So you've got your little one a tricycle, that's not the end of it! It's now time to hunt for a bike helmet that fits your child's head well because s/he will need all the protection from now onwards as falling and tumbling down from the bike will be part and parcel of the whole bike-learning journey!
1. Why A Toddler Helmet is Necessary
A toddler helmet is not just an accessory - it is an essential, life-saving equipment in your children's biking journey that has the ability to save them from potentially severe head injuries in the event that they suffer a bad fall from their bike.
This is because a good helmet will absorb most of the impact from a fall which otherwise will land on your little one's brain, so you can only imagine how important it is to have one. Especially more so if your little one starts young on a balance bike as most skulls are still not quite fully developed yet at this age, although kids under one year old are prohibited to be transported in a bicycle on the roads here in New York. Nevertheless, even if they are just balancing or scooting indoors, we think the helmet is an item that should not be skipped out altogether for obvious reasons.
2. How To Know The Helmet Is A Good Fit
Ok, you may think this is a no-brainer - as long as it doesn't fall off your kid's head then it's fine. Wrong!
A good fit should be not too big, not too small. It will not slide forward or backwards, nor will it budge from side to side. It will sit on the top of your toddler's head in a levelled position across the forehead, about one inch above the eyebrows.
And don't forget the chin strap and strap sliders. The strap sliders should form a 'v' under your kid's ears and the chin strap should slide under the chin just right, not too tight but not too loose either (get the pinch-free buckle ones, if you can!). A turn-dial feature will allow you to adjust the size and of course, you should always look for a ventilated helmet for breathability and comfort.
We cannot stress how important it is to get a good and snug fit out of your helmet so make sure you abide by the above guides to ensure your little one's helmet is in just the right size.
Another thing to take note of when choosing a good toddler helmet is to make sure it has any of the following sticker labels:
- MIPS (this is usually present in high-end helmets which have the ability to absorb crash impact regardless of the direction or angle of the impact, and is therefore more expensive)
This ensures that the helmet has undergone rigid tests and has passed the U.S and international safety standards. You will be surprised at just how many bicycle helmets out there that do not follow and conform to the mandated standards, so having one of these labels give you the extra piece of confidence and assurance. Don't worry, we have done this hard part for you - all the helmets reviewed below are certified one way or the other so feel assured shopping away!
3. Top 10 Best Toddler Helmet