Of all the toys we’ve owned over the years, one that my kids ended up using the most was our Wheely Bug Ride-On. And it wasn’t just used frequently for a short time but over multiple years by each kid. They loved it so much that we eventually bought a second one so two of them could ride around together.
I would consider a ride-on to be one of the most worthwhile toy purchases for a toddler. Not just because they are fun, but ride-on toys give toddlers their first taste of freedom while teaching them balance and coordination. It’s fun to watch them grow with it, being a little unsure at first and then being able to zip around the house before you even know it!
The first ride-on toy I’d recommend is a foot-to-floor style. These are great for toddlers as young as one-year-old, making a fantastic first birthday gift! You can even find ones that double as a push walker for babies a bit younger too.
Below we have rounded up the best ride-on toys for young toddlers. All of these options are self-propelled, meaning the toddler scoots forward using their feet.
B. TOYS SNAIL RIDE-ON BUGGLY-WUGGLY ($25.99)
Press the antenna buttons and…BEEP BEEP – speedy snail coming through! Your little bug will love racing around on the ergonomic seat that doubles as a storage compartment to store their secret treasures. The antennas double as handles, and the eyes light up different colors.
This ride-on that doubles as a push walker will get your child’s imaginative wheels turning. With 17 interactive sensory activities like interlocking gears, spinning beads, and folding side-view mirrors, your child’s fine and gross motor skills will improve as they have endless fun! It features storage underneath and is available in both pink and red.
Could this ride on BEE any cuter? The buzz-worthy wooden bumble bee has rotating wheels with 360-degree movement so there is no stopping your kid from freely bumbling about! It’s made from all-natural wood with a soft and cozy seat and features a handle to keep your toddler secure.
RADIO FLYER SCOOT 2 PEDAL ($39.99)
This 2-in-1 ride-on grows as they go! Your little one can start by scootin’ with their own two feet, and when they’re ready, they can pedal away on the flip-out pedals. The broad base offers extra stability, and the storage bin is a place to store their favorite goodies.
Giddy-up horsey! Your little one can choose to walk, bounce, or ride on a musical-themed pony adventure! The super-squishy seat encourages bouncing action, and the songs and phrases will introduce your toddler to colors, the alphabet, and counting to ten.
All aboard! This choo-choo train grows with your child as they sit and eventually stand! It can also turn into a floor toy for your little conductor to take a play break and a pull-toy to haul goodies. It comes with various learn and play activities, including a walkie-talkie, number pad, clock, storybook, and gears, plus 13 double-sided alphabet blocks to introduce letters, numbers, colors, and more.
HAPE SCOOT AROUND RIDE ON WOOD BIKE ($50.59)
This bright wood bike is a classic wooden ride-on that will have your child riding in style! Plus, parents will appreciate the rubber-rimmed wheels that will save the floors from scratches.
GYMNIC RODY BOUNCE HORSE ($59.95)
Your little rider will gain strength, balance, and coordination as they giddy-up on this bouncy horse! This lovable character is available in a rainbow of colors, and there are even more ways to ride with the purchase of the Rody Rocking Base or Speedy Base.
CHILLAFISH TRACKIE RIDE-ON ($59.99)
It’s time to rock and roll! The Trackie Ride-On offers multiple ways to play: sit and rock, stand and walk, or sit and ride. You can easily switch between modes and raise the seat height without tools, making it easy for your little one to use it multiple ways throughout the day. Plus if you have more than one rider, you can connect two or more to make a train.
It’s time to make some magic with this unique ride-on unicorn! Growing with your child, it offers three ways to play: walk, ride, and scoot. In walker mode, flip the seat to create a wagon to fill with toys, and then when your child is ready to ride, flip the seat again to make it a classic ride-on. In the final mode, remove the seat and take it for a spin as a scooter! Features include an adjustable handle plus lights, sounds, and melodies.
Also available as a dog.
PEWI WALKING RIDE ON TOY ($64.99)
Need a pal to play? The Pewi Ride-On Toy promises to be toddler’s “walking buddy!” while they have fun learning balance and coordination. With 360 rotation, an easy-grip handle, and scuff-free wheels, the Pewi is for riding, pushing, sitting, and supported walking up to age three.
There’s a mouse in the house! But this one is award-winning and parent-approved! Your child will love to speed and spin on the multidirectional wheels, all while improving their gross motor skills and fostering play.
The Micro Kickboard Scooter is one of our favorite toys for little kids, so why not start them off early with the Mini 3-in-1 Ride-On? Use it first as a ride-on toy with an O-bar, and when your child is ready for the scooter life (around age 2), remove the seat to create a stand-on scooter with the O-Bar handle that’s great for learning. And finally, replace the O-Bar with the T-Bar to convert to the Micro Mini Original Scooter!
BEST RIDE ON CARS MERCEDES BENS ($52.99)
Your little one will be riding in style with their own Mercedes Bens Ride-On. Features include under-seat storage, LED headlights, and a working steering wheel with a horn and sound buttons. When they’re too tired to scoot, you can push them along with the handle on the back.
LITTLE TIKES COZY COUPE RIDE-ON ($49.99)
And, of course, no list is complete without the iconic Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Ride-On. Before your child is ready to scoot with their feet, insert the floor and use the handle on the back to push your child along. Features include an “ignition switch,” a gas cap, cup holders, and a door that opens and closes.