Confusing, isn’t it?
Choosing the right bike helmet for a toddler is like falling down the rabbit hole in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. There are choices about which directions you should go (MIPS? Skater-style or MTB? Number of vents? Size?), and decisions about which features are right for your new cyclist (magnetic chin strap or not? Visor or not? Flat back or rounded?) Aargh! I can feel my brain start to explode already! Alice was lucky she never had to choose a toddler’s bike helmet is all I can say.
So, today, I’m going to be like the fluffy white rabbit with the pocket watch, guiding you through the maze to the right helmet for your toddler.
Quick Answer: FunWave Kids Bike Helmet
I decided to do some research to determine which were the best available cycling helmets for youngsters, based on a number of different criteria and taking into account feedback from actual users (or parents of the users!) I’ll take you through reviews of each of these in a moment, looking at the Best of the Best helmets, their key features and benefits, and the pros and cons of each. I’ll then go through a guide to bike helmets for toddlers, investigating:
- Why toddlers should wear a helmet (and how to persuade reluctant kids to wear one)
- What to look out for when buying a helmet for a toddler (including explaining the various jargon that’s used)
- How to make sure the helmet fits your toddler correctly (and when to replace it)
- Teaching bike safety to toddlers (because the younger they can start, the better)
Let’s dive into the rabbit hole and take a look around
Best bike helmet for child
When you start to research bike helmets for toddlers, you’ll see that there are many different features to choose from. So many that it can be hard to know where to begin and how to pick the right helmet for your toddler. Let’s look in detail now at the best child’s cycling helmet brands that are available today and what actual users think about them.
A fantastic cycling helmet for toddlers. It’s certified by the CPSC and EN1078 for cycling, inline skating, and scootering.
The size is adjustable for head circumferences of between 50-54cm / 19.7-21.2 inches, so there’s plenty of room for growth as it will accommodate kids’ heads of a wide range of different sizes. The straps are fully adjustable, so you ensure it’s a comfortable fit around their ears and chin, and there’s a quick-release buckle.
Reviewers of this helmet have so many good things to say about it, including high levels of comfort and value-for-money. They describe how easy it is to fit and adjust, and that it feels like a very good quality helmet.
It’s available in 6 different funky color options: Black / Blue / Green / Pink / Pink Ladybug / Red Ladybug.
The Ouwoer is a great bike helmet with a much wider range of adjustment than you often find on bike helmets.
The Small size adjusts from 48-54cm / 18.9-21.3 inches thanks to its crank adjustment dial at the rear of the helmet, plus the adjustable chin straps, and the two thicknesses of foam padding that are included. All of these combine to ensure a great fit for even the smallest, or most irregular-shaped heads!
The helmets are also available in a medium and large size, which makes this helmet good for kids with larger heads (up to 61cm / 24 inches head circumference).
The helmets are certified to CPSC and EN1078 and the quick-release chin strap buckle is super-easy to use. There are 7 different color options to choose from, depending on your toddler’s favorite: Black / Blue / Gray / Orange / Pink / Red / Yellow-Green.
Reviewers of the helmet love lots of things about it, including how stylish it is, how adjustable it is, and how breathable it is with the 11 separate vents.
This is a very cute cycling helmet from Joovy.
It’s CPSC approved and comes in 7 different funky colors: Black / Blue / Blueberry / Greenie / Orangie / Pink / Red.
It’s got a helmet style that is close to a grown-up adult style (just like mom and dad’s helmets!) which can be a big help in persuading toddlers to wear it.
Because it’s in this style it can work better in hot weather than a skater-style helmet as it has a more open design with bigger air vents to keep their heads cool as they concentrate on pedaling hard.
The helmets have a huge range of adjustment (have a look at this video from Joovy, which explains how to do this):Another plus is that the sizing can be adjusted to accommodate a wide range of head circumferences – between 47-52cm / 18.5-20.5 inches.
Sometimes, no matter how much you try, you just can’t persuade your toddler to do what you want them to do.
When that happens you need to turn to a cartoon character for assistance.
This FunWave bike helmet comes in 4 different design & color options, one of which will definitely be able to bring your toddler round to the idea of wearing a bike helmet. Choose from Dragon / Octopus / Shark / Unicorn.
This helmet is fully adjustable using the chin strap with a quick-release buckle, the rear fit dial (located at the back of the helmet just under the shell rim), and the two thicknesses of breathable foam pads. These combine to make this helmet suitable for head sizes of 48-54cm / 18.75-21.25 inches.
The helmet is CPSC-certified and has lots of ventilation holes in the shell to keep your child’s head nice and cool on hot days.
This helmet from Gasaciods comes in two different colors (Blue & Purple) and has a stylish pattern over the shell which toddlers will love.
It’s been approved by the CPSC and ASTM for cycling and has a grown-up bike helmet design.
There’s a good range of adjustability, using the rear dial and adjustable chin strap with a quick-release buckle. This makes it suitable for toddlers with a head circumference of between 50-54cm / 19.7-21.2 inches.
What toddlers will love most about it though is the LED light that is tucked away in the rear adjustment dial. A great safety feature that means they will be easily seen in poor light conditions.
As well as that, reviewers talk about other great features including the sturdy feel to the helmet, and how comfortable it feels, whilst still being nice and light.
Finally, we have a cycling helmet for toddlers which uses the latest MIPS safety technology (see more on this later in this article).
This adds an extra layer of safety to the helmet design by allowing the inner layer of the helmet to move independently of the outer shell. This movement of the shell can lead to a reduced risk of brain injury in the event of a crash that rotates the helmet, so it’s definitely worth taking a closer look at.
There are a total of 6 different colors available for the Hale, all are matte: Black / Blue / Red / Pink / Glacier / Lime. And it will fit a wide range of head sizes thanks to its Roc Loc Sport adjustment mechanism – 50-57cm / 19.6-22.4 inches.
Guide to toddler bike helmets
I’ve pulled together a handy reference guide to buying cycling helmets for toddlers. Just click on the + to expand each section for reading.
Toddler cycling helmet
Choosing the correct bicycle helmet for your toddler can be incredibly confusing. But it’s so important to get the right helmet that will keep their head safe and get them into the habit from Day 1 of using this essential piece of safety equipment.
I hope that this article has been useful for you in choosing the right helmet and answering your questions about all things bike helmet-related, including:
- Why they should wear a helmet (and how to persuade them if they’re a bit reluctant)
- What you should look out for when buying them a cycling helmet for a toddler (explaining all the various jargon words that get used)
- How to check that the helmet fits your toddler properly (and when you should get them a replacement)
- How to teach bike safety to your toddler (remember that the younger they can start, the better)
Many times it seems like, no matter what you do, you just cannot possibly persuade that headstrong toddler to do what you’ve asked them.
If that happens to you, then try turning to a friendly cartoon character for help. The FunWave cycling helmet is available in 4 unique design & color combos, one of which will surely be able to get your toddler around to the notion of putting a bicycle helmet on. Pick from Dragon / Octopus / Shark / Unicorn.
It’s a fully-adjustable helmet using the chin strap with quick-release buckle, the neat rear fit dial (tucked at the back of the helmet just beneath the rim of the shell), and with the two thicknesses of foam pads. All this combines to make a helmet that is suitable for head circumferences of between 48-54cm / 18.75-21.25 inches. CPSC-approved, the helmet has plenty of ventilation holes in the shell to keep your toddler’s head cool on hot days.
**Please note that our reviews are based on customer reviews, star ratings, and online complaints. Therefore, Bicycle Volt are in no way liable**