Ice skating is an excellent recreational activity and sport that can engage people of all ages including children. While most will view it as a risky activity, with the right amount of training, almost anyone can become an expert ice skater. There are many ways that one can find this training, even for toddlers. In fact such is the confidence that it is any man’s sport, that some companies even make toddler skates, specifically for the little ones.
Depending on which type of ice skating, you decide to engage your toddlers in, there are plenty of ice skates that you can find on the market that are suited and made for toddlers. Some big brand names that make these include Jackson Ultima Skates, Riedell Skates among others.
Toddler skates are made using the same methods that these companies make for adults but there is a special focus on the size of toddler’s feet, since they are smaller. Most ice skates are made of leather, padded inner cushion and carbon steel blades. Some ice skate boots can be quite stiff but most of the versions for toddlers are made to fit comfortably and this helps toddlers remain on the ice for a longer period without complaining of feet pains. Ice skating is a very disciplined activity, though some prefer to consider it a sport. There are 2 main styles of ice skating, figure skating and ice hockey. Most toddle skates are made for figure skating, but you can find ice hockey skates for toddlers since ice hockey is a popular sport among children, but this is only in rare occasions. Most ice hockey skates are made for children older than 8 years since figure ice skates are more common option for toddlers.
As with any other pair of skates, toddler ice skates are made by determining the ROH of Radius of Hollow, a ROH is used for to determine how thick the blade of the skate boots should be. It is normally decided by the skaters’ weight, temperature of the ice, skill level and discipline. There are several ranges of ROH sizes that are recommended depending again on the factors, the most common Radius of Hollow sizes range between ¼ of an inch to about a full 1 inch in rare cases. This important as it helps to know which particular skates are more suitable for a toddler.
For parents that are new to ice skating, choosing the right toddler ice skates can prove to be a feat. There would be no point however in selecting a pair of professional quality ice skates because their design and features are suitable for skilled skaters. If your toddler is simply starting out, such would make it difficult to learn how to ice skate. The best advice would be to seek advice from your local skate store.