Best child bike seats and how to choose 2024

Find your perfect child bike seat for cycling with a little passenger on board

Best bike seats
(Image credit: Rachel Sokal)

Owning one of the best child bike seats is a perfect way to introduce kids to a life long love of cycling. 

With a child seat upon your bike they can experience the thrill of zooming around on two wheels before they start their own cycling journey on one of the best balance bikes, and eventually pedalling one of the best kids' bikes of their own. 

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Quick look guide to help finding your ideal bicycle child seat
Row 0 - Cell 0 FrontRear cantileveredRear Rack
FixingSteerer tube/ top tube/ seat tube/ seat postSeat tubeOn top or rear bike rack
Suitable forEither smaller / young children (supported seats) or older children with more strength (minimal support seats)9months and above9months and above
ProsLimited impact on bike handling, Closeness to child, Lightweight, Options for most bikes, Varity of support, adds extra seat capabilities, Exposure to riding skills Range of ages (esp very young or older children), Reclining positions, Support options, Quick to removeCapable of taking heavier weight, Less bounce, Option to extend for multiple seat platforms
ConsChild in wind, Lack of leg room for rider, No recline option, Difficult seeing / reaching round the childBike handling impacted, Heavy, Can be too flexible, Child out of sight Bike handling impacted, Heavy, Unable to use panniers at same time, Child out of sight
Bike / rider type limitationsFlat bar bike only. Some seats attach straight to the frame so not appropriate for carbon frames or ebikes. Smaller adult riders may struggle to use. Not appropriate for all frame materials, not compatible with external cabling or ebikes. Weight and forces through parts of frame not designed for the purposeOnly possible to fit to bikes with rear rack mounts
Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.