Teaching kids to ride a bike
Since my little ones were infants, I have been hearing how awesome the pedal-less balance bikes are… but for some reason, when my kids were at the appropriate age to use them, they didn’t ‘take’ to the balance bikes. As is the case with anything, I have found that every child is unique— some kids perform so well on the balance bikes, but others do well with the ‘old standard’ training wheels. The best option is to give the balance bikes a try and if they don’t ‘take’, then go back to the training wheels!
Mine saw one of her buddies doing it and decided that she wanted to try it. When she felt that she was ready for it I took them off. I also lowered the seat so that she would find it easier and perhaps more comforting to be able to get her feet on the ground to rebalance herself when needed. I let her practice on the lawn before heading out onto the street. That both helped to cushion the falls and allowed her to concentrate on balance and pedaling without having to worry about traffic.
I waited until my daughter was ready to jump on an appropriately sized bike and just start pedaling and give it a shot. Within ten minutes she was shakily riding around the driveway and within a few days she was confident enough to ride a little on the street. It’s all about timing, don’t push it.