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We bought this for my son's first birthday and he loved it (as did we). It is a trike/bike which adapts as your child grows with removable side bars, pushing handle and back support. The deluxe model has a strap bag, extra padding, a sun visor and the standard telephone in a holder on the front. I think that initially my son loved this because it was much more fun than going in his buggy. He wasn't restrained in the same way and could look around much more easily. He also had great fun with the telephone. It was perfect for him for around 1 year but by the time he was ready to pedal himself, it became much less practical. It seems to be too hard for a little one to pedal and the parent steering mechanism is not very effective. It makes it very difficult to control the direction, especially if your child is steering in the opposite direction! The phone is fun but the holder is badly designed and causes the phone to switch on intermittently. Also, after a couple of trips out in the rain, the phone stopped working. The sun visor is also no use, flipping up whenever there is the slightest bit of wind. I would say that this is a great product for around 10-24 months but after that, my son preferred to be on a smaller wooden trike so never got to use this as a pedal along bike without handle. I also wouldn't bother upgrading to the deluxe as the extra features are not worth the extra expense.
I bought this from Toys R Us three years ago for my granddauhter who had just turned 1. Now it has been well used and loved by my other grandchildren too and still remains in fairly good condition. At the time it cost £100 which I thought was a lot of money but now I realise we have had 3 years out of it so actually it is better value than I thought. You can get other smart trikes though and I can't help but wonder if they are just as good for half the price... A smart trike is a bike which you can change over time to accommodate your child's needs as it grows. The first stage is like in the picture it's set up so your child basically just sits in it and you push it along. There is a little plat over the pedals for your child to rest their feet. The next stage is where you encourage your child to use it as a trike so the plate comes off so they can reach the pedals, you can take away the handle so they won't need to be pushed and so forth. What I liked about this bike when we first looked at it was how comfortable it was for both the baby and me! The handle which I would be pushing my granddaughter with was adjustable height wise so I just have to press a button on it and pull it upwards or push it downwards to get it to the height which is most comfortable. For my granddaughter the seat is really quite well padded with a large area for her to rest her back- definitely not like any other trike I had seen before! When you secure your child in it is rather like them being in a pushchair except they are more open as the sides of the chair are not enclosed, there is a bit of a bar for them to hold on to at the side but this is all. I still was assured that my granddaughter was secure as the straps for this come across her shoulders and fasten between her legs so she is safe in it. It comes with a little bag on the handlebars too which is so useful it means when pushing the grandchildren along I can put my keys and purse in here. The little tray on the back for children to put their toys comes off if you want it to. It has come off before when we knocked it on a curb once which was a bit awkward! When pushing a grandchild along with this to turn corners and things all you do is move the handle one way or the other depending. It is slightly slow to react, not like pushing a pushchair but once you've got used to this it becomes really easy to get used to. There is a sun visor which is great as often we use this on sunny days. This can be angled to how you would like it just by moving it up and down and it stays in place realyl well. Now my only problem with this is we left it in the garage over the winter and when we got it out it had got little spores of mould on the seat. The seat is a material with little dents in it so cleaning it was really difficult. We managed to make it sparkling again by using a bleach bath on it but what would be good would be having removable seat covers or something to make this eventuality easier. We haven't ever moved it from this original stage to the next stage because we've just kept it like this for the youngr grandchildren. They absolutely love it. They don't pedal but they hold onto the handlebars and have a good look around and I think they prefer how much vision they have with this than they do if sat in a pushchair. I wouln't use this instead ofa pushchair for long though as it's not as easy to push and the child is a lot more exposed so it's no good for the weather we have here! Yes I do recommend but I also recommend looking at what else is on the market. My concern about the seat being fabric isn't a big concern but it is a problem if it's raining as it's not practical like a plastic seat would be but then it wouldn't be as comfortable either!
