GIVEAWAY: Early Rider Lite Balance Bike ($160)


I don't know about your toddler, but mine is a little uncoordinated. She's had a tricycle for almost a year now and still has no idea how to pedal. She can go backwards. Kind of. But no matter how many times I put my hands on her feet and push them in the right direction, she just doesn't seem to get it. 

Then my friend Alex, owner of Piccolini, the adorable toy shop on Mulberry Street in the heart of lower Manhattan, told me about the Easy Rider Balance Bike.

Apparently, balance bikes, which have no pedals at all, are the new way to teach kids how to ride. My own stepbrother swears by them— he says both his kids went straight from a balance bike to a regular bike (no training wheels) in just one year.

They are also a helluva lot cooler than any tricycle I've ever seen. Check out Mazzy on the bad boy below. It's called the Early Rider Lite and it's billed as the perfect first bike, which you can start your kid on as early as 20 months.


Better yet, Piccolini is giving away an Early Rider Lite ($160) to a Mommy Shorts reader— but keep reading because this contest has NOTHING to do with luck.

One of things I love about Piccolini is their awesome window displays. To show-off the bike, they (and by "they" I mean Alex and her parents) put together a scene from ET using the toys from inside their shop.


The moon is rigged to light up at night and that's "ET" wrapped in an Aden and Anais swaddle. Pretty inspired, don't you think?

To win the Early Rider Lite Balance Bike giveaway, Piccolini is asking Mommy Shorts readers to come up with their next window display by September 6th. Just scan the toys from their shop, come up with a concept and submit it in the comment section below. It can be as simple or as conceptual as you like.

Piccolini and I will select the best window display idea (whether Alex and her family can be pull it off will also be taken into consideration) and that person will not only win the Early Rider Lite (value $160), their window idea will be executed and unveiled on September 26th.

How cool is that??

Here are a selection of their toys (pink inflatable cows, unicorn towels, minature pianos, toddler-sized fedoras, etc.) to get your creative juices flowing, but you can find more by visiting



1) If you are not one already, you must become a Mommy Shorts Facebook Fan and a Piccolini Facebook Fan to enter. Then write your window display idea in the comment section below.

2) If you tweet about the giveaway, you are allowed to submit a second window display idea.

Example tweet:

My @PiccoliniNYC window display idea is going to win my toddler a BADASS BALANCE BIKE via @MommyShorts

Winner will be announced on Sept. 6th. Bikes cannot be shipped outside the U.S.

May the best window win!