Ride-on Dilemma

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Piglet is fast outgrowing his stroller, so much so that he looks positively ridiculous sitting in it.

I realized this during our trip to Chennai, when he got up and started walking around still strapped in the stroller dragging it wherever he went!!! It was so funny to see, I dropped my phone from laughing and never got a proper photo of him.

Basically, everyone at the mall gaped at him like he was He-Man or something.

So, last week at yet another mall, we visited Hamley’s in Phoenix MarketCity in Bangalore (one of our favorite places to hang out) to see if we could find a more suitable ride for him.

What’s not to like about Hamley’s? There are plenty of toys on display, children can try out a lot of stuff, and the staff are the most serene. At one point, Piglet threw a dump truck on the ground, and I instinctively looked around guiltily (I really should have been sharper), but the sales assistant was very chill about it. According to him, the children throw toys around all the time. It really showed the quality of that truck, that nothing happened even though it was thrown with such force!

Anyway enough rambling about the store, and on to the main topic. Ride-ons!!

I was thinking for some time now that Piglet doesn’t really need a stroller as such, but he could do with a ride-on. His best frenemy has a bunch of ride-ons (a car, a bike, and a scooter! Overkill, you think?), and Piglet and he often get into jealous tussles. I thought it would be nice for Piglet to have one so that they can both share and ride together.

So, that’s what Piglet road-tested while we were at Hamley’s.

There were a couple of parameters that we kept in mind throughout:

  • No motorized vehicles because I never remember about replacing batteries and stuff like that
  • Must be good quality and rugged keeping in mind Piglet’s awesome destructive capabilities
  • Something that can be used for a several years. These things are expensive, and I don’t want to spend so much moolah for Piglet to outgrow within the year

So, Piglet first tried out this car. He liked that it was a car, but it was a bit of a squeeze for him. Also, it doesn’t have pedals which basically means that he has to pull himself along with his feet, unless I push him from behind. Pushing him around was very uncomfortable as I had to stoop a lot.

I could also visualize Piglet walking around everywhere with this thing around him so we put a stop to it right away.

We no-no'ed this right away

We no-no’ed this right away

The next ride-on we tried was the Little Tikes trike (the red one in the background of the following picture)

Piglet liked the one he's sitting on, but we thought the Little Tikes one in the background was a better fit for him

Piglet liked the one he’s sitting on, but we thought the Little Tikes one in the background was a better fit for him

I liked it straight away. It’s pretty rugged, it has pedals so Piglet can cycle on his own when he is ready for it, there is a comfortable holder that I can use to push him along if he is slow or tired, and it comes with a sun protection shield which I appreciated but Piglet hated.

Yeah, Piglet hated the ride-on that I loved :(. For some reason, he kept getting off/sliding off, and no amount of coaxing could get him to ride it for a long enough time for us to test. I suspect he found the seat uncomfortable.

Anyway, the last ride-on we tried was the pink all-in-one scooty that he is riding in the above photo. It doesn’t have pedals, boo, but he could sit comfortably on it and move around on his own. As he grows older, it converts into a proper scooty that he can stand on. I love convertibles. The downsides? The only color available was pink, and it doesn’t have a push option so that it can be used to move him along when he is tired. And, there is no strap-on available to keep Piglet firmly in his seat. See here for a better idea of the specification of this ride-on.

So, basically, we came out of the store with our heads spinning. Now, I understand why Piglet’s friend has so many ride-ons. It seems it’s pretty much impossible to find one ride-on that suits all our needs ๐Ÿ™

Do you have any ride-on recommendations for us?

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  • couchpapaya

    We have one of those trikes (http://www.amazon.com/Radio-Flyer-Deluxe-Steer-Stroll%C2%AE/dp/B0009NX07S) and my guy LOVES it. Heโ€™s 2 and not able to pedal just yet so I love that I can push him too.

    We also have this (http://www.amazon.com/Pewi-Ybike-Ride-Walking-Buddy/dp/B004EIS6EQ). I LOVE this toy, itโ€™s amazing how easy it is to ride and itโ€™s been my sonโ€™s favorite toy ever since he was 1. Though at 2, Iโ€™m not sure how much longer he can use it. Heโ€™s already too tall for it, but he doesnt seem to have any problems scooting around on it.

    A friend has this one (http://www.amazon.com/Step2-736200-Motorcycle/dp/B00009XO8U) and my son loves this too. To me the wheels seem to make a lot of noise, but the kids seem to love it just fine.

    Wishing Piglet lots of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  • It’s really hard to settle on a single ride-on since there are so many options. We have one of those trikes (http://www.amazon.com/Radio-Flyer-Deluxe-Steer-Stroll%C2%AE/dp/B0009NX07S) and my guy LOVES it. He’s 2 and not able to pedal just yet so I love that I can push him too. I think your first commenter was right- probably Piglet was overwhelmed. If you could, take the toy to a quieter area of the store and let him ride it around to make sure that the seat isnt really uncomfortable for him.

    We also have this (http://www.amazon.com/Pewi-Ybike-Ride-Walking-Buddy/dp/B004EIS6EQ). I LOVE this toy, it’s amazing how easy it is to ride and it’s been my son’s favorite toy ever since he was 1. Though at 2, I’m not sure how much longer he can use it. He’s already too tall for it, but he doesnt seem to have any problems scooting around on it.

    A friend has this one (http://www.amazon.com/Step2-736200-Motorcycle/dp/B00009XO8U) and my son loves this too. To me the wheels seem to make a lot of noise, but the kids seem to love it just fine.

    • @couchpapaya: Hey, how’ve you been? It’s been ages. Thanks for all the links and reccos, I will go check them out ๐Ÿ™‚

      And we are going to Hamley’s again this weekend to try out the trike and see. Let’s see how it goes

      • couchpapaya

        Eek sorry for comment spam ๐Ÿ™‚ I had problems logging in so didnt think my comment got posted the first time. I’m doing well, been following the blog world sporadically but had to comment on this post ๐Ÿ™‚

        • @couchpapaya: No problem…happens all the time. Blogging platforms are sometimes temperamental with comments ๐Ÿ™‚

    • @couchpapaya: You read my mind…I’ve been eyeing that Step 2 motorbike as well. I’ve also been drooling over this one:

      http://www.amazon.com/Step2-707900-Whisper-Ride-Buggy/dp/B003T7UCXG/ref=sr_1_3?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1369391853&sr=1-3&keywords=step+2+whisper+ride+buggy

      Gosh, ride-ons are so much fun ๐Ÿ™‚

      • couchpapaya

        I’ve seen that one being used a lot too. And, Piglet seems to have tried all the different ones like a champ, so I’m thinking he’ll have fun with anything. Mine has yet to meet a ride on he couldnt spend hours on ๐Ÿ™‚

        Wanted to add yesterday — the pics of Snubnose and Piglet on the side here are just adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • My nephew has got that red/yellow/blue little tike and adores it. Are you sure piglet was not just to overwhelmed with all the choice that he did not like it? Maybe he does not like the pedals yet but they can be taken off or blocked so they can be used as steps. It is such a sweet ride-on…

    • @Ciska: That’s a good point you make. Maybe he was just confused trying on so many rides. I did like that red/yellow trike the best and think it would suit him quite nicely.

      Glad to know your nephew enjoys it. Will take Piglet again to try it and see how he feels this time. It truly is the most practical and bang for the buck option.

  • So cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, @Melinda ๐Ÿ™‚

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