My son began to take a disliking to his pushchair when he was about 13 months but he's happy to trundle round in this little trike. We bought the vanilla colour scheme which is orange blue and cream, so ideal for a boy or girl. The bike steers well, especially as it has a special clutch feature which means you can set the steering so that either you or the child are in control. So when your child is younger and wants to steer but would clearly end up in the bush, the setting allows them to move the handle bars but not actually have any impact on the steering. The bike is light weight and the handle for pushing easily comes off so you can fit the trike in the car boot, but unless you have an estate you're probably going to have to dismantle the bike further to fit it in. This is pretty annoying as it's not that easy to do, however once your child is bigger and doesn't need the safety bars on then the trike will easily transport. There's also a useful bag and box for storing things and the sun shade is an added benefit on a sunny but not windy day. The one downside to the trike is that it's actually quite noisy. The wheels are hard plastic and if you're on a hard surface then it makes quite a lot of rattling noise which is irritating. It's also quite a bumpy ride as there's no suspension like you would have on a pushchair.
We brought the smart trike 3 in 1 for our daughter when she was about 14 months old.
It has been one the best purchases we have made so far! we put a lot of thought into buying this as it is a lot of money and we read a lot of reviews that seem to be mixed.
our main reason for buying it was that our daughter HATED being in the pushchair. Every trip to the shops was a battle and became really stressful. She just wanted to get out and as she was not yet able to walk very far without being carried it was exhausting.
After trying everything from clip on toy bars to bribery with snacks and treats (i know no parenting book would advise this but when needs must!!) we started thinking about other options and this one came up.
We brought the pink and white version and it was very easy to assemble, it only took ten minutes. We use the side bars but not the straps and i think not feeling strapped in is one of the main reasons she loves it.
From the first time we took it out life changed! She loved it, she grabbed hold of the handle bars and away we went. Not crying, not trying to get out just a very happy little girl and a Very relieved mummy.
We now take this everywhere, it is very light weight and we have a 4x4 so it is easy to just pick up and throw in the back of the car, no need to collapse or disassemble it at all.
It comes with a handy little pouch to keep your keys, phone, snacks or whatever in so they are close to hand and it has a little basket at the back which holds our changing bag or one bag of shopping but not much more.
There are however a few drawbacks. There is not a lot of room for carrying your shopping and the handle is not big enough to put the straps of the changing bag over. So not suited for big shopping trips if your on your own.
Secondly the steering is a bit of effort if your not on smooth ground or if your walking a long way it starts to feel a bit clumsy and hard to steer.
We have not yet tried it without the side bars or the handle but i am confident she will like it as a ride on toy when the time comes.
This was perfect for us for short trips to the shops/ for a walk and saved a lot of tears and tantrums so a great buy even if it was a bit expensive.
The award winning trike that grows with your child, now in a sporty design. The trike grows with your baby by easily converting from a safe and comfortable tricycle designed for 10 months old babies to an independent tricycle designed for toddlers aged 24 months and up.With an adjustable, detachable, steering handle for full parent control during the early stages and a long padded back support. With all the comfy accessories and safety features, discovering the outdoors has never been more fun.Quick facts:•Adjustable, detachable telescopic parent steering handle •Long padded back support•Safety bar and seat belt•Full metal construction 32mm •10m foot rest •Clutch for free-wheeling •Fashion printed bag•Adjustable, detachable, fashion printed UV Canopy•Non slip pedals•Rubber wheels•Washable padded seat cover•Anti-roll-over toy basketGreat for your child?s development:Let your child enjoy the outdoors and really benefit from the sense of fun and freedom a tricycle can offer. Smart Trike will also help your child develop coordination, balance and strength and give them bags of self-confidence.What you need to know:Maximum Size: Length 36.77cm x Width 8.66cm x Depth 13.78cm. Self-assembly: Easy one-person self assembly.Brand information:Smart Trike is the world leading brand for baby tricycles and is best known for their super smart trikes that grow with the child, eye catching design and smooth engineering. Smart Trike has won nearly every possible award in the tricycle field. Age range: 12 months - 3 years.