Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Review & Competition: Toddlebike

When we were offered the opportunity to review a Toddlebike I jumped at the chance.  We have a balance bike for Meg and Eli was always trying to climb on it without success so I felt that the Toddlebike would be perfect for him to start learning on.

The Toddlebike is a pre-balance bike for children aged 1-3 years.  It is incredibly lightweight and suitable to be used indoors and outdoors.  It's made of sturdy, brightly coloured plastic so is attractive to young children and also is really easy to maintain!  There's no risk of rust and if it gets a bit muddy you can simply wipe it down.


The idea behind it is to bridge the gap between when littlies start walking and when they are big enough for a bike.  It introduces the concept of balance biking at an early age basically!

At first glance, Eli wasn't so sure about it...he eyed it suspiciously and would cry whenever we tried to encourage him to use it.  Not the best sign!!  Meg on the other hand was enamoured and would zoom up and down the living room at an incredible speed.  After a month of having the Toddlebike and watching Eli warily attempt to get onto it every now and then I was beginning to lose hope.

Then, he decided it was perfect to stand on the seat and I really began to lose hope!

Last month though, on a random day when nothing in particular was occurring, he suddenly came shooting past me. I had to second glance as I thought it was Meg but I was pleasantly surprised when he stopped at the radiator, turned and looked at me and said "Eli's bike"

Since that point he has been unstoppable, it's really clicked with him what he needs to do and he's gaining more and more confidence when riding it.  Since the weather turned nice we've moved it outside and he's been racing up and down the patio alongside Meg on her balance bike which is just lovely.

It's for that reason that I have struggled to get a decent photo of him using the Toddlebike; he's just so darn nifty they all come out blurry!


I can really see that he has started to grasp the skills he will need to ride a balance bike.  I am interested to see what will happen when he progresses up.  When Meg first got her balance bike she was incredibly slow (she still is to be fair bless her!) and it took her a good few months to even dare to build up speed.  The rate Eli races his Toddlebike it makes me wonder if he'll be confident from the word go when he finally gets a big boy bike.

At £23.95 with free p&p I think this is a superb bargain.  It is on a level with other ride-on toys, in fact I think it is better value for money as I can see that Eli will be using it for at least the next 6 months before moving up to a bigger model.  Had we got it earlier, we would have got a lot of use from it.

Definitely gets the thumbs up from us!

I have also got the lovely opportunity to offer you the chance to win a Toddlebike in the colour of your choice.  You can have at the three types available here.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply fill in the rafflecopter below:

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Disclaimer: We were sent a Toddlebike for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  No compensation has been provided for the running of the competition. 

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185 comments:

  1. We're very lucky to live by the sea so it has to be the beach and maybe even a paddle!

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  2. I am happy playing in the garden with the paddling pool out.

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  3. my lot love ride ons in the garden, and paddling pool. we actually have one toddle bike and they loveeeeee it! but the younger 2 both fight over it hence why i would love to win a 2nd one :p

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  4. Playing in the garden, it's the simple things x

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  5. we are going to london to stay with friends

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  6. Sitting in my best friends garden, with kids and a paddling pool

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  7. thanks so much for the chance to win this , my nephew would love it . in my sisters garden with my nephew playing in the paddling pool and splashing us all.x

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  8. getting the paddling pool out :)

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  9. Having a bbq on my allotment, taking mine and my neighbour's kids and chopping wood there while waiting for the food to cook.

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  10. definitely the paddling pool

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  11. My little boy loves his sand pit :)

    Hele

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  12. PLAYING CATCH THE BUBBLES WITH MY GRANDKIDS IN THE HOT TUB

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  13. Playing in the garden, picnicking, trips out :-)

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  14. Taking the kids to our towns outside pool, lovely in hot weather .

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  15. i love going on picnics with my boys

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  16. A WALK THROUGH THE NEARBY WOODS

    KathyD

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  17. Love putting the slide into the paddling pool =)

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  18. T. Mitchell-Goodson17 July 2013 at 13:08

    Apart from enjoying our garden, my little monkeys love going to a zoo or an aquarium. Animals are a big hit with my kids :-).

