Almost every child has a scooter growing up and now they they appear to be a very popular toy, every other child I have seen recently has been riding on a scooter.
Isabelle loves ride on toys but I was a little unsure about scooters as at just over a year old she is so little and still rather young. Then we were offered the chance to review a Mini Micro 3-in-1 Scooter and after doing a little research we gladly accepted. Now Isabelle would have the chance to play with her friends. Isabelle is never one to hold back and is always attempting to do the same as those around her no matter how much older than her they are.
For a normal scooter I wouldn’t have even allowed Isabelle to attempt to play on it as I know it would end in tears bumps and bruises but this is where the Mini Micro Scooter is different to it’s competition.
The scooter is suitable for ages 1-5 years and starts off as a ride on scooter for the younger tots and transforms as they grow. The box contains the base board, an o-bar handle, the seat attachment and a t-bar handle.
The Mini Micro 3-in-1 Scooter features 3 wheels, two at the front and one at the rear. The two wheels at the front help in keeping the scooter upright so it even stays vertical when not in use. To the rear of the scooter is the rear wheel and brake.
To start with we have set the Mini Micro 3-in-1 scooter up with the smaller of the handlebars which is the o-bar and secured the seat on using an allen key which was also provided in the in box.
It was surprisingly easy to assemble and within 5 minutes of having the scooter out of the box it was all set up and ready to go. It was was that easy!
Although Isabelle is a very active child she lacks balance which at her age is completely normal so the seat of the Mini Micro 3-in-1 works perfectly.
She simply uses the scooter as a ride on which will help assist Isabelle in developing her balance and coordination skills. The seat itself can be set at two different height positions so as you child grows you can alter the height of the seat to make it more comfortable for them to use. We set the seat on its lowest height to start with which is perfect for Isabelle’s little legs.
The first few times Isabelle attempted to ride the scooter she couldn’t quite get the hang of it and spent most of the time going backwards (this is nothing new though, the majority of her ride on toys had the same effect) After a few weeks of reversing Isabelle discovered that she could go forwards but at the same time she tried using it like a normal ride on by taking both of her feet off the ground. This wasn’t a problem at first as the scooter stands up by itself but as her confidence grew she started to lean to the side a lot which resulted in her tumbling to the floor. This is in no way a reflection on the product, it was just Isabelle being her usual self.
Once we had got past the point of Isabelle lifting her legs off the floor she soon found her feet and discovered the wonders of scooting. At the same time we also discovered sore toes, bruised shins and the cat feared for its life when Isabelle pulled out the scooter. It was safe to say she had found her scooting confidence so it was time to take the scooting outside where she could do less damage.
As Isabelle had never used a scooter before she soon took to the unique turning action of the Mini Micro 3-in1 scooter. Rather than turning the handlebar to get the scooter to turn like many of it’s competitors, the Mini Micro scooters have a leaning action to turn the two front wheels. Lean left to turn left and lean right to turn right, it took me a while to get used to that concept as I was used to turning the handle bar.
The brake at the moment never gets used as with the seat on Isabelle has no need (and it would be very tricky to do) to move her legs to the rear and use the brake. At the speed she builds up now I can see the brakes being used a lot when we take the next step and remove the seat converting it from a ride-on to a scooter.
The Mini Micro 3-in-one & o-bar is available in two bold colours, blue and pink. We were sent the pink for Isabelle to try and so far the frame still remains in near enough new condition which is great considering the amount of crashes combined with the rough play of a toddler. It goes to show that the Micro Scooters are very robust and can withstand impact. The materials of the seat and base board are flexible which acts almost like a shock absorber making the scooter a very smooth ride even with a boisterous toddler like Isabelle.
Our next stage is to remove the seat when Isabelle’s balance improves but for now she is more than happy and loves scooting around on the seat.
Overall I am more than impressed with the quality and build of the Mini Micro 3-in-1 scooter. I haven’t been able to find any faults at all. with the fantastic quality I can certainly see the scooter lasting throughout the whole age range of the product. They are very much worth the £74.95 price tag.
Micro Scooters are available for all ages including adult versions to and they can be customised with a wide range of accessories available from Micro Scooters