Having been a doctor for the last 10 years, working every day with babies and children, I thought I was pretty well-placed to know everything-about-everything when Doof was born. However I soon learnt being a mum is very different to being a doctor...
Monday, 6 October 2014
Toddle bike: Review & Giveaway!
my first proper competition giveaway!!!! Want to own one of these fab toddle
bikes? Keep reading...
Yes - your toddler could also look this happy ;)
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.
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
do we love our toddle bike?
It is very light
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 :)
It is brightly coloured
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
It is easy to clean
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...
It's good for developing balance
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!
It encourages outside play
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...
D looks super cute riding it
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?"
That look of concentration :)
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...
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).
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):
entered a competition with @mum1stdoctor2nd & @toddlebiker to win a
Toddlebike at http://tinyurl.com/nsy3cda Why don't you? Pls RT"
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
You must live in mainland UK
and be over 18 to enter
The competition will close at 1am on Thursday 16th October
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
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