10 Best Tricycles for Kids & Toddlers Reviewed In 2019

Tricycles are a wonderful form of transportation for children today. We know that for every child learning how to ride a bicycle is one of the most exciting times during not only that child’s life but for parents as well. Starting your child out with a tricycle is a wonderful way for your child to begin learning the techniques of riding a bike. We came up with a list of the top ten highest rated tricycles that the market has to offer for 2019. We are positive that you will find the perfect one for your children.

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For this update we made sure that every item on our list still had a high rating in today's market. We also added some more information to our criteria section on why tricycles can be extremely beneficial to your children.

Criteria Used in Evaluation of the Best Kids’ Tricycles

For our top ten list, we looked at everything from reviews from customers all positive and negative. We looked at how beneficial tricycles are to your children. We researched each manufacturer on our list and made sure that every single tricycle on our list are 100% safe for your children to use. We looked at different styles so that there was something that was suitable to every family. Whatever tricycle you are looking for your little one we are sure to have it on our top ten list above.

Good manufacturer

Every single item on our to ten list manufacturers were thoroughly researched. We made sure that every item on our list had over all satisfied customer experience. We wanted nothing but the best of the best of these products on our list and we made sure that we found them.

Safe construction

One thing we carefully looked over for this specific toy was weight. Parents often forget that there is a weight limit when it comes to ride on toys and should always be reminded to look at weight limit restrictions before purchasing. We want nothing but the safety of your children when they’re riding on their favorite toy. We also looked at materials that were being used for each item on our top ten list making sure that they were all 100% safe for your child. They’ll be riding along all day long soon enough. .

Pleasing to the eye

Style and design is incredibly important for parents. Parents often want the next best stylish thing for their children. We wanted to include a variety of styles that would be suitable for just about any family. We looked at color, shape and sizes. Most children prefer something that is bright and vibrant, we carefully looked into choosing tricycles that included those colors that would be extremely appealing to your children.

Top-rated products

One of the last things that we considered when coming up with our top ten list is the rating. We looked at every single rating on our list and there is nothing below a 4.0-star rating. We looked at everything from positive to negative reviews and whether or not customers children were excited about their new toy. We wanted to make sure that we included items on our list that your children would get excited over and want to do nothing but ride their tricycle all around the neighborhood.

How tricycles help kids

Muscle strength

Kids need lots of exercises because they need to build muscles both big and small. A tricycle fills that bill. They exercise arms by steering and balancing and legs by pedaling. Also by balancing on a trike, the child’s core muscles in the abdomen are strengthened. All of this exercise makes a kid’s muscles stronger, and that will help support his body as he grows up.

Balance

Tricycles help with balance. We know that toddlers don’t exactly have the best balance starting out but eventually they learn especially after they’ve started walking. When riding a tricycle your child’s balance muscles will get stronger and if they ride it a lot they will even grow a little bit faster.

Confidence

When children begin to grow, their muscles continue to develop and become stronger. They gain a better grip and their improving their fine motor skills. By doing this, this can give your child some confidence because her body will be able to support them when he or she tries out their new moves, new steps and new ways to climb. Having confidence also effects your child’s self-esteem. When your child’s confidence grows, they will try to branch out and are willing to try new things without any type of fear or embarrassment.

Independence

At around age 2, most kids are ready to try to move away from parents a little and assert their independence. Interesting how that coincides with the time they are ready to start riding push bikes and moving onto trikes. This push for independence often results in what parents call the “terrible twos.” But this age is good because kids become more willing to try new things, like a trike. If your child is not ready, she will tell you. Then just put it away for a bit and pull the trike out later. Once she feels more confident, you may not be able to hold her back. Then you just have to provide the safeguards so she doesn’t get hurt.

How to choose a tricycle

Keep it low to the ground. It’s important for the safety of your child, because they may take a tumble. Most kids do. It’s childhood. This way they don’t have far to fall. This also helps kids in keeping their feet on the ground. If it’s a push bike or trike, they still have to be able to put their feet on the ground and stand up. It’s safer. It gives a kid more confidence, and it’s easier for him to get his legs moving to push if they have to.

Make sure the trike fits your child. If you put your child on the trike and he can’t reach the pedals, it’s not a good fit. Try to get a trike with an adjustable seat so you can make it fit. If the trike doesn’t fit your child, return it and get one that is a better fit. Getting a trike that’s lower to the ground will help. Make sure he can reach the pedals. If your child can’t reach the pedals, then he will get frustrated and not want to ride.

Get the needed accessories to keep your child safe. Most notable of these is a helmet to protect the head in case of a fall. He should be wearing a helmet every time he gets on the bike. It may be inconvenient, but it’s necessary. Other possible accessories include elbow and knee pads. Even if you are right next to your child, an accident is possible. Better to be safe than sorry.

Get a trike with big wheels. Not only do most kids think big wheels look cool, the big wheels also help to stabilize the trike because they are normally wider. It’s also important to look for wheels that have tread on them so that the trike has more traction. Without traction, the trike slips and slides. With tread, the trike holds fast.

Teach your child to ride a tricycle. The main part of riding a tricycle is learning how to pedal. Your child has to get the connection between pushing the pedals with his feet and moving forward. So choose a big space, maybe a grassy place with a slight slope. Make sure your child’s feet are on the pedals, and you slowly push. Then give her a chance to push with her feet against the pedals on her own. Repetition is the key, and it won’t be long before she gets it.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What does it mean when they say it’s a 12-inch trike?

A: The 12 inches refers to the size of the wheels’ diameters.

Q: What does a balance bike do?

A: A balance bike is a push bike. It has no pedals, so the child moves it along the floor with her feet, learning to push with her legs. It is designed to teach children to balance, coordinating their upper and lower bodies, their vision, and learning to steer.

Q: How will I know when my child is ready for a tricycle?

A: Most children can start riding a tricycle around 2.5 or 3 years. When your child can stand and walk with confidence and understands cause and effect (like knowing that if she runs into the wall, she may get a bump on the head) then you may want to get her a trike. To work up to this stage, you may want to start with a three- or four-wheeled push bike. Then she can learn that if she wants to move, she will have to push with her feet and legs. Then move up to a trike so she can build her muscles and learn some balance.

Q: My little girl’s trike is too big for her to reach the pedals. Should we add pedal blocks?

A: While some people do use the pedal blocks, we feel that they are a quick way to get into an accident. Your child won’t be able to feel the motion of the trike as well, so her balance may be impaired. And the blocks make controlling the trike much harder. It’s best to get a trike that fits or go back to a push bike.

Q: We would like to get a tricycle for our 4-year-old boy, but we have a gravel driveway and our street is gravel. What type of trike should we get for him?

A: You probably want a trike with good, treaded tires. If they are big tires, all the better. The big tires make the trike more stable and the tread keeps the wheels in touch with the ground. Safety is the key.

Q: We bought a small plastic trike for my son, and the plastic wheels are scratching my floors. What can I do to protect the floor?

A: There are some ride on toys with non-scratch wheels, so you could try that. One example is on the list above, the Chillafish BUNZI. Another solution is to cover the wheels with something like cloth. If the wheels are small enough, try cutting the ends off of a sock and putting the sock around the wheel.

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