Cycling can be a very good exercise for both adults and kids alike, so a Toy Bike or a Ride-On Toy makes a very natural and healthy gift for any child. However, it’s important to remember that choosing the right helmet is just as important as choosing the right bike. A good helmet could mean the difference between a mild accident and a serious one, so it’s important to take choosing a helmet seriously.
So what do you need to look for when choosing the best helmet for your kid? Just use the short guide below as a reference:
1) Decide on whether you want to get a helmet made only for cycling, or a multi-purpose one that can be used for other things such as skateboarding or sports as well. It’s important to note that bicycle helmets should never be used for other purposes. Multi-purpose helmets can be used for both cycling and other things.
2) You can choose between a hard-shell helmet and a soft-shell helmet. Both are equally recommended for safety purposes, so it doesn’t really matter which one you choose for your child. Try both on your child and see which one they prefer for comfort.
3) It’s recommended to choose a bright-colored helmet for your child as these helmets can easily be seen during nighttime or in low light when your kids are cycling on the street. Some helmets come with LEDs so that your child can be seen when it gets illuminated in the dark.
4) When buying the helmet, be sure that it fits comfortably tight on your child’s head. Never buy a helmet that’s too big because you think your child will grow into it. Wearing a loose helmet is as good as wearing nothing, or may even be worse since it can slide down and cover your child’s eyes, possibly causing accidents. The helmet you buy should not slide much back and forth on your child’s head (you should test this) but also should not be too tight as that would be uncomfortable. It should fit properly around your child’s head, about an inch above their eyebrows.
5) Test the straps of the helmet when you buy it. Be sure that it is adjustable enough to fit around your child’s face and is not too tight. Remember that you would want to keep this helmet for a few years, so buy straps that can be adjusted to cater to your child’s growing head.
6) Always be sure that the helmet meets safety standards in your country. You can check for stickers that mention this somewhere on the helmet. It does pay to be extra careful even in this particular area.
When buying the helmet for your child’s bike, you should bring your child along so that they can pick the helmet they like, and you can make sure the criteria above are met. Children will more likely wear a helmet that they chose and like. Your child’s safety is priceless; so don’t try to save money by buying an unsuitable helmet just because it’s cheap.