Easy to ride, super cute and insanely fun, the toddler scooter has become a hands-down favourite when it comes to little Aussies’ first set of wheels.
But it’s not just all the giggle-filled hooning that makes the toddler scooter so brilliant. It’s also a perfectly proportioned ride that contributes to a healthy lifestyle and helps kids hone important gross-motor skills.
From kids’ scooters with seats to snazzy styles with light-up wheels, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to junior models in Australia and our roundup will help you track down the right one for your toddler.
What to look for in a kids’ scooter
Toddler scooters can vary a lot between brands and styles. Here are some points to consider when you’re on the hunt for one:
Style: Three-wheel scooters are ideal for tots because they provide the extra support their wiggly-wobbly bodies need as they work on their balance and coordination.
Steering: For beginners, intuitive ‘lean-and-steer’ technology makes scooting a lot easier and helps tots to nail the basics and maintain good balance.
Handlebars: Like beanstalks, kiddos seem to magically shoot up overnight so height-adjustable handlebars are very handy. Also, think about the grip; an ergonomic grip made for little hands will be easier to grasp.
Brakes: When your tyke starts off they’ll likely just stamp their foot to the ground to stop. But as they pick up confidence and speed, a good brake is essential. Look for a long and covered rear brake that allows for smooth stops while preserving the back wheel.
Deck: For first riders, ensure the scooter deck is quite close to the ground. Also keep in mind that some brands have interchangeable decks – so if your munchkin tires of green, you can switch to pink!
Portability: As fun as scooters are, their overall shape isn’t that practical for packing in cars or storing. If you’ll need to transport your kiddo’s scooter quite often, perhaps look for a folding design.
Accessories: From helmets to bells, knee pads to baskets, accessories add a good dose of fun to toddlers’ first scooters. Many popular brands sell matching accessories separately.
12 toddler scooters for little thrill-seekers
Ready to find the ultimate scooter for your little adventurer? In no particular order, here are 12 of our favourite brands and models:
Head to any Aussie park and you’ll likely see the crazy-popular Mini Micro Deluxe scooters in action. Designed in Switzerland and suitable for kids from two years, they have adjustable t-bars, super responsive brakes and they come in every colour of the rainbow.
Bold by name, bold by nature. This tough three-wheel scooter has a reinforced steel base, height-adjustable handlebars and comes in some of the most vibrant designs around. With light-up wheels, this is one’s a showstopper.
These feature-packed little rides are suitable for kids from three years, and with light-up wheels, they’ll be unmissable at the skate park. They’re equipped with an anti-slip deck and t-bars that can be adjusted to three different heights.
4. Scoot and Ride
These practical 2-in-1 rides are as cute as they are clever. They can be enjoyed by kiddos as young as one year and are fitted with a smooth seat for gentle cruising and a non-slip deck for regular scooting. Both the seat height and the t-bar are adjustable.
5. Little Archer & Co.
With lean-and-steer technology and adjustable handlebars, these cute little rides tick all the boxes for a classic scooter. Built to last and perfect for littlies from two years of age, they come with slow-stop brakes and they fold down flat for storage.
6. Zoomy Leisure
This 2-in-1 gem is suitable for minis as young as 18 months. Use it with the toddler seat in the early stages while balance is still being mastered, and as a classic scooter when tots are ready to hoon. It comes with light-up wheels and disassembles easily for storage.
These snazzy little rides are equipped with a unique steering system that allows the deck to tilt just the right amount to ensure kids can maintain their balance. They come with light-up wheels for extra fun and a curved handlebar for good posture.
Aww! These sweet little bugs are ideal for tots as young as two years and they are fitted with non-marking wheels so that they can be ridden inside the house as well as out at the park. In a choice of sweet designs, they come with adjustable handlebars that fold down flat.
9. Aussie Baby
The perfect companions for tots who are ready to cruise. With a transforming frame that accommodates both sitting and standing, these handy little rides come with a unique safety pad to prevent tipping over on rough terrain.
Chunky, colourful and wild! These unique designs have an extra-wide deck that’s low to the ground and big slow-rolling wheels for extra stability. Made especially for tots (and massively cool), they have a maximum weight load of 20kg.
It’s hard to go wrong with these fuss-free, funky classics. They’re super lightweight for ease of carrying and management, and thanks to the lean-and-steer mechanism, they’re a cinch for tots to ride. Choose from two fun shades.
With a load capacity of 65kg, this is a scooter to see kidlets right through toddlerhood and beyond. It has a height-adjustable t-bar and double rear wheels for great stability. For extra fun, lights are fitted underneath the deck and on every wheel!
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