Summer is the perfect time to dust off the bikes and go for a family ride to the park. However, if you have small children or infants, you want to make sure that the ride is safe as well as fun. With so many brands on the market, it can be difficult choosing which is right for your child. Below are ten products that will take the guesswork out of choosing a seat that’s safe as well as comfortable for children and infants.
1. WeeRide LTD Kangaroo Child Bike Seat
This bike seat offers a thick, plush padding all around the interior that is comfortable as well as safe for your child to use. It’s perfect for bumpy roads or otherwise rough travel, while still ensuring that your child is getting a smooth and safe ride wherever you go. A deluxe safety harness and oversized buckle keep your little one inside safe and secure without being bulky or restrictive. This seat guarantees a fun, immersive ride for everyone involved.
2. Bicycle Kids Child Front Baby Seat bike Carrier USA Standard with Handrail
This is a very stable child seat, and it fits on most bikes easily and without too much hassle. It’s made for most bikes, with the exception of road bikes due to how low the rider must be. There may be some difficulty with installation, as the manual is not very clear but it can be done, and if it fits your child it is a valuable experience for both of you.
3. Schwinn Child Carrier
This child seat is designed to be mounted on the back of the bike instead of in the front, which makes maneuvering much easier than front-mounted seats. With a seat in the back, you have better control over your handlebars, and pedalling is not so much of a hassle, meaning the ride is very comfortable for you and your child.
4. iBert Child Bicycle Safe-T-Seat
Unlike seats that attach to the crossbar of a bicycle, this seat is actually attached to the handlebar shaft. This means that you won’t hit your knees against the seat unlike conventional front-mounting seats. Installation of this seat to the shaft is very simple, requiring no longer than about 20 minutes to get it fully up and operational.
5. Mini Front Child Seat
This seat is made of sturdy plastic and metal to ensure maximum longevity. While some seats are made entirely with flimsy plastic, this one does stand up to wear and tear. It also is padded with a seat cushion for maximum comfort. The only downside to this seat is that it is not particularly easy to install, and could do with a clearer manual.
6. Bellelli Rabbit Two Front Mounted Baby Carrier
If you are looking for a bike seat that doesn’t require much time to install, this is for you. The seat snaps on and off with a few clamps, no tools necessary. This particular model is for rear-mounting bikes, but does not come with the carrier rack for you bike, so you will have to purchase that separately.
7. Yepp Maxi Easyfit
Another bike seat that features easy snap on/snap off installation. The universal mount ensures that no matter what model of bike you own, this child’s seat is compatible. Unlike other front-installing seats that may not install correctly due to wide crossbars or short handlebar stems, this unique mounting system is perfect for any configuration.
8. Topeak Baby Seat II with Disc Rack
For safety, the Topeak bicycle seat features a 6-point surround harness, which secures your child more completely than the standard 3-point harness many seats come with today. This is good, as the rear mounted design doesn’t let you keep an eye on your child as the front-mounted seats do, but you don’t have to worry about your child slipping out or being uncomfortable.
9. Peg Perego Orion Front Mount Child Seat
The Maxi Easyfit seat attaches to the underside of your seat instead of a rack like other rear mounting seats do. The only additional piece of hardware you may want to consider is the Thule Easy Max Adapter which allows for easy installation on your rear bike rack. Other than that, it’s a simple to install seat that looks good and is comfortable for your child.
10. TYKE TOTER Front Mount Child Bicycle Seat
This seat is by far the simplest seat on the list. It is not built like a car seat, but rather a separate bicycle seat complete with foot holds and handlebars that your child can hold on to. It attaches to the bottom of the main bicycle seat between you and the handlebars, so you can keep an eye on your child while you ride. The downside to this model is it doesn’t have any straps or harnesses to keep your child from slipping, so you will have to keep a closer eye on them than other safety seat models.
If you want a bike seat that’s both safe and comfortable for your child while maintaining all the security features you would expect, the Yepp Maxi Seat offers a perfect all around solution. For smaller children that haven’t yet learned to walk, then the WeeRide’s comfortable seat is an alternative to front mounting seats. Depending on your preferences, a rear mounted seat such as the Bellilli will allow your child to experience the bike ride without getting in the way of your legs.