What Makeup Is Safe for Kids?

Children love to copy what adults do, from speech to dress and an obvious area for this is for little girls to copy their mum or big sister and wear makeup. As they get a little older, this won’t be so much as the clown impression with makeup smeared everywhere but the serious ‘do I look pretty?’ variety. One good way to protect your expensive makeup is to buy them some of their own but the question is what makeup is safe for kids?

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Most young ladies seeking out makeup are only interested in what their favourite actress or singer or other celebrity is wearing. But you as their parent will be more interested in what is good for their skin.

Firstly, you probably aren’t going to let them go for the 80s makeup styles with layers of heavy foundation and eye shadow all the way up the face. If they want to use a little foundation, perhaps go with a light, tinted moisturizer.  This can give them a hint of colour to their face but isn’t layering on heavy chemicals that can be in some foundations and blocking the pores of their developing skin.  Click Here for more information.


Remember when looking at makeup, natural and organic products sound like the best option for your skin but may not be as straight forward as it sounds. A recent study by the Cosmetics Ingredients Review, an independent group that evaluates the safety of makeup, showed that makeup labelled as natural did not necessarily mean it was free from chemicals.

However, when you do get a good quality organic product from a range such as 100% Pure or Physicians Formula, then you know there are no harmful chemicals involved. In fact, the 100% Pure brand use a lot of fruit flavourings and colourings in their products as well as natural substances such as black tea and coffee bean.

Mineral makeup

Another area that people automatically see as a safer option for kids’ makeup is mineral products because they don’t have artificial preservatives and fragrances in them. This means if you skin is sensitive to these kinds of ingredients, the makeup will be better suited.
Mineral makeup can be great for young people who are showing signs of problems with acne or other skin conditions. This is because the very fine nature of the mineral components of the makeup is less likely to clog up pores and cause breakout on their skin. In fact, some of the minerals such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide can give a touch of benefits such as sun screening.

Of course, this isn’t full proof. Some people do get reactions to some of the components of mineral makeup, such as bismuth oxychloride, which is a by-product of copper, and lead processing that can cause rashes. The very fine particles can also aggravate people within respiratory conditions so the products should be tested carefully on a small area before using across the entire face, to be safe.


The basics, most dermatologists say, are the most important thing: wash the face every day, don’t use antibacterial soap on the face or scrub too hard and remove all makeup before bed. Apply to these rules and there is no reason why your kids can’t enjoy a little glamour.

Summertime Games

The politicos are gearing up for elections, and once again, immigration reform news is a hot topic. Adding to the heated discussion are reports of record numbers of unaccompanied children from Central America and Mexico crossing the border into the United States and being detained. Politics aside, these children need to be cared for, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been charged with the task until they can be reunited with families in their home countries or placed with relatives or sponsoring families in the United States. In addition to housing, feeding and clothing the kids, HHS officials are making sure they get physical playtime. After all, they are still children, it’s summer and that means playing outside…or at least it used to.

Oldies but Goodies
Of course, it’s great these kids can burn off energy while detained, but they’re not the only ones who need to get out and move. On average, American children spend seven hours a day with entertainment media in their hands, which include video games, computers and phones. Sure there are various campaigns out there promoting physical activity—from the NFL’s Play 60 to the first lady’s Let’s Move—but simply telling them to “go outside and play” doesn’t surpass the lure of electronics. Maybe it’s time for adults to put down their own cell phones and introduce today’s children to the games of our childhoods.

Red Rover
“Red rover, red rover, send Johnny on over.”
The rules: Two teams form facing lines with individuals interlocking arms. One team calls out a player from the other line to “come on over.” He then tries to run through the human chain. If the player breaks it, he returns to his original team. If not, then that person becomes part of the opposing team. The winner is declared when the last person is blocked from breaking the chain.

Kick the Can
A twist on hide-n-seek that gives players a second (or third or fourth) chance.
The rules: The designated seeker closes his eyes and counts while everyone else hides. Anyone found by the seeker is sent to “jail” while the seeker continues searching for others. The still-free players may come out of hiding to kick the can (a item placed in a centrally located spot), which signals the release of all jailed players, who are then free to hide again. The game concludes when the seeker has jailed everyone.

