take up much space in parents' cars. Before buying your child a 2-wheel scooter, make sure they have the basics covered: they'll need to feel comfortable gaining momentum, braking and controlling the scooter when picking up speed.
How much will a kids' scooter cost?
Plan to spend anything between €89 and €139 for an adjustable scooter. This would make for a sound long-term investment, as your child will be able to use it from 1 to 6 years of age. When it comes to 3-wheel scooters, Nomadeshop offers a wide range of Micro and Globber models that range from €49.90 to €139. If you're considering a 2-wheel scooter, Micro's famous SPRITE comes in at €99. This is an incredibly light foldable scooter fitted with adjustable bars and a stand. For parents looking to invest in a push bike, Globber's TRAINING BIKE comes in at €49 and offers the best value for money on the market .Nomadeshop offers a wide range of models that are pretty secure.
At Nomadeshop, we boast a wide range of pretty safe and secure designs. On the high street you'll often find 3-wheel scooters with one wheel on the front and two wheels at the back, which isn't particularly safe for children. In our store and on our website, we offer designs with two wheels on the front and one at the back, which prevents kids from falling, as all their weight is shifted to the front.
Safety comes first!
To ensure your child stays as safe as possible, choose a scooter that has both a front and back brake, especially if they're just starting out. Take care to check that the brakes are efficient and reliable.
Helmets are compulsory when scootering, irrespective of your age or preferred scootering style. You can also add knee and elbow pads, although they're optional when it comes to recreational skating, and are useful to reassure parents more than anything else!
At Nomadeshop, you can also kit your child's scooter out with light-up wheels. The lights operate with induction-lit bulbs and turn on when your child moves forward - this means no batteries are needed. This lighting system ensures extra safety when kids head out in the evening.
How to care for your kids scooter
To keep your kids scooter lasting longer, you'll need to tighten all the little parts on a regular basis. If your child uses their scooter on a daily basis, remember to check it every week. If the scooter is only being used occasionally, one monthly check should be enough.
From kids scooters to adult scooters and freestyle
Each to their own upgrade. If your child is starting out with a recreational scooter and shows no sign of interest in figures or tricks, they can move on to teen or adult scooters. For people looking to execute tricks and hit the skateparks, stunt scooters are the obvious choice. Parents sometimes encourage their children to move onto a stunt scooter because they want to buy a scooter that's more solid and lasts longer than a recreational scooter. In this case, even with a stunt scooter your child will be able to continue riding as usual, getting around in town without having to head to a skatepark.
You'll find all our kids scooters and tips online, and at our Paris store.