Thanks to the awesome Ariann, we went to a fancy bike store and looked at some great bikes for small people. Looks like Leela really needs an 18". She's too tall for the 16" and too short to ride the 20" The bike store was out of bikes and won't be getting more in until this weekend.
So I have a bit of time to think about good brands. I see bikes for $80 at Target and Walmart and that is in sharp contrast to the $230 Cannondale bikes they had at the bike store. Is there really such a big difference in the quality, that I shouldn't be looking at a cheaper bike? Any bike brands you love?
I want to buy from the bike store, because they seem awesome about helping you fix stuff and replace things etc. And they have a trade in program for bike store quality bikes (aka no Huffys).
But if the only difference is the price point for a very uncoordinated 4 year who is mostly going to be learning to bike on flatish surfaces while I run behind her, the maybe it makes sense to just get a cheapo bike.
I bought an awesome Giro helmet from the bikestore, because I do feel like kids helmets are essential and I never felt comfortable with the Target one we had. The one I got is awesome and idiot proof. http://www.twowheelingtots.com/giro-dime/