Ride on toys for toddlers: 12 best buys, including the iconic Cozy Coupe

We've curated this list of the best ride-on toys for toddlers that are not only fun, but crucial for their development too

collage of ride-on toys including Cozy Coupe, balance bike, wooden rocking horse and more
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We round up some fantastic ride-on toys that are not only loads of fun, but will also help to boost your little one's gross motor skills too.

Ride-on toys are great for kids, and feature in many of our toy collections including the best toys for three year olds, as well as in the list of this year's top toys - they're super fun, help foster balance and coordination, supports leg muscle development and boosts problem-solving skills. From bouncy toys to balance bikes, and scooters to baby walkers, there is lots of choice available.

We've picked out favourites based on our expert product knowledge and personal experience, the experience of real-life mums, as well as looking at the bestselling and highest rated products at a variety of retailers.

12 ride-on toys for toddlers

What are the benefits of ride-on toys?

Ride-on toys are really good for your child's development, boosting their gross motor skills and balance, as well as improving their coordination and spatial awareness as they navigate their way around obstacles.

Studies show that the rate of active play in modern life has decreased compared to previous years, and so ride-on toys are a way to encourage your child to engage in more physical play, which can lead to them adopting a more active lifestyle.

The Good Play Guide, founded by GoodtoKnow expert panelist Dr Amanda Gummer, also states that toy vehicles, whether hand-held or ride-on, can are great for pretend play and , boost social skills, and encourage your child to make their own sound effects as they play, mimicking what they have seen in the real world.

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Sarah is GoodtoKnow’s Consumer Writer & Money Editor - which means she writes about everything from this year's top toys and the newest toy releases, to discounts on days out and childcare costs. Sarah is passionate about helping mums save money wherever they can - whether that's spending wisely on the right toys and kidswear or keeping on top of the latest news around child benefit, the motherhood penalty. A writer, journalist and editor with more than 15 years' experience, Sarah is all about the latest toy trends and is always on the look out for toys for her nephew or Goddaughters so that she remains one of their favourite grown ups. When not writing about money or best buys, Sarah can be found hanging out with her rockstar dog Pepsi, getting opinionated about a movie or learning British Sign Language.