2 basic things to check before buying the best toddler tricycle
Children can never get bored of rolling or gliding around the house on a ride-on toy. What better way to give them what they enjoy than a toy that starts as a stroller, grows into a push trike, and finally a fully independent three-wheeled trike they can ride around to explore the world. Yay for grow-with-me value! SmarTrike’s best toddler tricycles help children gain a little independence and develop vital skills such as pedaling, steering, and balance.
In this blog, we discuss the basic things to check for before buying a tricycle for your toddler.
Why bring a toddler trike into your family?
Bringing a toddler push tricycle into your home is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself and your kids. They are both fun and functional.
Toddler tricycles allow you to spend more time outdoors with your little one, where you can take a stroll and have fun in the sun with other children and pets.
Judging by appearances, it might seem like tricycles don't offer children enough autonomy, but this is far from the truth, especially for the best toddler tricycles out there. For instance, the STR7 will give your child just enough freedom and control, depending on their size and skill set.
Benefits of investing in the best toddler trike
Toddler bikes boost physical fitness
A vast majority of adults around the world consider physical exercise as a difficult task. This belief is usually handed down to the younger generation so that when they grow up, they instinctively develop a negative attitude towards exercising.
When you introduce your child to the best toddler tricycle at an early age, they are bound to grow up loving to get physical. A tricycle can serve as a tool for kids to expend energy on—an effective and enjoyable way to keep children physically fit and healthy.
One remarkable benefit of toddler trikes is that they allow children to develop a sound balance. As your child gets used to their trike, they will learn how to distribute their weight evenly and improve their ability to control their body's position. Balance is a crucial skill your baby will need later in life when learning how to ride bicycles, roller skates, skateboards, and other fun toys.
Toddler tricycles improve your child’s gross motor skills
The toddler trike helps children gain balance and then teaches them to attempt different movements, thereby promoting their gross mobility skills. Gross motor skills refer to the coordination of large muscle movements in the legs, arms, and torso in coordination with the eyes. They are responsible for enabling functions such as walking, running, sitting, and crawling.
Trikes serve as an unconventional tool for children learning to walk. The best toddler tricycles even allow kids as young as 9-months to learn how to engage various parts of their bodies, including hands, arms, feet, and legs.
As kids begin to explore different body movements with their trikes, their self-awareness will increase. They'd even grow more conscious of objects around them and learn to interact with them. All these will later sum up to build your child's confidence.
The built-up confidence will help them graduate to other types of bicycles and toys without any issues. Even better, the confidence will reflect in other aspects of their lives, helping them confront difficult situations as they grow older.
As kids ride on their tricycles, they are likely to role-play just for the fun of it. They can act as policemen riding to a crime scene, doctors riding in an ambulance to an emergency scene, firemen in a rush to a put out fire down the street, truck drivers moving items to a construction site, or even parents dropping their kids (ahem, teddy bear or action figures) at school. Undoubtedly, introducing your children to a toddler tricycle at an early age can help expand their creativity and problem-solving skills.
Have you been having issues using tricycles with handles?
Some toddler bikes come with a handle attached to the seat’s backrest for the parent to hold on to and help push or balance their children. When using a tricycle with a handle to help your kid maneuver their way, things can become frustrating. Why? Because most of them are hard to steer, and within a short time, you might find yourself struggling to remain in control of the bike’s direction.
SmarTrike has solved this problem with the patented Touch Steering technology. With this technology, all you have to do is touch the tricycle’s steering, and it will glide in the desired direction automatically. This added functionality makes smarTrike’s best toddler tricycles easy to steer, whether indoors or outdoors.
The STR7 Series comes as the best toddler tricycle money can buy
There is a wide range of toddler trikes in the market, with different brands using the same old designs and features. We know you are out looking for the best. The STR7 series by smarTrike will tick all your boxes.
This 8-in-1 trike is one of the best toddler trikes in the market, designed to grow with your child from the age of 6-months. It is fitted with a comfortable, padded seat that can be reclined when your baby wants to sleep. The seat even rotates 180-degrees, allowing your child to face either you or the world in front of them.
The STR7 uses the patented Touch Steering technology and a handle that gives parents total control over the movements of the trike. And thanks to its foldable design and handle, the unique STR7 grow-with-me toddler trike is easy to store and transport.
