Best Baby Bike Seat Of 2019 : How to choose & Reviews

If we want to ride a bike with a child between the ages of 6 months and 4 years, one of the best options we have is to buy a baby bike seat. However, there are so many shapes, sizes, models and options in the market that one does not know where to start.

No problem, because in this article, you will know if your bike is compatible with a child bike seat, should you have a front bike seat or a rear one, what you should pay attention to when purchasing and all that to get the best baby bike seat for you.

I have no interest in any specific product, and I do not publish paid content. My income comes from a commission from the seller whatever your purchase, which allows me to be truly independent.

If you are not familiar with the technical terms used is the comparison table and reviews section, you can start by the Buying Guide in the middle of the article then go back here.

BEST CHILD (BABY) BIKE SEATS COMPARISON CHART

Here’s a comparison table of my 11 best child (baby) seats on the market :

Product :
Features :
Mount type :
Reclines? :
MSRP :
Bellelli Pepe
- Rear Rack
- Reclinable
- 9 mos - 7 yrs
- up to 50 lbs
Best on a Budget
$92
Topeak Babyseat II
- Rear Rack
- Reclinable
- 9mos - 4.5yrs
- up to 40 lbs
Best Universal Fit
$169.95
Blackburn CoPilot Limo
- Rear Rack
- Reclinable
- 9mos - 4.5yrs
- up to 40 lbs
Best Reclinable Seat
$149.99
Hamax Caress
- Rear Rack
or
- Rear Frame
- Reclinable
- 9 mos - 6 yrs
- up to 48.5 lbs
Best Overall
$199
Thule Yepp Maxi Easyfit
- Rear Frame
- Non-Reclining
- 9 mos - 6 yrs
- up to 48.5 lbs
Best for Hot Climates
$199.95
Bellelli Pepe Standard
- Rear Frame
- Non-Reclining
- 9 mos - 7 yrs
- up to 49 lbs
Best on a Budget
$64.99
Peg Perego 10+
- Rear Frame
- Reclinable
- 12mos - 4.5yrs
- up to 40 lbs
Best Overall
$193.25
Thule RideAlong
- Rear Frame
- Reclinable
- 19 mos - 6 yrs
- up to 48 lbs
Best Reclinable Seat
$249.95
Thule RideAlong Mini
- Front Frame
- Non-Reclining
- 9 mos - 3 yrs
- up to 33 lbs
Best Overall
$169.95
Thule Yepp Nexxt Mini
- Front Frame
- Non-Reclining
- 9 mos - 3 yrs
- up to 33 lbs
Best Universal Fit
$179.66
Peg Perego Orion
- Front Frame
- Non-Reclining
- 12 mos - 3 yrs
- up to 33 lbs
Best on a Budget
$79.99

BEST TODDLER BIKE SEATS REVIEWS

 

Pros :Cons :
+ High quality workmanship– Safety belt is short
+Adjustable and padded five-point safety belt– Your kid can easily remove his feet from the footstraps
+ Quick and easy to assemble
+ Practically lockable
+ Higher backrest
+ Securely mounted with quick-release bracket

With a key you lock the seat bracket to the bike, which protects against theft

The bicycle seat can be quickly and easily assembled or disassembled, making it easier to change from one bike to another immensely.

Pros :Cons :
+ Lightweight– Belts slip for very young children
+ Easy and quick mounting on the bike– Mounting adapter may not fit all threadless headsets
+ 5-point safety belt– Don’t have armrests
+ Adjustable foot straps
+ Padded seat and straps
+ Great, modern design
+ 2 year warranty

Pros :Cons :
+ Ability to mount on bikes with little or no room on the headset– Less leg room for larger riders
+ One-click installation to make it easy to attach and detach the seat to the bike frame.– Seat is small compared to other front-mounted seats
+ Footrest with three positions
+ Three-point harness adjustable in length
+ Supports babies from one year old to 33 pounds
+ Weatherproof padding
+ Easy bike balance for riders

Pros :Cons :
+ Height-adjustable seat back with a helmet pocket– Unclear instructions
+ Reclining up to 20 degrees– Seat may not recline if he is not centered over the rear axle
+ Footrests can be adjusted with one hand– Too little protection in the shoulder area
+ Comfortable shoulder pads with tacky foam that prevent them from sliding
+ Reflectors on the back
+ Mounting on bicycles with and without rack
+ Suit bikes with wires on the seat tube
+ Suspension for a smooth ride