I decided months before Christmas to get my daughter a Smart Trike. As she was going to be 9 months at Christmas I was going to get a reclining version. However after seeing the reclining version I thought that it hardly reclined and I wasn't keen on any of the colours available. I decided to go for a Smart Trike Deluxe which is suitable for 10 months and over. After much deliberation over styles I decided to go for the 'Bee' design. I waited until as close to Christmas as possible and it was reduced on Amazon from £99.99 to £84.99. The trike came in a smaller box than I expected and as I had read from other reviews was completely unassembled. I let my partner put it together we had to leave it until Christmas Eve so my daughter didn't see it. It didn't take him too long to put together about 45 minutes despite other reviews I had read stating it took ages! The instructions were very poor in my opinion however, they consisted of a few pictures. After the trike was put together it looked really sturdy and comfortable. The main body of the trike is black with yellow writing and the canopy and other accessories were bright yellow and black stripes like a bumble bee. The trike is designed to use in 3 stages. The first which is for 10 months consists of a high back rest for your child as well as a guard around the middle and over the shoulder harnesses. There are also fold down footrests until your little one can pedal themselves. From approximately 15 months on you can remove the high backrest and guard leaving just a small seat with a simple harness around the waist the final stage is to fold up the footrests completely and remove the parent handle leaving a trike that your child can pedal themselves, this is recommended from 24 months and onwards. The ages are a rough guide as my daughter is nearing 15 months and I wouldn't move it to the next stage, purely because she can't walk yet and I would be worried she would fall out without the plastic guard. The trike weighs around 9kg so it is easy to carry in and out of the car. The first time we used this was just after Christmas we took it to the local park to feed the ducks. The handle on the trike can be pushed right down and I find that it fits easily into the back of my car. The trike is really practical as it has a little basket in the back which we used to put our bird seed in. There is also attached to the handle a little storage pouch which unzips and is large enough to hold my purse, phone as well as some snacks for my daughter and a nappy. The front of the trike has a cup holder which we place her juice in for when we are out, there is also attached to the trike a mobile phone which requires 2 x AA batteries which didn't come included in the box. It was easy to place my daughter into the seat which looked really comfy as it is well padded. The harness is easily adjustable and has padded shoulder protectors, each side is also clipped in individually making it easy to strap your child in. It was cold the first time we used it so my daughter had her thick winter coat on which the harnesses accomodated no problems. The trike has a plastic guard which meant I didn't need to worry about her leaning forward too far and toppling it over or falling out. She quickly learnt how to use the foot rests and placed her hands on the handlebars. I have read other reviews where parents have mentioned their child didn't like the mobile phone and they found it pointless, my daughter actually likes it. The phone is attached by a piece of string to the trike however the string isn't long enough to take the phone to your ear, I would guess this is to prevent it from becoming tangled in the wheels. The phone consists of a red led flashing light at the top and a few buttons which when pressed make various beeping and ringing noises. It isn't anything spectacular but my daughter enjoys pressing the buttons as we walk. The great thing about this trike is the parent handle. It can be used with two hands. It is really easy to steer. I have used this on the grass, pavements and also we take it shopping as my daughter prefers the visability from the trike. I chose this particular version as I had also read reviews on cheaper models which said that the wheels were plastic and very noisy. This trike has rubber wheels which mean that the ride is smoother for my daughter and the trike is a lot quieter when we are on the go. There is also a foot brake on the trike for safety. I would recommend this trike highly. Since Christmas we have had a lot of use out of the trike. I tend to favour this over the pushchair now as my daughter loves being able to see all around and she also likes to pretend to steer. My daughter loves going out on her trike and she smiles whenever we get it out of the garage. I am also pleased that it will last us a couple of years as it grows with your child. I would give this 5 out of 5, it looks stylish, it's comfortable and practical.
