Oct 302014
 
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I have received this product from MGA as part of their toy tester program. All thoughts and words are my own.

Let me state the obvious for just a moment: kids grow really fast.  I was swapping out the summer shoes for our fall and winter ones today and I noticed how much bigger Bubbles’ shoes are this year versus the size they were last year at this time.  She’s growing so fast!

Little Tikes Trike: 4-in-1 Sports Edition

It always makes me a little sad when I change out the seasons or upgrade the size of our kid gear.  Not just because it marks the passage of time – though that does make me sniffle some – but because most of what we clean out still has a lot of life left to it.

So I was excited to find out that Little Tikes – a company we have long loved – has a cool product that will be something you can use for quite literally years.  The 4-in-1 Trike Sports Edition is good for ages 9 months up to 3+ years and can go through four conversions to match whatever stage your child is in.

Little Tikes Trike: 4-in-1 Sports Edition

Stage 1 (9+ months): Guided – Parents push and control the trike. When the blue waist bar is installed the child will be unable to turn the wheel.
Stage 2 (12+ months): Learning – Toddlers can learn how to pedal, but the child is unable to turn the wheel
Stage 3 (18+ months): Developing – Remove the waist bar and the child can now steer; the parent still has control with the push bar, though.
Stage 4 (36+ months): Independent – Remove the push bar and kids can go on their own with parent supervision

We’re (obviously) in Stage 4 right now so we assembled the trike directly into the last formation.  It probably only took 15 minutes or so to put together; I read the instructions and hubby did the actual assembly.  We generally like to tag team any DIY or assembly, but you could easily handle it solo, too.

Little Tikes Trike: 4-in-1 Sports Edition

I think the part that Bubbles (and I) loves the most is the basket on the back.  She loves to “collect” while she’s outside playing: leaves, rocks, whatever she can find.  And now she has a cool place to store it all.  Some other features include:

  • Seat adjusts to 4 positions
  • Parking brake
  • Padded seat
  • Weight limit up to 50lbs.

The Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike Sports Edition would be really great for families that had young kids a few years apart, too.  Once the oldest is done using it, just convert it back to one of the starting stages, and the younger sibling can use.  I also think I will be giving this as a shower gift here and there.  Everyone always gives stuff you can use right away, but how great would it be to have something to look forward to a few months later?  You can find it on the Little Tikes Website.

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Which stage of the Little Tikes trike would you use right now?

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

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