How To Ensure Your Child Is Safe When Carrying Toys On Their Bike

girl attaching a doll carrier to her bikeRiding a bike to a friends house, or to the park to play, gives a child a sense of independence as well as some exercise.

However, all too often, children want to take along some toys with them when going to play with friends.

As a parent, you know that your child is far safer with two hands on the handlebars of their bike than trying to ride one-handed, while carrying their favorite doll or toy in the other hand.

So here are some tips that can help to ensure that your child is safe when riding their bike and carrying toys along for a day at play.

Bringing Along That Favorite Baby Doll

When younger children, especially girls, get together, they love playing house, and this means that your child is going to want to take her favorite baby doll along for playtime.

But carrying toys on their bike can be dangerous.

An 18 inch baby doll can be an armful for your child to carry when riding a bike, so investing in a doll carrier for a bike to hold that larger size doll on their own little seat on the back of the bike, will allow your child to carry their favorite doll and still keep both hands on the handlebars.

Carrying Baskets On The Front of the Bike

Most older children have no trouble riding a bike while wearing a backpack, but younger children may be thrown off balance, especially if the backpack is filled with smaller toys that shift around.

So consider installing a carrying basket on the front of the bike for carrying those small toys and even storing a jacket or sweater.

This gives smaller children better balance while still being able to take smaller toys with them when they go off to play.

There are a variety of different carrying baskets to choose from.

Just make sure that the one you choose is going to safely carry those toys your child loves.

Other Safety Considerations

Whether or not your child is taking some toys along with them, you can further ensure your child’s safety when they are riding a bike.

Ensure they are wearing a helmet and other safety equipment, and that they know the rules for safe bike riding.

It is also a good idea to have your younger child phone you when they reach their destination, and again when they are leaving to come home.

Make sure that they only ride their bike to the place the two of you have agreed upon, unless they call and get your permission to go somewhere else.

That way, if your child doesn’t arrive at their destination within a reasonable length of time, you can look for them immediately.

While you want to give your child the independence of riding their bikes on their own, and being able to take along the toys they want to have a good time, you also want to make sure that they are as safe as possible when out on their own with their toys and their friends.

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