Product Type: Scuttlebug baby toys
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A radically different ride on toy for toddlers
Bug Red Scuttlebug
Member Name: azana
Bug Red Scuttlebug
Date: 26/01/09, updated on 26/01/09 (441 review reads)
Advantages: Great fun
Disadvantages: Could be quite small for bigger toddlers
This such a great product I really don't know why you don't see more toddlers bombing around on them. The scuttle bug is a 3 wheeled ride on toy for up to age 3 with is quite different from other ride ons that are more commonly available.
The scuttle bug is made by razor - well known for their 2 wheeled scooters - and features the same hard wearing but quiet on road wheels. What is amazing about it is that it folds up really really small by some clever folding in 3 steps (you can see how this works here):
It folds absolutely flat and will easily fit in the basket of a buggy or can be carried, so is ideal for taking to the park. It is sturdy and lightweight, at 2 kilos. The three wheels mean it is pretty stable but I would recommend wearing a helmet with this as toddlers can "scuttle" along on it at quite a suprising speed!
We purchased one of these for my daughter's 2nd birthday and it has drawn admiring glances wherever she has been on it. The attractive bug is also available in other colour ways, there is a bee and a pink version, we bought this particular version as my daughter likes lady birds, it was £25 from amazon but is also available at John Lewis.
We have found that my daughter can push herself along easily on the scuttlebug and can steer surprisingly well. She has an elder sister who is often on a 2-wheeled scooter so likes to feel she is keeping up!
This ride on is perfect for indoors as well - we give the wheels a good wipe, aparently the wheels are made of gel so as not to be noisy - having spent an ear splitting time pushing a little tikes plastic trike with a parent handle along the pavement I can say that this is actually a good feature! I think what is great about this bike is that it allows the toddler much more independance and it seems to be great at expending some of that excess toddler energy!
I think it is better than the trikes that are available - particularly the ones with "parent handles" in my experience you end up pushing these along on two wheels whilst your toddler fails spectacularly to steer and you expend energy, not them - this toy actually gets them moving under their own steam.
My children are quite petite, so I would say that if your toddler is rather taller than average I would get them to try this out before buying.
The scuttlebug has a maxim weight of 20 kilos, the manufacturer suggests 18 months as a starting age and I think that this would be about right, although slightly younger toddlers with good gross motor skills could safely give it a go.
I would thoroughly recommend this toy, it is very pleasing in design and clever in my opinion, and more importantly every child who has ever played with it seems to love it!
Summary: Great toddler fun!
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