I have lived in the mountains for over 20 years but not having grown up with snow I have only been sledding a handful of time. Don’t get me wrong sledding is fun but frankly my idea of enjoying snowy weather involves a cozy window seat, a hot beverage and a good book.
My kids, however love sledding, much so we have even gone box sledding in the summer – but that’s a different post. In this part of our series of posts about what to do with a toddler in winter, we’re talking snow sleds. We’ll share our favorite winter sleds for toddlers and we include Amazon affiliate links to our top picks.
As some of you may know from other posts I have written here, there is a large age span between my oldest and youngest children (ten years). With my older kids it never occurred to me to try sledding before they were 6 or 7 years old, old enough to be interested in sledding of their own accord. Things are a bit different this time around because not only is my 3 year old interested in going sledding already but his siblings are equally eager to take him. Prior to trying to find a sled for him I had only a vague recollection that such a thing as toddler sleds existed, and in all honesty this was the only type of sled I thought was made for toddlers:
Recommended ages: 1-3 year olds
There is something nostalgic about these sleds made from steam-bent ash for babies and toddlers With a back rest for both comfort and safety, this sled looks nice for towing your little one along on snowy walks – reviewers have mentioned that they felt they needed to go slowly as they towed the sled or their baby could still tip backwards.
But there are other wonderful options as well –
Our Favorite Toddler Sleds
Recommended Ages: 9mos – 2 years
This little sled receives high marks for the littlest sled riders. It includes a seat belt so your baby can be buckled in pulled around the yard. Toddlers may also like using this sled to sliding down gentle slopes. The one flaw mentioned is that the bottom is not flat, but contoured instead, so in deeper snow it can be hard to pull due to snow accumulating underneath, however it is still a favorite for stability and the high back.
Recommended ages: 2-4 year olds
This is a good sled for the adventurous toddler. Made to stand up to cold temperatures, these sleds are coated with Slippery Racers exclusive IceVex cold treatment. The sled has brakes (that’s what the black handle-looking things are on the sides) so kids who get going really fast can learn to slow themselves down. It has a tow rope and a molded bottom for a comfortable ride.
Recommended ages: 1-3
This toddler sled is nice and cushy due to the inflatable seat. Inflatable sleds are our favorite for toddlers who want have independence when they play – the air cushion makes them softer and less likely to cause a bruise in case a kid needs to bail out, so toddlers can enjoy trying this on little hills, (and of course it can be used for towing along your toddler, too)
If you’ve got a big kid who might like to take your toddler on a ride (or if you can’t wait to join them) this inflatable sled has room for two and handles for both riders.
If you get a toddler sled, naturally you’ll need the warm winter gear to go with. We can help with that too:
Happy snow playing! Here is a fun list of snow activities that toddlers can do.