Biking is a great exercise. Being able to zip around town or simply go biking at the park with your little one on tow is an even more wonderful experience and you can do that precisely by having a child bike seat attached to your adult bicycle!
1. Types of Child Bike Seat
There are actually three types of child bike seat available in the market, each with their own pros and cons.
A read of the child bike seat reviews below will probably help you determine which is the best child bike seat that suits your requirement and needs best.
A. Front Mounted
Where to attach: Mounts to the front of the bike near the handlebars
Pros: Smaller, lighter and easier to attach/remove; Easier to communicate with your child (better bonding time); Better view for your little one
Keep In Mind
- Your child may get in the way of your steering
- Shorter life span use because of weight and height limitation
- Smaller seat and not reclinable
- No suspension
B. Rear Frame
Where to attach: Mounts to the bike frame in the rear (right on the seatpost)
Pros: Don't need to buy separate rack; Bigger seats and usually reclinable; Better suspension to weather the bumps
Keep In Mind
- Cannot see nor talk to your little one
- Depends on your bike, some models may not fit
C. Rear Rack
Where to attach: Mounts to a rack at the rear of the bike
Pros: Easy to remove from rack ; If you already have a rack installed before, this is the best option to go for; Usually the last resort if none of the other two options suit
Keep In Mind
- Check the weight capacity of your rack and make sure it can support at least 50-60 pounds before you install your bike seat
- Usually no suspension and reclinability
2. Baby Bike Seat Age
There is no mandatory rule on this, but like a bike trailer, we do not recommend using a child bike seat for babies smaller than 1 year old.
Even more so than bike trailers, you should wait until your little one has absolute strong neck and head control before you pop him/her into a bike seat, and it goes without saying that baby needs to be able to sit up on his/her own.
This is because being seated higher than in a bike trailer, your little one is exposed to stronger bumps on the roads so it's important that s/he can support themselves in order to avoid being jiggled around too much.
That being said, front mounted child bike seat is able to accommodate children as young as 9 months old up to around 2 to 3 years old, while most rear mounted child bike seat will have to wait until baby is at least a year old.
Nevertheless, make sure to check the specifications of your child bike seat to confirm its capacity before your little one sits in it and keep in mind to always, always make him wear his helmet, and all will be fine as you cruise along together!
3. Top 4 Best Child Bike Seats (Front-Mounted)
4. Top 4 Best Child Bike Seats (Rear-Mounted)
5. Top 4 Best Child Bike Seats (Rear Rack)
6. Before you go ...
Do you know that there is more than one way to go biking with your little one?