Why parents like Kate Middleton and Prince William are dropping balance bike stabilizers

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Prince Louis showcased his cycling skills on a trendy Frog balance bike in a new birthday portrait released today to mark his third birthday.

The youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sits on a £ 200 red Tadpole Plus model, without pedals or chain, as he posed for the photo at Kensington Palace.

Balance bikes are a relatively new phenomenon that has popped up in the UK in recent years, with parents dropping the stabilizers and instead buying the exercise bikes to help kids learn balance and steering.

There are no foot pedals, chain, gears or in most cases brakes to worry about on a balance bike, and so kids are better able to understand how to balance themselves.

Sophie Pickles, an Early Years expert and parent coach, not only claimed to help kids ride real bikes faster, but she told FEMAIL that ‘forward-thinking’ parents like Kate and Prince William will be aware of the ‘numerous benefits of balance bikes,’ including the fact that it will help Louis become a more adept writer as he goes to school ‘.

She explained that the models help children develop muscle strength, coordination and motor skills, making it easier for the toddlers to ‘learn to write and exercise as well’.

Prince Louis showed off his cycling skills on a trendy Frog balance bike in a new birthday portrait released on the occasion of his third birthday today (photo)

Prince Louis showed off his cycling skills on a trendy Frog balance bike in a new birthday portrait released on the occasion of his third birthday today (photo)

Balance bikes are generally made for small children and vary greatly in style. The trendy Prince Louis model, which promises to ‘offer the best fit for your child’, has been out of stock for a while.

Sophie Pickles, a UK Early Years expert and parent coach, said: ‘Balance bikes are excellent and are growing in popularity.

Do you remember your parents teaching you to ride a bike by holding on to the back of the seat while you went for your first wobbly ride without stabilizers?

Well, sad as it may feel, the popularization of balance bikes means that this moment can change between parent and child forever.

Balance bikes encourage kids to use their core strength and stability from the start – something kids didn’t really get to grips with until after taking the stabilizers off an old bike.

The youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (pictured with their children in December 2020) sits on a £ 200 red Tadpole Plus model, without pedals or chain, as he posed for the photo at Kensington Palace

The youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (pictured with their children in December 2020) sits on a £ 200 red Tadpole Plus model, without pedals or chain, as he posed for the photo at Kensington Palace

‘This means that when they come to cycle with pedals, they have more confidence and better balance and control.

Because balance bikes can be introduced as early as two years old, this also means that the average age at which children ride their first ‘real’ bicycle (with pedals) will probably decrease as well, as balance bikes for toddlers become more and more. popular.’

‘Why does it matter? You may be wondering why riding a balance bike really matters in the grand scheme of things, but letting kids develop muscle strength, coordination, and motor skills will do more than just help them learn to ride, Sophie insisted.

‘We know that children with these advanced skills will also outperform their peers when it comes to learning to write and play sports.

Kate and William are known for progressive parenting, especially when it comes to early childhood development, so it’s not surprising they made the smart choice of buying a balance bike for Louis.

Frog is one of the most popular brands of balance bikes, with Prince Louis's specific bike (pictured) being described as 'the Frog's most popular balance bike'.

Frog is one of the most popular brands of balance bikes, with Prince Louis’s specific bike (pictured) being described as ‘the Frog’s most popular balance bike’.

Kate’s work in early childhood development for children under five means she is likely very aware of the many benefits of balance bikes, including the fact that it will help Louis become a more adept writer when he goes to school. goes.’

Emma Dines, children’s cycling expert at Halfords, said: “It’s great to see Prince Louis getting to know bicycles at such a young age and balance bikes are a perfect way to start.

‘Our figures show that more customers are choosing to buy balance compared to larger bikes with stabilizers, as they can be a much better start to a cycling life and an easier way to master the essentials.

“Learning to ride a balance bike is a very simple and natural process that kids love, and a great skill that will stay with them for the rest of their cycling life. They promote self-confidence and allow the child to get used to the movements at his own pace. ‘

Frog is one of the most popular brands of balance bikes, with Prince Louis’s specific bike being described as ‘the most popular of the Frog balance bikes’.

The brand description for it reads: “It has 12 inch wheels and is suitable for most children up to four years old. At 4 kg it is very light and the choice of seven colors means there is something for everyone.

“A year or two on the Frog Tadpole means most kids will get on their first pedal bike quickly and easily.”

Some balance bikes are more like toys, while others are clearly designed with functions of ‘real’ bikes. Prices start from just £ 45.

While a normal bike with stabilizers can help kids learn to pedal, some experts say they don’t learn skills when the stabilizers come off.

Balance bikes are so popular in America that the Posh Baby and Kids brand has created a design version together with Bentley Motors Limited.

The “Bentley Balance bike costs $ 495 and embodies the same meticulous attention to detail and unmistakable design that the brand is known for,” the website said.

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