Red Light, Green Light
This is not a racing video game.
The rules: The person who is “it” stands at one end of the yard with her back to everyone else. When she yells, “green light,” everyone else tries to sneak up as quickly as possible. When she yells, “red light,” everyone must stop before she turns around. Whomever she sees moving must go back to the start line. The first person to reach her wins. Bonus: This can be adapted for the pool.

Some summer games never go out of vogue with kids who just want to have fun.

Best Hiking Spots With Kids

Find the best hiking spots for your kids' next adventureHiking, or walking of any kind, is as great for kids as for adults and by hiking out of town, it shows them the variety of the country we live in and gets them close to nature. National parks are often advised as an ideal place to take kids hiking because there are trails, which are safe and not too strenuous but have plenty to keep them interested.

Before you leave, don’t forget to pack the essentials; hiking boots, backpack, trekking poles and water and food supplies to keep energy levels up. This goes for the kids too, as there are range of both hiking boots and trekking poles specifically designed for them.

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

The Sourdough Ridge Trail is one the National Geographic’s list of ideal hikes to take the kids on. It is a one-mile loop with a gentle elevation that covers meadows filled with wild flowers and amazing views of the snow-capped mountains around the park, including Mount Rainier itself. This is one for the summer or early fall as it can be blocked off by snow and often doesn’t even open until July.

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Most people will have heard of the Petrified Forest and the Giant Logs Trail in the park is less than half a mile in length. It starts at the Rainbow Forest Museum and heads around the largest petrified log in the park, Old Faithful. Along its course are plenty of rock trees for them to clamber around as well as showing them how the formations were created and learning about tree rings and what they mean.

Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming

The Devils Tower was a significant sacred place to the Native Americans of the area and was designated as the first national monument in 1906. It features the solidified magma from the ancient volcano that rises 867 feet into the air. Around the base is the Base Loop Trail that is 1.3miles long and allows you to see the monument from all angles. You can often watch daredevil climbers scaling its heights as well.

Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland-Virginia

Girls in particular can rarely resist ponies and this park has plenty of them. The island is a 37 miles long barrier between Maryland and Virginia and is home to the famous wild horses, which have lived there since the 1600s. They are small in size, due to their restrictive diet and conditions and charm everyone who sees them. The Life of the Marsh and Woodland Trails is a 1.5 miles loop, which takes in the ponies as well as the salt marsh on the island, with its variety of plants and wildlife.

When you plan a trip to hike with the kids, keeping them interested is one of the most important things. We can all walk a lot further if there is something to hold our attention and with the various National Parks and Monuments across the country, there is never a shortage of things to see.




Best Drinks For Kids

Milk is For KidsLike many things these days, a trip to the supermarket has a load of items which visually appeal to kids and get them to want to have it.  Drinks are the same, with their bright coloured bottles and fun names.  But what is the reality behind the attraction?  What are the best drinks for kids?

Great stuff

Milk is a traditional kids drink and nothing has changed.  Particularly at night, when you send your child to their bedroom with their best pillow and best bedding and favorite toys, you can give them their best drink.  Milk is high in calcium and vitamin D, which are both crucial for child’s teeth and bones.  If for some reason, your little one isn’t keen on the taste of milk, there are flavourings which can be added, say chocolate or strawberry, but watch the extras in these and avoid them at night.  Another option may be to try soy milk, which has the same amount of calcium as cow’s milk but is actually sweeter.

Water is the other drink which needs no introduction.  There’s nothing in water, no sugar or fat or additives and if it comes from the tap, it can have fluoride in it which helps stop cavities in teeth.  If your family don’t go for the taste of the tap water, add a slice of lemon or orange to it to help with the taste, or try bottled water.

Good Stuff

Fruit juices are a bit of a balancing act.  There are huge amounts of goodness in fruit juice but there is also quite a bit of natural sugar.  So, it is a case of better the best of both.  Research has shown that a toddler who drinks 4-6 ounces of pure fruit juice each day will get all the nutrients but will not gain any weight.  Depending on the fruit in it, juices can provide iron, potassium, magnesium and vitamins B6 and C but having too much can actually stop their appetite for other foods.

Making fruit into smoothies with other ingredients can be another option for the kids.  Watch the balance again with how much you let them drink and what you add to the fruit, so consider things such as soy milk or ice.  It can even be a way to get vegetables into a child who is otherwise not a fan but masking them in with strong flavoured fruits.

