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Discussion: skates

in: Cristina; Cristina > 2017-01-07

Jan 8, 2017 11:06 PM # 
For a little skater, the right first move might be the way I started out, with double runner skates that attach to regular boots, like these. But maybe that's what you were looking for anyway. And maybe his feet are still too small. I would think helmets would be available in really small sizes, because people take really small kids on bicycles. Not that I ever wore a helmet while skating (maybe in my one intramural hockey game, I don't remember). Toddlers are basically just going to be walking on ice, and they don't wear a helmet for regular walking. (Not yet, anyway.)
Jan 9, 2017 9:42 AM # 
I think that's the kind of thing we thought we'd find (we heard "they have adjustable skates for little kids") but instead they had actual adjustable skates. They look just like regular hockey skates except they have a little button you push so you can pull the front of the boot forward more. They probably won't fit Lukas for another year or more. I guess we should just order some like the ones you linked to.

We took him over to the local ice patch yesterday afternoon (a flooded area next to the soccer fields) and he seemed to enjoy walking on the ice in his shoes. We also had to stop him from running over to the group of girls playing hockey with their dads and trying to join in -- the ice was scrappy enough that he did manage to kind of run without falling. Not sure he'll be super mobile with little blades on his feet but at least then we can all go "skating" together and he'll be participating in some way... and getting used to sliding a little.

As far as helmets, not sure how it is in the US these days but around here they are pretty big on them, especially for little kids. All the kids on the local patch yesterday were wearing them and I don't think they'd let him skate in a rink or take lessons without one, so he'll need one eventually. I think it's more the falling part than the walking part that makes them recommended. ;-)
Jan 9, 2017 7:08 PM # 
If he has blades, you can push/pull him. And eventually you give him something like a little chair to push around while he skates.

I don't see other people skating much these days, I just see ice fishermen when I'm fortunate enough to have skateable ice, so I don't know the helmet situation.
Jan 9, 2017 7:14 PM # 
Or a little penguin!

We ordered these for him and they've already shipped, so soon we'll be pulling him around the scrappy ice for as long as he'll let us.
Jan 9, 2017 7:15 PM # 
A traffic pylon is a classic support option, like so. Definitely use a helmet; it seems easy to fall backwards and whack the back of your head and ice is hard.
Jan 9, 2017 8:37 PM # 
Yeah, I don't like the idea of his cute little head whacking the ice.
Jan 9, 2017 10:11 PM # 
I won't argue against helmets, but like I said, toddlers don't wear them for walking. The floor and the pavement are hard, too, and they don't even have a nice soft hat when it's warm. They don't have far to fall, and there's a reason for that.
Jan 10, 2017 1:45 PM # 
I figure skated a lot growing up and find the idea of wearing a helmet kind of funny. But, the difference is that on the ice it's a lot easier to take the kind of full body fall where you land on your head than it is when walking.
Jan 12, 2017 9:35 PM # 
His little skates arrived! Not sure when we'll get to test them out (the ice patch seemed a little watery today...) but soon, I'm sure! Will report.

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