Remember how much fun you had as a kid sledding down your favorite hill in the winter time? I know that sledding was one of my favorite outdoor activities in the winter time and has quickly become my children’s favorite as well.
Nowadays, though you may just be shocked at how many different sleds there are to choose from for your kids. There are ones specifically made for younger children as well as ones that you can steer and even some that have brakes on them.
Before you go out and buy your child a sled, determine which one may be best for them depending on their age, abilities and how much money you want to spend on a sled for them.
Here are some things to keep in mind when determining what sled to buy your child.
Choose an Age Appropriate Sled for Your Child
If you have a 3 year old, you aren’t going to want to buy a large sled that was meant for speed, but rather you may want to consider a basic sled for a child or even one that is able to be pulled or steered. If you have a toddler you are going to be taking sledding, then you want to get a sled for a toddler rather than just one that may look cool to you. The same goes for any age child that you have.
You will find that any sled you buy will have some sort of age requirement on it to give you a good idea on what type of sled you may want to get for your child. The larger, more complicated sleds are better for older children and teens while the basic ones may be better for younger children.
Also, if you have a toddler or preschool aged child you may even want to consider a sled that has a buckle or harness as well as a back support. These are nice for pulling your child along in the snow and can also be used for smaller hills.
Consider the Weight Limits on a Sled
If you have an older child or you plan on having more than one person the sled at a time, make sure to check the weight limits on the sled. If you put too much weight on a sled you may find that it breaks or becomes a safety hazard.
Also, the thing to remember is that the more weight on the sled, the faster it will go. You may even want to consider purchasing a sled for each individual child instead of having multiple kids on one sled to help lessen the possibility of the kids getting hurt.
Lastly, if you plan on sharing the sled with your child, take that into consider for the weight limit as well. This includes riding along with a younger child as well as going on it yourself and taking turns with your kid.
Take Caution When Buying Snow Tubes or Inflatable Sleds
You will find that snow tubes as well as most inflatable sleds are made of vinyl material, which can easily get ripped or a hole in it especially if the ground is rough underneath or there is not enough snow on the ground.
Also, they are a lot harder to steer for a child as they tend to go all over the place because of the air in the tube. They also have a bouncier ride which means more kids tend to bounce up and out of them, resulting in falls and possible injuries.
It may be a good idea to leave the snow tubes and inflatable sleds to older kids like teens and adults.
There are lots of cool sleds for kids that still go pretty fast but are safer than the snow tubes.
No matter what sled you buy for your child, always remember the proper safety precautions as sledding can be a ton of fun but also has a pretty high risk of injuring if you don’t follow proper precautions.