My parents purchased the Smart Trike from Toys R Us when Lauren was about 8 months old and started using it straight away. The RRP is around £80, which I thought was quite steep however considering 3 years later, Lauren still uses it, I think this is a great buy and would recommend to everyone. We had the brightly coloured pink one, however there is a green and blue one and a red version available. She was initially too small to reach the pedals, but was quite happy just to sit in it and be pushed around. Lauren had a tendency to get bored quickly when in her pushchair however when she was in this, she could sit for a good couple of hours when we went shopping or for a long walk. It has a sunshade which helped to keep her protected, a little shopping bag at the top and a basket at the back. I initially found it a little tricky to manoeuvre, however my other half said it was me as he has no problems! After a couple of times of using it, I 'got the hang of it'. Unlike some cheaper versions, as well as having a safety seatbelt, it also has an outer casing/safety bar which gave us that extra piece of mind knowing she couldn't fall out of it. It was really easy to dismantle into about 3 different parts meaning it was easy to fit into the boot of the car, we tend to go away a lot in the summer so this was ideal. We don't push Lauren around in it anymore as she is really independent, we have removed the handle and instead she loves to bomb up and down the garden in it. The build quality is excellent, however ours is now 3 years old and apart from the wear and tear on the plastic wheels, you would not know it was this old. No faults or defects within this time. The RRP is around £80, which I thought was quite steep however considering 3 years later, Lauren still uses it, I think this is a great and would recommend to everyone. Thanks for reading
My Daughter was bought this for her 1st birthday from Amazon for £69.99. It is delivered in pieces which all need to be assembled - a little time consuming, so do it before you show your child! The Smart Trike comes in different models which vary in price and my Daughter was given the deluxe version which normally costs £99.99. The great thing about this trike is that it can be used from 10 months old as it has a fitted harness and safety bar around the bottom/waist and also has a high back support. The seat is supposed to be more comfortable on the deluxe model but I would not say it is overly comfortable. The pedals have a great function whereby they will stop turning when your toddler puts one foot on them by moving a switch. This is great for the younger children that are not able to pedal just yet. This function can easily be reversed if your toddler wants to try to use the pedals. This I think is a great safety feature so the pedals do not constantly hit their legs. The trike can be adjusted according to age and stage your child is at e.g. remove the seat bar and back support and eventually remove the safety harness and parent steering handle. The steering handle is great because you have control over the direction you turn the trike but your little one feels as though they are doing it themselves. The trike has a little telephone in front which is very basic but may keep them amused for a few minutes if you have stopped moving. The drinks holder is handy but can easily fall off as can the rear storage basket if you put something that weighs more than a pint of milk. The good point on the trike is that it has a storage bag near the handle that I put my keys and purse in if just going to the local shops (it saves me having to carry a bag!) The storage basket will not carry your shopping but if only light bags are used you can tie them to the parent handle like I do. The trike comes with a sun visor which easily blows with the wind - not of great use when moving but if stationary, should be functional. My Daughter likes this item and I look forward to the day she pedals it herself when we adjust it to the final stage of the trike.
This time last year, my son's great granddad told us he would very much like to buy him a Smart Trike, as he had done previously for his other great grandson. Great granddad seemed to be very much taken with these little trikes and became quite insistent that Elliot should have one and so one day, a large box arrived at our house containing a lovely bright green Smart Trike Deluxe. Even if you've never heard of a Smart Trike, you will very likely have seen one. These are those little three wheelers you see being pushed about by parents, grannies and granddads by a rather conspicuous long handle sticking out of the back and containing a toddler in the front, generally looking rather pleased with themselves at riding along in such a grown up manner. Whoever came up with this rather simple but clever idea deserves a pat on the back, as I'm sure a ride in a Smart Trike has helped to avoid many a temper tantrum! On unpacking the box, we soon realised that we would have to pretty much fully assemble the trike ourselves, as all the parts are packaged completely separately from one another. This is fairly straightforward as long as you carefully follow the instructions, however it's also not the easiest of toys to put together and took us roughly 30-45 minutes to complete. This isn't great if you have a toddler waiting desperately to try it out, so I would advise that you try and fully assemble it before presenting it to your tots. I know that great granddad paid in the region of £75.00 for the trike and I have to say that at this price, I would expect the manufacturers to go the extra mile and at least pre-assemble some of the components to make the job easier for their customers. The Smart Trike comes in several different models and this being the deluxe version, has some very useful features. It's billed as a '3 in 1' product, offering extra parts which provide safety to babies as young as 10 months old. These include an additional safety bar around your child's mid section, which stops them from slouching outwards and a high back support. You also have fold down foot rests, which can be used until their legs are long enough to reach the pedals. In the second stage, (from roughly 15 months) you can do away with the bar and back support but can still use a harness fitted on the seat and of course the handle at the back. From 24 months, you can remove the handle completely and your