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Best Trikes For 1 Year Olds Reviewed
Welcome to our article covering the best trikes for 1 year olds and toddlers. Do you have an active child who loves exercise and moving? Or do you just want them to have a fun way to exercise? If so, then a suitable trike is a perfect purchase. There are hundreds of trikes designed for 1 year olds out there – we’ve whittled the list down to the 10 best for your convenience.
The Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike is one of the best value for money trikes for 1 year olds in the UK. It is suitable for children from 9 months onwards and because it has been designed to grow with the child, can be used all the way to 3+ years old.
The Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike has been designed to give parents control at first through the push handle and foot rests before toddlers are able to move on to using the pedals themselves. Then, as the child gets bigger the seat can be adjusted and the footrests can fold away. This is a huge selling point and one of the biggest reasons why it’s received so many glowing reviews.
The tyres are very grippy, durable and quiet which can be useful for indoor use. Also, the images don’t show it but the frame of the trike is made out of solid metal which is very strong yet light and agile. For further safety, the trike seat has a 5-point belt and harness.
The trike glides easily and is not a chore for a parent to push along and is arguably easier than a pram. Furthermore, it even has a bottle holder and a basket at the back to carry your items. For added luxury, the Sports and Deluxe versions also include a zippered handy-pack by the handles.
Overall, you simply can’t go wrong with The Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike as an entry level for a 1 year old or even for a 3 year old. The price point is incredibly generous considering how many years of use you should get out of this.
At a glance
- 4 stages to grow with your child – 9 months, 12 months+, 18 months+ and finally 30 months+
- Durable, quiet-ride tyres and non-slip pedals that fold away and detach
- Removable shade canopy and detachable push handle for parent control
- 5-point seat belt harness and protective safety bar, seat adjusts to 4 positions
- Convenient beverage holder and extra-large storage bucket with dumping feature
2. Besrey Pushchair and Trike
The Besrey Pushchair and Trike can only be described as a ‘mega trike’. First, it starts off as something that is closer to a pushchair. Then, it becomes a trike but over time can be scaled back as your 1 year old gets older. Finally, you are left with a full-fledged solo trike. Overall, it is quite simply an amazing product, which is reflected in the price tag. However, for the parents who really do need a better or new pushchair but also a trike at some point then this is the daddy.
What sets this apart is the level of quality in the product throughout. The chair itself is one of the most comfortable and safest. It also has a very ergonomic handle stick for the parents to push them around before they’re able to use the pedals themselves. For the 1 year olds, it has the footrests you’d expect and pedals for later on. It’s got very grippy and chunky handle bars and a nice little bell, too.
The body of the trike is metal with plastic accents and mud guards. The rear wheels are smaller to make it easier to turn and gives greater responsiveness from the pedalling. There is a large and superior functioning canopy to protect your child from the elements and overexposure to UV rays which is an enormous bonus. Some other trikes we’ve reviewed had canopies but not this big.
The biggest thing you will find with this product is that it feels quality and sturdy. You know you get what you’ve paid for in spades. Further, it has so many functions and will last you a very long time, probably longer than most other trikes on the UK market. It’s safe, solid and comfortable for everyone, and it is available in grey or red.
Overall, this is one of the best tricycles if the pushchair feature is something you’re after. If you are sorted for a pushchair and just want a simple trike then this is probably too much. That’s a compliment.
At a glance:
- Suitable for 1-6 year-old kids
- Seat can be adjusted to 3 positions to fit your child as they grow
- Adjustable handlebars allow parents a comfortable steering position
- Extra large canopy and included rain cover provide protection in all weather
- 3 point harness keeps your toddler safe
- Foldaway footrests for when your child is able to pedal on their own
- Covered storage basket
The smarTrike is an excellent trike suitable for children from 10 months to 3 years. It can be constantly adjusted to cater for your growing bundle of joy and seamlessly goes from a buggy replacement to a full on independent trike for them to use on their own.
The frame of the trike is made with metal and is suitably sturdy. The wheels offer perfect balance and the 3-point harness offers safety.
There are some nice quality of life features with this trike which may appeal to parents – it includes a basket with a lid and hand covers on the push handle. For the child’s benefit, the smarTrike has one of the most ergonomic chairs out there on the UK trike market.
The 1 touch steering is a feature only available in this product as it is patented. This gives the pedals better shock absorption and the parents the ability to switch from parent-led to baby-led in just one press of a button.
Our only niggles with the smarTrike are the wheels aren’t as grippy as some of the others, and the pedals could be chunkier and more responsive.
