Should You Use a Stroller or a Tricycle for 1 Year Old?

Should You Use a Stroller or a Tricycle for 1 Year Old? One-year-olds are at that great age where kids really start to come into their personalities. Maybe they’re already walking or maybe they’re speediest when crawling from point A to point B. Perhaps they say “mama” or “dada”. Maybe they love books in the bath. You might be thinking, my little one isn’t ready for a tricycle

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One-year-olds are at that great age where kids really start to come into their personalities. Maybe they’re already walking or maybe they’re speediest when crawling from point A to point B. Perhaps they say “mama” or “dada”. Maybe they love books in the bath.

You might be thinking, my little one isn’t ready for a tricycle - are you crazy?!

Well, maybe we’re a little crazy but it’s true, our smarTrike tricycles can be used with kids as little as 10 months old.

To help you decide whether you should use a stroller or a trike, especially if you’ve never heard of “grow with me” version, we’re here to let you know that a tricycle for 1 year old is a good idea indeed.

Do Tricycles Make Good First Birthday Gifts?

There’s something truly special about a baby’s first birthday. It’s the first time they’ll blow out the candles and it’s a chance to create new memories for young families as they celebrate their little one hitting that huge milestone. Kids change so much in that first year and it’s exciting to see all the new things they can do.

You might be thinking that a trike or a bicycle is a great gift for a child, but maybe when they’re three or four. Certainly, you hadn’t considered getting a tricycle for 1 year old. It seems so soon!

On the contrary, our smarTrike tricycles are fantastic first birthday gifts and we’re sure it will be the talk of the party. But first, what is a toddler tricycle and how could it possibly work for a child as young as a year old?

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Never Heard of a Baby Tricycle Before? Let Us Explain

Our baby tricycles come in either three or four stages, meaning they start off in the parent’s full control and eventually evolve into a regular trike that your kid can’t get enough of.

In stage one, your child will be securely strapped in and enjoying the ride as you push them along using the included parent handle. As a tricycle for 1 year old, in this stage, the child can use the attachable baby footrest instead of getting overwhelmed by the pedals and they can hold onto the handlebars if they’d like. But don’t worry - you’re still the one doing all the steering.

From there, these smarTrike trikes go through each stage adding a little more independence for your little one. They’ll be able to practice pedaling and steering without actually being in control since the parent handle will still be attached.

Then, once they understand and are used to how it feels to operate a tricycle, they’ll be ready to ride on their own. It’s the perfect tricycle for 1 year old because it lasts well past their first birthday and they’ll get some really good use out of it.

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First Birthday - Get a Girls Tricycle

For a little girl’s first birthday, we have quite a few options when it comes to push trikes just for them. With girly colors and patterns, there’s a lot to choose from.

Lots of little girls love the color pink. For that, we have the Vanilla 4 in 1 Baby Trike and the Delight 3 in 1 trike. But we also know that lots of little girls love all the different colors of the rainbow.

With a smarTrike tricycle for 1 year old, girls will be so excited no matter which color or style you choose. We’ve got red, blue, green, grey, and even multi-colored baby trikes that are sure to put a smile on every child’s face.

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First Birthday - We’ve Got Boys Tricycle Options, Too

Of course, we can’t forget about all the little boys turning one either. We definitely have colors and styles that include “boy” colors and sporty finishes. Not that girls can’t be sporty and a tomboy, too!

It really depends on the personality of the child as an individual that will determine which color you eventually go with. Boys can like pink and girls can like blue. Regardless, smarTrike has enough tricycle for 1 year old options that everyone will be happy with the final selection.

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Features You Should Look For in an Infant Tricycle

So, what makes one baby trike better than another?

First of all, you should be looking at the safety features. At smarTrike, we’re committed to making sure our products are as safe as possible from harnesses to parental controls to the materials we use in manufacturing.

You’ll also want to make sure the trike you purchase is a good value for money. Since all smarTrike products grow with your child, they’ll last for years without having to replace a tricycle for 1 year old with a trike for 3-year-old. With ours, they’re one and the same!


Make sure the trike you’re planning to buy is easy to assemble like our smarTrike options are and that they’re made with both kids and parents in mind.

smarTrike has thought of everything and we include all these features in our products. It’s what makes us unique and top of the market. See for yourself when you check out our trikes and bikes!

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Make Sure Baby Safety Products Are Up to the Required Standards and Regulations

As we mentioned, safety in our products is the number one priority here at smarTrike and we make sure everything is up to code.

While it may take a bit of digging to get a handle on what those rules and regulations are, you’ll see that every tricycle for 1 year old is fully loaded with every safety feature you could want. Even down to our handlebar design where your kid’s fingers are kept safe and sound even if they fall.

Don’t forget to grab a matching helmet with elbow and knee pads too. Kids love wearing them and they’ll keep those tiny bodies even safer.

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A smarTrike Tricycle with Push Handle Lets You Decide Who Controls the Ride

Only smarTrike products include our state of the art Touch Steering design. The fact that these trikes include a handle at all is pretty incredible but we didn’t stop there with our tricycle for 1 year old.

We know how frustrating it can be to make sharp turns or steer your kids out of the way with faulty mechanics. We’ve seen those parents who run over other people’s toes when they can’t maneuver properly at no fault of their own.

With Touch Steering, all it takes is one hand and you’ll be chugging along like the pro that you are.

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Will the Parents Enjoy a Baby Trike Gift?

As we’ve mentioned before, we want our smarTrike gear to be just as friendly to parents as they are to kids. So many companies have only the kids in mind when creating a tricycle for 1 year old. We have the parents’ backs too.

You know about the Touch Steering but that’s not all we do for the adults in the picture. Another perk that parents will love about a smarTrike push trike is the fact that it’s easy to assemble and it’s easy to switch from one stage to another.

It makes sense that the easy assembly part is a big deal. What’s not so obvious is why it’s so cool that our products go easily from one stage to the next, and back again. Let’s say in the morning your little one is ready to rumble and can’t wait to pedal along on their tricycle for 1 year old, complete with engine noises.

But, afternoon comes along and they are exhausted. Simply switch back a stage where they won’t have any control over the pedals and they can just relax and enjoy the ride. It’s as easy as that!

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Always On the Go? smarTfold Tricycles are Ideal for Travel

Whether you’re the family who loves to take road trips or the family that’s constantly heading up to grandpa’s house, having toys that are easy to transport is a necessity for almost every family.

If this is the case for you, we have a fantastic line of trikes that are foldable for storage and transportation. Simply pack it down and add it to the pile of suitcases in the trunk.

Long Story Short, A Tricycle for 1 Year Old is a Great Gift

Overall, we can’t speak highly enough about our huge like of tricycles and push bikes for babies and toddlers, including the ones that are great to celebrate first birthdays everywhere. You may not think a trike would be right for kids who are so young, but now, hopefully, you see that they’re great for every stage of childhood.

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The Gift of a Grow With Me Trike Lasts for Years and Years

When you give the gift of a smarTrike tricycle, you’re giving a gift that is sure to last years and years. Not only is our tricycle for 1 year old made with only the highest quality materials, but the fact that they evolve alongside your children’s growth also makes it a favorite from ages 10 months to three and half years.

Kids outgrow things all the time. A tricycle doesn’t have to be one of them.

Finally, to all our friends turning one this year, happy birthday to you from all of us at smarTrike!

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