Babys from about nine months may sit on the bicycle of the parents for the first time in the child seat. One thing must not be missing here: the baby bike helmet. Even for the little ones, there are uniform sizes and optimal protection for the still susceptible head. Also, the helmet should always provide a high level of comfort. In the following guide, we present to you the best baby bike helmets and discuss the different features.
Babies usually do not learn to ride a bike until they are two years old or travel on their scooter. At least now they need their helmet to get more protection in falls and accidents. But even with the first bike ride in the child seat with the parents, a baby bike helmet is an important safety feature. Prerequisite: the little ones can already sit independently. A baby may only be transported in a child seat if body shape, maturity and neck muscles allow it. After all, your child is exposed to great stress on a bicycle. For the first time is, therefore, more likely a bicycle trailer. Again, a helmet is needed for protection. He must not burden the head too much, must offer high comfort and of course comply with all safety requirements.
Table of Contents
- The best form – flat helmets with a solid shell
- The adjustment mechanism – adapt the helmet to the shape of the head
- Calculate the right size – babies start at XS
- Many colorful designs – your baby should decide
- The advantages and disadvantages of the bicycle helmet for babies
- Functions and safety of the baby Bicycle helmet regulations and test seal
- Purchase criteria for Baby & Toddler Bike Helmets – light and stable
- The main manufacturers – Uvex, Ked and Co.
- User experience and tips: do not buy used helmets
- FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions about Children’s Helmets
- What quality marks or test seals are there for children’s helmets and what do these mean?
- How much is a high-quality children’s bike helmet and how big are the price differences between conventional models and in-mold designs?
- What kind of injuries does a children’s bike helmet protect against and which not?
- Are there also size-adjustable children’s bicycle helmets and how safe and secure are they then?
- Are there any extra accessories for a children’s bike helmet? If so, which and how recommendable is this?
- Can a children’s bike helmet also be used for other sports such as skateboarding or skiing?
The best form – flat helmets with a solid shell
Microchip helmets or soft shell helmets are best suited for small children, with the first category providing significantly more security. Most of the model has a hard plastic shell with many openings and inside a core made of hard foam. Additional pads are attached to the hard foam with Velcro, are washable and ensure a comfortable fit. Essential for a baby helmet: he has to bring the lowest possible weight. After all, the neck muscles are usually not strong enough pronounced. Your child has to do with keeping the heavy head alone and the helmet must not complain additionally. At best, your baby should not notice the model when it weighs between 200 and 300 grams. Pay attention to the purchase on sufficient ventilation holes in the helmet and a safety net. So no insects get caught in the holes while driving and your baby stays cool in warmer temperatures.
A useful feature of baby helmets: the back of the head is significantly flattened and less round issued. This makes it easier to ride in the bike trailer or the child seat because the little ones are not pushed forward by the helmet. Despite the bicycle helmet, your baby can sit upright or be placed halfway in a lying position in the trailer. Also, the helmets enclose almost the entire back of the head and go very far to the forehead or the temples. So complete all-around protection is guaranteed.
[box type=”alert”]Important: should it come to a fall, the helmet must be replaced immediately. Otherwise, protection for the next fall is not guaranteed.[/box]
The adjustment mechanism – adapt the helmet to the shape of the head
The helmets are closed with a chinstrap and offer inside an adjusting mechanism for the respective head form. You put the model lose on your baby and usually fix it with the help of a small wheel. The inner construction in the bicycle helmet is made of plastic and ensures that the shell rests securely and firmly on the head without pressing. Of course, there are different principles here and not every helmet will fit the head shape. However, this system also allows you to wear a cap under the helmet. After all, your child still has to be protected from the cold or sunshine and wind. A cap is therefore always recommended and often offers even better comfort at the sensitive head area.
Finally, you close the chin strap, which can be adjusted in length. He should also provide a small pad under the chin to increase the comfort and to avoid pressure points. Since it is a buckle, it can not accidentally be opened by your child while driving.
