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post #1 of 17
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Can anyone recommend a ride-on toy or give me suggestions on what to look for? Our little guy is 17 months now and has suddenly become fascinated by tricycles and other ride-on toys. We would prefer something smaller (we live in a little apartment), but otherwise we don't know what we should look for. Should we get something that has pedals or something that he pushes with his feet? Other suggestions?

Thanks!
post #2 of 17
It might be a while before he figures out pedals. That movement can take a while to master. If you're thinking about something he can use immediately, I'd suggest something he pushes with his feet.

I don't know if the specifics matter much, though some of the options out there involve batteries, buttons,and loud annoying noises. You might want to avoid that smile.gif There are some wooden options available, and hopefully some other parents will know more about them. I had this awesome caterpillar that I loved when I was little and my younger sibling loved as well, but that's a bit retro. For my older child, we just got a cheap horse push thing from a garage sale, and she loved it despite it's small price tag. My younger one had something with pedals but always pushed it because she hadn't mastered pedals yet, and the pedals always got in her way. I feel like the ones where they're intended to push them with their feet work better for younger toddlers.
post #3 of 17
Hearthsong sells a nice small one that folds up. My niece got it for Christmas, and I kind of wished we'd had that. I find that with 4-wheeled push toys, the kid's feet are always hitting the wheels, so that's something to look out for.

Edit: It's called the Scuttlebug.
Edited by newmamalizzy - 4/8/13 at 4:57pm
post #4 of 17

My DD is a bit over 2 now and still can't figure out pedals when we try out tricycles at the store. She did get a wooden riding dog toy for her 1st birthday and still uses it. I think it was from ToysRUs but I can't find it on their website.

ETA: it looks similar to this: http://www.toddlerslibrary.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=137_166&products_id=750&zenid=82dl1bljh7kbqa02opvhvg4uc4

 

I've always liked the look of these kinds of toys:

http://www.kidsbabydesign.com/ride-on-toys/wheely-bug/

but we haven't actually used one so I'm not too sure how well they work. They're super cute though!

post #5 of 17

Supermopi!  I can't even begin to tell you how our DS loved this toy.  We got it on Amazon.  It is really small, and can go inside (if you are laid back) and outside. It is a little wobbly because it is designed to teach them balance (klind of like a pre-balance bike), so it definitely requires a helmet.  But our son lived on this toy from his two year birthday when he got it until he got his balance bike.  Now at two and a half he tears around on  his balance bike like anything.  I think all the time he spent on his super mopi really helped him.  He can already basically balance a two wheel bike for short spurts.

 

Also, I should add that he is just now figuring out pedals but still vastly prefers other ride on toys to his tricycle. 

 

He also had a Radio Flyer bumper car, which he loved, but I would NOT recommend because he would tip forward on it and hit his head when he got going fast.  He did love that thing though....  He didn't have a scuttlebug but I considered it but also read similar tipping complaints on Amazon.  The Supermopi tips also, but it tends to tip sideways, not forward, so the falls are less serious when they happen.  Still, I would definitely recommend a helmet.

post #6 of 17

I'm getting DD (also 17mos) a balance bike.  She's fascinated by bikes but def can't pedal and doesn't even do well with the cozy coupe bc she can't get a full range of motion with her legs, so being able to stand and walk the balance bike seems best option for us. Plus she's a bit of an uncoordinated daredevil and I feel like that will give her better coordination in the long run!

post #7 of 17

We were lucky enough to find one of these at a consignment shop for $20. It's perfect for small spaces--it rolls easily, is just the right height for her, and easily folds up. I wanted one that steered and wasn't too bulky, and this fits the bill:

 

http://www.fatbraintoys.com/toy_companies/schylling/scuttlebug.cfm

post #8 of 17

We bought our daughter a Pillow Racer for her first birthday, from Target.  It's a stuffed ladybug (or other animal) with four plastic casters, like office-chair casters

 

http://www.target.com/p/little-tikes-pillow-racers-ladybug/-/A-14048465?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=%7C14048465&CPNG=Toys&kpid=14048465&LID=PA&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=14048465

