Review: Smart Trike Zoo Cow 3-in-1 Tricycle
I’m always excited to try out new products, but my kids were even more excited than me when QualityToys.com sent us the Smart Trike Zoo Cow 3-in-1 Multi Feature Children’s Tricycle. I’m amazed the UPS guy made it off our porch in one piece with how excited the kids became after catching a glimpse of the box, but luckily he’s a quick guy.
The Smart Trike is part-tricycle, part-stroller. The child sits in the seat and pushes the pedals, but the parent can walk behind and push too. One of the best features of the bike is that the parent can control which direction the trike goes quite easily, as the handle the parent holds will move the handlebars of the trike. I don’t know if the intention was to make the child feel as if she is actually the one with the power to choose the direction, but that’s what it seems like to me. Any toy manufacturer who figures out that kids of all ages want to be in control is a smart toy manufacturer, if you ask me.
Adjustable to Your Child’s Age
Appropriate for ages 10 months and up, and adjustable for each age stage, it’s light enough to be put in the trunk of the car and taken for a stroll around the zoo but durable enough to withstand some serious playtime in the backyard. I like how the trike can change as the child grows. For example, a ten month old might need a harness and foot rests while a two year old might just need a lap belt and foot pedals to push. All of these features are included on the trike.
The trike itself is attractive and sleek. I like the black and white colors and the cow print accents on the accessories. My friend brought her 15 month old daughter over to give the trike a try and she was immediately drawn to it despite the other toys littered around the room. She particularly liked the phone toy attached to the handlebars, which I thought was a brilliant feature to add to the trike especially considering some kids might otherwise tire of sitting in the trike for any extended period of time.
What I Really Liked
- The trike is lightweight yet durable.
- It looks cool.
- The trike can be adjusted as the child gets older.
- Parents can steer the trike from the back.
- The trike was relatively easy to assemble.
- The cup holder was a nice touch.
- Storage space for parents’ items was included in a basket and attachable pouch.
What I Would Change
I don’t have many complaints about the trike except that the cute canopy sunshade can only be used with the younger set-up, or at least that’s the way it seemed to me. There may be a way to use it without the younger harness set-up, but if there is then I couldn’t figure it out. I wanted to use the sunshade but my kids wanted nothing to do with the harness, so we did without.
I think this trike is an excellent choice for parents who want to buy a tricycle that will grow with their children. I especially like how the tricycle can be pushed from behind like a stroller, which means that using it in a mall or maybe even a grocery store is not an unreasonable idea. When a child has outgrown the stroller phase, but is not quite ready to run amok on her own while out running errands with you, this product could be the solution.