Meet my two boys. You may know them already; they’ve been prominently featured on my site for oh, the last five years or so. On the left is Ryder, and on the right, Reid. Of course, we also have several nicknames for them. This summer, it’s “The Whiner” and “Sir Good to Go”.
“The Whiner” – my son formerly known as Ryder – is 5 years old. He likes to kick soccer balls, drink apple juice, and complain about the heat. Oh, how he complains! In fact, we cannot recall a single event or day trip this summer where he didn’t schlep around whining about how hot he is.
“I’m tired,” he says.
“It’s too hot outside. I don’t want to walk anymore,” he says.
“Can I sit in Reid’s stroller? My legs hurt,” he says.
Yes, he is a professional whiner. His little brother, “Sir Good to Go”, has no problem getting out, running around and trudging through deep vegetation… but here’s the problem. He’s 3 years old, and he’s batsh*t CRAZY. Picture the Tasmanian Devil – got it. That’s Reid. So technically, we don’t want him getting out, running around and trudging through deep vegetation – we want him securely fastened so we can keep both eyes on him. To tell the truth, if child leashes weren’t so socially unacceptable, he’d be harnessed in a heartbeat.
Here’s the dilemma. Reid is the toddler who dislikes the stroller; Ryder is the kindergarten kid who wants to crawl in. I loathe taking the double stroller to theme parks and street festivals just because The Whiner doesn’t want to walk. So what’s a girl to do?
(Cue the parting of the heavens. If I could Photoshop a ray of light shining down on the Little Tikes Deluxe Ride & Relax Wagon with Umbrella, I would.)
Of course a wagon is the answer! It allows both boys to be comfy and secure, with the ease of jumping in/out whenever they’d like. And, the optional harness allows us to safely restrain Reid on bumpier terrain or near roads.
Now, just as I like my vehicles souped up and with options to the nines, you can bet I wouldn’t just settle for any wagon. Nope; it had to be a wagon with ALL the bells and whistles. And trust me, the Little Tikes Deluxe Ride & Relax Wagon with Umbrella delivers. Here’s why we love it.
1. Special Flip Seats for Superior Back Support
In theory, the ergonomic flip seats for superior back support provides a much more comfortable ride for kids. However, since The Whiner has long legs, it’s actually much easier to tote him around when the wagon is in storage mode, as he can simply cross his legs vs. bumping knees with his little brother. Every wagon we’ve tested has always been rejected because of the knee-bumping factor (“He’s touching me!!”), so I’m happy to report that both boys are equally content in the Deluxe Ride & Relax. And when the kids aren’t looking, my husband also uses their wagon as a wheelbarrow; removable sides enable us to cart around supplies needed for any yard project.
2. Wagon Converts to Bench for Relaxed Seating
That’s right. It’s not called the Deluxe Ride & Relax without good reason! In one simple flip, you’ve got an authentic bench that even adults can enjoy – the maximum weight allowance is a generous 250 lbs. It’s perfect for enjoying an ice cream cone down by the lake or watching fireworks at night. Plus, it gives the boys a chance to stretch out their legs, particularly after long wagon rides.
3. Umbrella Attaches to Wagon
An optional canopy? Score! I’ve always envied those little kids who are dutifully shielded from the sun in their little wagons, and now, my boys are treated to the same feature. The umbrella can be adjusted for height or removed completely based on the weather and your preferences. As you’ll probably notice, it’s not exactly made of the sturdiest construction – hence, I’d leave it at home if the winds are gusting above 30 km/hr. But for super-hot days with a gentle breeze, it offers the perfect amount of shade. The Whiner ADORES it! (Umbrella pictured above.)
4. The Bells and Whistles
In addition to the umbrella – seat belts, drink holders, plus an attached cooler bag make this ride the perfect swagger wagon. I love that we can store up to eight drinking boxes alone in the attached cooler bag! It’s the perfect theme park, zoo, or picnic companion. And, since the storage is on the outside vs. taking up valuable space on inner compartments, the boys have tons of room to stretch out and chill. Truly, the Little Tikes Deluxe Ride & Relax Wagon with Umbrella is a dream!
Since receiving the wagon for review, “The Whiner” has started to transition into “The Agreeable”. And for that, I thank Little Tikes with all my heart (and patience). The Little Tikes Deluxe Ride & Relax Wagon with Umbrella retails for $139.99 and is available at most major toy retailers in Canada. Click here to visit Little Tikes.
*EDIT* The wagon is now on sale at Walmart for just $98.82! Click here for in-store availability near you!
Of course, once out of the wagon, they’re both little Sir Good to Go’s!