In selecting the best ride on toys for toddlers, we have picked those that are unique and a little different from the usual. After all, most toddler riding toys look similar except for the theme and color. So, below are a few ride on toys that should make you take a second look for their difference in design and character.
Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug
This is certainly not a typical ride-on toy. Rather than sitting on a car or bike, the Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug will see your kid straddling a bug or animal. You can choose among a few designs including panda, hedgehog, pig, ladybug and mouse. There are 2 sizes to cater to toddlers and for those older than 3 years of age. The Wheely Bug can take a maximum weight of 50 lbs.
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The difference between the Prince Lionheart and the usual ride on toys lies in the casters. The wheels swivel 360 degrees. As a result, the toy can be steered to go anywhere and in all directions whether it is forward, backward, sideways or even in circles. What this means is that the ride on is very easy to manuever for a yound kid. The multi-directional wheels help tremendously with movement unlike other riding toys.
Made of renewable timber for its base, the Wheely Bug has rounded corners for safety. The seat is padded with a leather-like surface that is easy to clean and moisture-resistant. When kids hop on, they can hold onto the handle and easily push it around with their little feet.
If you are interested in this toy, do take note of the size when you buy. If your toddler is on the tall side, you might want to consider getting the bigger size toy. Moreover, the smaller size could be very quickly outgrown. However, for safety purposes, the ride on should not be too high that it makes it hard for your kid to balance when she hops on.
Bear in mind that this is also not a push toy walker. With its multi-directional casters, it can be dangerous to learn to walk with the Prince Lionheart ride on toy since it can move very swiftly. But it can promote gross motor skills and help a toddler to learn balance.
Step2 2-in-1 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
We like the Step2 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor because it has a grow-with-me feature to make it not so quickly outgrown. This vehicle is feet-powered unlike the popular and pricey Power Wheels cars which are battery driven. So, when your toddler is still too young to power this ride on toy on his own, you can push him around using the push handle, making it similar to a kids’ wagon. There is a floor board provided that is also removable when he is older. The push handle is also detachable.
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Other features that make this Step2 riding toy stands out is the working lights and rugged wheels with 360-degree turning. The lights are controlled by a hidden button on the front grille. The tires have shiny hubcaps for a realistic look. Kids will also find it fun opening and closing the door when getting in and out. There are latches on the doors for safety. There is also trunk storage for the Raptor and a steering wheel with honk.
Besides being a 2-in-1 kid’s riding toy, the 360-degree turning wheels means you don’t have to push down on the handle to make a turn. It is easier to maneuver compared to other ride on toys with push handles.
The downside to this car ride on toy is the lack of a safety belt. So, for younger riders, it might be a hassle getting them to sit rather than stand in the car. Apart from that, some online reviewers have also mentioned about the difficult assembly.
Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike
This is one expensive ride on trike. But it will last you until he is 5 years old. At the first stage, this works like a stroller. The recommended starting age is 9 months. It has a 3-point harness to keep your baby safe surrounded by a removable tray. The push handle is adjustable to cater to different heights. You can also steer the trike using the push handle. A removable canopy protects your baby from the sun and a head rest ensures comfort.
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In the second stage, this becomes a steering trike. You just need to remove the tray and your toddler’s feet can now rest on the pedals as you steer the trike with the push handle. In the third stage, as your kid grows older and learns to pedal, you can remove the head rest and canopy to give him more room to move. Lastly, you can remove the push handle and push back the seat as your kid grows taller. This then becomes a standard kids’ trike.
While the concept is good, this Radio Flyer trike does have a few flaws. It is partly made of plastic. So, some parents have commented that it is too lightweight and may tip over at times. There is also no footrest for a younger child who is not tall enough to reach the pedal.
Nevertheless. despite the flaws, this riding toy for kids has all the options for each stage of a child’s development until the age of 5. In that sense, it is a practical buy for the long term.