Wearing a helmet is the best way for your baby or toddler to keep safe whether they are riding a balance bike, scooter, skateboard or are sharing your bike for a family bike ride. But what do you need to know before you buy one?
Although headgear is surprisingly not compulsory, even for children, they still need to pass the necessary safety standards in the UK. The British Standards Institution created the BS EN 1080 in 2013 which specifies requirements and test methods for helmets intended for use by young children.
Understandably, it’s important to get the right size helmet for your baby. To ensure a helmet fits your youngster, measure their head beforehand. Using a measuring tape that cannot be stretched, securely wrap the tape around the widest possible circumference of your baby’s head. Take the measurement three times and select the largest measurement to the nearest 0.1 cm.
Do babies need a bike helmet?
Helmets are not compulsory for babies or children and there is little legislation surrounding this. That may be updated as a new Child Safety (Cycle Helmets) Bill 2020 has been considered. There is a more prominent question of when you should first allow a baby on your bike in a seat as well as your child wearing the appropriate headgear.
Some will argue that a baby should not put a baby in a bike seat before they are 12 months old. However, it's not so much a question of the age but the baby's physical development and when they can sit up unaided. This is likely for most babies around 9 months old, but it is all depending on you and your baby. If in any doubt consult your doctor or health visitor.
The best baby and toddler helmets
Covering a range of price points, these high-quality baby and toddler helmets are ideal for smaller heads and come in a great choice of fun designs so your little one will actually want to wear their helmet.
This bright and colourful Raleigh Rascal junior helmet is ideal for little ones thanks to the smaller head size. Made from microshell construction, the flat back on the helmet makes it ideal for child seats.
Suitable from three years, this helmet has been designed with multiple vents and breathable foam, which helps to reduce sweating and keep your youngster feeling cool. The cushiony padding of the helmet insert is comfortable and breathable and the helmet can be adjusted with the spin dial on the back of helmet and chin straps according to your child's head circumference.
How cool is this bumblebee helmet? The adjustable headband helps ensure the perfect and most comfortable fit for your child. Coated in durable plastic to ensure maximum safety and available in six fun designs, there are 8 sweat prevention air vents to keep little heads dry and eyes sweat free.
Your little one will instantly be drawn to this fun bike helment from MEIZI with its very own shark fin. Lightweight and made with high quality safety material, through the 11 vents, the air is sucked through for maximum cooling effect.
Tested to meet safety standards with plenty of vents to keep your youngster cool, we love the sweet ladybird design of this helmet. Suitable from two years, the helmet weighs just 8oz and has an impact resistant ABS shell to give you peace of mind.
Tested in accordance with European Safety Standard EN1078, this eye-catching spotty helmet is comfy to wear thanks to its removable pads. It's easy to adjust too with its dial-fit system and it's suitable for even the tiniest of tots.
This pretty helmet is designed with MIPS technology to offer you even more peace of mind. The MIPS Brain Protection System (BPS) was developed by brain surgeons and scientists to reduce rotational forces on the brain caused by angled impacts to the head.
One of the most popular brands available (and apparently worn by the Beckham's children!), this Kiddimoto helmet is available in two sizes, with the small size suitable for girls and boys aged 2 to 5 years. There are plenty of cool designs to choose from and there are matching bells and gloves you can buy too.
At what age can a baby wear a bike helmet?
Baby bike helmet sizes usually start from around 9 months old. Measure the circumference of your baby's head to get your measurement to the nearest 0.1cm.
What is the safest way to ride a bike with a baby?
If you are a confident bike rider and you feel that your baby can hold up its head unaided for periods of time, there are different baby bike seat options you can consider.
A front-mounted child and baby bike seat is installed at the front of an adult bicycle and the most common type of child bike seat is a back mount which is mounted to the frame of the bike or a rack.
How should a toddler bike helmet fit?
After measuring your child's head and finding a helmet to the nearest cm, there are a few things you need to check when making sure your toddler's bike helmet is secure.
First the helmet should fit firm and snug to the head using the strap and it should be evenly tensioned. You can adjust the straps around the ears to make sure it is comfortable for them. One key way to check it is firmly in place is putting one finger between the strap and their chin, if you can get your finger in between then it needs to be tightened.