Radio Flyer 4 In 1 Stroll N Trike Review: A Trike that Grows with your Child
- Adjusts to your child’s changing height
- A UV protection canopy comes standard
- The cup holder can be adjusted as your child grows
- Stainless steel body help extend the life of the trike
- A full coverage footrest helps little ones stay safe
- A three-point harness keeps the younger kids from falling off the trike
We don’t like
- The wheels are hard plastic and not classic rubber
- The risk of tipping is still likely even though the design helps prevent it
How it works
The Radio Flyer 4 In 1 Stroll N Trike is one of those toys that will grow up with your child. Radio Flyer has been known to create equipment that has the ability to change as your child grows and changes. Like their classic tricycle that adjusts to your child’s ever-changing height and length, the 4 In 1 Trike does the same thing, but over a longer period of time. The 4 In 1 Trike will start your little one off at nine months and will last with them until they are five-years-old. This trike is an investment in your child being able to learn how to ride a bike and stay active. It is affordable, classic, well-built, and can be passed on from child to child.
The Radio Flyer 4 In 1 Stroll N Trike is meticulously designed with not one detail overlooked. The trike provides the high level of safety and protection for every stage of the trike’s development. The trike is designed with a canopy to protect your child from the sun. It also has a wrap around tray for when your child is still in the infant stage. A cup holder is also placed next to your child for when they bring along their cups and bottles, and there is a full coverage footrest for your little one to put their feet on. The trike also comes with a parent steering handle to keep your child safe as they learn to ride, and there is a storage trunk in the back of the trike for keeping toys, food, and small bags. The back wheels are made of a durable plastic and the wheels are wide to prevent tipping and keep the trike grounded. The body is made of the classic Radio Flyer stainless steel that stands the test of time and guarantees the trike will still be usable by the time your little one is no longer a toddler. The seat of the trike adjusts to your child’s height and there is a three-point safety harness for younger children.
Stage One - Nine Months to Eighteen Months
Stage One of the Radio Flyer 4 In 1 Stroll N Trike is designed for children nine months to eighteen months. At this initial stage of the trike the parent steering bar is fully installed. The bar has a foam rubber handle and can adjust to any height making maneuvering the trike easy for any parent. The seat is equipped with a three-point safety harness to keep your little one strapped in tight so they don’t fall out of the trike. There is also full wrap-around tray table that adds extra safety and also gives your toddler a space to put food and toys. The cup holder is also attached and is the perfect size for bottles and cups. The trike also has a canopy that blocks harmful UV rays from beating directly on our child’s skin. This stage helps introduce your child to being on a trike and acts as a stroller for parents.
Stage Two - Eighteen Months to Two Years
During Stage Two of the Radio Flyer 4 In 1 Stroll N Trike, your toddler is given more freedom as they get more comfortable on the trike. The parent steering bar is still attached at this stage as your young one’s feet will not be able to reach the pedals. The seat can be adjusted to give your child a bit more room. The wrap-around tray table is now removed so that your toddler can feel more free and feel what it actually feels like to be on a real trike. When the tray table is removed, the cup holder swings forward and is now located on the front of the trike where your child can now lean forward and grab their bottle or cup from the holder. The canopy remains attached as does the three-point harness to give your child extra safety and security as the progress towards riding the trike on their own.
Stage Three - Two Years to Three Years
Stage Three of the Radio Flyer 4 In 1 Stroll N Trike is the biggest advancement yet. During this stage your child feels what it is like to ride a real trike. The canopy is removed and your child will get the full feel of being open on a trike. The three-point harness is removed from the seat and the seat can be pushed back to accommodate the growth of your child. The total coverage footrest is also removed from the trike giving your child the full capability of being able to reach the pedals and learn how to maneuver them. The parent steering bar is still attached to the trike so that parents can ensure that their child remains safe because your toddler is still learning how to work the trike. In this stage, your child is fully uninhibited by trays or footrests and they get the full experience of being on a trike.
Stage Four - Three Years to Five Years
The fourth and final stage of the Radio Flyer 4 In 1 Stroll N Trike is a real Radio Flyer tricycle. During this final stage, the parent steering bar is removed the seat is fully adjusted to your child’s height, and your child is off pedaling on their own until they are big enough for a real bicycle with training wheels. Children get the opportunity to be parent-free as they ride around the park or the street or the yard as they develop their skills at bike riding and keeping healthy with outdoor exercising. They will be able to freely ride with other children and learn to play well with others.
