Wearing a helmet is the best way for your baby or toddler to keep safe whether they are riding a balance bike, scooter, roller skating or are sharing your bike for a family bike ride. But what do you need to know before you buy one? Luckily, Mother & Baby are here with our guide to the best baby and toddler bike helmets for your little one.
Although headgear is not compulsory for children, they still need to pass the necessary safety standards in the UK. The British Standards Institution created 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, 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. When should first allow a baby on your bike in a seat? Alongside, comes the question about wearing the appropriate headgear.
Some will argue that a baby should not be 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.
Covering a range of price points, these high-quality baby and toddler helmets are ideal for smaller heads. They come in a great choice of fun designs. Your little one will want to wear their helmet. Check out our favourites.
The best baby and toddler bike helmets
This bright and colourful Raleigh Rascal junior helmet is ideal for little ones thanks to the smaller head size. Made from micro-shell construction, the flat back on the helmet makes it ideal for child seats.
Pros: Good Value and Quality
Cons: Fiddly Adjustable Straps
Review: "Bought this for my 1-year-old daughter. The fit is excellent, very secure and well padded. The helmet is exceptionally light and has an easy-to-use clip strap. It's not too bulky at the back, so suitable for riding on a rear seat, without forcing the head forward. I feel this helmet would provide my daughter with the adequate head protection she would need in the event of an accident. I recommend this helmet."
Suitable for three years and above, 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 the helmet and chin straps according to your child's head circumference.
Pros: Adjustable; Foam
Cons: Fit can be a bit off
Review: "I purchased 2 of these helmets for my children. They are very well made and are solid. I'm confident these will keep my children safe. The adjustable wheel at the back is great and means they will last longer with ever-growing children. I haven't had any complaints about discomfort so I think it's safe to say they are also comfortable."
Your little one will instantly be drawn to this fun bike helmet 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.
Pros: Stylish; Lightweight
Cons: Fiddly Adjustment
Review: "My baby girl loves it and so do I. After looking at loads of different options, I chose this one because my daughter likes sharks. I was super chuffed with the quality. There is great support inside and very good adjustment on the straps with a strong clip."
This helmet is made of a PC shell and has a thick EPS foam lining, which guarantees impact resistance and durability. Save your little one from bumps and bruises with this well-ventilated and adjustable helmet. Plus, the design is rawr-some.
Pros: Stylish; Adjustable; Other Designs Available
Cons: Some customers had issues with depth
Review: "I've been looking for a helmet for ages that fits my son's head and can grow with him. It was also super important to me that it protects the back of his head as young kids tend to fall backwards a lot! This helmet ticks all those boxes."
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.
Pros: Sturdy; Reliable
Cons: Heavy for younger kids
Review: "Bought this for my daughter as her first helmet. Fits perfectly and should last a while as she grows. It seems well made sturdy. Hopefully, she won't need to properly test its effectiveness."
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.
Pros: Fits Well; Easy to Adjust
Review: "My niece loves her helmet, what more could I say? It does the job very well, my niece is only now learning to ride her bike. So a helmet is very important. It is always important to wear one when riding a a bike."
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 by putting one finger between the strap and the chin, if you can get your finger in between then it needs to be tightened.