To grow, we have to push ourselves outside of our comfort zones, past our self-imposed limits and into environments and circumstances that oftentimes are unpredictable or awkward. We must be willing to venture bravely – without a second hand pushing us along, the promise of success outside of each failure or the security of life’s training wheels.
Is it possible for little ones to learn this life lesson early on? We believe the answer is a resounding “yes!” With our sustainably-made, intentionally-designed collections that support physical and cognitive child development, children are given the tools they need to pave a path of independent, fearless adventure.
Born in the Netherlands where a love for biking is fostered early on, Founder and Owner Oscar V. Mulder was determined as a young parent to cultivate an appreciation for adventurous learning in his son, Sebastiaan. What started 10 years ago as a one-time project to build Sebastiaan his own balance bike has developed into a thriving children’s company that inspires little ones across the world. Today, Oscar uses his 20 years of international brand design experience to manage Kinderfeets – a sustainable business manufacturing active toys and learning tools that support children in their pursuit of independence, confidence and development.
Inspired by traditional Dutch bikes, Kinderfeets is a play on words for the Dutch word “kinderfiets,” which translates to “child’s bike.” From the outside, Kinderfeets’ bikes, trikes and other products may appear simple in design, but the purposeful characteristics of each one ensure child safety and low environmental impact.
Crafted with non-timber bamboo and/or birch wood, our balance bikes and trikes are suited with low step-through frames, adjustable seats, foot pegs, biodegradable tires and padded handlebars that guarantee comfort and stability.
“Why bamboo?” you might ask. Well, the answer is pretty simple.
Bamboo is extremely adaptable and resilient, grows incredibly fast and has the ability to self-regenerate! It also doesn’t require toxic chemicals or artificial pesticides for growth and maintenance, which makes it both toxin-free and more cost effective. In comparison to other hardwoods, it’s much more flexible (even though it has dense fibers) and it’s also pest resistant. When we’re not utilizing bamboo, we use sustainable birch wood – another fast-growing and eco-friendly option - or German beech wood from FSC-certified factories.
Other products like our Waldorf-Classroom-inspired Kinderboard offer little ones an active and imaginative play experience that is hard to beat! Our additional baby walkers, bike accessories and educational playthings inspire motor and cognitive skill development while also cultivating an appreciation for adventure.
Further environmentally-friendly practices like using non-toxic, water-based paints and lacquers, minimal packaging and recycled paper for product information not only help illustrate our sustainable business approach but also set children up for a lifetime of planet-friendly living. Furthermore, part of our annual profits is put toward Trees for the Future – a nonprofit organization that partners with businesses like us to plant trees and combat deforestation.
At Kinderfeets, we believe that a life without training wheels is a life fully explored – it’s a journey bravely ventured, a pursuit of freedom and a quest for independence. For a child to explore the world on their own is a courageous choice – serendipitously guiding themselves toward self-assurance and accomplishment!
Nevertheless, it’s not only Kinderfeets children who go far, but all of us who choose to let go of a little control and release our inner childlike spirit. If we are all willing to challenge our own complacencies and comforts in an effort to grow, we will evolve and change as one. By doing so, we will help create a more vibrant and beautiful world for our children one balance bike at a time.