Pros :Cons :
+ Best harness available on a rear frame-mounted rack– More costly than some other models.
+ Shoulder straps with height adjustments– It’s easy for your kid to take out his feet from the footstraps.
+ DualBeam suspension system
+ 5 reclining positions of up to 20 degrees.
+ Anti theft lock
+ Easy footrests and foot straps adjustment
+ Buckle is childproof with large buttons
+ Safety light and built-in reflector for low-light rides

Pros :Cons :
+ Two shoulder straps height positions– Nylon shoulder straps slip down frequently
+ So many vents in the backrest– No armrest
+ Anti theft lock
+ Variable height foot rest adjustments

Pros :Cons :
+ Robust hard-shell seat– Wearing helmet make you child’s head lean forward
+ Easily washable, non-toxic plastic
+ Washable padding
+ Height-adjustable footrests
+ Ventilation openings in the shoulder and back area
+ High side panels for safety
+ Easy mounting
+ Support children up to 48 pounds

Pros :Cons :
+ Disc brakes compatibility– Seat fits very close to the rider
+ Included rack
+ Easiest rear-mounted bike seat to use and install

BUYING GUIDE


1) HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR BIKE IS COMPATIBLE WITH A BABY CHAIR

One of the main frustrations that parents have when buying a baby bike seat is taking one and realize that our bike are not compatible with it.

Standard city bikes, hybrid bikes or bicycles are the most versatile, while special bicycles are not recommended, such as carbon fiber frames, road bikes or mountain bikes with full-suspension .

So, if you have one of the bikes listed above (standard city bikes, hybrids or commuter bikes), you are on a good start.

2) WHAT TYPE OF BIKE SEAT SHOULD I TAKE ? FRONT OR REAR :

Knowing now that there are more than one type of baby bike seats, you are left wondering which one is better.
Before I talk about what to search in which type of bike seats let me break them down for you:
FRONT-MOUNTED SEATSREAR FRAME-MOUNTED SEATSREAR RACK-MOUNTED SEATS
ILLUSTRATION :
MOUNTS TO :
the handlebar or the frame the rear frame of the bike the seat tube in the rear
BEST PRODUCT :

Thule RideAlong Mini

Hamax Caress

Hamax Caress Carrier
AGE RANGE :
- 9 mo to 3 yrs (Support up to 33 lbs.) - 9 mo and up (Support up to 48 lbs.) - 9 mo and up (Support up to 48 lbs.)
BEST FOR :
- Average to tall adult rider - Taller kids - Taller kids
PROS :
- Offers a wonderful field of vision - Allows us to talk to the baby - Have them in view during the trip - Due to their position, they don't affect bike balance - Some models can recline in case the little one falls asleep - Mounting/unmounting are very easy - Do not affect our field of vision - Some models can recline in case the little one falls asleep - Mounting/unmounting are very easy - Do not affect our field of vision
CONS :
- Reduce a little the visibility of who drives the bike (depend on the model) - It can be a bit annoying when it comes to pedaling - Not have the child in sight - Difficult to interact with your baby - Not have the child in sight - Difficult to interact with your baby

Now that you know which type you prefer and suit your kid, let me show you what you should look at to determine if your bike support having your preferred bike seat type.

3) SEAT MOUNTING REQUIREMENTS OF EACH TYPE

FRONT MOUNTED BIKE SEATS :
  • TOP TUBE FREE SPACE

If you prefer the front mounted bike seats, you should have around 20″ of free space between the seat tube and handlebars. Because the front mounted bike seats take up to 10″, so anything less than 20″ in the top frame tube will make the ride difficult.

 

  • SPACE BELOW THE HANDLEBARS

Most front mounted baby bike seat use mounting brackets to get mounted to your bike using the little space below the handlebars. If you have 1.5″ in this place, thats good because mounting brackets range from 0.5″ to 1.5″ thick.

 

 

If the handlebars of your bike can’t be raised up, what means you have a threadless headset, your choices of front mounted bike seats are limited to Peg Perego Orion and Yepp Mini (that come with and threadless adapter that requires only 1/8″ of free space under the handlebars).

Attention : threadless headset are usually wider, so they can be problematic to fit the mounting bracket. So even you have enough free space, check this too.

 

REAR FRAME-MOUNTED BIKE SEATS :

This type of child seats are fixed to the rear frame of the bike with a long support that is attached directly to the seat.

