Who it's for: Children 2 years old and up who are learning to ride a bike for the first time.
What makes it so great?: Designed by a biking enthusiast father, FirstBIKE sets itself apart from other balance bikes in a few key areas. In terms of design, FirstBIKE is the only bike frame made from an injection-molded composite, making it lighter, and less likely to scratch, splinter, swell, or rust than its wood and metal counterparts. Its steering column is limited to a 30 to 35 degree turn (rather than a full rotation), so tots' receive a steadier and smoother ride. A saddle-shaped seat is designed to keep young riders in place when zooming downhill, while a hand brake that gradually decreases speed is completely enclosed so a child's fingers never get caught in it. Plus, it's the only bike to offer a Winter Ski accessory making it fun year-round!
Where to get it: Amazon.com ($209)