Ok so everyone who’s everyone in preschool is scooting around on a Skuut. And I mean everyone. Now don’t get me wrong, the Kettrike still seriously rocks hard. But the Skuut has a heck of a lot going for it. And as I wander around trying to find a baby swing in Riverside Park, a feat nearly as impossible as finding a seat in a Manhattan Starbucks, I see kids in helmets deliriously zipping around on these while the kids being pushed about in Kettrikes look on with envy.
So what’s so boot scootin’ boogie-licious about the Skuut? Note (and it took me several days to note this) it has no pedals! Kids literally scoot around, feet on the ground or hovering just above, gradually learning the balance, steering and coordination it takes to ride a “regular” bike. This little gem is designed for kids ages 2 – 5 (but I’m so danged jazzed about it I’m considering getting one for my gal’s first birthday…sure she can’t walk…hey she can’t crawl…but I want it to be ready when she can), weighs ten pounds so it’s not too bad to tote when your kid gets sick of riding it and insists upon skipping home backwards while singing “Hot Potato Hot Potato”, and the seat is adjustable.
Now lots of those kids in Kettrikes are younger than Skuuters–and it would make a great follow-up for a three or four year old. At pushing ninety bucks it ain’t cheap, but lust is lust. And every once and a while…baby’s gotta have it.