Article and photos by Colleen Valenstein
I am pretty sure I’ve uttered the words, “I cannot wait until Cormac can ride a Strider bike.” But I have also caught myself wishing for him to take his first steps sooner and sleep through the night. As a new mother, I’m trying to learn to savor the moment, because it's true—time goes by fast.
Well, the geniuses over at Strider have apparently been thinking the same thoughts: If only a one-year-old could ride a bike. Enter, the Strider Rocking Base.
When it arrived in our living room (and after a quick ten-minute assembly), there was definitely some eyeballing from our thirteen-month-old son, Cormac. I refrained from grabbing him and plopping him on the saddle—as his level of independence is quickly growing—and instead, let him explore on his own. He eventually crawled over to the Strider and pulled himself up. I then helped him throw his leg over the saddle and showed him his hand placement. He immediately pushed on the handlebars to start the rocking motion. Now, nearly a month later, he can mount the bike, swing his leg over on his own, and dismount on the opposite side. Currently, he prefers standing to one side of the bike and rocking. (Note: This is a kid who thinks it’s smart to go down the stairs head first.)
I am excited to see how his interest for the Strider Rocking Base develops, especially once he starts walking. But I am also thoroughly enjoying the moment. I think his next move may be to stand on the saddle, hands on the grips, and rock away—but I certainly won’t wish for that.