Those that are screwed directly to the frame are the safest but can not be used on bicycles with rear suspension.

Parents should bear in mind that the prolonged use of this type of baby bike seats is that the fixation deteriorates over time due to weight and vibration. It is necessary to monitor this point since most are made of plastic and this can yield.

If we are going to inherit a bike seat from this type, it is essential to check the condition of the fixation.

Most brands allow you to buy this piece separately, so a new one will not hurt to guarantee the safety of our child.

This type of baby bike seats is ideal for children from nine months and up, as well as for longer routes. Some of them are reclining, which is ideal especially if your toddler/kid/child fall asleep during the ride.

  • DOES YOUR BIKE HAVE SHIFT OR BRAKE CABLES ON THE SEAT TUBE?
By Keithonearth, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4914154
Because the majority of rear frame-mounted seats use the seat tube of the bike as a support to get fixed, you need to check if you have a carbon fiber frame or you have cables on the down tube between the seat and the pedals. If yes, i think you have to consider taking one of the other types of bike seats.
  • DO YOU RIDE YOUR BIKE WITH THE SEAT SET TO ITS LOWEST POSITION?

Just for your informations, all baby rear frame-mounted bike seats need about 2 inches below the seat to allow space for the mounting poles. But with brands like Thule, even if you don’t have this free space due to the the shape of your bike frame or if you ride often with the saddle (seat) set to its lowest position, you can use low saddle adapter for the RideAlong.

 

REAR RACK-MOUNTED BIKE SEATS :
This type of bike seats are placed on the rear rack adhered to the frame. The seat can be easily removed and put on and the luggage rack can be used to transport backpacks or another things.
  • RACK EYELETS 
Their is two sets of eyelets that you should have on your bike to say i have a rack-compatible bike, the top ones and the bottom ones.
The top ones are located near the top of the rear triangle and the bottom ones are near the rear tire axle.
Left photo by C. Corleis – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=525678
This is a video that show you why you need eyelets to install you baby bike seat :
  • DISC BRAKES ?
Usually, disc brakes bikes have a large rotor. With that, if you prefer rear rack-mounted seats only, your choices are extremely limited to the ones that are compatible with disc-brake like Topeak BabySeat II.
In this step you should be able to determine the best baby bike seat type that suits you.

4) THINGS TO CONSIDER AFTER YOUR DETERMINE YOUR PREFERRED BIKE SEAT TYPE :

Now that you know you will have a front mounted, rear frame-mounted or rear rack-mounted child bike seat, this is what you should pay attention to when purchasing.

  • CHILD SIZE & AGE :

Due to size of the front bike seat that are often small and narrow, if you have a toddler or a smaller kid (aged 9 months to 3-years-old or up to 33 pounds) and you know that you will use the bike seat for a short term, I recommend having front-mounted seat, because your toddler will experience a better view field and you will have him in the front of you all the time.

If your child is a little bit larger and taller than the average ones, I do recommend having a rear-mounted seats because they are usually wide and can support larger kids up to 48 pounds.

  • SHOULDER STRAPS:

Pull-down-to-tighten shoulder straps are easier to use, so search for a model that have this feature like Hamax Caress.

The harness or belt of the bike seat must have a secure opening system, which means that a baby can not release it by himself.

Because kids tend to grow faster and if you think on the long term use, you should always have shoulder straps that are height adjustable that adjust vertically like Thule RideAlong and Hamax Caress.

  • RECLINABLE SEATS:

The steady movement may cause the children to fall asleep. The head will uncomfortably bend down in an upright position, which is why for a maximum relaxation, the child bike seat should be reclined backwards.

Unfortunately, right now and for my knowledge this feature are only available in rear mounted bike seat (both frame and rack), so if your baby comfort is your priority and you don’t want to waste time during your shopping, search only between the rear mounted bike seats like Thule RideAlong.

  • COMFORTABLE SEATS: 

A seat with a padding will be more comfortable and bearable than one made of hard plastic. You can also place a pillow or something so that your toddler, kid or child so he do not suffer during your journeys.

Simple models usually lack a seat cushion. For shorter bicycle routes, this may not be problematic, especially since many babies initially also wear diapers.

If the padding can be disassembled and washed, it’s better because they get dirty easily and the children require hygiene.

  • SEAT BREATHABILITY:

Due to the backrest, it is difficult for the back of the child to reach the air. Especially in warm summer months, this bad back breathability can be quite uncomfortable. A good bicycle child seat should therefore be equipped both on the seat, as well as the backrest with ventilation slots, which ensure a pleasant air circulation.

