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Peppa Pig Trike
Member Name: cornishchic
Peppa Pig Trike
Advantages: Daughter loves it, fits in my car boot well, will grow with children
Disadvantages: Nightmare to assemble, hollow wheels makes it loud when pushing over uneven surfaces, no belt
I bought my daughter this Peppa Pig trike for Christmas 2011, she turned 2 years old the month before so I thought she would enjoy something like this and it's something nice to introduce her to world of pedalling. It cost me £29.99 from Amazon, but you can purchase it from lots of places such as Argos and play.com.
~*~*~ Assembly ~*~*~
A couple of days before Christmas and I decided to put the trike together just in case it was missing a part or I couldn't do it myself. I'm glad I did because I had trouble putting it together and had to get my step dad to come and put it together on Christmas eve. It could have been a huge disaster!
The pieces are nicely packaged in the box, with each individual pieces being wrapped in a plastic bag to stop all of the metal components rubbing and marking each other. There is an instruction manual and a sheet of Peppa Pig stickers included too. The instruction manual was well presented with pictures illustrating each step. I am usually good with putting things together and the odd DIY job so I was confident that I could do it without any troubles. After looking at the manual and working out which piece was which and setting it all out nice and neat, I set to work.
The first few steps were relatively easy, but when it came to the point where I had to put the front fork on to the pole that ran through the middle of the front wheel, I hit a problem. I could get one side of the front fork to attach to the pole but when it came to pulling the other side apart a little more to allow it to slot on to the pole it just wouldn't happen. I'm not one to be defeated easily and spent a good 20 minutes trying to pull the forks apart just that little bit more to slot it on, but it wasn't happening. I gave up and got my step dad to do it on Christmas eve, since he was already at my house, he decided to put the rest of it together, yes!
Apart from the assembling the front fork, the rest of the assembly process was relatively easy. The only other little problem was putting on the front decorative plate, only one of the screws would fully screw right in place, the other two screws would only screw in some of the way, it leaves the plate quite loose, but it's not really much of a problem for us, unless it falls right off!
~*~*~ Our opinions ~*~*~
Christmas morning came and as soon as my daughter caught sight of her presents she went straight for the biggest one with the parent handle unwrapped poking out of the wrapped package. She shrieked with delight when she noticed it was Peppa and I honestly think she fell in love! I spent most of Christmas morning wheeling her around the house until it was time to go out.
The parent handle slots into the hole which is located underneath the seat, there is a little button on the parent handle that lines up with the hole in the handle hole to attach it into place. The handle fits into the hole easily with a lot of room left over, this means it is quite wobbly, while this could be a problem for some, I find it actually helps me steer the trike in the kind of direction I want to go. Obviously it isn't as good at steering as the main handlebars but it generally gets us going in the right direction. The parent handle has red handle part for your hand, it has raised circles all the way around it, whilst it is comfortable to start with, if you are pushing it for more than 30 minutes it does start to get uncomfortable.
My daughter, at almost two and a half years old, still can't reach the pedals properly. She can get her foot on one if it is nearest to her, the other one wont reach the other pedal. She is above average in height for her age so I would imagine most two year olds wouldn't be able to reach the pedals either. It isn't a problem though, as there is a foot rest directly below the seat and she can place her feet there easily until she can reach the pedals. She also finds it quite difficult to steer and quite often just pushes the handlebars from one side to the other, which can be quite annoying for me!
The trike has a little basket at the back, this simply clicks on to the bar between the back wheels, the clips are quite easy to click in place and with a little bit of effort can click off also, so could be used as a dumper type activity once it gets a bit more use and is a little easier to click off. The basket is the right size for my daughters dollies and if we go out with the trike she has to bring a dolly along for the ride too, the basket is deep enough for the dolly to stay in place, even going down relatively bumpy roads.
Pushing the trike down the road is quite noisy, I think this could be because the wheels are hollow. I've found smooth tarmac is the quietest surface to push the trike over. If I push my daughter to the shop on this it is very noisy as our pavements are quite stony and if the shop was further away than what it is, it would certainly be loud enough to cause a headache.
The Peppa Pig element of the trike is only made from the stickers you put on to the trike yourself. If the box was missing the stickers or you didn't have a chance to put them on, you wouldn't know this is a Peppa Pig trike. Whilst the blue and red colourful design is nice, it wouldn't be very nice minus the Peppa Pig stickers. There are lots included in the box and looking at the box means you can put the stickers in the correct places to get the most from them. With all stickers, my daughter loves picking them off and we are missing the sticker of George Pig from the basket now, I just hope she doesn't pull any more off.
The trike isn't all that large, I can fit it in the boot of my little Seat Ibiza without having to take the parcel shelf off. This is handy as we quite often go for walks around ponds, woods and the like. It wont fit in the boot with the parent handle still attached of course, but the parent handle is easy to take off of the trike so it isn't much of a problem.
~*~*~ Suitability ~*~*~
The recommended age for this trike is 18 months old. I think this is a little too young personally. The trike doesn't have any kind of belt or harness to keep the child from falling from the seat. My daughter, at 18 months old, wouldn't have had the required balance to keep her in the correct place. I think 2 years would be a more appropriate age recommendation unless the trike becomes available to buy with a belt.
~*~*~ Overall ~*~*~
I'm a little undecided on whether I would recommend this trike, there are good points, but there are a lot of bad points too. The assembly is a nightmare, it is loud to push on uneven surfaces, the parent handle is quite loose and there is no harness. Saying all of that, my daughter absolutely loves going out on her trike and enjoys it to no end. As she loves it so much, this definitely outweighs all of the negatives.
Summary: Let's go for a ride on Peppa Pig OINK!