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Kids’ bike helmet sizes
It’s essential that your child’s bike helmet provides optimal protection, so you know they’re safe. That’s why it’s important to ensure you get the right size of helmet. A helmet can’t protect your child’s head effectively if it doesn’t fit.
To find out the right size, you’ll have to measure your child’s head circumference. Wrap a tape measure around the back of your child’s head, above the ears, bringing it together 1–2 cm above their eyebrows (don’t pull it too tight). Now read the measurement.
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The first few sizes in the table below are for children. Make sure to choose the appropriate size based on your measurements, and upgrade over the years as your child grows.
It’s always best to measure your child’s head precisely with a tape measure, but the following rough guidelines might also be helpful:
- Helmets for a head circumference of 44–48 cm are suitable for babies
- Helmets for a head circumference of 48–53 cm are suitable for toddlers
- Helmets for a head circumference of 53–54 cm are suitable for preschoolers.
Children’s bike helmets for boys and girls
Boys and girls can both be picky about the look of their helmet – children have their own sense of style from a young age. There are all sorts of great, colourful designs available, whether your little one wants a princess theme, the colours of the rainbow, or racing stripes.
But don’t focus solely on looks – make sure that the helmet fits well and matches the child’s head circumference, so that it’s comfortable to wear. You should also consider the material, weight, reflectors and ventilation, as well as the option of adjusting the size with a dial. It’s important to be able to adjust the helmet as the child grows.
A bike helmet can be used for all sorts of activities, including MTB, BMX and inline skating. With the right kids’ cycling helmet, nothing stands in the way of a child’s adventures, and he or she will be protected from serious head injuries in the event of a collision.
For girls (or boys!) with longer hair, there are also models with a so-called hair port – a gap at the back that the wearer can simply put their ponytail through. This ensures comfort and avoids messing up your child’s hair.
Girls’ bike helmets
Bear in mind that girls usually have smaller head circumferences than boys of the same age, and this should be taken into account when choosing a helmet. Don’t just reuse an older sibling’s helmet for your daughter, even if it appears to fit.
Boys’ bike helmets are therefore not suitable for girls, and vice versa. If the helmet is too big, it could slip, and in the case of an accident the child could suffer head injuries. Too small, and it might cause headaches, meaning the child won’t want to wear it.
What different kids’ bike helmet models are available?
There’s an appropriate kids’ bike helmet for every age. For very small children, there is a specially shaped helmet that encloses the head – it extends very low over the forehead, the temples and the back of the head.
Older children often pay most attention to the helmet’s colour and design, but the most important aspect is whether the preferred model fits the child’s head properly. Children will only willingly wear a helmet if it fits comfortably and appeals to them. But the most important thing, of course, is that the helmet provides adequate protection.
The shape and design of cycling helmets for kids
The shape of a kids’ bike helmet depends on its intended use. Different shapes are available based on the age of the child. For example, a child who is transported in a child seat needs a completely different helmet compared to an older child who is already able to ride on the road.
There are also models with ventilation openings and easily adjustable strap systems. The head ring of most models of children’s cycling helmet is also adjustable, because children are still growing.
An in-mould kids’ cycling helmet usually offers significantly greater safety than a glued helmet, because the shell and the hard foam are bonded together. Of course, these helmets are also more expensive, but in-mould helmets last much longer, and they’re also lighter.