Let the kids take off on their own set of wheels with the best toddler scooters reviewed by real moms. With safety tips and budget picks.
Best Toddler Scooter
Scooters can be easier for kids to master than bikes or tricycles, which makes them a popular option for toddlers. Plus, they are slim and easy to pop into the trunk of a car and take on the go with you!
As parents, you’ll also love that there are tons of options that won’t break the bank and that your kids can enjoy for years to come. Checkout our top picks below.
TIP: If you’re looking for a first bike option, check out our favorite balance bikes too.
A great price, at under $40, from a classic brand! This scooter is especially good for the youngest riders because it has a really wide, textured deck that’s very close to the ground and very sturdy. It’s also fast enough for toddlers to have fun, but won’t let them pick up too much speed.
It’s available in red or pink.
Buy the Radio Flyer My 1st Scooter
Let’s talk about a smooth ride: This scooter combines high-quality wheels with a fiber-glass footboard to keep your kiddo rolling steadily. It also has what they call a “lean-to-steer” design, so your kids can easily learn to navigate bends and turns.
(This updated version of the brand’s original toddler scooter adds an adjustable handlebar, which means it will fit your kiddo from ages 2 to 5.) It also comes in a TON of colors and is under $100!
Buy the Mini Micro Deluxe
If you’re looking for a combo situation, this one is super cool! Press a button on the handle bar and twist the footboard around and this ride-on converts from a three-wheel scooter to a balance tricycle.
The handlebars and wheels all adjust to your child’s size, from age 2 to 5, and it also comes in a bright red color.
Buy the Nexace 3 In 1 Tricycle
I’m usually not a fan of adding lights—and therefore unnecessary batteries—to toys that are perfectly fun without them. However, this scooter that lights up when in motion really is pretty darn cool. Consider it for a kiddo who might be reluctant to try a scooter without some added excitement!
(This brand is super-popular with big kids, too, and is meant for toddlers aged 3 and up!)
Buy the Jetson Lumi 3 Wheel Light-Up Kick Scooter
Good for ages 15 months all the way to six years old, this first-scooter option starts out with a seat and a push handle so kids can get super-comfortable before they even try to kick off.
You’ll also love that everything on this scooter (and we mean everything from steering options to T-bar) is adjustable so you can make it the perfect experience for your kiddo no matter his size or age. This scooter is priced at under $150.
Throw this baby in the back of the trunk, stash it in the basket under the stroller, or store it more easily on a garage shelf. It’s really (really!) nice that this classic Razor option offers a fold-down T-bar.
Because, let’s face it, 90% of the time your kiddo is not actually going to ride the scooter all the way to the park and back. And it’s under $50.
Best Tips for Toddler Scooters
- Make sure your child can easily reach the handle bars and adjust them if they are too high.
- Make sure they have a properly fitting helmet.
- Use caution on hills and help as needed.
- Teach your child how to stop as the braking options will vary according to the specific scooter.
- If the scooter seems wobbly, you can have them stand on it and you can walk/push them a bit until they get a better feel for using it on their own. Take time to let them learn!
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This post was first published October 2020.