Best bike helmets for babies and toddlers
So, you’re ready to take your toddler with you when you go cycling, either on a bike seat, in a trailer, or on a cargo bike.
Or maybe they’re zooming next to you on a balance bike. You’re looking for their first bike helmet, but where do you start?
It all comes down to the right sizing and finding a good fit for your little one.
Sizing for bike helmets is measured as the circumference of their head, so that gives you a good starting point but there really is no substitute for trying before you buy. Find out how to measure your child's head for a bike helmet.
How to find the best helmet for your baby or toddler
It is particularly important that the clasp for the chin strap is easy to use and that the chin strap is comfortable. This will help you to tighten the straps without any tears (fingers crossed!).
If you’ve got a bike helmet for your baby or toddler already, find out if it’s fitted correctly.
If your child has got afro hair, read our article on afro hair and kids' bike helmets.
In the UK there is no legal obligation for anyone to wear a helmet, but many parents choose to use them. If you’re not sure whether you want your child to wear a helmet, read our article on things to consider when making this decision.
Read on to find your baby or toddler’s first bike helmet...
Will your baby or toddler be sitting in a bike seat or trailer?
Make sure you look for a helmet with a flatter back if your baby or toddler will be sitting in a bike seat or trailer. This will allow them to sit comfortably and not have their head pushed forward by the bulky helmet.
Check out our articles on:
Bike helmets for tiny and small heads
Are you looking for a first bike helmet for your baby or toddler? These are our top recommendations for bike helmets for your little one.
You'll have to bear in mind that a small difference in weight might have quite an effect on your baby, while it will be less important when you're looking for a helmet for your preschooler.
We've ordered these helmets in size order, smallest first, to help you find the correct sized bike helmet for your baby or toddler.
Size: XS 46-50cm, S 50-53cm, M 53-56cm
Colours: choice of 6
Safety standards: EN 1078
Weight: 240g (XS), 260g (S), 270g (M)
Summary: This stylish-looking helmet comes in bright block colours and has a magnetic clasp, which means your toddler's skin won't get stuck in the buckle.Buy Now
Size: one size 46-52cm
Colours: Choice of 6
Safety standards: CE
Summary: Our readers speak highly of the automatic fitting system on Lazer helmets. This helmet also comes with a buckle slightly to the side, avoiding skin pinches under the chin.
It is compatible with bike seats and trailers due to its flat back.Buy Now
Bike helmets for larger toddler heads
Toddlers heads' circumference can vary massively, so here are some recommendations for your toddler if they've got a slightly larger head.
If your toddler or preschooler has an exceptionally large head, you may want to look at our recommendations for best kids helmets.
Size: one size 47-54cm
Colours: choice of 6
Safety standards: CE EN1078 CPSC Bicycle
Summary: This helmet has all the features you'd expect from a mountain bike helmet, but then in a much smaller package.
It offers good rear head coverage and a visor.Buy Now
Size: Small: 48-53cm/ Medium: 54-58cm
Colours: choice of 15 designs
Safety standards: EN1078 and CPSC tested
Weight: 340g (small) 370g (large)
Summary: Hornit helmets come in a huge array of fun designs to appeal to younger riders, including sloths, spiders, sharks, llamas, flamingoes and unicorns.
There is a light attached to the rear of the helmet, which is an additional safety feature.
The helmet has a rounded skater look to it, and is particularly good for Afro / natural hair that may not fit as easily under some of the narrower helmets.
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