My 1 year old decided one day that he no longer wanted to go into the pram. Full stop. Maybe because he wanted to be like his older 3 year old brother who walked alongside the pram. As a busy mum, this was proving to be slightly inconvenient when we needed to go out
So I did what I always do. I turned to the very insightful mums of my favourite Facebook mums group. The resounding advice was to buy a SmarTrike.
A SmarTrike, or even a similar trike from Little Nation, is a great beginner trike, that's suitable for ages 15 months to 3 years old. It has a three-in-one design so that it can be converted it from a baby tricycle to an independent tricycle that your toddler can peddle.
The seat is enclosed and your child can be strapped in, so it's been created with safety in mind. There are pedals that can be locked if your baby can't or doesn't want to push. It's the same set up for the handle bar, if you don't want them to steer.
You can push your child along when they are little, then remove the handle once you want your child to use it as a tricycle. It's great as an introduction to bike riding and for giving little ones a sense of independence.
My son loves his SmarTrike. He always has the biggest smile on his face, as he is more part of the action. He's happy for me to push him along while his big brother cruises on his scooter in front of us. I find it really easy to steer, and because it has in built cushions and shock absorbers, it's a comfortable ride.
The one that I bought is actually secondhand which I found off Facebook Marketplace. If you buy them brand new they retail from around $180. Because the quality is so good though, I have found my secondhand one to be in near-perfect condition. So if you can pick one up this way, you would be in good shape. They get snapped up fast on online selling groups though!
The trike comes with a protective adjustable canopy, a safety seat cover, a removable safety bar for security and a covered basket for storing toys. It's perfect for storing bottles, toys and lunchboxes that need to be taken the playground. I haven't taken it into the shops, but I imagine you easily could as it's quite smooth to steer.
I would definitely recommend the one of these trikes. They are an worth investing in from when you have your first child, as you can either save it for your next child to use, or sell it onto another parent.