Drinks to avoid

While they look colourful and inviting, many fruit drinks and fizzy drinks can be high in fat or sugar or both so are generally avoided for children, especially on an evening.  Sports and energy drinks can be astonishingly high and can cause obesity as well as tooth decay.

Anything which contains caffeine is another think to avoid, and sometimes we forget just how many things have caffeine in it.  Caffeine is a stimulant so can send kids a bit hyperactive during the day, let along at night so keep away from coffee, iced tea, vitamin waters and sodas, even such as orange.  Caffeine in children has been shown to cause headaches and difficulty in concentrating as well as the effects on adults, so check the content of a drink before giving it to the kids, as it is surprising just what has caffeine in.


These are just a few basic ideas about what drinks may be good or not so good for the children in your household.  There are exceptions to every rule so always read the labels on the drinks as a good drink may be bad and a bad drink may be good.  But keep an eye out for hidden caffeine, especially at bedtime!


Camping and Cooking

Camping and cooking with the best camping stoveThere are so many wonderful things to say about camping. It’s an escape from the hectic everyday life that gets consumed by work, school, sports, honey-do lists, and so on. It’s an opportunity to get our children fascinated by Mother’s Nature’s magnificence instead of the flashing images of computers, smart phones, video games, and televisions.


Then there are the less obvious benefits of camping, not the least of which is eating food that’s been cooked outdoors. There’s a whole different flavor sense that comes from eating meals cooked on one of the best camping stoves. For example, waking up to the waft of bacon frying somehow makes it taste better. Spending the day fishing, swimming, or hiking amps up appetites, which enhances the taste of hot dogs and baked beans.


Preparation Counts


Depending on your children’s ages, camping can be a great opportunity to get them involved with preparing meals. These are different than your ordinary meals in many regards, and not just the environment in which they are cooked and eaten.


The camping experience begins before you leave home. It involves a lot of planning, including figuring out what to fix for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Ask your kids to pitch some meal ideas. If they don’t particularly enjoy grocery shopping, then delegate the packing duties to them, advising on what foods need to be kept cold and what should be kept dry.


Practice First


Also before you head out to the campground, instruct everyone on how to use the equipment. The best camping stoves will use propane tanks, which eliminate the need for charcoal and lighter fluid, and that makes it easier to learn how to operate them.


However, these stoves still heat up and everyone should learn how to properly handle them as well as what to do in case of emergencies. For example, teach children about the differences between a “regular” fire and a grease fire, and how each should be extinguished. Also, use the moment to review basic first-aid procedures for treating burns (and make sure your camping first-aid kit is fully stocked).


Cooking as a Family


When it comes to mealtime while in the great outdoors, invite the kids to get involved. Younger ones can gather the supplies from their storage chests or coolers. Others can cut vegetables or assemble ingredients, and the older kids can man the stove.


Not only will it be a nice break for parents to be relieved of some of the cooking duties, but when children are more involved with meal preparation, they are more likely to eat the food, and without complaining. Who knows, you might have a future chef on your hands.


Get Creative


Getting away from the city to enjoy the rustic beauty of the woods, lakes or deserts doesn’t necessarily mean your food choices have to be the basic hamburgers and hot dogs. Get creative with your camping cooking.


Depending on the size of your camping stove, you can pretty much fix anything on it that you would cook on the stove in your kitchen. For example, Dutch oven pans are great for one-pot dinners, like stew or chili. Use a skillet to make quesadillas for a quick lunch. Or, prepare certain dishes ahead of time, such as meatballs, so you can still have your favorite spaghetti and meatballs while away from home.


Of course, your kids will want desserts, and you don’t have to stick with S’mores. Pop popcorn on the stove in a saucepan with a dollop of vegetable oil or use the Dutch oven to cook a fruit cobbler. As a family, have fun experimenting with different camping cuisines.

Bicycle Helmets

During our childhood days we are so eager to learn many things, and learning how to ride a bike is on our list. The bicycle is also another form of transportation not only for adults, but also with kids. But as a parent, we are always mindful with the safety of our kids. With the help of kid’s bike helmets, kids will be able to freely enjoy riding bikes while parents are not worried.

For Protection

kid with bike helmet funLet us remind our kids that using kid bike helmets does not necessarily mean that they are reckless, but is used as an important means to protect them. Wearing kids bike helmets will surely protect them from head injury, an injury which might lead to a serious brain injury. It is important to remember that no matter how long or short the distance of travel, kid’s bike helmet should be worn all the time.