child is free to use the trike independently. These age ranges are obviously a rough guide and are not set in stone, so if you want you can still use the handle for trips to the shops but take it off for use in the garden. As well as this, the trike also comes with a little plastic drinks holder on the front, a play phone, a basket on the back and a small storage bag, which fixes to the back handle. The instructions don't actually include any information on how to fix the drinks holder and phone so we managed it by trial and error, although in all honesty Elliot has never used either of them as he's too busy being nosy at what's going on around him. There is also an adjustable UV resistant sun-shade provided, which attaches to the back support and so can only be used in the younger age range. We've found it useful up to a point, but it really depends on which direction the sun is shining in as to whether it offers much protection. It's also not much good on windy days as it's easily blown about and sometimes blows right back altogether. I have to say that in terms of the general quality of the product and materials used, I am a little disappointed with the Smart Trike. It describes itself as having 'full metal construction' but I feel that this is slightly misleading- indeed there are metal components in the front handlebars, the frame of the chassis and back handle, but all of these are completely surrounded by hollow plastic parts, which overall give the impression of quite a plasticky toy which is not of the highest quality. The foot rest also broke very quickly on our model when my husband was trying to fold it down, and now won't go back into its folded position. Smart trike claim that the seat cover and storage bag are 'quality', but I have to disagree with them here- the fabric feels fairly cheap and a little stiff to me. Although the seat cover is supposed to be washable, we found that the bright green colour ran considerably when we got caught out in the rain last year so I would suggest that it's washed on its own! The trike does feel fairly sturdy as you're pushing it along yet is light enough to manoeuvre easily. The wheels are covered in a layer of rubber, making the ride smoother than the hard plastic wheels of some ride-ons and although they're not swivel wheels and don't have the widest turning circle, it's still a good option for short journeys to the local shop or going round the park. Personally, I wouldn't use this for journeys of more than 30 minutes as it doesn't offer the same level of comfort or suspension as a pushchair. All in all, this is quite a handy little trike to have, especially when toddlers decide they don't want to go in their pushchair. They get to have a feeling of independence, riding out in the front, whilst the adult still has control over where they're going from the back. However, I do feel that Smart Trike have taken advantage of their good idea somewhat and are charging over the odds for a toy that should be better made and of a higher quality. The Smart Trike Deluxe is currently available from Mothercare, reduced from £89.99 to £71.99.
We bought this item last summer for our little boy out of his pocket money he had aquired over previous months from relatives. It came flat packed, with instructions and well packaged. It only took one person to assemble it, that being myself and didn't take too long at all as it was fairly easy to do. Features: * Drink holder * Pretend toy phone on the front * Storage tray on the back * A sun visor * A bag attatched * Well padded seating area with restraints * One click break * Extendable stearing turn pole * 3 in 1 fuctions for different age groups The trike is very easy to move, it reminds me a bit of driving in the sense of how you can manouvre the wheels. The turn pole at the back controls which direction you go in and allows you to make swift, smooth turns without having to lift the trike. The trike can be adapted to suit all ages upto 1-3 years. Turning from a push along trike eventually into a trike that your child can pedal themself. There are a few minor issues with the functioning of the trike. Firstly when going up and down a steep curb sometimes the trike can tip to a side, for this reason i lift the trike up the curb from the front rather then risk my sons safety. Also sometimes my little boys feet can get caught in the set of pedals. His feet are firmly on the foot rests whiles the pedals move, however sometimes the pedals can mangle his feet if i'm not careful. Last but not least the sun visor blows upwards if there is a reasonable amount of wind, i pressume it can't be held into place as it would cause too much of an air trap inside the trike so it needs to have free movements to blow backwards to release the trapment of air- never the less, still very annoying! Overall i would still recommend this trike to anyone else looking into buying it, it does have a few minor issues but my little one loves it- so if hes happy i'm happy and can overlook them.
I bought this Smart trike in the colour pink for my daughter age 16 months. It also comes in green. I bought it from argos for £64.99 . The trike is easy to build and takes no time at all if you follow the instructions. Its fantastic well worth the money , it will grow with her as it has many different features and can be changed to the suitable age group. It comes with a sun canopy, detachable bag and foot pegs for the younger stage to rest their wee feet,harness and trunk on the back, she loves to go to the shop and puts the milk and sweeties in the trunk. Its suitable for kids from 10-15 months old (Stage 1 - has a harness to hold kid on safely and foot pegs as at this stage they are unable to peddle. also has a sun canopy to prevent the sun burning their heads) Has a handle for mums and dads to push it along. Stage 2 if for kids from 15-24 months- I took the foot pegs off at this stage as my daughter started to peddle it. The harness also changes into one that goes around the waist instead of over the sholder. Stage 3 for kids 24-36 months- i have not got to this stage yet but the push along handle will come off and turns into a trike. I use this daily in good weather, we pack a picnic and pop it in the bag and go to the park with the trike. The grand parents love it to as they get gentle exercise pushing it along. My daughters face light up when i take it out the cupboard. Highly recommend. Jem x