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Is my 5-year-old ready to ride without training wheels?
Q: At what age is it appropriate to start teaching your child to ride a bike without training wheels? My daughter just turned 5 and I think we should start trying.
Danielle Port Huron
A: Many children are interested and ready to ride a bike without training wheels at your daughter’s age. Some children express an interest as early as 4, while others aren’t ready until around 6. The balance and coordination needed to ride a two-wheeler comes with practice. It’s important not to rush this process. Take time to guide your daughter, being her coach and cheerleader. Provide positive comments that will empower her and instill her with self-confidence. Before you know it, she’ll be a pro!
Kathleen Alfano Ph.D. Director of Child Research at Fisher-Price®