Overall, this is still an excellent trike with some really nice features for the parents and the child itself. The coordinated sun canopy and material storage bag combine trendy fun with function. This trike should last you a good few years.
At a glance:
- Suitable from 10 months to 3+ years
- 3-point harness
- Patented navigation button, allowing steering to switch from parent to child with ease
- Coordinated sun canopy and material storage bag
- Removable handle and foldable footrests
4. Kiddo Smart Design 4-in-1 Children's Tricycle
The Kiddo Smart Design 4-in-1 Children’s Tricycle is definitely one of our favourites as it’s one of the most feature rich and robust trikes on the UK market. I’m sure you can agree from just the image alone that it’s one of the best looking and packed products.
What separates this from the saturated crowd are excellent additions of the thick rubber tyres, the bendy handle bar suspension, the bell on the handle bars, chrome wheels, the full canopy to protect from the elements, rear brake, pedal engage/disengage switch, a bigger than average storage back on the back and the comfortable and ergonomic seat for the little one.
These are features rarely seen in budget models. The Kiddo Smart Design 4-in-1 isn’t a budget model but the price point is close enough to them that it appears as an amazing return on the extra for it.
The main body of the trike is a nicely finished glossy metal frame which really pops, and comes in blue, pink or grey. Style does matter when it comes to baby products, doesn’t matter what anyone says! As reported by Sciencing.com – bright colours catch young children’s eyes and therefore are more likely to engage with something like this rather than one that’s bland and muted.
It is a 4-in-1 trike that can be adjusted all the way to 5 years. This is typically 2 years more than most trikes and therefore offers more return on your money than other options. The standard 3 point harness is present. Other safety features are non slip pedals, adjustable footrests and an adjustable parent steering handle. Complies with EN71.
Overall, we really rate the Kiddo Smart Design 4-in-1 Trike. It is one of the best looking and best performing trikes for 1 year olds and up. The overall quality of the trike can be easily seen and felt and although it’s not strictly cheap it is nevertheless one of the best value you’re ever likely to find. Top marks from us.
At a glance:
- Suitable for 1-5 years old
- Rear brake
- Pedal engage / disengage switch
- Large, full canopy
- Storage pouch on parent steering
If you’re just not into plastic and metal toys for your child but you’re after something to help keep your 1 year old moving then why not consider this more traditional wooden Galt Toys Tiny Trike?
Gone are all of the fancy parental handles and even the pedals in favour of a simple wooden tricycle that needs your child to use their own strength to get it moving. If you’re thinking this product is a bit poor when you’ve just scrolled past so many modern and feature rich ones then consider this niche – this trike, in our opinion, is designed for 1 year olds who are a little bit behind on their walking, possibly ones who aren’t interested at all.
Because there are no pedals, your 1 year old has to engage their legs to get going which makes them stronger and better coordinated. We probably wouldn’t recommend this for 1 year olds who are advanced in terms of physical development simply because we just don’t think it’s challenging enough. In addition, you can’t really take this out of the house and in local parks as it will damage the wheels and their shoes. But, this is a good toy to have in the home or garden.
As far as the product itself is concerned, this is a beautifully crafted piece of joinery and will blend well with other wooden products you may have.
Overall, this is a really niche trike for 1 year olds who are a little behind on their physical development but it will help them exercise and get stronger to be able to take their next development step. It’s a little on the expensive side for what it is but you’re paying for a very classic, good looking wooden toy that your child will love.
At a glance:
- Suitable from 1 year
- Ride on, push powered trike
- Sturdy wooden toy, built from hardwood for longevity
- Easy assembly
- Dual front wheels for added stability
The VTech Baby 2 in 1 trike is an activity centre and entry level trike. It is designed for babies from 18 months old to enjoy learning to be active with bike/trike as well as engage with the activity centre located by the handlebars.
The activity centre itself is what you’d expect in any VTech product really, with an emphasis on shapes, colours, sounds and flashing lights. It’s a great little gimmick to get the child on the trike in the first place if getting them to exercise seems a struggle. It is one of the most approachable trikes and one few parents struggle to get their kids to have a look at – the bold colours and the chunky features are just begging to be investigated.
As far as the trike is concerned it looks great and works well enough for indoor use and perhaps on grass in a garden. Because it is made entirely out of plastic it’s not ideal to be used in the local park or anywhere with rough terrain. This is a little bit disappointing considering the price tag because you’d need a decent sized house with a clearing for them to get anything out of it.
