Two months ago, Little Buddy–who is four-and-a-half–surprised us by reaching a big milestone much earlier than we had expected. While we were at someone’s house, he walked over to a two-wheeler bike, sat on it, and rode it. Just like that. No running behind him holding the seat. No coaxing him to keep trying. He just did it.
Until that point, he had been riding a traditional bike with training wheels some of the time but had been spending more time on a balance bike that a friend gave us. I really think that the balance bike is what helped him develop the balance and coordination that he needed to be able to ride without training wheels.
He was so proud of himself, and we were proud, too. When we got home, he begged us to remove his training wheels, so we did, and he has been practicing ever since.