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Doona Liki Trike Review: Is the Convertible Worth It?

According to Little Nation, riding a trike (or a tricycle) contributes to a toddler’s physical, psychological and emotional development. It helps with their balance and coordination too. 

A trike allows parents to bring their child out without being confined in a stroller and expose their child to the outdoors. It also prepares their child as they learn how to pedal.

My child used the Doona Liki Trike, a tricycle that can be converted into a bicycle as the child grows older. Read on for my full Doona Trike review below, including my personal thoughts and experience!

I would recommend parents the Doona Trike if:
  • Your child is turning 10 months old
  • You want a lighter and more convenient option for bringing your child out
  • You want to expose your child to the outdoors
  • You want the convertibility of a trike from a push trike to a bicycle (longer mileage for you!)
  • You want a reputable brand made of high-quality material
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Introduction to the Doona Liki Trike

The Doona Liki Trike

There are several models that Doona released for their Liki Trikes.

Price
same features
DIFFERENTIATING FEATURES
COLOURS
Doona Trike S1 product image
S1
– Can be used straight out of the box
– Foldable
– Cabin-friendly
4 modes of use
Stage 1 (Parent Mode): 10-18 months
Stage 2 (Push Mode): 18-24 months
Stage 3 (Tricycle Mode): 24-30 months
Stage 4 (Bike Mode): 30-36 months
– Greyhound
– Red Flame
Doona Trike S3 product image
S3
– Can be used straight out of the box
– Foldable
– Cabin-friendly
4 modes of use
Stage 1 (Parent Mode): 10-18 months
Stage 2 (Push Mode): 18-24 months
Stage 3 (Tricycle Mode): 24-30 months
Stage 4 (Bike Mode): 30-36 months
Includes:
– Storage bag
– Cup holder
– Padded armrest
– Shoulder pads
– Pedal straps
– 5-point harness
– Desert Green
Flame red
Grey hound
Royal blue
Doona Trike S5 product image
S5
– Can be used straight out of the box
– Foldable
– Cabin-friendly
4 modes of use
Stage 1 (Parent Mode): 10-18 months
Stage 2 (Push Mode): 18-24 months
Stage 3 (Tricycle Mode): 24-30 months
Stage 4 (Bike Mode): 30-36 months
Includes:
– Storage bag
– Cup holder
– Padded armrest
– Shoulder pads
– Pedal straps
– 5-point harness
Wooden handlebars
Travel bag (for storing the trike)
– Nitro Black
Racing Green
– Limited Edition Gold
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How Do I Feel About the Doona Liki Trike?

Personal experience

I borrowed a Doona S1 Liki Trike from my friend for my daughter to try out. We used it for a year when my daughter was 1 going 2 years old. Here are my thoughts about the Doona Trike.

Baby riding the Doona S1 Liki Trike

My daughter enjoys running free, and it is tough getting her to sit in her stroller for long. Hence, the Doona Trike was such a great addition to the family as she enjoyed sitting in it. She thinks she is in control of the trike too, haha!

However, she would only be willing to sit in the trike for a maximum of 30 minutes and she would start feeling restless. At this stage, she is still unable to ride the trike, and I feel that she might be bored sitting and being pushed. Then, I will have to find a suitable spot for her to expend her energy. 

Also, I feel that there is minimal protection on the trike. Your child needs to be disciplined enough to constantly place their feet on the pedal. As I own an S1 Liki Trike, there weren’t any pedal straps and I had to constantly remind my daughter to place her feet on the pedals. It was quite dangerous for her to place her feet on the floor as she might hurt herself. 

Something else to note is that my daughter breaks herself free from the harness several times. It can get dangerous on the go if she decides to lean to one side while seated. 

The Doona trike is a great product to have but it can get quite stressful ensuring my daughter’s safety – her feet need to be on the pedals, she needs to be in her harness, and of course, not doing anything funny while seated. 

Once she’s able to ride it as a bicycle, all these worries would be uncalled for and then, it’s time to teach her to steer!

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Pros of the Doona Liki Trike

Features
Baby wearing a bonnet, riding on the Doona Trike, sun peeking at the far back

Great quality

According to Doona, their trikes are made from quality materials: premium grade fiber reinforced polymers, high durability wheels, and rust-free aluminum profiles. 

Unlike Singapore – my home country –, the roads in Germany are mainly cobbled grounds. The Doona trike withstood the rough terrain! This shows proof of their high-quality material.

Child feels less confined

Unlike a stroller, a trike makes the child feel more involved in the outdoors. When they are younger, they feel more in control even if they are not cycling the trike. 

My daughter thinks she is controlling the trike because she can move the handlebar. Lo and behold, she doesn’t know that it’s her mommy controlling the trike, haha!

Can be converted into a bicycle

The Doona trike can be converted into a tricycle/bicycle when your child is ready, and is tall enough to pedal – around 24 months of age. In my case, my 25-month-old daughter is unable to ride it as a bicycle as she’s not tall enough. 

She is currently at an awkward age of not being able to pedal herself, and yet her legs are too long for her to place them nicely at the Push Mode’s footrest. If I were to let her rest her feet on the pedals, she would then be “pedaling” too fast if I were to control by pushing the trike. The sweet compromise would then be her resting her feet on the pedals, and I would then have to push the trike very slowly. 

While waiting for my daughter to grow taller and be able to ride it as a tricycle, the convertible is something I absolutely love about the Doona trike. It can be used from 10 months of age to 36 months of age (almost 2 years!).

Doona Trike graphic showing the bicycle modes features
Image credit: Doona Official Site

Can be folded

This may not be a crucial function if you use it on a daily basis, leaving it as it is. However, it’s nice to know that it can be folded compactly. This is great for traveling (it can fit in airplane’s overhead bins) and also for small homes. 

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Places to Purchase the Doona Liki Trike

Where to Buy
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Additional Add-Ons

Accessories

You can buy an additional Liki storage bag that allows you to keep your belongings while using the trike. This storage bag is included in the latest S5 model.

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Overall Thoughts on the Doona Liki Trike

Concluding Thoughts
Collage of images of a baby riding the Doona Trike

After using the Doona trike for a year, I am more certain of its goodness and would definitely be buying one of my own. I can’t wait to see how my daughter would ride it as a tricycle/bicycle independently. This review will also be updated accordingly when my daughter starts riding it.

I would recommend the Doona trike to parents looking for:
  • A trike with a long mileage (about 2 years)
  • A reputable trike made of high-quality materials
  • A lighter and more convenient option for bringing your child out

Whatever brand you choose, a trike is great for developing motor skills and we hope you do explore this option for your child!

Disclaimer: Nuevamae is not sponsored by any of the mentioned brands or platforms. This article expresses our honest opinion based on our experience and research. Read more about our mission. This article includes affiliate links so we may earn a commission (at no additional cost to you) if you make a purchase via the link.

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