Time flies when you’re raising a child, especially once they become mobile. It’s as if they master crawling, walking and running in the blink of an eye. Before you know it, they want to pick up even more speed — on wheels. Thankfully the day they secure an actual driver’s license is years away, but even if your child is nowhere near exploring the open road with a vehicle, it’s likely they’ll want to do so with a ride that’s more their speed (and skill level). But even two-wheelers aren’t suited for toddlers still grasping the concept of balance, so until they’re old enough to ride along with the big kids, they’ll need to practice on a tricycle.
When shopping for the best tricycle for your child, there are a few things to consider — starting with where you’re going to allow your child to ride it. Are you limiting them to the backyard or venturing out onto the sidewalk? The more freedom you’re willing to give them, the more you’re going to want to pay attention to safety features. The size of the trike in relation to your little one also matters, as well as whether or not you’d like the tricycle to grow with your child over the next few years.
A trike may not be a bike or car, but it is a big purchase for your little one so you’ll want to make sure their miniature mode of transportation provides a safe ride. To help narrow down the choices for your (not so) baby speed demon, here are some of our top picks.
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1. Schwinn Roadster Tricycle
The Schwinn Roadster was clearly inspired by retro models, but you can rest assured there’s nothing rickety about this tricycle. The trike features a sturdy steel frame, scalloped chrome fenders and a rear deck made of wood embossed with Schwinn’s official logo.
As for safety features, the tricycle’s sculpted seat is easily adjustable with five positions you can lock in before they hit the road. The bike itself sits relatively low to the ground so your little one can rock and ride safely. Your child will love watching the streamers blow in the wind and dinging the classic bike bell when they’re cruising down the street. And if red isn’t their favorite color, the trike also comes in pink, bright pink, blue, teal, black and orange.
2. Radio Flyer Classic Red Dual Deck Tricycle
Miniature trikes are adorable but if you’re looking for a tricycle that can grow with your child, your best bet is to look for something adjustable. The Radio Flyer Classic Dual Deck Tricycle, for example, was designed for toddlers 2.5 years old and the seat can adjust to fit kids up to 5 years old.
Radio Flyer’s trike is constructed from steel with a chrome fender and handlebars, but it also features a double-deck rear step to help your little rider climb on easier, without the help of mom and dad. With two spoked wheels at the rear, and one 12-inch wheel at the front, it’s a safe purchase with subtle details added on for style, like streamers cascading down each side of the handlebar and a classic ringing bell.
3. Fisher-Price Harley Davidson Tough Trike
If you’re not ready to commit or just don’t really want to pay for an adjustable bike before you actually know whether or not your kid was born to ride, Fisher-Price’s mini Harley Davidson model is a solid option. This tricycle is decked out in the motorcycle brand’s signature colors, logo and flame graphics, and even features a secret compartment to store snacks, toys and whatever else your kid might need to bring along on their adventures. Not only does this tricycle look cool, it’s built with the safety of your child top of mind. With big foot pedals for stability, easy-grip handlebars and durable tires, they’ll be zooming off in no time.