Calculate the right size – babies start at XS
The question of the helmet size is usually not in babies. After all, they are the smallest heads that often need the smallest bicycle helmet. Most manufacturers refer to these helmets with the size XS. It’s best to measure your child’s head circumference again with a tape measure from the neck to the middle of the forehead. The head circumference then determines the size of the helmet, according to this table:
|Helmet size baby||head circumference||Older|
|XS||44 cm – 49 cm||0 – 3 years|
|S||46 cm – 51 cm||2 – 7 years|
If the head circumference is exactly 48 or 49 cm, then you should already decide on size S. Finally, the helmet must fit properly for optimal protection, but also not be too loose. He must not have a game to the side and cannot easily push back or pull forward. A larger model has the advantage that it grows longer. The head shape determines the size of the helmet.
For every helmet, the right size is crucial because the little ones are still growing. Optimum protection is only required when the helmet is firmly and snugly fitted to the child’s head. He must not easily pull forward or push backward. Even a game to the side is not recommended. Some helmets grow with their interior settings. This way, they can be used much longer and adapted to different head shapes.
[box type=”info”]A tip: the sizes vary in part between the different manufacturers. Therefore, always check the measured head circumference and compare with the information provided by the companies.[/box]
It’s best to have your child try on the helmet and wear it for 15 minutes. If there are no complaints and the helmet is forgotten, he sits well. The only problem: young children usually have to get used to the feeling and want to get rid of the foreign body quickly. Some children are even sensitive to tight hats and need their time to settle in with the helmet.
Many colorful designs – your baby should decide
Of course, the baby bike helmets are not just different in size. There are many different designs to choose from – from monochrome, mixed colors to comic or zoo animals. Just try it out, if your baby would like to make a choice himself. After all, it’s the best way to identify with the helmet and maybe it will be much more fun to sit up. If the helmet pleases optically, half the convincing work is already done.
The advantages and disadvantages of the bicycle helmet for babies
for a child seat and bicycle trailer
lower risk of injury
high wearing comfort
Size differences among manufacturers
Functions and safety of the baby Bicycle helmet regulations and test seal
For many parents, the question arises as to when their baby is allowed to ride on the bicycle in the child seat for the first time. There is no general age here. For about half a year, the children start to sit and strengthen their neck muscles. Rather, they should not be taken on a bicycle in any case. Depending on your level of development, decide when the right time has come. The older and the stronger the musculature in the neck, the better. After all, many forces in cycling on the small body, which can not catch every seat or bicycle trailer. In most cases, the trailers are better suited for the beginning, as the children can be transported well in an almost horizontal position. There is no helmet requirement in the trailer or on the child seat.
Ventilation holes as a safety feature – about seven openings
The ventilation slots can recognize the good quality of a baby helmet. About 7 to 9 openings should be found in the upper part of the helmet. This way, enough fresh air gets to the scalp in the summer and even in winter, your baby does not start to sweat under the hat and the helmet. Here you can check directly whether the rigid inner foam with the outer plastic shell is firmly connected or glued only in some places. If you can easily peel the shell from the foam at the openings, it’s better to opt for another helmet. Also, the openings in the front area must always be underlaid with a safety net as already mentioned. So no foreign objects get into the holes while driving.
TUV and CE-seal – pay attention to standards
Of course, not only design and comfort play an important role in the purchase. Regarding security features, the model should have gone through some tests and been able to show test seals. The TÜV mark, CE or GS seal are important standards that must not be missing in any helmet. Pay close attention to the standard reference “EN 1078”. This symbol confirms that the helmet has passed a real drop test with a dummy. Only those who have performed this real test as a manufacturer are allowed to show the standard. Of course, you can also look at the results of the test.
