“ Brand: ScuttleBug / Type: Ride on toys „
My parents wanted to know what to get my little girl for her first birthday. I had already suggested toys for the garden (as the house is full to bursting) but other then that I left them to choose themselves. Now based on there choice you can tell they havent had small children around for a good 20 years.
I was expecting a small ride on car of sorts. Something simple and not overly complex for a child that was just starting to walk. Instead we unwrapped the scuttlebug. Although its not what I expected my hubby quickly put it together to let little one have a go.
Assembly was rather easy as it was pretty much already put together. Pressing two silver buttons at the side collapse the scuttlebug so its easy to transport. The scuttlebug has come on a few family days out with us and when folded down will fit under the pram.
My little girl is 2 now and has really got the hang of this. At the age of one she needed assistance with everything for the scuttle bug. After a few months she learnt to go backwards and climb off and a few months after that she learnt to go forwards. We haveno problems with it now and it comes on many outings with us.
The scuttlebug is solid and sturdy made of metal with a hard plastic seat. This would be my only criticism, it could do with somesort of softer seat to make Iit more comfortable for prolonged use. But in all not a bad little toy for a confidently walking toddler.
I first came across Scuttlebugs when my son was about 2.5 years old - they seemed a fantastic design at the time, but my son was a big boy for his age and the Scuttlebug is quite small at only 24cm high (to the seat), so we decided not to buy as his legs seemed too long. However, just after my daughter's first birthday, I came across a local second hand bargain pink Scuttlebug, so decided to buy it for her as a belated present.
The Scuttlebug is the perfect size for a 1 year old - my daughter's feet just touch the floor when sat on it. I couldn't see it being a practical size for a child much over the age of 2 years, however my 3.5 year old does play on it quite happily even if her legs are a bit long. With an RRP of around £25, I do think it's a lot to pay for one years use - but if you have younger children to pass it down to it makes it a worthwhile purchase.
In terms of build quality, £25 is actually a fair price. It's made from steel and plastic, and feels incredibly solid. The wheels are very hard-wearing and similar to scooter wheels. Despite ours being second hand, it doesn't look used apart from the wheels being marked - but not worn down at all. We know it was used regularly by the original owner, so this is testament to the quality that it's not easily marked or damaged.
The great thing about the Scuttlebug is the fact it folds up, which is ideal if you are short of storage space, but also makes it easy to take it out with you. It folds small and is light enough at under 2kg to put under the pushchair and take it to the park, for example. It also has a clever and "definite" folding method, that isn't easy for children to work out, therefore doesn't risk collapsing or trapping children's fingers. To fold, you have to pull down on sprung plastic parts on the rear legs to release them, then fold them in underneath - and there's a sprung button under the seat for the front leg, which again folds underneath and clips into place. It sounds complicated, but it's really very easy and quick to do. Whether folding or unfolding, everything clicks satisfyingly into place and is completely solid.
My daughter hasn't quite got used to moving herself along on the Scuttlebug yet, but she's only just started walking. She can get on and off though and proudly sits on it, and enjoys pushing it around. The only "downsides" to the Scuttlebug is that it can be a bit tippy due to the single front wheel, and the seat is low. Also the front wheel only turns left and right slightly, which probably does help stability but means turning can only be done gradually - this could be both a plus and minus point!
Overall, I'm really pleased with the Scuttlebug and think it's a lovely little first trike, which could be passed down generations as it's so well made.
Sub Category: Ride on toys / Activity Toys