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- Sledding is such a fun winter activity, but it’s not safe to send babies and toddlers careening down a hill solo on a big sled.
- The Flexible Flyer sled keeps young toddlers safe in the snow with a high-backed seat, a safety strap, and a pull string to keep them close.
- This toddler sled has quickly become one of my daughter’s favorite winter toys, and the $15 price tag is well worth all the joy it brings her.
What kid doesn’t love sledding? It’s such a classic winter activity that kids look forward to every year. My 18-month-old daughter isn’t quite old enough to take on the big sledding hills by herself, but I don’t want her to be left watching from the window when a nor’easter leaves fresh powder all over our backyard.
In anticipation of the first winter my daughter will be old enough to enjoy the snow, I bought the Flexible Flyer toddler sled for her back in July. Hey, you can never be too prepared, right? Even before it snowed, she enjoyed pulling it around the yard, but now that we’ve had our first official snow of the season, she’s found out how much fun sledding can really be.
The Flexible Flyer sled is the perfect size for young toddlers
The Flexible Flyer pull sled is a lightweight yet sturdy plastic sled with a seat designed for toddlers. The manufacturer recommends this model for children 18 months to 4 years old. My daughter is currently 17 months, weighs 23 pounds, and stands 2.5 feet tall, and she fits in the sled perfectly. I imagine she’ll still fit in the sled next year when she’s 2 1/2 years old, but I think she’ll outgrow it by the following winter.
The seat has a back to help little ones sit upright as well as a strap to keep them safely on the sled. There is thin padding on the seat, which provides comfort and a little traction so your child doesn’t slide all over the smooth plastic.
The sled also has a very wide base to prevent tipping over. No sled is going to be perfectly safe, but this one does everything it can to protect the youngest sleigh riders.
The pull string is ideal for young toddlers who aren’t ready to sled down a hill on their own. My husband can pull our daughter all around our yard with ease as she laughs and squeals.
If your child is old enough to go down small hills on their own, the Flexible Flyer works great for that as well. My daughter can hold on to the pull string or just let it drag underneath, and she has fun going down small hills on her own.
The sled works best on packed snow
If you spent your childhood sledding as I did, you’ll know that different types of sleds work better in different types of snow. This sled works best with snow that is slick or already at least slightly packed down. On very powdery or loose snow, the snow tends to pile up under the sled. But for very young children, this is actually a good problem to have because it prevents them from going too far or fast.
If you do want to make it go faster, you can create a packed path by continuing to run the sled in the same area. The more you pack the snow down, the faster it will go.
The bottom line
My daughter loves to glide around the snow in this little Flexible Flyer sled that is perfectly designed for toddlers.
Personally, I don’t think my daughter needs a fancy wooden sled, especially since she would outgrow it in a year or two, but if you want a more traditional Flexible Flyer, check out their beautiful toddler wooden sleigh – it would make a cute front porch decoration once your child outgrows it.
At just $14.99 for the plastic toddler pull sled, the price is right for a fun little toboggan that will last my daughter a winter or two. With a high-backed seat, a safety strap, and a pull string to keep her close, I know that she’s safely secured in the sled as she giggles through the snow.