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Old 02-03-2013, 11:04 PM   #2
luvinmybaby!
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Re: Balance Bike, was $100, now $50 at Walmart!

I got a metal one when I lived in Germany. They are great! First I taught my daughter to pedal on a tricycle. Then taught her how to balance on a "laufrad" (balance bike). She was riding a 2 wheel bicycle when she was 2 years 10 months easily...never had training wheels. Training wheels don't teach your child how to ride a bike, they're just glorified tricycles.

Anyway...tip for saving money though...if your child is tall enough to reach the ground while sitting at the lowest height on a 12" bicycle, just take the pedals off...and you have a balance bike...then just put them back on when he/she is balancing well and comfortable. Mine was too short for this when she started riding, but I gave this tip to my neighbor and their older daughter was riding regular within 2 weeks.
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