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Push power ride-ons can be fantastic fun for both the parent and the child. Not only does your growing toddler gets much needed exercise and the chance to develop their independence and mobility. You also get a new way to enjoy spending time with your child. We've put together this brief guide to help you choose the best ride-on for your home.

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Does material quality matter in ride-ons?

Not all push power ride-ons are made the same. Some are well constructed, using hefty plastics and solid metal skeletons, while others are put together with minimal cost and maximal profit in front of mind. It goes without saying that you can expect a few issues from the latter.

Push power ride-ons are generally made from plastic or have a plastic skeleton with a steel frame. Wheel axles and handlebars should always be made from some type of metal. Ideally, these would be steel rods, but material quality can vary widely between models. It's always best to verify the quality of your materials in person where possible or contact your manufacturer for specific details.

A lot of push ride-ons are made from wood (mainly plywood) to ensure strength and durability. Wood has been popular for this type of toys, particularly amongeco-friendly parents.

The quality of materials used in your ride-on will determine how long your ride-on lasts, how safe it will be for your children, and how functional it will be on varying terrain. Steel axles and handlebars, for example, will have more weight-bearing capacity than even very sturdy plastic. So, they will probably remain safe and functional for the 1-2 years of use that your child will get out of this toy.

Further, as your child gets used to their push power ride-on and starts becoming more adventurous, they'll start moving around faster. Which in turn means they'll be turning faster, and the force exerted on the ride-on will be greater. Plastic can flex slightly more than steel, thus accommodating some of these forces, but can become warped under strain and eventually fail.

Helpful Tip: We strongly recommend seeing and examining push power ride-ons in person when available. If you can't be physically present with the toy you're interested in, try searching through reviews in detail. Find out what other parents are saying about mishaps and ride-ons falling apart. You'll be able to get a good idea of which ride-ons are safe and which are just cheap.

Blue Plastic Push Ride-On
Orange Plastic Push Sports Car
Wood Push Power Ride-On Bee
Wood Push Ride On Car
Metal Push Power Ride On Bike
Blue Plastic Push Ride-On Dog

What safety features are important in ride-ons?

The first thing every parent worry about is their child's safety. To that end, you'll probably appreciate this next section of the article. Realistically, the biggest danger your child would face from a ride-on, is a fall. In most cases, these falls are to be expected as your child explores their mobility and are not to be feared, however, it doesn't hurt to pay special attention just to be safe.

There are a few often overlooked qualities in ride-ons that can help you know whether they are safe to use or not. Let's take a look at them.

Sharp Edges, Removable, Small Pieces

Height Adjustable Handlebars and Seats

Handlebars that only make gentle turns

Ride-On Battery Power Car with Seats
Push Powered Ride On Jeep with Handle and Seat
Push Powered Ride On Red Car with Handle and Seat
Small Push Ride Truck with Seat
Push Ride On Motorcycle with Handles
Push Power Ride On Lady Bug with Handle

2 Front Wheels

Low Center of Gravity

Standards compliance

Black Push Power Ride On with Front Wheels
Pink Push Ride On with Front Wheels
Go Kart Ride On with 2 Front Wheels
Green Low Power Ride On Tractor
Pink Low Airplane Power Ride On
White Low Push Power Ride On Car

What extra features to consider in ride-ons for fun and convenience?

Now that we've handled all the heavy lifting, here's a look at a few extra things that can make your life easier and your ride-on experience more fun.

Rear Handle for Parent Power

Multi-terrain wheels

Spare parts