As spring is slowly but surely rearing it’s head, we’re getting prepped for a few months filled with outdoor fun! Now that Sweet Pea is 2 years old, playing outside with her is a lot more interactive than it was a year ago. (That’s for sure!)
Anytime we go to a store with a bicycle section, she loooves hanging out with all the bikes and trikes. We have a 3-in-1 trike at home, but MGA Entertainment generously provided me with the new Little Tikes Ride & Relax 5-in-1 Trike to test and review!
The Little Tikes Ride & Relax 5-in-1 Trike is made for the babes between 9 months and 30+ months. The 5-in-1 refers to the 5 different stages that can be configured for each milestone:
Compared to the other convertible trike we had, this one impressed me right off the bat in terms of materials. The chassis is all metal instead of plastic, which made for hefty pieces as I was unpacking the box.
Also, there are a lot of pieces. Don’t let them expect to start playing with this right away!
It took me about 45 minutes to build from start to finish, and that included an eager toddler trying to mount the thing each time I reached for a new part.
So if you’re looking to speed this up, get the kid out of the room! I’m pretty sure I could have knocked it down by at least 10 minutes if she wasn’t there 😀
To get this task done, all you need out of your toolbox is a Philips screwdriver. Everything else is included, including a teeny tiny wrench. Might I also suggest that you take an inventory of the screws and hardware, and cross reference them with the index at the beginning of the instruction booklet. I did *not* (waaa!) and had a few mixups as it’s easy to confuse one set of screws for another. Otherwise, assembling the trike was pretty easy and straightforward.
What I noticed mid-build, is that all of the base, permanent pieces that comprise the “stage 5” trike is held together by screws, nuts and bolts. Meanwhile, all the pieces that can eventually be removed are held together by threaded knobs that are easily just twisted off. The parent handle is attached to the trike by a locking hitch pin. This move is very clever, and will ensure that you won’t be hung out to dry without a tool when you’re out for a stroll and the little one is ready to move up!
Since Addison is 2, I opted to not install the seat cage because she’s big enough to reach the handlebars. I kept the foot tray on however, and I LOVE how wide it is. It definitely catches her feet and there is no chance of her dragging them on the ground. The other trike I had was a constant battle to get her to rest her feet on the two “fake”pedals, which means that we would swerve off to the side every time her feet slid off. (And by “slid off,” I mean she actually did it on purpose. Kids.)
Being so wide, the foot rest is also great because the seat reclines. So if your little one miraculously falls asleep, their feet aren’t left to dangle in the wind.
I really love the canopy. One of the problems we used to have is the direction the sun would hit the trike. If the sun was anywhere other than directly above, there was nothing we could do for shade. This canopy rotates between a 180 degree span to go fully forward and fully backward to protect her from the sun no matter what direction we’re travelling.
And guess what! There are foot brakes! This was non existant on the other trike, so that means I don’t have to worry about it running away from me when we’re not on perfectly flat ground.
Check out this console – the drink holder is handy, although it doesn’t fit my wide travel water bottle. I would have preferred something with a closing compartment where I can fit my keys or sunglasses when I don’t feel like carrying a purse (and I’m not sure I’m ready to sport a waist pack yet, haha).
The padded handle is comfortable to hold, and steers the trike smoothly. We had no trouble traversing the wood chipped terrain on the playground, as well as grassy hills and asphalt walkways.