 

But I love the other suggestions - they look really cool!

post #9 of 17

I just looked on amazon and saw that the supermopi is not available anymore!  I am crushed because that is my "go to" 2nd year birthday present.  I think the next closest thing if you want something just a little bit easier than a balance bike to use is a y-bike.

post #10 of 17

We have this little "motorcycle" for our daughter. She got it just before she turned three, but she is petite and it is meant for younger. Its a cross between a ride on toy and a balance bike (the wheel has an additional rim in the middle). She loves it.

http://www.imaginarium.ie/toys/infants-12-36-months/rockers-baby-walkers-ride-toys-390/ride-motorbike-49523.htm

 

We had this ride on trike for my son (my daughter used it too, but the handle bar axle thing was coming lose). My son scooted around on this really well and fast. I liked this because the back wheels were close together and didn't interfere with his feet and legs (we had bought another kind and his feet always bumped the back wheels)

http://www.radioflyer.com/ride-ons/classic-tiny-trike.html

 

(both were small enough to use inside but durable for outside)

post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all these great suggestions!
post #12 of 17

My sons (2 and 4.5) have tons of toys, but my 4.5 and 2 year old still regularly play with this:

 

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3513471

 

He's been using it since 7 months old and still plays with it almost every day. My 4 year old calls it his "work truck". The 2 year old loves it too. While many toys have come and gone in our house, this one has outlasted everything.

 

We use it inside mostly, because they love it so much, but we do take it outside sometimes too.
 

post #13 of 17

My son has all of them lol... He's loved them since he was about 8 months old so that's what everyone buys him. They're all about the same. At 13 months he's just now figuring out how the pedals work on the classic "trike" (I think it's Radio Flyer?) but all the push ones he just pushes with his feet have been a big hit, especially the ones with the buttons for honking and revving :)

If you're in a small space, I'd suggest looking for one that has a small turning radius. A lot of them only go straight or turn slightly, which you have to help them to turn around when they hit a wall. 

post #14 of 17

Add me to the list of mamas looking for info on ride on toys.  It seems like over night all the kids at the park decided to start bringing trikes and bikes to the park and DD is so interested. I am trying to figure between getting a ride on toy to scoot on like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Radio-Flyer-20-Scoot-About/dp/B000FIOB2A

Or a trike you can push like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Radio-Flyer-4-in-1-Trike-Red/dp/B003AVIO4K/ref=sr_1_4?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1367942068&sr=1-4

 

I guess my only question is, for the trike where the parent pushes, won't the pedals be hitting the LOs feet when they scoot on it? I think I'm leaning more towards the trike as that is something that will get used for years... She's 15 months now, and does get frustrated and I hope the pedals don't frustrate her.

post #15 of 17
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Add me to the list of mamas looking for info on ride on toys.  It seems like over night all the kids at the park decided to start bringing trikes and bikes to the park and DD is so interested. I am trying to figure between getting a ride on toy to scoot on like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Radio-Flyer-20-Scoot-About/dp/B000FIOB2A

Or a trike you can push like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Radio-Flyer-4-in-1-Trike-Red/dp/B003AVIO4K/ref=sr_1_4?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1367942068&sr=1-4

 

I guess my only question is, for the trike where the parent pushes, won't the pedals be hitting the LOs feet when they scoot on it? I think I'm leaning more towards the trike as that is something that will get used for years... She's 15 months now, and does get frustrated and I hope the pedals don't frustrate her.

 

I'd get the second one. It's not a lot of fun dragging a groggy baby and a trike all the way home from the park. With the second one, you can just strap her in and push her home... you can also just not install the pedals until she's ready :)

post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
We got the Radio Flyer Scoot-About and our son loves it. It is a great size for him now, at 18 months, and the seat height is adjustable so it should fit him for a while. And it is cute!
post #17 of 17

The scoot about is very cute, and I just saw one on craigslist for $25 that has my DD name on it lol.gif. One problem solved, ha!

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