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Recumbent difficulties for toddlers
on August 1, 2010
The tricycle is well made and it made sense that the lower center of gravity might prevent accidents. As a first intro to pedaling, however, the Schwinn may not be the best choice for some toddlers who are not wonderfully coordinated. The pedals are in front and the pushing forward is not as intuitive as a more upright tricycle that mirrors more closely the action of walking or climbing stairs. In our experience with a three-year-old son, we felt as though we were starting out with the equivalent of a "recumbent" bicycle as a starter bike for adults . . . Our son persisted with the "Flintstones" scooting without use of the pedals and seemed frustrated by the mechanics of pushing forward with his feet in order to move in the same direction. . . . In fact, he adopted a two-wheeler with training wheels almost immediately and still has not bonded with his shiny new trike. . . . In our case, safety should NOT have preceded "fun" in our criteria for purchasing. If you have a "climber," it may be a great choice; for other kids, you may find it becomes outmoded before it is used.