I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about Emma’s scooter, so I thought I’d review it on the blog today.
First, though, a quick thank you to my friend Barbie for the recommendation! She knows everything about baby and kids’ gear. Whenever I need to buy something, I text her first because she’s so incredibly well-informed. (Sorry, Barbie. 😆) But if I’ve learned anything over the last four years or motherhood, it’s that doing it once right makes for longterm savings and cuts down on clutter. (And frustration!)
Barbie told us that we should go ahead and get a Micro Kickboard scooter. They’re expensive, she said, but they last. And we’d inevitably get annoyed and buy it anyway 😉, she added. We did look around a bit before pulling the trigger… and I must admit that I almost bought this Noodle scooter. (Come on!) In the end, though, we of course went with Barbie’s rec and purchased the Micro Kickboard Maxi Deluxe Foldable 3-Wheeled Scooter. (This is the more popular Micro Kickboard scooter. It’s the same product just without the foldability, and it’s nearly half the price.)
Something worth mentioning is that the name “Micro Kickboard Maxi Deluxe Foldable 3-Wheeled Scooter” is pretty awful, haha. “Micro” and “Maxi” probably shouldn’t be together, as they’re kind of contradictory. This confused me at first, but all you need to know is that “Micro Kickboard” is the brand name. The “Maxi” refers to the three-wheel design.
What we love about the Micro Kickboard Maxi Deluxe Foldable 3-Wheeled Scooter:
- FOLDABILITY: This is huge for us. While we certainly drive more here than we did in New York, we’re largely on foot in Chicago. Emma can scoot for a long time, but she eventually gets tuckered out. Instead of carrying the scooter back home, we can simply fold it up and tuck it under our stroller and continue on. The price difference between the regular scooter and the foldable one is a little ridiculous (ugh), but for us, foldability was a must.
- Lightweight design: Pretty amazing how light it is! I’ve carried it when it’s just been Emma and me (sans stroller), and it’s no problem. If you want, you can get this carrying case, which makes it even easier.
- Ages 5-12 size: The scooter is recommended for ages 5-12, but I’d honestly say that it works for ages 3+ because of the adjustable handlebar. (Though it only holds up to 110 pounds, so keep that in mind.) Emma is only three and it’s perfect for her! Granted, she’s a big three-year-old, and she’ll be turning four in a couple of months. But she whizzes down the sidewalk in it without issue. It’s awesome. I’d much rather buy one scooter than multiple over the years.
- Three-wheel design: Barbie said that this feature is crucial, as it means fewer crashes. The three-wheeled scooter glides over bumps very well, as opposed to other two-wheeled scooters that require more skill or need to be physically picked up while navigating sidewalk cracks and whatnot. Because of the easy three-wheel design, Emma learned how to use the Micro Kickboard scooter within a day or two! balance
- No assembly: Oh hey! Just over here still casually dying because we’re going on month five of being without school/childcare during a pandemic. We don’t have the energy to put things together anymore. If it doesn’t come out of the box ready to go, we don’t want it. 😆
Overall, I give the thing a solid A. It’s great, and scooting has been such a great activity–and a way to break up the day–for our family while quarantining. Highly recommended!
Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions!
PS: for a helmet, we use this Banwood one, but I see a lot of kids with this one, too.