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