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Did you love spending quality time in the outdoors prior to having children?
You don’t have to wait until they’re past five years of age to continue that part of your life. Thanks goodness!
Continuing to exercise activities that bring you joy and a great dose of healthy endorphins should be celebrated and shared with your child. You will be setting an excellent example of self care.
There are many ways to bond with your child outdoors throughout their life, but I’m sure actual bike riding wouldn’t have been on your list during their infant and toddler years! No training wheels needed!
⇒ You always wear a well-fitting helmet! ⇐
Child should wear seat belt, use foot rest, and have a good backrest for stability!
It brings a smile to my face to know that I can share this experience with my Ellie — going tandem! ¡Pa’lante! Let’s go!
It’s a personal choice, if you decide to bike ride with your child rear mounted vs. front mounted.
Let’s explore the pros and cons!
REAR Mounted Child Bike Seat
- Age ranges from nine months (they can hold their head up) through six years old
- Maximum weight is 40 lbs. regardless if over six years old
- Parent has more range for leg movement for peddling
- Compatible with more bike models
- Parent is not able to see and verify child’s well-being without stopping
- Parent is not able to try to protect child in a fall or accident
- Child faces their parent’s back/No view of scenery
- Lack of interaction for bonding
FRONT Mounted Child Bike Seat
- Ability to try and protect child in a fall or accident
- Child faces the front and is able to view scenery
- Interaction and bonding is increased
- Bike ride has more stability
- Age ranges from nine months (they can hold their head up) through four years old
- Maximum weight is 35 lbs. regardless if under four years old
- Parent has less range for leg movement for peddling
- Not easily compatible with many bike models
- Child may want to steer handle bars
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If it’s a short ride, I do not bring along a small backpack with the essentials, but I do wear this super lightweight waist pack to carry my home/car key, chapstick, a small snack, and my phone for the music (and emergency calls). Ellie loves to sing and dance as we ride!
We enjoy a special Spotify playlist we created for Ellie. The playlist includes her Top 5 Jams: The Wheels on the Bus, Let It Go, Elmo Slide, Recuérdame, and The Greatest Show… yep, I bet you didn’t see that song coming! She has inherited our love for musicals!
I usually ride 5-7 miles to find a different park each day we bike ride. For the most part, I look up park locations before heading out the door and let a family member or friend (and always my husband, if he’s not with us) know where I’m heading!
However, there have been times, I’ve encountered a small community park during my travels and decide to stay for a while. For the longer rides, make sure to always bring water with you, there may not be a working water fountain at your destination.
I believe that by having the end destination be a fun place to play and learn will allow your child to be more excited during the bike ride, and less fussy!
Libraries, museums, beaches, indoor play areas, they all work great, too!
Once at the park, we both stretch out our legs and back, and then run to the jungle gym!
You best believe I’m the mom running around with her child, and suddenly not being able to outrun their tiny little legs! haha
Until it’s time to bike ride back home (or to the car)!
I have to share that Ellie chose her outfit this morning — this little lady loves her skirts! She was sporting her t-shirt and leggings, when she spotted the skirted-overalls on the “too small” pile of the closet. I will let you know, these overalls are size 12 months, but they can definitely still be worn over cute leggings!
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I hope these fun tips allow you to safely venture out and bond with your child on a nice bike ride and enjoy the blue skies, green landscaping, and the sounds of our world!
Don’t forget the snacks!