How To Choose The Right Ride On Toy For Your Child’s Age And Abilities

May 26, 2023

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Ride-on toys are a great way to provide fun and exercise for your child while encouraging their development and growth. But choosing the right ride-on toy can be a challenging task, especially with so many options available. In this blog post, we’ll explore some important factors to consider when selecting the appropriate ride-on toy for your child’s age and abilities. 

Age Appropriate Toys 

For children under 18 months old, ride-on toys are not recommended as they are not yet able to fully control their movements and balance. It is best to wait until they are older and have developed their gross motor skills before introducing them to ride on toys. 

For children 18 months and older, manually operated ride-on toys like the Baby JCB Ride on Tractor or JCB Fastrac foot to floor ride on can be great options. These toys allow the child to use their legs to push themselves forward and develop their gross motor skills. They also offer the child a sense of independence and control as they move around. 

For children aged 3 to 5 years old, ride-on toys like the JCB Dumper Ride On can be a great option. These toys often come with pedals that the child can use to control their speed and direction. This helps to further develop their gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination. 

For older children, battery-powered ride-on toys like the JCB Quad Bike can provide hours of fun and excitement. These toys often come with a rechargeable battery and allow the child to control their speed and direction using a handlebar or steering wheel. It is important to note that parents should still supervise their child when using these toys to ensure their safety. 

Size and Weight 

The size and weight of the ride-on toy should also be considered when selecting a ride-on toy for your child. A ride-on toy that is too large or heavy can be difficult for your child to manoeuvre, potentially leading to safety hazards. It is important to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for the size and weight of the toy to ensure that it is appropriate for your child’s size and weight. 

Safety Considerations 

When selecting a ride-on toy, safety should always be a top priority. It is important to choose a toy that is sturdy and stable to prevent tipping over. Always ensure that your child wears appropriate safety gear such as a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads. It is also important to supervise your child while they are riding their toy to ensure their safety.

In conclusion, ride-on toys are a fun and engaging way for your child to develop their motor skills, coordination, and balance. When choosing a ride-on toy, it is important to consider your child’s age, size, and abilities.

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