How to find the

best trike

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Consider your budget.

Some of these trikes are amazing, they have every feature you could ever dream off, but they cost £200. Worth every penny, we're sure! But have a think about what you really need, what your child will enjoy, and what is just trike-luxury!

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How much do you really want to carry?

Remember that your baby or toddler may get tired or frustrated and come out of their trike so you may end up holding them in one hand and pushing the trike with the other. So size definitely matters - as does that all-important basket!

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How old is your little one?

Age matters mostly because it's connected to height and body strength. The good news is, there's now a trike available for kids as young as 9 months old!

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What little things matter to you?

Water bottle for baby? Zip to put your money in? The little trike-details aren't mentioned on most retailer sites (don't worry, we've listed them all!) but they can make all the difference.

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What's the weather like?

Not all trikes will have sun protection and very few come with rain protection. Sunroofs vary from adjustable shields to full sunroofs, find out what your pram has before you buy it.

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Where will be you travelling?

It matters. Are you going to walk down the road? Up mountains? Terrain? Or to the local park and back. If you're going to take your trike on adventures, make sure you get air-filled tyres and a heavier, sturdier model.

Trike Features

Explained

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Baby Foot rest

Being in a trike can be tiring for a little one. The baby foot rest should really be called a leg rest. It's a flat panel under the seat base which helps reserve their energy.

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Basket

You wouldn't get a pram without a basket, a trike is no different. You need somewhere to put your/your tiny human's stuff.

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Cup holder

For you? For your children? Hey, where are you supposed to put that all important coffee during those 5am walks where your tiny human wakes up, and you have no idea what to do with them, so you end up walking their trikes in the streets before sunrise... Also, they need water, too. ;)

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Foldable

It's the most significant oversight we here of from impulse buyers. Most of them saying that they never even knew that trikes COULD fold. Even if you have a huge car, there's always a benefit to folding your trike, more room for picnic baskets for one!

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Full back seat

Trike seats come three ways. Where their little bums go :) That's not optional ;) But after that they may or may not also have full back support or just a head rest (or neither).

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Full sun roof

A full sun roof is a canopy style cover for the top of your trike for all over sun protection. It can be pulled down or kept up. It doubles up as light protection as well.

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No Assembly

No one enjoys the assembly. (Well, some weirdos do...) The thought of a trike arriving readymade may sound like a dream come true. We'll warn you, it's rare! But they do exist! Generally in far simpler models and for older children.

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No Batteries

Yes, some trikes need batteries to run. If you don't want to deal with batteries, make sure you leave this feature turned off when using our smart search feature.

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Parent Facing

Bet you didn't think this was even a thing with trikes. We didn't either until we started researching for WhichTrike but YES it does exist and it's awesome.

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Parent steering

Look out for that tree! Don't worry, no one expects your child to start navigating. Until they're ready to take the wheels, so to speak, many trikes will have a clever attachment at the back that means your control the direction of the wheels.

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Pocket

The little things REALLY matter. Somewhere to put your phone, your keys, your money. No one wants to stop walking to bend over and check their messages from the trikes basket every 10 minutes.

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Recline

Not to be confused with an option for your little one to sleep in their trike. A trike is not a pram, they can't sleep in it. But it offers support for when they start to get tired or comfort through options.

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Safety bar

Normally included for trikes that are available in the pre-pedal stage. A safety bar is placed at the front of the trike like it would do in a pushchair. Kids hold onto it in the stages before they can hold onto the steering wheel safely.

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Sun shield

A sun shield offers protection from the sun. It's a round panel that can be moved in different directions depending on where the sun is shining.

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Terrain friendly

The ability to ride on different terrains is based on two things - trike weight, and tyre type. If you have tyres that are air filled, they're better on harder terrain. The heavier the trike, the more sturdy.

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Toddler foot rest

The foot rest is the stage before they start to pedal. Sometimes it has a swing action so they can get into the habit of moving their feet early and it prepares them for the correct leg positioning.

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