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Big 2 year old - Smartrike or similar pram alternative

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#1 Grrrumbles

Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:54 PM

Looking for recommendations for a Smartrike or similar for DD to use. She is nearly 2 1/2 but very tall and heavy for her age so looking for something suitable for bigger children and easy to steer.

We need to go to school to pick up her older sibling several times a week and she would like to walk some of the way but is sometime happy to be in the pram.

We have a very busy, traffic light controlled intersection on the way and many of the footpaths are old and uneven. So balance bike/scooters etc are unsuitable for this particular journey.

Looking to buy second hand so cost is not a huge consideration. So recommend the best parent controlled bike/ride on you have used or what to stay away from if you don't think it would work for a big toddler.

#2 gracie1978

Posted 17 February 2017 - 05:52 PM


#3 Grrrumbles

Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:40 PM

The online reviews for both the Smartrike and Eurotrike ones are pretty bad, only parents who seem happy with them are at the younger end of the scale.

#4 mandala

Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:48 PM

I've used them with a smaller toddler and found them awkward to steer. Personally I'd stick with the pram - at least then she'll be 100% contained if you need her to be!

#5 FretfulMum

Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:38 PM

DS got a smart trike for his 1st bday. We used it a little bit taking him to the park and back etc. It was pretty awkward to steer though (not on footpaths but neighbourhood lawns mostly). I'm not sure how great it would go on uneven footpaths. Now DS is 2yo and we really don't use it at all. I think mainly because of the lacking footpaths in our area and the park is only 4 houses down so DS can walk or be carried. It might be worth giving a go though if your just going to buy a secondhand one?

#6 iwanttosleepin

Posted 17 February 2017 - 08:43 PM

When we lived in the city and walked to daycare....

DS1 had a radio flyer tricycle and i just had a tether on it.  he did all the work.  but i could pull it up if i needed to.

Ds2 had a scooter with a tether on

DS3 has a balance bike - now we live in a quiet rural area and it scares the crappers out of me. He is VERY FAST.  and only 2 years old

Edited by iwanttosleepin, 17 February 2017 - 08:43 PM.

#7 Mands09

Posted 17 February 2017 - 09:30 PM

DS1 got given a smart trike for his 1st birthday. It sucked. So much. So difficult to steer and anytime I went down from the footpath to cross the road the stupid foot rest things would flick down and it was just super annoying.

Stick with the pram.

#8 kpingitquiet

Posted 17 February 2017 - 09:55 PM

My Thor-like giant 2yo loves to walk everywhere but is generally pretty happy to be strapped into the stroller for the walk to school. If we had any busy intersections, I'd demand it. We had a smart trike srot of thing and it was miserable to control.

#9 ednaboo

Posted 17 February 2017 - 10:28 PM

We have a Eurotrike and tbh it's not great for this purpose. I always end up with a sore hand. Dd is 3 and I either take the pram and she walks part of the way or I pull her along on a Micro Maxi scooter.

#10 ~Kestrel~

Posted 17 February 2017 - 10:28 PM

A balance bike with pneumatic tyres is ideal for riding on uneven surfaces. DS was riding his everywhere at that age. I taught him to stop and wait for me at every intersection.

#11 Quay11

Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:10 PM

My eldest absolutely hated the pram but loved her smart trike. She either wanted me to carry her or walk on her own rather than the pram. The smart trike worked really well for her. My youngest also loved the smart trike but loved steering it into curbs (it would bump into the concrete and he'd giggle) - that got old pretty quick so I used to push down the handle so that the front wheel was in the air and he couldn't steer it. There might be better options around - my youngest got a boke with a handle that was very nice but I used to have to keep asking him to stop putting on the brakes...

#12 Furfeathersfleece

Posted 18 February 2017 - 06:03 AM

Not a smart trike but still parent controlled - at 2.5 we bought ds1 a 12 inch huffy bike with training wheels that also had a handle on the back for the parent to hold and push while the kid learns to peddle etc.  

This worked well for us, DH wld push ds1 on the bike while I pushed ds2 in the pram. Once he learned to peddle and steer we took the handle off.

Now ds2 is learning to ride on it because he refuses to use his Balance bike.

#13 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 18 February 2017 - 07:23 AM

Gobber now do a 5 in one scooter that starts as a parent pushed seat as such. It transforms into a scooter later.

You can also find parent handles to attach to bikes to turn a balance bike or similar into something you can control.

#14 Bearynice

Posted 18 February 2017 - 07:49 AM

Avoid smarttrike. Not fun to steer for parent.

I think for a child of that age I would look for a bike with a parent handle (instead of a pram type thing iykwim)

Our kids were great on balance bikes at that age but I wouldn't be doing that as u say it's a busy spot.

#15 Grrrumbles

Posted 18 February 2017 - 08:49 AM

Thanks everyone for your help. I think I will try the bike with training wheels and parent handle. She would be able to use a balance bike but the traffic doen't make that an option until she is out of the tantrum stage.

#16 gracie1978

Posted 18 February 2017 - 08:52 AM

I think it is a tricky stage
We tried the balance bike, but it's been more for fun
Our old armadillo pram and a valco bee with the cover removed are big enough, for now
DS is 2.5, 1 m talk and 18kg

#17 BECZ

Posted 18 February 2017 - 09:12 AM

We had a Smart Trike for DS and he used it for a year or so, up until he was almost 2 and old enough to sit on on of these:
If you buy a bike with a parent handle make sure it has parent steering as opposed to just a push handle.  It makes it so much easier.

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