Helmet Standards

For the safety of children, parents should know the standard of a proper bike helmet. The bike helmet should have a sticker which meant that the proper standard was met by the product. This sticker was issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission or CPSC.

The bike helmet should also fit properly; it should not be too tight or too loose. In terms of wearing the bike helmet, it should be worn level and should cover the kid’s forehead. The straps should always be fastened. Otherwise, it will just fall off the kid’s head. The straps should be adjusted in a way that the helmet is steady at the top of the head.

After purchasing a bike helmet, it is important to take care of it. It should not be thrown around because it might cause a damage that will render it useless in serving its purpose. And after a major crash or fall, be certain to replace your bike helmet.

Helmets Are Light And Easy To Use

Parents should not worry about the weight of bike helmets because they are very light. Kids’ bike helmets come in different colors and designs. Toys R Us offers a large variety of bike helmets that comes in different shapes, sizes, colors and designs. Kids will definitely be persuaded to use bike helmets. But there is also a chance for your kid to show their creativity. If they were not able to find a bike helmet that they want, you can buy them a simple one and let them put some design on it. For example, use stickers to personalize it.

shark helmet for kid bikeBike Helmet Laws

In one of the articles on MedicineNet.com, research showed that few kids in Los Angeles County wear bike helmets in bicycle-related accidents even with the Bike Helmet Laws. This law states that bicycle rider under eighteen years old should use helmets. Most of the children not wearing a bike helmet were under the age of twelve years old. Check with your local and state government to find out what the laws are in your community.

Exercises For Kids

Giving your child a healthy diet and proper nutrition are a good start, combining it with an exercise regimen or workout makes a perfect match. Eating good food is not enough to ensure that your child will always be in perfect shape. There are workouts in various DVD materials that you could choose from. But why waste your precious bucks in that kind of stuff? There are workouts for kids that you and your child could enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

jumping jackExercises at Home

Having a workout with your kids will not only make their body in good shape and in perfect condition, it will also strengthen the bond between you and your child. Just like in any other physical activity, a little warm up is needed before you start your workout. You may include light activities such as: stretching, walking, bending and jumping jacks.

Practice and Patience

In performing these exercises for the first time, don’t put too much emphasis on your speed, correct form is more important than speed. As you go along and became familiar with the exercises, you may increase the speed. You could also modify  each exercise based on your circumstances, you may increase or decrease each repetition according to you and your child’s physical capabilities.

Most of the exercises in this workout for kids are cardiovascular in nature as well as strength building exercise. You will be able to develop your child’s agility, balance and coordination. Remember, the key is correct supervision to ensure your child’s safety.

Jumping Jacks

A form of warm-up exercise, use a jumping rope and make around 5 – 10 minutes doing the routine. It develops the legs and arm muscles.

Chair Squats

Standing about 6 inches away in front of a chair with your feet shoulder width apart and toes pointed forward. Put your weight on your heels, inhale deeply and slowly lower your body until your butt touches the chair. Exhale, make your legs straight and go back to your starting position. Make sure that you are standing behind the chair while your kids is doing the routine. It develops the lower legs and butt area.

Squat Thrust With Push

Stand straight with your feet about 12 inches apart, hands on your side. Keep your back straight as you try to crouch down by bending your knees, until both of your hands touches the floor in front of your toes. This is called the squat position. With your hands on the floor in front of your feet, move both your feet straight back out to you.

This is called the push-up position. Keeping your legs and back straight, lower your body by bending your elbows until your chest touches the ground. Now raise your body back to the ‘push-up’ position, back to the ‘squat’ position while keeping your hands on the floor. Slowly, stand up straight to go back to the starting position. Do 2 sets with ten repetitions. This exercise develops you and your kid’s legs, arm, chest and back muscles.

toe touchAlternate Toe Touch

Stand straight with your two feet about 24 inches apart, put your arms straight beside you. While keeping your arms and elbow straight, bend forward and slowly touch your left toes with your right hand by twisting your body, leaving your left arm straight above you. Return to your starting position, repeat the techniques, this time by touching your right toes with your left hand. Do 2 sets of 10 to 20 repetitions. This exercise tends to develop your legs, arms, back and shoulder muscles.

Staying in shape is fun, mostly if you are doing it with your love ones. You could also play your favorite tunes while you and your kid’s are doing these exercises, it doubles up the fun.

