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When we found out that our first baby was a girl, we made a conscious effort to not get too girly when purchasing all of the usual baby paraphernalia. We registered for and purchased all gender-neutral gear. In case we ever gave her a sibling, we wanted to make sure we could reuse everything regardless of if it was a brother or sister. Makes sense, right?
Then sometime in the second year of her life, all that went out the window. Turns out she was born to be pink and sparkly. So when her grandparents bought her first tricycle, a pink Radio Flyer was the clear choice. She loved it! We pushed her around on it until she could reach both pedals and then we helped steer the trike when she could pedal herself. After she got more confident, we took the handle off and set her free. She rode that little pink trike (wearing her iridescent pink boots) until her knees were hitting the handlebars with every turn of the pedals.
Even though it wasn’t really gender neutral, we still saved that pink tricycle in case we had another little girl some day. As it turned out, we eventually did give our daughter a sibling, but it was a little brother. He is the sweetest little boy, and he’s almost 9 months old now – just old enough to start enjoying his very own Radio Flyer tricycle!
I was excited to learn that Radio Flyer has a Build-a-Trike option that I could use to customize his new ride. It was so fun to personalize a trike (a red one this time) for our exact needs. For safety, they recommend certain options like the wrap around tray and headrest + seatbelt for a baby his age. Then there are options that are just too practical to pass up. The parent pouch holds my cell phone, water bottle and keys. We upgraded to the fabric storage basket that holds up to 5 times more than the classic bucket. This is going to come in handy for carrying toys, a small diaper bag, and any treasures we find along the way. We even added on some other options like the Safeguard Speaker and personalized license plate just for fun.
Declan is already loving his new tricycle and we are too. The best part is that it will grow with him over the next 4 years or so. Let the adventuring begin!
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