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Radio Flyer Deluxe Steer and Stroll
I bought the Radio Flyer Deluxe Steer and Stroll Trike based on faulty expectations. I kept seeing parents strolling around my quaint suburban neighborhood with push trikes. As they passed my house they look so peaceful carefully steering their well-behaved tiny human. Now, while I realized that this is only a snippet of their walk and probably not representative of the struggle, I still thought that that could be me! So I invested in the Radio Flyer Radio Flyer Deluxe Steer and Stroll Trike. I was wrong. So wrong.
Developmentally and personality-wise the trike and Bean are not well-matched. She is too active to sit passively while I push her, but not physically capable enough to start propelling herself. Even on the lowest setting, her tiny feet don’t reach the pedals and she is in the 99th percentile for height. But she still loves it! The result is an incredibly frustrating experience for me. Suffice it to say, it is not the peaceful afternoon stroll that I had in mind.
When it comes to the design, my chief complaint is that the pedals cannot be pinned. Without immobile pedals, the trike cannot truly be pushed. Pushing it results in bruised shins as the wheels come thwacking into little legs with every rotation. Now to be fair, Bean doesn’t mind. She thinks it’s funny. But she is abnormally unphased by physical hardship. Any other child would probably be upset by this. I am upset by this! Even though I know bruised shins are nothing to be ashamed of - they are “summer legs.” They represent an adventurous childhood. These bruises are unnecessary. They are not earned on the playground battleground. They are the result of a poorly designed product. I originally purchased this specific product because I read a review claiming the wheels can be pinned, which was misleading. In order to “pin” the pedals your child has to apply pressure to them. Now this is true, they won’t move, but in what world is your toddler going to sit willingly still in order to keep the wheels from spinning? I do not believe this was a realistic expectation. But despite my anger at the misleading review and the poor design, Bean still loves it. The Radio Flyer Radio Flyer Deluxe Steer and Stroll Trike is three eggs. I only gave it the third egg because my daughter loves it so much. But let’s be fair, she carried around an old piece of broken Tupperware yesterday calling it her “baby cup.”
The later suggestion is most likely what I will do going forward, because truth be told I didn’t think this whole trike thing through. I want multiple kids, so even if it can follow one child through multiple stages, will it? In my family probably not. As soon as Bean has outgrown one stage it will be time to hand it down. Well here’s to hoping I get better at this parenting thing as I go!
Have you tried a steerable tricycle? If so, would you recommend it?
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