Sunday, 27 April 2014

The Little Tikes Lean To Turn Scooter

We welcome any excuse to get outside, especially now the weather is taking a turn for the better. Leo was recently asked whether he would like to take the new Little Tikes Lean to Turn Scooter for a test drive, and of course he was more than happy to oblige. It is not as though he needs an excuse to go and play outside!

The Lean to Turn Scooter is a brand new addition to the popular Little Tikes range, and being a big fan of the brand already, we already had high hopes for the scooter. When the scooter arrived, I had one excited toddler join me for the grand un-boxing ceremony. As soon as we opened up the box and we came face to face with a luscious lime green and black scooter, I was impressed with the overall look. The bright colour against the jet black frame really does make this scooter look really smart, and Leo couldn’t wait for me to assemble it so he could get outside for a ride.

Assembly couldn’t have been easier, it simply needed the handle bar fitting into place. The Allen Keys were provided within the box, so in no less than 5 minutes we had a completed Lean to Turn Scooter in front of us, and ready to be played with.

Leo has been able to scoot since just before his 2nd birthday, so I knew that he was going to have absolutely no problem getting to grips with what he had to do. This particular model is suitable for children from the age of 18 months old, and I do think that the earlier you introduce a scooter, the sooner they will get the hang of it. My nephew is 16 months old, and because he has been having a play with Leo’s scooter, and has watched Leo scooting around, he is already on the way to being able to scoot!

With the Lean to Turn Scooter ready to get outside, Leo wasted absolutely no time at all. Leo took the scooter out to the front of the house so that he could make use of Granny’s lovely long winding drive. He scooted around the cars, down the drive and back up again before repeating the process. He smiled, laughed and laughed some more and was scooting like an absolute superstar!

I noticed that Leo was taking a few tumbles when he leaned too far to the left or right. Doing this caused the scooter topple. Each time it happened he picked himself up as though nothing had happened and he carried on his merry way.  I put this down to it being a ‘lean to turn’ scooter, and figured he just needs to get used to the overall turning using his weight. As Leo has had a different model of scooter before this, that again uses body movement to steer, and he can do this perfectly, I think he is still just adjusting to having a new scooter.

We have been using the Lean to Turn Scooter for a few weeks now and it is still as popular as ever. It is used on a daily basis and he has even taken to riding it from the house to the car each morning when I have to take him up to Granny’s house before work.

The scooter features a 3 wheel base which is essential for toddlers learning to scoot. It definetly gives me peace of mind when I see Leo whizzing around here, there and just about everywhere. I think it is a good thing that they don’t have to worry about balancing 2 wheels yet, learning to scoot and change direction is enough for starters. The rest can come later on. There is an easy-touch safety brake on the back of the scooter, but Leo hasn’t quite realised what it’s for just yet. Leo stops himself by putting his foot down on the floor, and although we have discussed the fact that the brake would stop him… He hasn’t really listened.

The handle bars have soft rubber grips, the base of the scooter is nice and wide, wide enough to put both feet on. Over all a really great little scooter, perfect for toddlers just starting out on their own sets of wheels.

There are a selection of different colours available:

I really do think that the Little Tikes Lean to Turn Scooter is a great addition, it would make a great present for a 2nd birthday gift, or a toddler ready to take those first steps towards learning to scoot. With a price tag of £29.99 and the confidence you get with buying a Little Tikes product, I really do think that this is a great scooter. It looks great and handles really well.

Disclaimer: We were sent the Little Tikes Lean to Turn Scooter for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions expressed are completely honest and my own.

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