Best Grow-with-Me Ride-ons for Toddlers Ages 12 mos to 5 years
Apr 27, 2017 4:40:04 PM Aaron Stoner
With spring here and summer on the way, we can’t think of a better way to spend a sun-soaked Saturday than exploring the neighborhood with your toddler. Make sure to add an extra element of fun and adventure by taking along a Micro ride-on, designed for even the youngest kiddos, age 12 months and up.
Micro’s line of toddler wheels ‘grow’ with your child through several stages of development. The toddler line starts with the perfect ride-on for 12-month-olds and continues to grow with them up to age 5 with a stand-up kickboard scooter. Our line also includes the Chopper, an amazingly lightweight balance bike for ages 2 to 5. Whichever Micro you choose, you’ll find that all models have child-friendly features we've spent years developing. Most importantly, Micro products for kids are exceptionally stable, with two wheels in front and gentle lean-to steering that children pick up instinctively. You'll also notice that the quality rubber handgrips are specially designed to be comfortable and easy for little hands to hold on to. And, the deck is designed with rounded edges that won’t hurt toddler ankles and is made with flexible fiberglass to absorb the bumps on neighborhood sidewalks. All this translates into Micro's famously smooth, stable ride, guaranteed to bring joy to you and your child all summer long. And, just as a quick FYI, Kickboards are scooters that are designed with 2 wheels in front and one in back, a design Micro was the first to employ on scooters for young kids.
Exceptionally durable, Micro is designed to be ridden daily, year after year. It's a level of quality rarely seen in products made for children. But you may be wondering, "Which Micro is right for my toddler?” No worries, our age guidelines are super helpful and a few other considerations are addressed below, to help ensure you find the perfect Micro, the one that will keep your toddler smiling all summer long.
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The Mini 3in1 Deluxe is a quality ride-on that will grow with your toddler. The stable seat has two settings; start with the lowest setting for your 12-month old and raise the seat as they grow. When they’re ready to stand, detach the seat (easy to do) so your toddler can use the shorter steering stick, designed as an O-bar, for little hands. Then, for ages 2 to 5 the 3in1 converts to the popular Mini Deluxe, by replacing the O-bar with the adjustable T-bar, (included with purchase of 3in1 FYI), with its gentle, easy to maneuver lean-to steering. They’ll get years of pleasure from riding the Mini and at approximately age 5 they can then switch to the Maxi Deluxe for ages 5 to 12. You’ll be amazed as you watch their balance and coordination grow - skills that improve every time they ride their micro. Lifelong skills that will grow with them, just like their Mini 3in1 :)
You can buy the Mini 3in1 for your 12-month-old as they are newly standing or just getting ready to. Even if they are a couple months older and already walking like a boss, they’ll love the Mini 3in1 with its 3 rides for 3 ages, all in one box. All parts are replaceable, so your 3in1 can last, literally forever.
Here’s the 3 Stages of the Mini 3in1:
Seat at lower height (left) and seat at higher height (right)
STAGE 2 - ages 18 mos +
STAGE 3 - ages 2 years +
Like the Mini 3in1, the Mini 2Go grows with your toddler. Designed for ages 18 months +, the Mini 2Go starts with a stable ride-on and converts to the popular Mini Deluxe that your child will ride standing up to age 5. The the biggest difference between the Mini 2Go for 18 months+ and the Mini 3in1 for 12 months+ that the Mini 2 Go is just a little bigger. The seat on the Mini 2 Go is a little wider so toddlers need to be about 18 months before their feet can reach the ground. And, one of the fun things about the Mini 2Go is its removable toy drawer. Toddlers can load up with their favorite toys to take on the ride (or remove the drawer and leave the toys at home). Either way, we all know that at 18-months, toddlers love nothing more than putting things into something, then taking them back out! The adventure of hiding and re-discovery :) Like all of our kickboard’s, the Mini 2Go uses the same gentle lean-to-steer method that teaches your little one balance and coordination from a very young age.
1-2-3 Grow With Me on the Mini 2Go
The Mini 2Go has a handy toy drawer that adds to the fun.
Insanely lightweight, the Chopper is actually the the lightest balance bike on the market, weighing less than 5lbs, yet it's incredibly strong, with a maximum weight capacity of 44lbs. The lightweight design makes it easier for your little biker to balance it, control it, even carry it if need be. The Chopper's seat adjusts to grow with your child and the super rad beach-style handlebars can be adjusted forward or back, helping you find the most comfortable 'reach' for your child. Older siblings like to ride the Chopper in a style we might just call junior hot-doggin, we thought you might want to know it is 'shareable'. The Chopper offers amazing fun for an afternoon at the park, but also the Chopper's non-marking wheels mean it can be ridden inside when the weather doesn't cooperate.
Trust us, you're gonna have a ball watching your toddler balance on 2 wheels. They'll 'chop' it up and look all kinda cool, cruising the neighborhood’s sidewalks. (And it’s ok, we know; you wish you had one, too). Lastly, be sure to check out Micro's balance bike videos to help you and your child better understand better how to ride a balance bike - see it here. Micro Original Balance Bike ages 2 to 4 (G-bike)
Based on our reviews, many parents think our Micro Mini kickboard scooter is not only the most stable and uber fun for young children, it's also the longest-lasting. It's not unusual for us to receive a photo of 3 siblings, all of whom rode and loved the same Mini! It's the Mini's 3-wheel kickboard design, with two wheels in front and one in back that really helps with stability, together with the lean-to steering style with its smooth and gentle turns. The lean-to-steer is easy for virtually all children to pick up intuitively (the Miniwas awarded a SNAP (special needs adaptable) award by the prestigious Oppenheim Toy Awards). The Mini's flexible deck is low to the ground, making it easy for kids to step on and off confidently. The flexible fiberglass and ABS plastic absorbs the bumps, offering the smooth ride that's made Micro famous amoungst toddlers and their parents.
And, this part is big...by the time your child has been riding their Mini for a year or so, you’ll see them take it to the next level with many more curves right and left. This motion is incredibly fun and looks a little like they’re ‘surfing’ the sidewalk. It might be worth mentioning that this is actually a weight-shifting skill and mastering it will prepare them for other sports they may want to do in the future (think skiing, surfing and golf, for examples). The Mini is a huge self-confidence builder, watch your child beam with pride as onlookers ooh and ahh at their mega skills.
The quality of the Mini is unsurpassed and practically unprecedented in a children’s product. It is an award-winning design, named by The American Specialty Toy Retailers Association (ASTRA) as the Best Classic Toy in 2015. Many of the stores in the 2000 member association have been selling the Mini since 2007 and still sell it today. Check out the Mini's 5-star reviews on Amazon and on our website.
And with so many different colors options, you’ll have absolutely no problem finding the perfect Mini Deluxe just for them.