Yesterday was one of those “no one wants to take a nap” days.  I hate wasting these beautiful fall days inside, so in an attempt to enjoy the day (and get the kids to sleep), I packed up the car and the boys and headed to the Greenway with my newest favorite thing: the Smart-Trike.

Smart-TrikeThe Smart-Trike is an all-in-one tricycle that grows with your child.  You can start it off with your little one strapped and secured with a seatbelt and harness and steering handle, and progress to a completely independent trike as they get older.  All of the parts are removable and adjustable with a wrench and a little elbow grease.  It even has a zippered pouch for your things and a bucket for everything they stop to collect.

We’ve had this trike for almost a year now, but I haven’t fully appreciated it until recently.  Our oldest was almost two when he received this as a gift from his grandparents, so we set it up as a trike with the steering hphotoandle still in place for us to help him “go” and steer since his navigation skills (and pedaling skills) weren’t the best.  He was into it for a bit…then decided he preferred the freedom of walking without Mom or Dad interfering.  Our youngest – now 10 months old – however, is LOVING this thing.  I think he enjoys the “freedom” he gets from not being strapped in a stroller, which is my usual mode of transportation when I’m out with the kids; he can look around and see everything, is lower to the ground, and can reach out and touch things nearby.

This trike is absolutely perfect for when we go on walks now; my 2 1/2 year old can walk beside me and I don’t have to lug a double stroller around the neighborhood or up and down the Greenway.

One catch?  There needs to be an attachment or place for the 2 1/2 year old to go when he decides he doesn’t want to walk anymore and I’m stuck carrying him.  Luckily the Smart Trike is so easy to navigate you only need one hand – not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.  Now we just need to get a second trike because now that little brother likes it I’m sure big brother will want to ride it again…not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.