I remember when we first started doing bits together as a little family – you know, bike rides, long walks, climbing etc. I always worried that Toby was a little bit left out of that, he couldn’t ride a bike, struggled with walking far or for a long time and it was just a bit more geared towards Reuben and us, with Tobes tagging along in the carrier or tootling along slowly.
Now Toby has turned 4 he’s started asking for things like a bike and I’m determined that Miss Edith won’t be left out, especially as her personality is nowwhere near as laid back as Tobys is. She has a trike that has been passed down from child to child, but honestly it has rarely been used other than at Center Parcs. I have always loved my bugaboo pushchairs, so why would I subsitute one of those beauties for a trike?! Yet now… well, now she doesn’t want to be in the pushchair, can’t walk far and anything fun is perfect for her (and me – I’m all for a bit of free ranging but if it gives me a nervous twitch, it’s time to get strapped in.)
A couple of weeks ago we were sent a set of Micro Scooters as a family. As you can probably imagine, Reuben delighted us all win shouts of “That’s old skool tricks baby!” While he sped down the hill and jumped to the side, narrowly avoiding the wall. Just to note here, I genuinely have NO idea what “old skool tricks” are, perhaps I’m ancient skool to him huh? Toby has since asked to “scoot scoot” everywhere since, but it’s Edith who I feel has a really HUGE benefit.
So unlike a trike where she is virtually sat in a fun pushchair and I’m doing the leg work, Edith has to use her legs for her scooter, even though she’s actually sat down and I am pushing (which takes a bit of getting used to by the way, the pushing. If you are like me and liable to start swearing like a navvy after discovering that the steering is a little challenging, try not to lose your shit, persevere and all will be well.)
There was this wonderful sense of satisfaction radiating off Edie, like she was really one of the big kids, which is adorable at not quite two. She loves it, and it’s a great way to tire her out on the walk into town – she’s not sat, frustrated in a pushchair, and she’s not wandering off inspiring heart palpertations from me every time she runs in the opposite direction to her brothers.
Did you know that scooters aren’t just the most awesome fun for kids, but grown ups too? Both Adam and I were sent scooters too which means that we can go out and scoot as a family. At this point that is nigh impossible as someone needs to push Edith, and with the co-ordinated grace of a gorilla in heat, I’m not the girl to scoot and push. That brings me nearly to the other part I love about Edie’s scooter – it converts to the same “scoot scoot” that Toby has. The seat and bucket insert come off and BOOM, toddler scooter. So give her another year and we can all use them together.
The other thing that is worthwhile knowing, with scooters your toddler will learn an element of co-ordination, but will be strengthening their core body muscles and helping to encourage balance.
I’m planning to include Edith’s scooter in my Christmas gift guide this year as I really can’t explain how bloody awesome it is.
Get ya scoot scoot on peeps – it’s old skool after all.