Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Review: Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike.


From early on in John's life, I'd decided that for his 1st birthday we'd get him a push-along trike. We live in such a beautiful area with great walks along the Promenade and numerous local parks -- it seemed a shame for these to go to waste and a push-along trike meant opportunity for even more walks as a family. Although the original plan was for us to purchase a trike for John's birthday, funds were tight at our end so we let my Mum & Dad (John's Granny & Papa) take over the task of finding the perfect trike to gift to John.

My Mum came across the Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike. Being Little Tikes, we knew it was a reputable brand, one which makes toys built to last. Initially we had a few issues on actually receiving our order -- purchased from Asda Direct, my Mum received a email to say the order had been delayed at the suppliers end and would be with us as soon as possible. Unfortunately this delay meant that John didn't receive his trike by his birthday, which was disappointing for us but in reality he was none-the-wiser.

My Dad built the bike which arrived in numerous parts -- from what he said it would appear it wasn't too difficult to put together. And once in one piece, the bike itself is very sturdy but surprisingly light -- I can easily carry it with one hand down our hallway stairs, with John in my other arm.


The trike has some fantastic features. Designed to be used 3 different ways: Parent-push, where the parent is in full control of the steering and pushing of the trike, as well as having a removable foot rest. Parent-guided, where the child can start to control the trike by pedalling themselves but the parent can still help with steering/pushing. And kid-powered, where you can remove all control of the parent (including the push handle) and the child has full control of a fantastic little trike. The wheels are also made of well-thought-out hallow plastic so there's no risk of punctures mid-play.

John's first encounter with his brand-spanking-new trike was in his Granny & Papa's living room. A little unsure at first, but he soon came around when being pushed from wall-to-wall. He was so impressed that he spent the rest of the day trying to climb back into the trike.



We've since had a bit of practice with John's trike and he's definitely in love with it. Below is my list of pros and cons -- what I love about the Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike and what I don't love quite as much.

Pros of the Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike.
 Beautiful bold colours & design.
 Basket is a particularly useful feature - fantastic for your jackets or shopping!
 Removable sun shade which is great for the summer weather.
 Lockable pedals, so when used in Parent-push, your child can't catch their feet.
 Drinks holder which is useful for when you've not got a whole changing bag with you.

Cons of the Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike.
 Shoulder straps are very short. They were fine for John at first but now they don't even stretch over his shoulders.
 Difficult to steer at first but does become a little easier with practice.
 It's very light, which is good in theory but when the little one is not in it (eg. walking) it becomes difficult to manoeuvre.

Overall I think the Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trikes is a great buy. John loves scooting about in and although I do find it easier to use our buggy, the trike has the novelty factor for John when we need to shake up our daily walks a bit.

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