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  19. Michelle Ferguson17 July 2013 at 13:15

    Having a BBQ with all the family

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  20. I think water fights with the grandchildren

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  21. I love playing swing ball with the kids (no having to knock on the neighbours to ask for our ball back!)

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  22. Lucky enough to live in Lake District so a nice countryside walk and a picnic :)

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  23. i love getting the swimming pool out in the garden when we have lovely weather,the kids have so much fun

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  24. going for a lovely picnic trip to the beach :)

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  25. paddling pool with the kids in the garden :)

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  26. Having a picnic

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  27. Just playing in the garden with water trampolines and cricket sets... bliss

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  28. Going for a walk and feeding the ducks

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  29. Vicky Limerick17 July 2013 at 18:13

    walking the dogs

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  30. going to explore Cornwall with my grandchildren

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  31. My sons love being in the paddling pool.x

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  32. Taking the grandchildren to the park

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  33. Picnic in the garden, with the paddling pool out ready for a splash about

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  34. Walking the dogs over the fields

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  35. Walking the dogs over the fields

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  36. My favourite summer activity is going to the park and having fun trying our hardest to play tennis

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  37. I love going for a walk and a picnic :)

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  38. A good bounce on the trampoline is a no fail bit of fun! And it lasts for ages!

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  39. Getting the kids paints out in the garden and a whole pack of printer paper and flick paint all over the paper, make hand prints/footprints etc. We then leave them to dry (something even get the occasional insect marks through the paint!) and then don't get thrown in the bin because we frame them and give them as presents to family and friends!

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  40. Playing in the garden and splashing in the pool

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  41. suzzee langton18 July 2013 at 05:48

    riding horses

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  42. Going to the beach and swimming in the sea

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  43. We love playing in the garden, the trailer and a sheet are favourite at the moment

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  44. I love swimming.

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  45. just having a good time and having fun

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  46. I am happy playing in the garden with the paddling pool out.

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  47. We love to feed the ducks at our local canal ... the kids love it too @chanson2010

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  48. My daughter loves her sand pit, and her paddling pool :) xx

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  49. Going to the beach, flying our kites and catching bubbles with the dogs :) Who needs to spend money to have fun?! x

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  50. splashing in the paddling pool!

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  51. paddling pool in garden

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  52. Rockpooling - always great fun.

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  53. bug hunts with the kids @mandsmanc

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  54. We love long walks in the parks, looking for wildlife, nice plants/flowers and bugs. Kids get really involved!!

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  55. Walking in the park - and chasing after a ball (not sure we can quite call it a game of football just yet!)

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  56. I love hearing of Eli's progress - he a few months ahead so its great to see whats likely to come next!!

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  57. Picking all the fruit and veg that appear in abundance at this time of year :)

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  58. Michelle Sykes20 July 2013 at 21:19

    Paddling in the paddling pool

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  59. going out to the beach for the day with a picnic,a radio and a bucket and spade!


    Pauline Mason

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  60. we love heading to the park to kick the ball around and walk

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  61. Exploring in the woods

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  62. Relaxing in the garden with the kids and their paddling pool ! x

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  63. relaxing in the paddling pool with the kids under a nice gazebo x

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  64. picnic in the countryside

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  65. Relaxing on the beach

    Michelle pierce

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  66. Playing the garden, just so much fun x

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  67. I like taking the kids on bike rides

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  68. Playing in the garden with my boy!

    eddnutz1@hotmail.co.uk

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  69. Taking my little girl to the park :)

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  70. Taking my little girl to the park :)
    kar26_70@yahoo.co.uk

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  71. Going to the seaside and eating a whirly ice cream with a flake in it.

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  72. Eating ice cream on the beach

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  73. we love BBQs and getting the paddling pool out

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  74. Currently it is finger...errr I mean body painting, followed by an immediate sponge off in the paddling pool

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  75. Playing in the paddling pool with the kids

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  76. Walking in the nearby woods

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  77. sitting in the garden with my bunny on my lap - reading a book (me not the bunny!!) xx

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  78. Feeding the squirrels in Hasteings

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  79. Walks and picnics by the river

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  80. Playing with my granddaughter, especially if there's water involved, so Nanna can get soaked!

