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how to ditch those training wheels {Prince Lionheart Whirl} + Giveaway

Prince Lionheart whirlFor me, milestones can be stressful. Maybe it’s because my older daughter didn’t start walking until she was 16 months old. I kept visualizing her crawling to her classes in high school. As parents, we seem to stress about these things. We naturally worry about our kids. Learning to ride a bike is no different. When I first heard about what a balance bike is, I thought it was brilliant. Then I put my way too young for it child on it. She didn’t understand it, I thought it was silly and I didn’t think twice about it. So then when she turned 5, I put it in our backyard. One day, she picked it up, sat on it and tried to scoot herself around on it. Within three days she was giving herself huge pushes and coasting while balancing across the entire length of our patio on it. HOLY MOLY she was balancing. I didn’t even have to do anything either, she did it all by herself. At this point, my husband and I decided to try her on her bike. Key point here is to put them on a smaller bike, preferably 12 inches, where they will feel in control. The 16 inch bike was just a little too heavy for her, even though she is very tall. My hubby was taking off her training wheels after I just got finished with her pep talk about how amazing she was on the baPrince Lionheart Whirllance bike. I went inside to do something before grabbing my cameras and my husband literally came flying in the house telling me to get outside right now! I ran outside and she was pedaling up and down our driveway. He said he turned his back, she got on it and was riding it with zero help or even any attention from us. In a matter of three days, my daughter went from training wheels to riding her bike by herself all because of a balance bike.

Prince Lionheart’s Whirl balance SCOOTER  is by far one of the nicest bikes I’ve seen. From the rubber handgrips to the 12 inch rubber tires, this is a very well made bike. The padded seat (yes, I said padded) is height adjustable! It goes from 15 inches to 18.5. The bike itself is crafted from 100% birch from an FSC certified forest. This has a smooth ride and looks great while doing it. Available with pink or white accents, your child will be reaching this milestone in style. How the bike works is that it helps to first teach your child how to balance. Don’t have them focus on both steering and balance. Put them in a place where they can just practice going straight. Once the balance has been mastered, have them work on combining that with steering. Watch their self esteem sky rocket in the meantime! Once they have both skills down, put them on a 12 inch bike and watch them go!

Read more about Prince Lionheart’s Whirl Balance SCOOTER. Give your child that boost of independence and self-confidence of being able to ride their bikes with no training wheels this holiday season. You can purchase your own balance bike at Prince Lionheart. For one lucky child, we have a Whirl Balance SCOOTER to give away!!!

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48 Comments

  1. November 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm — Reply

    I was so worried about the walking stage because of him falling or just getting hurt in general. Now he is running everywhere.

  2. Eva Biggs
    November 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm — Reply

    Potty training. Next milestone for us is starting kindergarten. Im very nervous about that.

  3. Tiffany H.
    November 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm — Reply

    Potty training for sure worried me the most!

  4. jill
    November 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm — Reply

    Exactly what may help my son ride his bike! We tried all summer on a regular bike with training wheels & every time we took off the training wheels he had a horrible time with balancing the bike!

  5. Stephanie LaPlante
    November 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm — Reply

    Crashing without a helmet

  6. November 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm — Reply

    I worry about every stage! I think with my older girls it was middle and high school.

  7. joanna garcia
    November 28, 2012 at 4:47 pm — Reply

    My daughter not breastfeeding anymore i was so scared she will not be closed to me and she still is!

  8. teresa herrera-honores
    November 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm — Reply

    when she started day care! i was so worried for her but she was all fine!

  9. domestic diva
    November 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm — Reply

    So far none of them have particularly worried me, but we seem to be okay. And I’m sure my time will come.

  10. amy pugmire
    November 28, 2012 at 9:42 pm — Reply

    oh just puberty. the teenage years. terrified with my oldest girl

  11. Christian Alejandro N.
    November 28, 2012 at 9:44 pm — Reply

    adolescence!

  12. Natalie
    November 28, 2012 at 10:15 pm — Reply

    Potty training!

