Still a long way away from being potty trained, but Joash made a first successful 'deposit' today! An achievement at only 14.5 months :)
We decided to get the kids kick scooters when we saw how much fun they were having with their friends' scooters at a birthday party. Joanie especially loved this scooter that was blinged with pink gems and hot pink handlebar tassels.
So I tasked myself to scout for affordable, sufficiently high quality scoots for the kids and ourselves. The budget was $100 per scooter for a smooth and quiet ride. Given how happy we are with our eventual purchases, I just wanted to share what we purchased and where we got them.
$100 is quite a generous budget. You can get kids scoots for pretty cheap but the quality of the ride was an important factor for us as Josiah had a kick scooter previously that wasn't very smooth to ride, and was hence largely underused...
The kids enjoying their scoot to school. Sure makes getting to school more fun!
After online research and taking into account affordability, user reviews and aesthetics, we decided on the Razor A5 for us, and the Razor Cruiser for Josiah. We bought them at a great price from Amazon (with free shipping to boot!) compared to what they retail for locally - about half off for the Cruiser and 70% off for the A5. And they shipped really quickly too. We received both in a week and they ride great.
Joanie's scoot took longer to find. The reviews for the Razor kiddie kick were so-so, and there weren't other exciting options on Amazon, so I looked locally instead.
The popular choice for her would be the Micro, and having seen the Mini Micro in action, we knew it was a good scooter. But as Joanie was already 3, and pretty tall for her age, we considered the Maxi Micro instead; with the adjustable handlebars, she would be able to use it for longer. We also tested the Y Glider XL. Both scooters were snazzy pink and black rides, but the Y glider was about 25% cheaper. Even so, both were over budget...
Anyway, I blinged it up for Joanie with a scooter sleeve (made for the Maxi Micro) from White & Black Trading, and used ribbons to DIY the tassels. Also made a strap so I can carry it around easily. DIY instructions below.
Happy to say the kids love their scoots and look forward to every opportunity to enjoy them :)
DIY handlebar tassels
Scooter carry cum pull along strap for the Maxi Micro
1. As a pull along strap - Push the strap through the D ring so it forms a loop. Loop over the handlebars so that it rests just under it. Hold the strap by the looped end to pull the scooter while the kid steers (Actually, if your strap isn't too long, you'll be able to control the steering too).
This comes in handy when Joanie gets too tired to push herself along.
2. As a carry strap - Loop the strap through the D ring and over the handlebars so that it rests just under the handlebars. Hook the loop over the back wheel, adjust using the buckle. The strap and scooter now form a triangle. (My carry strap was a bit short as I only bought 1m of the strap fabric. I can still strap the scooter across my back pretty comfortably though but it would be good to have a bit more length)