A tricycle is an interesting toy for a child, where it provides great balance and is comparatively safer to ride than a bicycle, where without support wheels, it can cause a child to lose balance. While both make great options for riding, we love the tricycle for its compact make and attractive structure, especially the little seat that comes attached to the back in certain designs, for fellow passengers. Let's take a look at what you should consider before buying a tricycle for your toddler.
How to Choose a Tricycle
Pick the Right Fit
Parents may think that choosing a tricycle of any size, especially one that is bigger, will come in handy when a child grows taller. It is important to think of the child's size now, for the sake of safety and comfort. A child once seated, must be able to plant his feet on the pedals, while comfortably being able to ride the tricycle. Don't buy a tricycle that finds your child's feet constantly slipping from the pedals, or where he has to constantly adjust himself on the seat because it's too high.
Safety and Durability
A tricycle that is made wholly from steel or a similarly tensile metal, will prove to be stable, durable, and safe for use. Check the packaging's safety instructions for the appropriate age of the child that it is specially designed for, where some may even mention weight, height, or both, to help buyers narrow down their search.
Some tricycles require an adult to push it from behind, where this can be taxing for you. Instead, choose a tricycle that can be pedaled, as opposed to being pushed, since it allows your child to move around freely without you panting after him. Just be sure to restrict your child to a particular area that is away from the street, or let him ride within a fenced enclosure. Also, make it a point to buy a helmet and elbow pads, should your toddler fall from the tricycle.
Some tricycles can be a tad boring to look at, where a toddler is more inclined to get excited over a snazzy option that comes with feathery/braided tassels and cool features like, a basket, bell, series of lights, or backseat.