  • SEAT SHAPE:

Seats with low backs like iBert Seat will not support your child if he fall asleep. For that, I recommend having ones with taller back, like BoBike Mini City because they provide body support if the child fall asleep and their shoulder straps tend to stay in place.

  • HELMET POCKETS:

Because children should always wear a bicycle helmet, it is important that the backrest allows the helmet to be worn comfortably. From my experience you can play with the inclination of the backrest to solve this. But the good thing to search for is what is called a helmet pocket, it’s a free space in headrest that can allow his helmet to recess into the seat.

For bike seats with helmet pockets, if you prefer front-mounted seats i recommend Hamax Observer and BoBike Mini City, and if you are like me and you prefer rear seats, I recommend Hamax Caress and Polisport Guppy Series.

  • ARMREST

It is an additional comfort feature that guarantees that your child will have where to place their arms in a relaxed way. In any case, you should make sure that your kid should not try to touch things or people while riding a bicycle with you.

  • SEAT SUSPENSION:

If you ride over a speed bump, seat cushions are not enough to absorb the impact. For that, you need to have a suspension system, especially one with a metal mounting bars, because this ones generally flex more than the ones using springs in their suspension system.

Like the seat reclinable feature, the suspension feature right now and for my knowledge are only available in rear frame-mounted seats, like Thule RideAlong, and a couple of rear rack-mounted seats, like Topeak Baby Sitter and Hamax Caress.

  • ADJUSTABLE FOOTREST:

It’s important to ensure that your little one does not put his feet on the spokes of the bicycle, or be swinging his legs during your walks and may cause you unbalance.

For that, the footrests should be able to cover the sides of the leg as much as possible. In the part where the feet are located, your bike seat must have an adjustable strap that allows to keep the feet of the child inside the chair.

  • ACCESSORIES :

For parents that prefer front-mounted seats, it’s preferred that your baby bike seat have handlebars, because it’s like the armrest, it’s something that keep your babies hand occupied from moving around. Other than that, they tend to make your child feeling more secure because he have something to hold on.

If you see that you will have your child often on the bike and you live in a colder place, your bike seat should have a windshield attached to protect your child, placed ahead, against insects, rain or wind.

As examples of bike seats with windshield, there is Thule RideAlong Mini and Hamax Observer.

Do you lock your bike in public places most of the time? If you are afraid of being robbed the seat, know that some models have an anti-theft device.


FAQ


  • HOW TO MOUNT/INSTALL A BABY BIKE SEAT :

The best way to know how to attach your child bike seat is to read the instructions of the manufacturer.

But to have an idea of what it is like, you can check this baby bike seat installation videos :

REAR MOUNTED SEAT MOUNTING INSTRUCTIONS:


FRONT MOUNTED SEAT MOUNTING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • PRECAUTIONS WHEN CARRYING A CHILD FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A BICYCLE SEAT

Before leaving for the first time to ride a bicycle with our son in a seat is advisable to take a ride with the bike without the child to see how it behaves as its dynamics are changed.

Although it may seem funny, experts recommend walking with a sack of potatoes to get used to the weight. 

The braking, turning, acceleration and the ascent of slopes varies a lot when we take a child on the bicycle. 

On the other hand, potatoes do not move and small ones usually shake their legs. It is easier than you think to fall with this type of seat. 

  • FROM WHAT AGE A BABY CAN USE A BABY BIKE SEAT

Children can travel by bicycle accompanied by their parents, from 9 months of age or even better from the first year. The reason is because the child must have his back strong enough to be able to sit comfortably for quite some time without support. 

The age at which they can travel is usually limited by the child’s weight; the chairs usually support about 48lbs, which can weigh a child of about 5 years, then we will have to think of a bike with wheels for them.

  • HOW TO CLEAN YOUR BABY BIKE SEAT

Occasionally the child bike seat should be thoroughly cleaned. In accordance with the care instructions, the plastic surface must be wiped with a damp cloth and, if necessary, a mild detergent. The seat cushion can optimally be removed and washed by hand or in the washing machine. 

For the frequency of seat cleaning there is basically no rule of thumb. Parents should clean the car seat whenever they feel it is getting too dirty. In addition, after the cycling season is always a good time for a thorough cleaning.

I hope you did found your best child bike seat, and if you have any question or suggestion, let me know in the comments section below, i’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Ben.