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Ready for a Tricycle?

As your child outgrows babyhood, they will be ready to learn how to ride a tricycle. A tricycle provides lots of fun and exercise but also some new hazards. For example, a child on a tricycle is so low to the ground that they can't be seen by a motorist who is backing up. But riding trikes and bikes is almost an essential part of growing up, so read on for ways to keep your child pedaling safely.

5 tips to help keep your child injury-free while riding a tricycle:

  1. Be ready. Don't get a tricycle until your child is physically able to handle it. Most children are ready around age 3.
  2. Go low. Look for a tricycle that is built low to the ground and has big wheels. This type is safer because it is less likely to tip over.
  3. Helmet up. Get a well fitting bicycle helmet, and teach your child to wear it for every time. The helmet’s label should say it meets Consumer Product Safety Commission standards. The chin strap should fit snugly under your child’s chin, and there should not be much movement over their forehead when strapped properly.
  4. Cover those toes. Make sure your child wears closed-toe shoes to protect their toes and feet when on a tricycle or bike.
  5. Find a safe area. Don't allow your child to ride near automobiles, driveways, or swimming pools. Tricycles should be used only in protected places.
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Adapted from Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 7th Edition (Copyright © 2019 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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