Monday, 6 October 2014

Toddle bike: Review & Giveaway!



Oooooooo my first proper competition giveaway!!!! Want to own one of these fab toddle bikes? Keep reading...

Yes - your toddler could also look this happy ;)

You might have seen people tweeting or blogging about the "toddle bike trial 2014" recently - toddlers up and down the country are doing a mass "trial", taking them wherever they go and then blogging about it. The bikes are designed to be a stepping stone to traditional balance bikes, specially suitable for toddlers aged 1-3 years. And thanks to Jo Hockley, owner and creator, you can win your own right here right now.

Doof is already the proud owner of one - we got ours from John Lewis (only £23.95 in case you don't win this competition!) a month ago and already it is a firm favourite. D wants to take it EVERYWHERE. To the park, to the shops, to nursery.  D already has a micro scooter (lucky baby) but he's never been very enamoured by it (I suspect because it's quite heavy and tricky to steer). since getting his toddle bike that has been completely relegated to under-the-stairs-cupboard status!

Why do we love our toddle bike?

1. It is very light

The bike only weighs 0.8kg!! It is so light that Doof can easily carry it with one hand - which tbh he nearly always insists on doing - and it also means it is easy for him to manoeuvre when he's riding. And equally importantly, it means I can hook it onto the back of our double buggy and it doesn't add too much extra weight (unlike D's cumbersome heavy scooter).

He takes it everywhere
Perfect fit on our double buggy :)

2. It is brightly coloured 

What's not to love? The bright colours are attractive to kids (and to me!) and when we take it to the playground it always gets lots of admiring stares.

Proof of D's super human strength... Or the lightness of the bike

3. It is easy to clean

As its made of plastic you can just wipe it clean if needed. And there are no bits that will rust or get soggy so you don't have to worry if it gets wet.

He wanted to bike to join him in splashing in the puddle...

4. It's good for developing balance

The bike was designed as a pre-balance bike for the youngest of toddlers who are too small for the traditional balance bikes. I much prefer the idea/rationale behind balance bikes when children are learning to ride (rather than using stabilisers) and always planned on getting D a BB when he was big enough. So this ticked all the boxes. And already I can see Doof getting better at balancing, especially when he's turning. 

Yay, I turned a corner!

5. It encourages outside play

D loves riding it so much that he always asks to go outside now. Nothing more lovely than watching your toddler being active outside, knowing that all the energy they burn off is going to help them sleep better that night... :)

The playground - perfect riding conditions...

6. D looks super cute riding it

Ok so this is a biased mum reason but still... he does :) I love the way he sometimes sits on the straddle bar (very common in the smaller toddlers when they first start riding). And that even when he doesn't want to ride he still insists on carrying it himself ("do you want mummy to carry it?" "NO").

That look of concentration :)

So if any of that sounds good to you, then to be in with a chance to win your own toddle bike just enter the competition below...

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COMPETITION TIME!!

Look at http://www.toddlebike.co.uk/ and leave a comment below detailing which colour bike you'd like if you win - along with a way I can contact you (Facebook page, twitter name, email address etc).

To increase your chances of winning you can also:

- Share this blog post on Facebook and leave one EXTRA comment here to say you've done so (with your Facebook name)

- Follow both me (@mum1stdoctor2nd) and Jo (@toddlebiker) on Twitter and leave one EXTRA comment here with your Twitter name

- Tweet about the competition using the following sentence (and leave ANOTHER comment to say you have):
"I've entered a competition with @mum1stdoctor2nd & @toddlebiker to win a Toddlebike at http://tinyurl.com/nsy3cda Why don't you? Pls RT"


GOOD LUCK!!

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Competition rules:

1. The only step you MUST do is the first one. All others are optional so you can do as many or as few as you like

2. You must live in mainland UK and be over 18 to enter

3. The competition will close at 1am on Thursday 16th October 

4. The winner will be picked on the morning of Thursday 16th October via Random.org and their name will be posted on this page later that day

5. All efforts will be made to contact the winner by the contact details left in their comment(s). If there has been no response after 2 weeks a new winner will be drawn.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER!!

MISS PIMMS - with comment number 92


97 comments:

  1. The primary colour toddlerbike if we win :-)
    @Outnumberedmum_

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  2. Followed Jo on Twitter and already follow you. Also tweeted competition @Outnumberedmum_

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  3. Ooh B would love the primary coloured one, jolly and traditional at the same time! @cjtours follows you both and sent a tweet about the competition x

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  4. I'm merrily following @mumfirstdoctorsecond and @toddlebiker

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  5. ...and I've sent a motivational tweet to othes to recommend they join in the fun and have a chance to win this fab bike, if Doofy likes it, it's a winner!

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  6. Neon toddler bike- these look ace! Follow you both on twitter @bomoharding

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  7. Third entry for Helen (followed both)

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  8. Tweeted about the fab competition :-) @Outnumberedmum_

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  9. Ooh Toddlebike Primary please! L's favourite colour is red :-) Can be contacted on twitter @illustratedmam xxx

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  10. Tweeted about the competition xxx

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  11. Shared on Facebook Donna Shayler

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  12. Following both on twitter @donutgirl78

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  13. Primary coloured for me, but would need to buy one as well otherwise massive fights over who gets to use it...