For the first three stages of the Radio Flyer 4 In 1 Stroll N Trike, parents are at the helm of steering the trike and being with the trike at all times. The steering bar not only helps in pushing and steering the apparatus, but it also helps keep your child safe when their feet can finally reach the pedals and they are learning how to maneuver the trike on their own. Once the parent steering bar is removed from the trike and your child is off on their own, it is required and recommended that your child wear a helmet. Your child will be learning and performing a lot on their own and the probability of them riding into something or falling off the trike is high, and a helmet will effectively keep their head safe. It is also recommended that parents are always present whenever a young child is on a tricycle or bicycle in the event of injury or need of help. Although the Radio Flyer 4 In 1 Stroll N Trike is designed to prevent tipping and falling, the design is not foolproof and sometimes kids ride down steep inclines and fall getting on and off the trike.
As with all tricycles, the act of riding an apparatus helps kids develop gross motor skills. The act of getting on and off the trike helps kids develop their skills at balance. Pushing the pedals with their feet gives kids the ability to work on the coordination of their bodies as different parts of their body are performing different tasks with different muscle groups. Riding down a path also helps with depth perception and heightening reasoning skills as kids navigate courses and how to figure out the best way to get from point A to point B. Kids become more in tune with the workings of their bodies by having the opportunity to ride a trike, and the trike is the first stop to riding a bike and advancing in the way of health and exercise and fine tuning motor skills.
Riding a tricycle is one of the best ways to get your child moving and out of doors. Trike riding is one of the best cardio workouts for children. It is a high energy, fast paced activity that keeps kids’ heart rates up and body moving. So many children find entertainment with video games, television, cell phones, and tablets that they can become sedentary, but riding a trike gets them out of the house and moving. Kids get to build muscles in their legs, arms, and upper body, and they learn to coordinate all of these muscle groups together. At the younger stages when the trike is being pushed by an adult, kids get to feel the energy of being on a trike and moving around outside, which will lead to being able to move the trike on their own.
Stage By Stage Development
When using the Radio Flyer 4 In 1 Stroll N Trike, your child will be exposed to the step by step development of a skill. Kids will be able to grow with the trike and they will be able to see their own progress as they move towards completing a goal, and that goal is the successful riding of the trike on their own. The Radio Flyer 4 In 1 Trike does a great job of being able to allow your child the ability to grow with trike over time. The apparatus becomes trusted as the child stays with one trike throughout their learning process. It’s the consistency of the learning tool that makes the Radio Flyer 4 In 1 Trike an essential part of the bike riding process. It keeps the child safe throughout all of the stages of development and gives them the confidence needed to continue to learn riding the trike.
The Radio Flyer 4 In 1 Stroll N Trike is reasonably priced considering the amount of time you will get out of the trike. For the price it is sold, you will have this trike for five to ten years or more depending on how many children you have. The durable materials allow for the trike to have very little wear and tear after the five years is up and it is passed on to another child. To build the trike is very easy, and to deconstruct it over time as your child grows is easy. The adjustments are simple to perform so that your child can reach the pedals and the canopy, tray, and footrest can all be easily stored until you give the trike away or when you pass it on to another excited child. It is definitely worth the money to spend on the Radio Flyer 4 In 1 Stroll N Trike.
The Radio Flyer Tricycle is a staple in the toy collections of many children. Since its creation, the Radio Flyer Tricycle has been helping kids learn how to ride bikes for generations. The 4 In 1 Trike takes that to the next level by doubling as a stroller until your child is ready to ride on their own. The easily adjustable and changing design of the trike allows kids to slowly get used to being free on the trike and uninhibited until they are big enough to pedal on their own. The trike provides hours of exercise and muscle development along with coordination skill building as your child gains the confidence to ride on their own and take to the park without the help of a parent steering the trike via the parent steering bar that helps direct the trike while your child is learning. The reasonable price is worth the money considering the trike will last your child five years or more. For any parent that wants to get their child into healthy exercise, the Radio Flyer 4 In 1 Stroll N Trike is the perfect thing to accomplish that goal.