Kids love ride on toys. And tricycles are great for gross motor skills development and fostering independence. There’s a reason why every early child development center has one. And why you and your parents had one as a kid. They are timeless toys that pack endless fun. And you can find out first hand by getting your kid one of the best toddler tricycle options below.
Kids Tricycle Buying Guide
If you’re serious about purchasing a tricycle for your child, here are some of the key things to consider.
Recommended Age Range
This is important since some tricycles are made for 2 year olds and some for 4 year olds. Some tricycles will grow with your child. Yet some will only be useful for a certain period of time. Figure out how long you want your child to enjoy this particular toy and use this to determine which trike to purchase.
After you’ve found something in your recommended age range, you need to confirm the size will match that of your child. I have two children in the 90th percentile but have nieces and nephews the same age in the 20th percentile. It’s likely the same tricycle won’t be a good size for them all. So measure and compare.
Also, keep in mind how high the tricycle is. A tricycle lower to the ground is less likely to tip over, and therefore a safer option.
My grandparents had a red metal (rusty) Radio Flyer tricycle that I can still remember riding. This was most likely the same trike that my mother, aunts and uncles used. If you’re looking for something to last generations, make sure to check the materials and overall quality of the tricycle.
A no-brainer for any parent. If the trike isn’t going to grow with your child, make sure the price reflects that. You don’t want to shell out a ton of cash for something that will last only one season in one year.
Toddler Tricycle Reviews – 2017
Here’s our list of the best tricycle options for 2 years old, 3 years old, 4 years old and above!
This awesome tricycle is one that can be used by your child for years. It starts off as a stroller and tricycle combo. But is has 4 different configurations. Each configuration gives your child more control and independence. Parents will love the safety bar and harness in the early stage. Kids will love gaining the independence to eventually ride solo!
Similar to the smarTrike, this Radio Flyer 4 in 1 trike has 4 different configuration. It starts off as a stroller, allowing the parent to control the steering. It has a safety bar which will ensure your little one doesn’t fall out. As your child gets bigger, the safety bar comes off and the harnessed seat can be removed. At the end you’ll have a fully functional tricycle that your child can ride independently.
The Radio Flyer name is synonymous with quality construction and durability. This steel framed tricycle is no exception. It includes an adjustable seat which allows your child to use it as he grows. The recommended age is 2.5 to 5 years old.
This Fisher-Price model has large handles and pedals, perfect for little toddler feet. Both the seat and the pedals can adjust to your growing child. This is recommended for children 2 to 5 years of age.
We love the shade provided by the canopy on this 4 in 1 tricycle. Like the other 4 in 1s we’ve reviewed, this tricycls is great because it grows with your child. Parents will be able to steer (and store some snacks) from above while your little one pedals away below. It comes with a harness and safety bars for when your child is little. But these can be removed as your child becomes more coordinated and independent.
The Classic Radio Flyer trike. This is the one my grandparents had. It features steel body and chrome handlebars. The wheels are made of durable rubber to last a long time. This little gem comes with a ringing bell which is sure to delight your little one. It’s recommended for toddlers ages 2 to 4. The seat can be raised as your child gets taller. The feature we like (that wasn’t included in my grandparents’ rusty version) is the controlled turning. Your child won’t be able to turn the wheel to an angle that will cause the tricycle to tip over. So all in all a great choice.
Tricycle Safety Tips
If you’re a parent concerned with safety I’m sure you’re asking yourself “does my toddler need a helmet for a tricycle?” Don’t fret. We’ve all been there. This question isn’t easy to answer because it really does depend.
- How old is your child?
- How fast is the tricycle going to go?
- What type of surface will your child be riding on?
- How high is the tricycle?
Based on the fact that kids riding bicycles should wear helmets, kids riding tricycles should probably wear them too. Again, this choice is up to the parent to make and should be based on the skill level of your child. A parent is the best judge of whether a helmet is needed or not.