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  14. I love the toddler bike primary. x

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  15. Either primary or neon would be great for my little boy. Thank you x

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  16. Primary colours please for my daughter

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  17. Shared on facebook as Lorraine Tinsley

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  19. Love all the colours but I'd have to pick Pink for my little daughter.

    Tweeted about the competition - @stevieY

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  20. love the neon one :) @koey666 - twitter

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  21. tweeted about the competition @koey666

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  22. ive shared on facebook here https://www.facebook.com/twinklenicci/posts/10152430264078589

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  23. I would love the neon toddlebike please if I win. @pookybearcheung

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  24. I have tweeted @pookybearcheung

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  25. primary colours please @pa2539Laura

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  26. The Primary please. :) @Annimousey

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  27. I would love the neon bike :)
    @pixies15alana

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  28. Followed both pages on Twitter as @pixies15alana

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  29. I've tweeted https://twitter.com/pixies15alana/status/520554358296285186

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  30. Toddlebike Primary @kibarthy

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  31. I'd love the neon one.

    You can contact me on twitter.
    Tweeted here https://twitter.com/norallie/status/520602149479542784

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  32. I would like the neon one please (twitter as @freyerj)

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  33. shared on FB - anthony harrington

    https://www.facebook.com/anthony.harrington.14/posts/715808798511844

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  34. following both on Twitter as @freyerj

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  35. tweeted message as @freyerj

    https://twitter.com/freyerj/status/520614992006348800

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  36. Primary colours please tweeting as @worriedmum46

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  37. Primary colours please.
    @pphil10

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  38. Primary colours for Tia please :-) I follow you on Twitter on MTJAMBLOG

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  39. Toddlebike Primary please :-) @mummytoboyz on twitter

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  40. Was already following you & now following Jo from @mummytoboyz

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  41. Shared on facebook from Mummy to boyz

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  42. Toddlebike pink @gemmaclark6 on twitter

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  43. Primary Colours Toddlebike @mummyonabudget on Twitter

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  44. Followed both on Twitter as @mummyonabudget

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  45. Tweeted about the giveaway as @mummyonabudget
    https://twitter.com/mummyonabudget/status/521405816126316545

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  46. I'd buy the lovely bright neon one. @KatieJ_A_C

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  47. Have tweeted @KatieJ_A_C https://twitter.com/KatieJ_A_C/status/521606225541480448

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  48. ld really like the Toddlebike Primary please :)

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  49. I follow on Twitter @fish_brain07

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  50. I have tweeted the competition: https://twitter.com/Fish_Brain07/status/521681666520391681

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  51. I'd love the Toddlebike Neon @cluckyhen0

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  52. pink :D and about to tweet, cant follow as reached limit but would if i could :( @sparklythingsuk

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  53. Toddlebike Neon, on Twitter@ JackieMONeill

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  54. shared on facebook username samantha sugden

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  55. Tweeted about the competition on twitter @sugg42

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  56. email madmax_chef@yahoo.com i like the neon one

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  57. shared on fb and tweeted @_cathyj_

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  58. I would love the neon, twitter @wef1984

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  59. I love the primary one @pink_lady123

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  60. Primary colour! Love these - as would my son! :D @embabestweet

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  61. I like the Toddlebike Neon. @handbar tweeted

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  62. Toddlebike Neon would be great! Facebook name Natalie Fairhurst

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  63. NEON WOULD BE FAB - FACEBOOK ESMEMCCRUBB

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  64. Toddlebike Neon
    @felixisfriend twitter

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  65. shared on facebook https://www.facebook.com/jane.middleton.71/posts/814478608603537

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  66. following both on twitter @felixisfriend

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  67. tweeted https://twitter.com/felixisfriend/status/522155930923061248

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  68. I'd love the primary colour one

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  69. Shared on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/christybeckett09/posts/375915755891977

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  70. Neon Model: lime green, yellow, purple and orange colours

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  71. Pink one please! Simply love these. We shall definitely be getting one if we don't win!!

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  72. Following you both on Twitter (Mrs_Flashpants)

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  73. Competition link shared on Twitter

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  74. I like the neon model

    @helenkgarner

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  75. Hi, I would like to know what ages do you think this "pre balance" bike is good for. My LO is 21 months and I am not sure whether I should get him this or wait a few months and get directly a balance bike. Any advice on this? Thanks so much for a great blog!

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    1. Hi Julia, thanks for your comment and sorry for the delay - I only just saw it! D is nearly 3 and still loves his Toddle bike. We tried a proper balance bike on holiday last month and he wasn't nearly as confident or happy on it so we're thinking of waiting til Christmas to get him a one (when he'll be 3 and a half). It will definitely depend on how co-ordinated your LO is though as I'm sure there are 2 year olds who are good on BB! One massive advantage of this pre-BB for us is it's weight - D can easily carry it to the park himself, or it can hang off the pushchair handles. We couldn't do that with a proper bike and so I suspect it wouldn't get used nearly as much as it would be more of a hassle to take with us. Hope that helps :)

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    2. Thanks a lot! This helps.

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