One additional useful feature is the ability to convert it from a tricycle to a balance bike. When your toddler is able, simply switch to bike mode to further enhance their balance and motor skill development.
In conclusion, this is a bit of a niche trike even if it’s made by such a household name as VTech. We feel it’s been designed by parents who are struggling to get their children into physical toys but they are interested in electronic toys. It’s designed for parents who want them to use this toy indoors with no intention of taking them outdoors with it. If you’re this parent then here’s the best trike for 1 year old for you.
At a glance:
- Suitable from 18 months
- Ability to switch from trike to balance bike mode
- Interactive dashboard with driving related activities
- More suitable for indoor use
- Ride on, with no pedals
The Radio Flyer Steer and Stroll trike is our only entry where we’ve valued it’s appearance over anything else. To put it simply, we just love the way it looks and one of the most stylish trikes on the UK market.
Of course the performance does matter and it doesn’t disappoint. It has a comfortable seat for the child and a really cool box at the back with a lid. Also, the wheels are quiet and grippy and the carry handle for the parents is nice and easy to use. Finally, the footrests at the bottom make it comfortable if your child doesn’t want to pedal or not old enough yet.
As far as being the best trike – it isn’t. But we are so in love with the American aesthetic we had to include it for those looking for something that’s a bit cool. Overall, it’s rather expensive but is well received by verified purchasers, making it worthy to be on our best toddler trike list.
At a glance:
- Suitable for 2-5 years
- Foldaway foot rests
- Removable push rod
- Covered storage box
The Scuttlebug is another entry level trike that is perfect in its simplicity and price point. True, it does not have all the bells and whistles of the more luxurious models, but toddlers will be attracted to the fun, bright patterns and instant accessibility.
The Scuttlebug is a foot-to-floor ride on, which means that your 1-year old will have to use their legs to push themselves around. This, along with front-wheel steering, is great for developing their strength, balance and steering skills before moving on to a balance bike or a pedal trike.
The scratch free wheels are an added bonus, allowing the Scuttlebug to be used both indoors and outdoors. In addition, the tyres provide a smooth quiet ride.
Additional great features of the Scuttlebug is that it is both foldable and very light, which makes it perfect for you to fold it up and bring it out and about with you. Further, the lightweight frame allows your toddler to easily move it around.
All in all, we absolutely love the Scuttlebug. It may not have all the features of the more expensive trikes for toddlers on this list, but its price-point and versatility make it a winner for us.
At a glance:
- Suitable for 1-3 years
- 3 wheel design to allow toddlers to learn balance
- Foldable for easy storage
- Scratch-free wheels
- No assembly required
- Comes in 4 fun designs – beetle, bumblebee, butterfly, and grasshopper
9. smarTrike STR3 Folding Toddler Tricycle
Yes, we know that this is the second smarTrike on this list. Certainly, that just goes to show that they are leaders in the market and are constantly innovating to bring parents what they want and need.
In this case, smarTrike has added enhanced functionality to its leading 4-in-1 tricycle, combining desirable features of both tricycles and pushchair. The smarTrike STR3 could easily function as a buggy, which will help to justify its higher price tag.
As with other options, this trike grows with your child, starting as a push tricycle stroller suitable from 9 months (including reclining seat). As your child grows, the trike can be adjusted in stages to give them the ability and pedal and steer by themselves. In the end, it converts into a full toddler tricycle.
Features such as patented shock absorbers and 1-touch steering allow for smooth and easy ride for both parents and toddler.
One of the best features of this pushchair trike over some competitors is that it can be folded down for easy transport. This means that it can fold down and fit in the boot of your car. Moreover, at only 7.5kg, it rivals some of the leading buggies in portability.
Overall, if you are in the market for a pushchair replacement, then this is our leading candidate.
At a glance:
- Suitable for 9 months – 3+ years
- Reclining seat
- 5-point harness and parent brake
- Easy and compact fold
- Parent control button to switch from parent to child led steering
- Shopping bag for storage
10. Besrey Trike 5 in 1
This innovative design from besrey, another market leader in this market, deserves the brand a second place in our list. This 5 in 1 model grows with your toddler as it converts from a toddler tricycle, to standard tricycle and balance bike.
Combining a sturdy steel frame and solid non-slip EVA foam wheels, the besrey 5-in1 trike is stable and durable. In addition, it also limits handlebar steering to 120 degrees to help prevent tipping over.
