When the sun finally started to shine we took the chance to get her on her new smarTrike and out into the park!
The smarTrike is a 4 in 1 tricycle designed to grow with your child from the age of 10 months right through to them being around 3 and whizzing about on it by themselves.
At the moment Amy is almost 18 months and we have the SmarTrike set up in Stage 1, the same way as we would for a 10 month old. This is in part due to her having not used it before, we wanted to know she was safe and stable. Stage 2 kicks in at around 18 months (obviously depending on your own judgement of your child’s physical development) and allows your child to being to develop their balance and control.
With a harness over the shoulders and fastened between the legs and a bar all round she wasn’t going to be falling out. She immediately grabbed hold of the handle bars and liked moving them around. Amy was more than comfortable sat in her smarTrike though her feet didn’t quite touch the pedals – she preferred to dangle her legs which is fine for now but obviously as she gets taller she will need to rest her feet on the pedals to avoid injuring herself (and ruining her shoes!) but I’m sure this will come as she realises that she can pedal and steer the smarTrike herself!
I must admit that I didn’t have very high hopes for the smarTrike, we’ve never bothered with anything like this for Ben and Chloe – in part due to hearing so many people complain about how difficult this sort of thing can be to push and steer. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the smarTrike, with its Touch Steering technology and built-in suspension is actually a pleasure to push. It takes no effort whatsoever. At the moment we have Amy’s smarTrike set up so that she has no control whatsoever over the steering, she can hold onto her handle bars and wiggle them about but all the steering comes from the parent handle. As she gets older we can change this.
What we love about it:
* The Y-shaped seat belts allow for Amy to be safe and secure without being overly restricted.
* The seat and seat belts are all padded for comfort
* The bag on the parent handle is great for keeping your keys, phone, purse etc handy
* The lidded bucket is ideal for a few nappies and wipes, snacks or whatever else your little one needs for a trip out
* The smarTrike is really sturdy and well made without being heavy and cumbersome
* The bright red colour is appealing and trendy
* The smarTrike grows with your child to suit their developmental needs making it a real investment
What we’re not so keen on:
* The canopy was a bit of a pain as the wind kept catching under it and flipping it up
* It’s takes a bit of fitting together (I might have left Dave to it but I can promise you the air was blue!)
I’m looking forward to getting Amy out and about on her smarTrike more as the weather improves (though looking outside as I write this I don’t think she’ll be using in on the school run today!) Keep your eyes peeled on social media for updates!
*We were sent the SmarTrike free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*