  13. nickie
    November 28, 2012 at 10:18 pm — Reply

    going to school

  14. April Brenay
    November 29, 2012 at 12:08 am — Reply

    Riding the bus the first time

  15. Janet W.
    November 29, 2012 at 4:51 am — Reply

    The climbing stage worried me the most. My grandson could climb up, but didn’t know how to get back down safely and would just fall. I was so afraid he was going to break his neck!

  16. Jamie
    November 29, 2012 at 6:42 am — Reply

    I’m still worried about childbirth. The rest will follow!

  17. Bekah
    November 29, 2012 at 7:20 am — Reply

    Potty training!

  18. Julie Ghrist
    November 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm — Reply

    Potty training! I thought it would be horrible but he breezed thru thankfully!!! :)

  19. November 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm — Reply

    Starting to walk! I wasnt sure what might happen lol.

  20. November 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm — Reply

    potty training

  21. Tari Lawson
    November 29, 2012 at 7:26 pm — Reply

    I was most worried when my oldest went off to college.

  22. Christina
    November 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm — Reply

    All of them lol with my first atleast! Now I’m most worried about when they want to go to birthday parties without me or have sleepovers – just them being away from us those “first” times.

  23. Leann L
    November 29, 2012 at 9:01 pm — Reply

    Learning to ride a 2 wheel bike. :-)

  24. Andrea
    November 29, 2012 at 9:34 pm — Reply

    I worry about my daughter falling down the stairs everyday since she started climbing.

  25. Katie Fender
    November 30, 2012 at 9:42 am — Reply

    Definitely walking!

  26. November 30, 2012 at 9:44 am — Reply

    potty training

  27. Tannis W
    November 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm — Reply

    I think I would be most worried about kids falling down the stairs!

  28. Michelle B
    November 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm — Reply

    My kids Starting Highschool

  29. Jeanna
    November 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm — Reply

    I think i’m most worried about her starting Kindergarden!

  30. Pamalot
    November 30, 2012 at 4:44 pm — Reply

    starting school was probably the scariest for me

  31. Adrianne B
    November 30, 2012 at 8:13 pm — Reply

    The milestone that worried me the most was walking…it took my daughter forever to do it! She was almost 15 months old. But after a week of wobbles, she was a pro.

  32. Margo B
    December 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm — Reply

    it was actually the independent walking , during the winter time

  33. Marci
    December 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm — Reply

    Every stage brings it’s own set of worries. But for now I think it’s friendship.

  34. Renee Richardson
    December 2, 2012 at 4:55 am — Reply

    My son starting Pre-K this year and being diagnosed with Autism has been the hardest transition for us. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

    Renee
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  35. Melissa POpe
    December 2, 2012 at 6:25 am — Reply

    im worried about my 2.5yr old going to school!

  36. Anonymous
    December 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm — Reply

    Talking was the one I worried most about with my son. Now it is reading.

  37. December 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm — Reply

    Starting solids due to family history of allergies

  38. Anne Taylor
    December 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm — Reply

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  39. Rochel S
    December 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm — Reply

    Definitely toilet training!

  40. Andrew Johnson
    December 3, 2012 at 11:47 am — Reply

    The head-balancing milestone.

  41. December 3, 2012 at 9:20 pm — Reply

    As of right now since my kids are just growing, was the first day of school and coming home on the bus!

  42. christine jessamine
    December 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm — Reply

    when my daughter started to walk scared me the most, she started getting into everything

  43. Audra Weathers
    December 5, 2012 at 8:22 am — Reply

    Getting rid of the pacifier was a recent milestone that I never thought would come!

  44. Pinky Sade
    December 7, 2012 at 3:06 am — Reply

    talking late

  45. Laura Grace Andry
    December 7, 2012 at 8:47 am — Reply

    I worry about potty training, language milestones, and possibly hurting themselves at the playground…. I am a worrying type on mommy.

  46. courtney b
    December 7, 2012 at 8:50 am — Reply

    i feel like my daughter is not growing the way she should.. shes so much smaller then all the other girls her age!

  47. Beth Rees
    December 7, 2012 at 8:52 am — Reply

    Definitely potty training.
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