Visibility in the dark – light and reflectors
Reflectors and light on baby helmets play an important role only in toddler age. Some helmets can be used as long as possible until your child is traveling with the wheel or scooter. So if you’re looking for long life, there should be lights or reflectors on the helmet. Some baby helmets have integrated a red light on the adjustment system at the back of the head and show light strips on the shell of the helmet. Important with this safety equipment: she must not complain about the helmet. The baby helmet must be as light as possible. Reflectors can be easily repaired with stickers for more visibility on the road.
Tips for a perfect fit – so the helmet fits properly
The helmet must rest against the padded areas on the head.
The straps must pass the ears and rest against the cheeks.
The closure should always click and not be easy to pull up.
Tighten the straps as much as possible so that the pad rests against the chin.
The back of the head must be covered entirely.
The leading edge should stop with the eyebrows.
The helmet must sit straight and must not wobble.
The best brow wrinkles, if you move the helmet slightly.
[box type=”note”]Note: A baby helmet should at best be bought not used. After all, you do not know if the helmet has already crashed.[/box]
Purchase criteria for Baby & Toddler Bike Helmets – light and stable
We have shown you important features about the helmets and some tips on comfort. This does not detract from the choice of different models and manufacturers. Below we want to list the most important purchase criteria for a baby helmet again.
firm but not too tight
Helmet must not slip
pay attention to comfort
Padding on the chin and head
An adjustment system for every head shape
Belts should form a triangle at the ear
Helmet needs low weight
Materials like plastic and hard foam
preferably only 200 – 300 grams
Babies still have weak neck muscles
pay attention to low wearing time
Sizes from XS to S for babies
always measure the head circumference and compare
Boys usually bigger than girls
Insecurity always take the larger model
Check TÜV, GS and CE seals
best according to DIN EN 1078
Reflectors on the helmet
7-9 ventilation slots with protective net
Light not always available
Lock should click or click
Children should not open the helmet themselves
should not relax too easily
Chin strap is always adjustable
Chin pad under the closure
The main manufacturers – Uvex, Ked and Co.
Behind the wide selection of models and designs are various manufacturers. Everyone brings with it its peculiarities and advantages. The most important brands we show you in this overview:
Sizes from XS
Outer shell made of PVC
Comfort closure for easy clicking
stepless adjustment inside
low weight under 200 grams
striking and colorful designs
the deep area at the back of the head
Quality since 1924
Models in S and M
from 45 cm head circumference
many colorful designs
flat sloping back
secure closure on the chin with padding
almost 200 grams dead weight
Small sizes from XS (44 cm)
many colors and designs
over seven air openings with net
individual adjustment system
Mortice mortise lock with chin pad
Of course, there are other manufacturers in the market with similar models. In addition to protection, fit and weight, of course, the many colorful designs play a role in the selection. Maybe the right product is with these manufacturers:
User experience and tips: do not buy used helmets
Although there is still no helmet requirement on the bike in Germany: a baby helmet can protect against life-threatening injuries. The best way to accustom your child to a helmet early on is to get used to it. Then there are no problems later on the bike or the first own bike. On used helmets is generally to renounce, since you do not know the history. After a fall, the outer shell may look intact but behaves in a different fall completely different. Only with a new model can you rely on the safety standard. The price should be less important here because after all, it’s about the protection of your child. Of course, there are also good and functional helmets in the low price range. Just compare the purchase mentioned above criteria.
Wash baby helmets regularly – for antibacterial protection
Babies do not sweat heavily on the head but in the neck area. Nevertheless, you should be able to take out and wash the inside of the helmet. Many upholstery machines wash up to 30 ° C. For other manufacturers; you wash the upholstery with warm water and a little detergent. From the outside, the wiping with a damp cloth is sufficient and the straps are usually quickly freed from dirt. If the model is not in use, it is best to place it in a dark and cool place so as not to overload the materials too much.
Adjust the helmet correctly – in 5 steps
After placement, the back of the head and temples must be covered. Now tighten the adjustment system.
Check straps in length and adjust if necessary. The straps must pass through the ears.
The helmet must not wobble or slip anymore. At best, the forehead wrinkles when wobbling.
