You can never go wrong with a toddler tricycle, whether it’s for a birthday, or the holidays. One of the best gifts that my dad gave his two granddaughters — aside from his wisdom and general loving presence — was a red tricycle. It was a classic Radio Flyer that both girls always looked forward to using when they went to visit. Sure, neither of them used the pedals in his presence. But, they had fun with it. And, it’s become something that I hope to hold onto long after my daughter grows out of it. After all, a toddler trike is a very special purchase. Looking at it is just a reminder of childhood. Having a baby tricycle around will one day make every mom think, “my child used to fit in that?”
While Radio Flyers still exist, there are plenty of other toddler tricycles out there to choose from. Toddler tricycles make for great gifts, since they don’t take up too much room and will be a guaranteed hit. But, they’re also great for a toddler’s development. Tricycles can help a toddler learn more about balance and coordination while riding on one. They’re also a great form of exercise.
Toddler tricycles are also relatively safe. Sure, you’ll want to pair yours with a helmet, especially for outside use. But your child will be a lot closer to the ground in case there’s a tumble. (And, there might be. But by now, you’re probably used to seeing toddler falls, and know they can bounce back pretty easily.)
Here are 9 of the best toddler tricycles you can buy online:
My dad’s intuition was a good one. The Radio Flyer is still a classic, and a great choice for your child’s first tricycle. This model is great for ages two to four, and includes an adjustable seat. If you’re looking for a sturdy trike, look no further.
Schwinn also makes a quality product. And, this particular tricycle happens to be pretty easy on the eyes. Amazon Reviewer Memly felt safe in purchasing this model for her daughter. “We love the price point, sporty retro look but more so, the overall quality and weight of this trike. Compared to other similar trikes, this actually has metal body and rubber tires where most others are completely plastic, even the tires,” she wrote. “Daughter loves the bell and streamers and that she can go fast and take sharper turns without worry.”
This tricycle is a little different from the rest, since there are three different ways to ride it. You can turn it into a 2-wheeler balance bike, or keep it as a tricycle. There’s also a cycling mode that’s great for older children. Amazon Reviewer K. Delli mentioned that it’s a wonderful choice for her 18-month-old, but even better for parents, as it’s “easy to put together with common sense,” and “well made.”
Listen, this tricycle is cute. So cute that you’ll be tempted to gift it to every new parent you know. This is a wonderful starter-trike for kids, and easy to assemble. It’s a great way to get compliments from your neighbors who’ll constantly be asking you, “where did you get that?”
One of the best things about this tricycle is that it’s the perfect starter. If you’re not sure whether or not your child will get into it (or aren’t ready to take the plunge) this inexpensive, yet very colorful trike is an excellent starter. This one is recommended for ages 18 to 36 months.
Does your child like Minnie Mouse? Most do — what’s not to like? This tricycle is good for kids up to 7, meaning that it’s a worthwhile investment. “Bought this for our 5 year old granddaughter – it’s perfect!” wrote Amazon Reviewer DKQ. “Her short legs reach the peddles with the seat positioned in the front holes and as she grows there are 2 other sets of holes the seat back can move into so she should get a few years use out of it.”
This red trike has a lot going for it. While it has a handle to help push younger infants, it can also turn into a tricycle powered by your own toddler’s strength. 74% of Amazon reviewers had no problem giving it a full five stars. As a bonus, this one also has a toy basket so that your son or daughter can easily cart around their favorite plush.
Fisher-Price is always a name you can trust. This “tricked out trike” is appropriate for kids up to age five, and is reportedly a favorite among kids. Take it from Amazon Reviewer and daycare worker Amanda Perez. “I run a daycare, and this is one of the kids’ favorite things to ride. Since it’s kept outside I didn’t put the stickers on (since they’ll be ruined by the sun), but it still looks nice,” she writes. “It’s easy to assemble, the directions are very clear, and it’s a solid little trike. It gets ridden by multiple kids (ages 2 and 3) every day, and it has held up great.”
This fun looking ride may be a bit pricier than the models above, but it’s built to last. This retro rider holds up to 70 pounds, and good for kids over the age of four. This trike focuses on comfort and safety, and will definitely make your toddler the talk of the neighborhood.
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