Enjoy unmatched comfort and safety features
One of the reasons the STR7 series is rated as one of the best toddler tricycles in the market is its impeccable comfort and safety features. For instance, it is equipped with a 3-tier UV protective canopy to protect against harsh sun exposure and an adjustable 5-point Y harness with shoulder pads for maximum comfort. It also comes with a parent console, a storage bag, and quiet and durable EVA wheels with a patented shock absorber.
Age fit: A tricycle for 1-year old
Making a tricycle perfect for a 1-year old child is complicated, but the STR7 proves that it is not impossible. It comes with a simple and adjustable design. Thanks to the adjustability, the STR7 is suitable for kids between the ages of 6-32 months old.
The frame, seat, and handlebars can all be adjusted, making it the perfect tricycle for a 1-year-old.
Stages included: Buying a grow with me trike
As your baby learns to crawl then walk, the STR7 will be right there to grow with them and make their lives a fun, jolly ride. It comes with all the features needed to adapt to your child’s growth and ever-changing needs. Here are the different corresponding stages you can expect from the grow-with-me trike:
- (6M+) Bonding with the baby: In the early months (6-9), you can enjoy eye contact with your child by making them face you as they nap on the best toddler tricycle.
- (9M+) Seeing the world: After the 9th month, swivel the seat using the one-click button that turns the chair 180 degrees. Your child is ready to face forward with their feet on the footrest. The UV protective canopy, 5-point Y harness, safety bar will ensure their safety and comfort throughout the fun ride.
- (12M+) Developing valuable skills: At this stage, you want your baby to build confidence, balance, and motor skills while enjoying a fun ride and wide-eyed view. Remove the baby footrest and start using the foldable one.
- (18M+) Pedaling: You can close the foldable footrest, attach the pedals and teach your child how to pedal.
- (30M+) Supports independence: Close the parent handle to leave the high back support and Y harness to keep the toddler secure as they pedal happily by themselves.
- (32M+) Trike: Get rid of the high back support and turn the trike into a fully independent tricycle for toddlers.
Thanks to smarTrike’s innovative designs, you don't need to assemble, disassemble, or rebuild any individual parts of the toddler trike. The footrests pop out when not in use, and the pedals can be pulled out when needed. The handle also detaches easily with a push of a button.
Look for a trike with a handle for the best riding experience
Traditional trikes with handles are designed for kids aged 2-years and upward, so they lack the necessary features to teach children as young as 9-months old how to ride.
The easy-to-grasp handlebar and patented Touch Steering make smarTrike's STR7 one of the best toddler trikes because you will always retain total control while your child finds their balance and gets used to steering.
The STR7 can be used as a toddler push tricycle
The STR7 starts as a push trike for toddlers as young as 6-months old. It is similar to a stroller except that it has a reclining seat that allows you to swivel the baby 180-degree, letting them face you as you push and a UV protective canopy that protects their eyes and skin from the sun.
With the STR7 serving as a push trike, you can take your baby out on long walks and even let them nap in it while you ride them around town. As they grow older and start walking, they will grow accustomed to the toddler tricycle and easily adapt to the other stages of the STR7.
The first days on a new toddler tricycle
A tricycle for kids is a fun way for children to learn how to ride a bike. When your kid is old enough, say 1-year old, start by showing them the different parts of the trike and remember to make it as simple as ABC.
Congratulate them for being a big kid so far and get them a fancy helmet as a gift. Show them how to get on and off the toddler trike on their own. Give them a few ground rules, such as hands on the handlebars at all times and helmet always on.
For the first few rides, start with short 10 to 20-foot rides indoors or on flat and firm surfaces so that your child will feel safe and comfortable.
Learning to pedal on a trike for 2-year-olds
At age 2, your child would have developed enough balancing and steering skills to start learning how to pedal. Pedaling takes a lot of coordination, and the STR7 will help by adjusting into a trike for 2-year old kids.
Close the foldable footrest, attach the pedals and when ready, switch trike control from parent to toddler mode using the Control Button on the front wheel mudguard. This action will switch the control over to your toddler, but you can still run alongside them and gently hold on to the trike using the handle.
Ease your hold on the handle as they improve their coordination, and start teaching them how and when to stop, how to head in a specific direction, and make turns.
Once your child can start their trike themselves, ride as far as 25 meters, stop and turn in different directions, then they have mastered the basics of riding and can now move on to a bicycle.