We’ve always been big fans of the Micro-Scooter brand in our house. Back when Frog turned two years old we gave her the Mini Micro 3-in-1 scooter for her birthday. Back then she wasn’t very sturdy on her feet so having a scooter with a removable seat was a huge bonus. It turned out to be a great exercise in balance for her hypermobile little feet and, despite almost daily use, it’s lasted her for the past four years – now to be handed down to her baby sister.
Frog turned six recently and we decided to buy her the next version up – the Maxi Micro – which is a slighty larger version of the same design (without the removable seat, natch). She still struggles with balance and is a little way behind her peers with her physical development owing to her hypermobile joints. Scooting is a great way to exercise without putting stress on her joints and it’s a good confidence-booster too.
While the Maxi Micro is a great scooter, it doesn’t really test Frog as she doesn’t need to worry about balancing. Balance is one of the key areas she needs to work on – and with balance comes confidence. She still can’t ride a bike (or swim, for that matter) but we’re sure that with a little encouragement, practise and determination she’ll get there in the end. Which is why the Micro Sprite two wheeled scooter has been such a great addition to our scooter collection.
When Frog first saw the Micro Sprite she was nervous. “But I might not be able to balance,” she said, looking fearfully at the bright pink scooter in front of her. Armed with a brand new shiny helmet she felt a little more positive about trying it out, and when she realised I’d be joining her on my very own adult’s Micro Scooter (complete with floral grey pattern) she was won over completely. And off we set.
Once I got over my own fears about falling off the scooter, looking like a prat in public and behaving like a kid in general, I loved my Micro Scooter. There’s something incredibly liberating about scooting at full speed down a hill with wild abandon, nothing to worry about but remembering how to stop the thing at the bottom. It’s also a good workout for the bum and thighs – bonus.
In fact, I love my scooter so much I’m taking it on holiday to France this summer. I reckon it’ll prove useful transport on the morning croissant and baguette run through the campsite to the bakery, and it might even counter-balance the inevitable extra wobbles I’ll develop from eating all those French pastries.
Both scooters are real things of beauty, with their bright colours, pretty patterns and sleek designs. I also love the fact they can be folded away when not in use, making them easy to store and transport. Another tick for the upcoming holiday – they fold down so small they’ll barely take up any space in the car.
Most of all though, I love that having matching scooters gives me and my big girl something fun and slightly crazy to do together, just the two of us. With a demanding toddler as a little sister Frog laps up one-on-one time with both me and the NLM, so I’m hoping we’ll get many opportunities to get out and about on our scooter just the two of us.
She’s still a bit wobbly on the two wheels, although she got the basic hang of it all pretty quickly. And you never know, maybe by this time next year her confidence on a two wheeled scooter will have given her the boost she needs to lose the stabilisers on her bike. We can dream…
Thanks to Micro-Scooters for working with us on this post. The scooters featured in this post are the Micro Floral adult scooter, currently reduced to £139.95, and the Micro Sprite scooter, from £89.95, available on the Micro-Scooter website. For more information about how I work with brands check out my Work With Me page.