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  81. Beach football Humans V Dogs

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  82. playin in the garden with the kids an getting the pool out

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  83. playing in the garden with the paddling pool :-) Victoria vincent

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  84. Collecting shells on the beach

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  85. We like hunting for fairies :D

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  86. splashing about in our paddling pool

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  87. A trip to the park, they have a large tyre swing but it has rope mesh over the top so my son lays on it

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  88. A picnic by the seaside. As it is wonderful to get outside in the good weather, the seaside is so relaxing. Yet we can always find plenty to do e.g. go for a walk, fly a kite etc, etc.

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  89. Picnics, anywhere where the children can run around and have fun :-)

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  90. margaret moe dunlop28 July 2013 at 19:12

    walks along the prom near our house x

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  91. throwing pebbles into the sea

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  92. my son is over joyed that its warm enough to stroll round the pond andfeed the new ducklings x

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  93. I love camping.. rain or shine its always fun :)

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  94. Just being out and kicking a ball about makes me happy!

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  95. having a bbq

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  96. taking the Grandchildren to play in the local park with a picnic :)

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  97. A picnic in the park, near the playground :-)

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  98. Going to the beach

    Leah Sullivan
    @LSULLYSULLIVAN

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  99. Going to beach and spending quality time together

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  100. Going to the local playdaz the kids adore it!

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  101. Jane Middleton29 July 2013 at 15:46

    summer picnic

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  102. getting the paddling pool out

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  103. Going to the park.

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  104. Building sandcastles and playing in the sea

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  105. Going to the Inlaws caravan with the kids and spending days on the beach

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  106. Swimming, in the pool or the sea

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  107. We love going for a walk to the river and throwing stones in, going across the stepping stones, looking for special stones, paddling etc etc, the kids love it, we can spend hours down there!

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  108. Day-to-day its going on long walks with the dog over fields. But in general it has to be spending at the beach. I go for 2 breaks a year, one to a friends static caravan for a few days, and the other is a family holiday, and I just love going to the beach, walking the dog on it, taking a pack-up, chilling and relaxing in the sun on it or whatever.

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  109. My eldest has just learnt to ride her pedal bike so our favourite activity is cycling along to the park for an hour then cycling home the 'scenic route' so the girls can spot all the neighbourhood cats ;) My youngest (14 months) is desperate to get on a bike too but just can't manage the balance bike yet so this would be ideal.

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  110. Valerie Kaseram30 July 2013 at 01:47

    Relaxing at the park :-)

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  111. love days out at the seaside :)
    michelle renwick

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  112. Pam Francis Gregory30 July 2013 at 08:51

    Walking the dag

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  113. paddling pool in the garden :) or if its raining then paddling puddles :)

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  114. getting the paddling pool out and the water pistols!!!!

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  115. Iove going out for a picnic with the my husband and the kids xx

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  116. Swimming and Picnics in the Sunshine :-)

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  117. Spend as much time in the garden as possible. It's a safe place, we can have picnics, play in the sand and the paddling pool, have friends round. I love garden time

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  118. We love to hike as a family and take in the beautiful countryside and scenery.

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  119. taking my twin boys on picnics at Sherwood forest or Clumber park, we have hours of fun exploring.

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  120. Becky Shorting30 July 2013 at 17:48

    taking the dog to the river and watching him swim!

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  121. Walks along the canal! PS - my son's called Eli too :-)

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  122. Love a BBQ and relaxing in the garden

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  123. Paddling in the pool in the garden with our daughter.

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  124. Paddling pool in the garden, or picnic out somewhere. Lots of lovely local spots where we are :)
    Helen booth

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  125. Picnics and tea parties are something we enjoy doing, eating outside in the garden or the park and making sure the teddy bears have theirs too ;)

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  126. Having a picnic with my little family

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  127. swimming pool in the garden x

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