Child seats - children need to be strong enough to support their own head to be carried in a child seat. This is usually around nine to 12 months. If your child is very young, you can carry them in a smaller front seat so you can see them as you ride. Other child seats are fitted to the back of a bike and should only be used for children up to five-years-old. Be sure to check the maker's recommended weight limit.
Trailers - you can carry more than one child with you on your bike by using a single or double trailer. Trailers are suitable for children up to five-years-old.
Tag-alongs - this single-wheeled bike attaches to your bike and lets your child ride safely while attached to you. Tag-alongs are suitable for children from four to nine-years-old.
Tow bar - convert your child's bike into a tag-along using a tow bar. The front wheel is lifted off the ground, allowing your child to pedal without having to steer.
Cargo bikes - these are available in two or three-wheeled versions and have a sturdy, large box area in front of the rider which can be adapted to carry more than one child.
Children usually learn to ride a bike between three and six years. When buying your child his or her first bike, choose one that fits them, rather than one they can grow into.
There are many ways to help your child build confidence:
Try one of our leisure routes for an ideal family outing on bikes.
Read more about cycling safety.