Read on for our curated list of the best toddler bikes, trikes, and accessories out there!
Now is a great time to shop for your toddler’s first bike, or a nifty trade up to what they already have. Let’s face it, knowing what your kids will play with can be difficult. So, I took the guesswork out and went straight to the source. I asked my kids and their cousins what bikes, trikes, and accessories they would love, or loved if they previously owned something from this list. Then, I added a few items that I would’ve loved as a child, because, to be honest I’m still a kid at heart when I review toys or go toy shopping. So, without further ado, here’s what I discovered.
I love everything retro! And the Retrospec cub kids Toddler bike is excellent for the little ones to learn how to balance and glide before stepping up to an actual pedal bike. I am big on passing toys down between my two kids, and this bike checks that box because it handles rough play well with its durable frame.
When I see this bike, I think of taking my kids out biking, riding alongside Lake Michigan and the sand dunes every summer. This is a beach cruiser-style bike for your little one that comes with training wheels so your little ones can learn as they cruise.
This is the best gift for the biking enthusiast family. This foldable bike is perfect for families who enjoy biking while on vacation or packing the bikes up and heading to the park. As a mom on the go, I love anything, including toys, strollers, you name it, that can be folded up and stored easily. I’m always looking for ways to declutter and minimize the space my kid’s toys take up in the house and garage, and this bike does just that.
Anything adjustable I just love. I’m a single mom with 2 kids. The smarTrike was great because it saved me money not having to buy a stroller bike, push trike, and a tricycle. That’s what makes this 4-in-1 tricycle so great. It starts as a stroller bike that holds your little one in place with a 3-point harness and comes with a sun canopy. Then remove the sun canopy to move to stage 2, and it’s great because it even has two sets of pedals to grow with your child. In the 3rd stage, you can remove the harness. At this point, you can remove or keep the steering bar depending on your child’s comfort level. Stage 4 is the stand-alone tricycle. It even comes with a small bucket attached to the back so your child can bring toys or snacks along for the ride.
I love a toddler toy that can be used at multiple stages. When my oldest was a toddler, I remember having at least 10 different tricycles, balancing bikes, and sit-and-rides scattered all over my house and yard. This 3-in-1 Tricycle is an excellent option because it is versatile and can grow with your toddler. The pedals detach so it can start out as a balance tricycle. The snap-on pedals are easily adjusted based on your child’s skill and comfort level. The seat and rear wheelbase adjust, allowing additional room as your child grows.
I had to include a Schwinn because I love the style and quality of their products. The Schwinn Roadster Tricycle has a a stylish retro design, with scalloped chrome fenders, an adjustable seat, and mustache-style chrome cruiser handle bar that comes with tassels and a bell. The wide rear deck has the Schwinn logo burnt into the wood for added style. Another thing that makes this perfect for your toddler, its wide rear wheels and low center of gravity, make it easy to ride but difficult to tip over.
This Little Tikes 4-in-1 tricycle is an excellent stroller-tricycle combination bike. It works as a stroller and has a great bucket on the back for mom to store gear in. The parent’s push handle has a cupholder and area for keys and cell phone for additional storage. Stage 1 and 2 features an adjustable canopy, 5-point seatbelt harness, and a removable waist bar and footrest that keep your child in place and comfy. As your child grows, you can detach the footrest so your toddler can learn to pedal on their own. This is a great option for moms who love to walk but want the option to let their children learn to pedal as they grow.
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The Mobo sport tricycle is a safe alternative to a traditional tricycle. With a low center of gravity, this rear-steering big wheel tricycle can make fast swooping turns without the risk of tipping over or throwing your child off. To steer, your child has two joysticks that let them control their trike with simple hand movements. And with the adjustable frame, this sports tricycle will grow with your toddler.
Accessories & Safety Gear
Helmets are necessary for a child learning to ride a bike or tricycle. Any child would love to sport this green dinosaur helmet, with its orange spikes on the top and cool grinning dinosaur design. It’s made with an ultra-lightweight, impact-resistant polycarbonate shell, with seven ventilation holes on top of the helmet for added comfort.
My kids both love Paw Patrol, so I knew this was a great item to add to my list. This Nickelodeon Paw Patrol (they also come in Blues Clues) bicycle safety set is an important accessory to go with your little one’s bike. The knee and elbow pads are tough enough to keep your children safe, and the gloves will protect their little hands while riding and playing. They will also grow with your child because the adjustable strap allows for a custom fit.
My kids love everything LED right now. I knew the kids would love these LED Bike Wheel Lights. An added bonus, these are a great safety item for your child’s bike. The LED lights keeps their bike visible. And two settings let your kids change their lights from constant to flashing for even more customization.
My little guy is the king of sound effects. So when I came across the Spokester bicycle noise maker, I knew I had to let other parents know. This makes the sound of a motorcycle exhaust without your child using pop cans or cards in their spokes. As kids, that was all we had, and we broke quite a few spokes doing it. The Spokester, however, is safe for your child to use without causing any damage.
If your child is creative and loves to personalize everything, this is a great gift. My daughter loved her basket on her bike, and she would’ve loved being able to decorate herself like you can with this set. This comes with a basket (3 colors to choose from), a bicycle bell, 2 straps of bicycle streamers, and 30 stickers that your daughter can decorate her bike and basket with. What better accessory for a little girl’s first bike than a customizable basket and streamers?
I couldn’t make a list without including the bicycle seat for American Girl Dolls (or doll or stuffed animal between 18″-22″). Every little girl with an American Girl Doll and bicycle will love this doll ride-along bicycle seat. Now your little one can safely take her favorite doll or stuffed animal along on bike rides. This seat easily attaches to a bicycle and it also comes with decals so your child can fully customize her dolly bicycle seat.
My kids loved their Step2 Stop and GO Market and Toll Booth. We loved to set it in the driveway, and the kids and I would take turns on who worked the toll both and store and who drove their bikes through the toll booth. It is an excellent addition to bike time and allows your child to pretend with their friends. When I was a child, I loved to imitate my parents, and now my kids are doing the same. What could be more adult than driving through the toll booth and stopping at the gas station?
Your child and the neighborhood kids will love to pretend play with this real-looking traffic light. This has real working lights that can changed manually or be set on a 30-second timer. It even mimics an actual crosswalk light too, helping kids learn about being a safe pedestrian. This is a great gift to go along with your child’s favorite bicycle or scooter!
Looking for a different kind of rideable toy? Check out our list of the best toddler ride-on toys!