Adjust the chin strap to the correct length and lock it. There should be room for another finger on the chin. So do not pull too hard.
Fix too long straps on the helmet as you may still need the lengths as you grow older.
FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions about Children’s Helmets
What quality marks or test seals are there for children’s helmets and what do these mean?
To be sure that the children’s bicycle helmet is also roadworthy and safe, the following test marks should be available:
TÜV: An existing TÜV mark indicates that the production of the children’s bicycle helmet was tested at regular intervals for its quality. TÜV stands for “Technical Inspection Association” and this represents a testing organization for quality assurance in Germany.
GS mark: The GS mark stands for “tested safety”. A presence of this mark ensures safety in the technical requirements of the children’s bicycle helmet. Which requirements must be fulfilled exactly is anchored in § 21 of the product safety law. However, the use of this safety mark is voluntary and does not necessarily have to be stated by the manufacturer.
CE mark: CE is also a product safety mark. Compared to the GS mark, the CE marking is mandatory. This symbol ensures that this product (in this case children’s bicycle helmet) meets European standards. CE stands for “Communauté Européenne”, which is an abbreviation for the European Community.
Normhinweis EN 1078: This test mark states that the bicycle helmet had to pass an exact test. In the process, “probes” in the helmet are dropped from different heights onto a steel floor and the protective effect of the helmet is evaluated.
How much is a high-quality children’s bike helmet and how big are the price differences between conventional models and in-mold designs?
For high-quality children’s bike helmets you usually have to pay between 30 and 50 euros. Of course, there are also more expensive products available in the market and you can always be lucky in the bargain hunt. Therefore, there is no universally valid answer to this question. For bicycle helmets made with in-mold technology, you have to dig a little deeper into your pocket. Expect at least 20 euros more in the selling price, but there are very different costs.
What kind of injuries does a children’s bike helmet protect against and which not?
Children’s bicycle helmets primarily protect against skull and brain injuries. Injuries to the rest of the movement and support apparatus of your offspring are not prevented with a helmet but not. For added security, think about extra protective clothing for your child.
Are there also size-adjustable children’s bicycle helmets and how safe and secure are they then?
Size-adjustable children’s bicycle helmets usually sit particularly well and firmly, since it can be precisely adapted to the head size of the child. Usually, they are also infinitely adjustable and the bicycle helmet can be used over a longer period of time. After all, your child is constantly growing and so is the head.
Are there any extra accessories for a children’s bike helmet? If so, which and how recommendable is this?
Children’s bike helmets should also be equipped with reflectors so that they can be easily perceived by other road users. These reflectors should be optimally equipped with small LED lights. It may also be convenient to buy pads for the inside of the bike helmet. Thus, if necessary, the wearing comfort can be increased.
In principle, a child helmet can be worn by an adult – provided, of course, he is sitting correctly – and is safety still available?
In principle, children’s bicycle helmets are not suitable for adults and you should not fit on a full-grown head. We, therefore, advise against using a children’s bicycle helmet as an adult. However, a well-fitting child’s bicycle helmet on the head of an adult person certainly offers more protection than completely renouncing a bicycle helmet while driving.
Can a children’s bike helmet also be used for other sports such as skateboarding or skiing?
A children’s bike helmet should only be used for cycling. For other sports also changes the optimal design of the protection used. If your child does different sports, then it is also advisable to purchase the appropriate equipment for it.
As soon as your baby is safe and alone and has pronounced neck muscles, it’s time for the first tour in the children’s bike seat. For optimal protection in the event of a fall or impact, the fitting baby helmet ensures that you have a sensitive head. He must have a low weight, be infinitely adjustable and have a soft inner pad. So the little cyclist hardly notices the new headgear and gets used to it better. A cap should also have space under the helmet. When choosing the size, check your child’s head circumference. In addition to the TÜV and the GS seal, you should also pay attention to an EU standard when buying a helmet. Fits fit, weight and safety features, everything else is just a matter of design and price.