The lowdown on tricycles

Posted by Nina Brosius on

Once young children have learned how to walk and move around independently, for example on a ride-on toy, they are usually ready to take the next step and move up to a tricycle! Tricycles offer a safe way for toddlers to begin developing their motor skills necessary to balance and ride on two wheels. A tricycle has three wheels, two smaller ones in the back and one larger one in the front. Having three wheels offer more stability for young explorers learning to navigate their way around by themselves.

Tricycles can be used once children can sit up properly, hold on to handlebars, walk and stand up by themselves. They are usually suitable from 18 months, especially if used with a safety belt and foot rest. Or pick a tricycle that has a wheel locking system which means that your child can just rest their feet on stable pedals, rather than having to pedal themselves. A steering lock that fixes the handlebar in position is also helpful for younger children. As with everything, the age recommendation should only be used as a guide as children grow and develop differently. Please check the age recommendation for each tricycle on the website and feel free to get in touch if you’re unsure.

Young children will be able to enjoy a tricycle by comfortably sitting in the ergonomic seat at a position that is right for their own height. They can be easily pushed around on the tricycle by a parent or caregiver using the push pole yet still feel like they are more grown up and independent than sitting in a pram.

Eventually, children will learn how to set the tricycle in motion themselves: It’s always best to start with one action, either pedalling or steering, and perfect this before adding the second action. But it won’t take long before your child will be able to move around all by themselves on their tricycle – you might just want to keep the push pole on for longer to help with stopping, pushing up the hill or pacing the tricycle downhill. Once your child has got the hang of pedalling and steering (and breaking using a hand break), they will be able to cruise around and feel like a big kid on a big bike!

Overall, tricycles are great for young children that don’t like to sit in a pram anymore and want to be more independent. They are equally great for older children who want to move around by themselves but are too young to use a bicycle. Coordination and balance are such important developmental motor skills that children learn using a tricycle. And best of all, they will enjoy taking their tricycle for a ride and won’t even notice that they are actually getting a pretty good workout!

Some features to look for in a tricycle:

  • Low centre of gravity to prevent tip-overs
  • Steering lock to fix the handlebar to one position, especially helpful for younger children still learning hand-eye coordination
  • Wheel lock to fasten the front wheel to one position, especially helpful for younger children still learning leg movement for pedalling
  • Easily adjustable seat to suit the height and growth of your child
  • Easily adjustable push pole to suit your own height
  • Steel frame for longer durability
  • Basket or bucket for storage, especially when taking the tricycle on longer outings like to the zoo

If you would like to have a look at the tricycles that we sell, please click here. And feel free to get in touch with us if you have any further questions, we are always happy to help!


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