Kids Have a Different Food Pyramid

Nothing is more important than our kids’ health. Busy parents always find time on how to give their child and young adolescent the proper nutrition they need. Each child requires different nutritional needs as they grow, it varies with their age and the physical activity they are engaged in. The good thing is, there’s a food pyramid for kids to help us make sure we are giving them the essential nutrients they needed.

kids eating fruitThe Kid Version of the Food Pyramid

You may use Healthy Diet Pyramid as a guide in preparing your child’s meals and snacks. No specific food can give your kids all the nutrients they need. Make sure to give them a variety of food from the different food groups.

  1. Fruits and Vegetables – provides nutrients, vitamins and minerals
  2. Meat  - provides protein from lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts and legumes.
  3. Grains  – provides carbohydrates from breads, cereals, pasta and noodles.
  4. Dairy – includes milk, yogurt and cheese.

Food that is high in fat, sugar and salt should be taken in moderation if not totally avoided. Since kids nutrients and energy requirements vary from birth to pre-school and those kids who go to school, there are specific servings recommended for each food group for various age groups. Giving them the appropriate number of servings using the food pyramid for kids as a basis in their daily diet helps your child gets all the nutrients that they need.


Food Groups
Recommended Number Of Servings Per Day
6-12 months1-2 years3-6 years7-12 years13-18 years
Fruits and Vegetables1/21/2 -1121
Dairy750 ml.750 ml.333-5


At a young age, it is highly recommended to train your child to get into a healthy eating habit. As they grow, they will continue to stick to a healthy regimen of nutritional foods and avoid the junk foods. Easier said than done, right?

Fat plays an important role in your kids diet, but must be taken in moderation. It helps provide energy and helps absorb and store vitamins in the body. But, too much fat, especially saturated and trans fat may lead to excessive weight gain and cause health problems like heart disease and stroke. If your child is under 2 years old, fat restriction is not recommended as he grows rapidly more energy is required to fuel his growth.

Choose Fruits and Vegetables Each Day

Get your child or children in a  daily habit of eating a selection of fruits and vegetables. Rich with vitamins and minerals most fruits are also a good source of phytochemicals (proven to help prevent cancer). Also, fruits are known to be a good source of fiber, which helps in digestion and better bowel movement. Offering your  child a variety of colored fruits and vegetables will enhance their appetite. Some kids don’t like the idea of eating fruits, but with a little imagination and creativity you may cut your colorful fruits and vegetables into different sizes and shapes that will make it in their eyes more appealing and enticing to eat. If you’re a parent that needs to be on a diet to lose some weight quickly and get your kid to eat fruits and veggies, you might want to try the gm diet as an option for a happy medium.

Dairy and Grains

glass of milkDon’t forget to include in your child’s diet, whole grain foods like, whole-meal bread, brown rice and oats as they are more nutritious than refined grain. Dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese are good sources of calcium, essential for your child’s teeth and bone development. Calcium makes your child’s bone grows longer and stronger and makes them grow taller.  Some of the variety in diet may also help you figure out sooner rather than later if your child has any food allergies especially before they start school.

As the saying goes ‘Health Is Wealth’ always remember that our child’s health and the health of our whole family as well rely on our own hands.

Dirt Bikes and Motocross

After a long day at work, you come home and your kid approaches you, gives you a warm hug and then utter these words…’Dad, I want a dirt bike’. How would you feel? Some parents may panic, some may feel ecstatic and some may feel so many mixed emotions. Then you came to realize, how fast your kid grows. But, as a very supportive parents, the next question that pops into your mind is, what type of dirt bike for kids will work?

motocrossWhy Dirt Bikes and Will It Be A Hobby?

In choosing the right dirt bike for your kids, there are several factors and other questions that you have to answer and consider. First, how serious is your child getting into the sport?  Second, is his or her age suitable enough to ride a dirt bike? Can your kids understand and apply the basic safety procedures and concerns in riding a dirt bike? What size of a dirt bike is suitable for beginners? And last but not the least, does your money in the bank or savings can afford it?

            All the answers to these questions really depend on you and your child. Nobody knows your child very well except you. If you believe that your child has a ‘can do’ attitude and never gives up so easily and your current financial condition can support your kids new hobby, then you should go for it. Finding the right dirt bike for kids and buying it does not end there, you should also brace yourself in investing in the right riding and safety gear and where your child will ride.   

