Stuff: Cycle seat

If you’re a cyclist, you can ride around with your baby as soon as they’re strong enough (exact age depends on the seat you buy).

What is it?

A structured seat that attaches to your bike that you can strap your baby into. They either attach to your pannier rack or bolt straight onto the frame and sit behind you, or in some cases in front – the Wee Ride is the best for front-mounted, because it centres the weight instead of throwing it forward. You can use one from when they can hold their head up, including the weight of a helmet. Some models can be used from a bit younger. The larger seats go up to about aged six.

Child bike seat sizes – CTC cycling charity

Do I need one?

If you’re cycling with your baby, yes. There’s no getting around that.

What about multiple children?

If you’re super strong, you can use a front-mounted and a rear-mounted child seat at once, but it’s probably best to use a bike seat per adult, or use a double bike trailer.

How do I get one?

Most cycle shops will sell you one and fit it for you. There are also quite a lot of them available second hand. Be careful where you buy from though – you don’t want one that’s been in an accident.

How much are they?

I bought a Bellelli seat half price at Halfords for £30. Additional brackets so you can move the seat from bike to bike were a tenner. Look out for sales and research online. If you need one in a hurry and don’t have time to search around, you should still be able to get a new one for under £100.

What’s the alternative?

You could also use a child bike trailer. Otherwise, don’t cycle with your kid. Never cycle babywearing or holding your baby freestyle.

Accessories

A baby-sized cycle helmet (not strictly an accessory; you do need one. They’re available from most cycle shops and online – probably best not to get online, as you’ll need to try on for size); a high vis jacket. I also bought a couple of Baby on Board labels to tie to the front and back.
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