But it's also important to make sure the little ones stay safe. Here are a few basic safety tips to follow for your children's riding toys.
- Choose a toy that suits your child. Consider the child's size, age, and abilities when purchasing ride on toys. If the toy was purchased so that the child would "grow into it," keep it out of reach until the child is the right size. Many injuries are caused by riding toys that are too large or too advanced for the child.
- Make sure the path is clear. Whether using ride on toys indoors or out, make sure there are no hazards in the pathway that could cause the child to fall or get injured. Watch out for traffic, stairs, rough sidewalks, lamp cords, and furniture that could cause an injury. Remember that your child's steering abilities may take a while to develop!
- Look for high-quality, durable pieces. Riding toys should be free of sharp edges, unstable joints, or other potential hazards. Check the box for weight requirements to make sure the piece will support your child. All screws should be tightened firmly. Riding toys should be sturdy enough not to tip over, even when turning corners.
- Supervise. Children on riding toys can move very quickly- don't get surprised. Keep a constant eye on your little one and make sure they stay in safe areas.
Ride on toys are a fun way for kids to expend their energy and get the physical activity they need. With a few precautions on your part, they can be a safe and enjoyable experience.