What Is Motocross?

dirt bikes for kid        Basically, there are two types of motocross or dirt bike racing for kids. A more technical course, with tight corners and close jumps is a characteristic of an indoor track. Longer rides with long sweeping turns and tight corners and more rooms between jumps are usually found in the outdoor tracks. But, dirt bike riding should not be limited in these tracks, your kids could also enjoy riding their bikes on mountain trails,  desert sand dunes and wooded areas.

Buying The First One

In buying your kids first dirt bike, don’t go big-time. A 50cc dirt bike is ideal for beginners and it’s small both in the engine size and actual size of the dirt bike. You may also consider a used dirt bike, a brand new one, although small in size can be too expensive.

You may visit local clubs or meet people in the dirt bike communities to buy a used bike. In these ways, you may end up saving a lot of money in case your child found out that dirt bike riding is not really his or her stuff.

A good choice is a bike that fits your child that can be easily managed. Ideally, your child should be able to sit on the bike and reach the ground with both feet easily and securely. He or she must conveniently reach the handle bars and controls with ease. Upgrading to a bigger bike with manual clutch is easy, once your child decided to get serious with the sport you may now also consider buying a brand new dirt bike.

Test Drive

Whether you decide to buy a brand new or used dirt bike, test driving is essential. If the 50cc engine is too small for your kid and the 100cc is too big, then you may consider trying the 70cc and 80cc models.

Lastly, when deciding on what dirt bike are you going to choose for your kids, always ask for their comments and suggestions. The key is, they have to be comfortable in riding their dirt bike. After all, they are the one riding, and your just the one who is paying.

Get the Bike Size Right

Biking is a form of family activities that involves so much fun. You could ride along with your kids circling the neighborhood or you may end up visiting your favorite park. But of course, just like with any other activities our prime concern is the safety of our little ones. Kids bikes sizes vary with the age and height of your child.

When To Start Riding A Bike

trek kid bicycleAt three years old you can start teaching your child to ride a bike. Usually, kids around this age bracket may start to ride on their own using a training wheels. Kids develop enough physical strength, agility and their balance at the age of 4 and 8 years, at this age you could put away the training wheels and let them roll with just two wheels. But beware, as parents we are the ones responsible for our kids’ safety.

You should personally strictly monitor your child’s performance, some kids don’t develop enough physical strength and sense of balance until the age of 10 or more. Also, kids’ ability to control the brakes usually starts at the age of 5. Along with building your child’s physical strength, riding a bike also builds your child’s self esteem and motivation.

Wheel Diameter, Age and Height

Unlike adult bike sizes that determines by the height of seat and frame size, kids bike sizes are determined by the wheel diameter and the age and height of your child. Another factor that you should not overlook and must be considered in choosing the right bike sizes for your child is the brakes. For young kids, coaster brakes are easier to use, but this type of brakes are less common in bigger size bikes.

Coaster Brakes and Hand Brakes

Coaster brakes are replaced by hand brakes as the bike size gets bigger. Kids who are much taller compared to their age and fits into bigger size bikes equipped with hand brakes should be given special trainings / instructions on how to operate the hand brakes effectively and safely. The chart below suggests which size of bike you should choose for your child, but expert advice is still highly recommended to make your decisions.

Child Height / Inseam
Wheel Diameter
2-4 years26-34 in. / 14-17 in.12 inches
4-6 years34-40 in. / 16-20 in.14 inches
5-8 years34-44 in. / 18-22 in.16 inches
6-9 years42-48 in. / 20-24 in.18 inches
9+ years48-56 in. / 24-28 in.20 - 24 inches

Ikids riding bikesnseam Measuring

To determine your child’s inseam, have him to stand straight and with legs a little apart, using a measurement tape, measure just below his crotch down to the edge or bottom of his ankle, this is your child’s inseam. Instead of using his height I suggest to use your child’s inseam because it makes your child more comfortable when he is pedaling or while he stands with the bike on both his feet.

Now that you have an idea about the different kids bike sizes and are ready to buy one, these are the additional things you have to consider in buying; the quality and type of the brakes, if your child is just starting to learn to ride choose a coaster brake as it is easy to use. The frames of the bike should be strong enough to handle abuse and chain guard should also be considered because it is proven to be effective in preventing shoe laces and pant legs from being caught between the chain and the chain ring that may cause fatal accidents.