Parents will love the one-click deformation and quick disassembly pedal. This allows them to switch the trike between modes easily without any tools. We love how easily the two rear wheels can be brought together to create a 2-wheel balance bike.
Kids will love the soft seat and glossy appearance. Further, the adjustable seats and handlebars will give them a comfortable and fun ride.
We highly recommend this tricycle for those who are undecided between getting a tricycle and a balance bike. This gives you the best of both worlds, giving your toddler the chance to practice pedalling and to work on their balance and stability before eventually moving on to a 2-wheel pedal bike.
At a glance:
- Suitable for 1-4 years
- Steel frame
- Adjustable seat height and handlebar angle
- Lifetime warranty
- Converts from trike to balance bike
Baby Trike Buyer's Guide
What is a trike?
A trike is an abbreviation of a tricycle which is a three wheeled pedal vehicle. A children’s trike is usually made out of plastic and it’s designed to be easy to pedal and gain momentum as well as stable. Trikes can be used from 1 year old all the way up until they’re around 4 when they can start to learn how to ride a two-wheeled bike. However, tricycles can still be used for many years as a way to make exercising fun and to give babies and toddlers much needed fresh air alongside walking.
Are trikes good for 1 year olds?
In short, yes. Trikes offer a fun and safe way for children to be active and particularly useful for children who are yet to walk. Trikes for children as young as 1 will usually come with a handle for the parent to push to keep them going in a safe direction, to help them maintain a good speed or even as a replacement for a buggy if they don’t fancy peddling.
Exercising children can be a challenging if it’s not fun and if they aren’t at the stage where they can walk. Tricycles can help develop their leg muscles. In general, as stated by Get Active Sports, exercise in general at such a young age develops their self confidence, muscle strength, improves their mood and gives them a positive attitude and outlook in life.
What better way to do it than with a trike?
Can my 1-year old use a tricycle?
Not every 1 year old will be mentally and physically ready to get the most out of a tricycle. You will have a feeling if your child is ready is the best advice we can give. The two key indicators whether they’re ready for a trike or not is muscle coordination and balance. If your child is walking or in the phase of learning how to walk then this is a good sign that they could make use of a trike.
If you have a child who is a little behind on their physical development then we would recommend holding off on a trike and allow them the time to develop naturally without forcing anything upon them.
Benefits of a trike for your 1 year old
Toys and games are some of the most expensive purchases a parent can make. There are so many things you could buy them it can be confusing to know what to buy and what not to. Here are some detailed benefits why we think you should buy your 1 year old a trike.
There are a few articles online about trikes and none of them list the most obvious benefit of a trike – it’s a really fun, somewhat inexpensive toy that they can use both indoors (if you’re lucky to have a big house or a garden) or outdoors and in any weather. Kids love trikes because they can get at it 100% and move around over distances and speeds they’ve probably not experienced before.
Kids love trikes and can start having fun with them as soon as they hit 1 year old.
According to the NHS, babies and toddlers should be active throughout the day, every day. A trike offers a way for a child to do that whilst having fun and gaining some independence.
At 1 year old your baby may or may not be able to walk and so a trike can help the latter get moving. A baby/toddler who is able to walk can exercise in a different way.
A trike is one of the first examples of how you can teach your child that being active can be fun and rewarding.
Confidence and independence
Children are not born independent and confident. They need their parents to show them that it’s ok to get out there in the world – one of the ways to do that is with walking and literally getting out of the house and into the world. A 1 year old can’t do a whole lot of activities outside barring walking which is why trikes are such a good idea. The Maternal and Early Years organisations says that taking part in a variety of physical activities helps maintain a healthy weight, improves self-confidence and social skills and can provide opportunities to develop friendships.
A trike lets them experience the outdoors where they actually get to participate themselves – no carrying, no sitting passively in a pram but actually moving themselves! Doing this gives your child a huge confidence boost and helps them tremendously on their way to independence – and let’s face it who doesn’t want a child that is happy to occupy themselves from time to time.
Stepping stone to bicycles
Tricycles are a natural stepping stone to full on bicycles which most parents would agree they’d be delighted to one day teach their child to ride. With the use of trikes you can get their confidence and strength up enough to transition to bicycles with stabilisers and then to the full fat bike.
A different way to travel
When children get confident with walking they can start to dislike the pram and being carried about – a trike with a handle in the back can be a new mode of transport that they are able to enjoy and tolerate giving you a great replacement to the outgoing pram and buggy.
This probably won’t be the permanent replacement of course but it may come in handy from time to time on clear days.