A good helmet for toddlers are hard to come by. Ideal helmets for young toddlers should be lightweight, adjustable, and fit lower on the head for additional coverage. Having just gained the muscle strength to hold up their heads, a heavy helmet can put unnecessary strain on their bodies, making them uncomfortable to wear. Toddler heads are also rapidly developing, growing and changing so additional coverage and the ability to adjust the helmet to your child heads are also essential. Due to the fragile nature of babies, it is generally recommended that kids be at least 12 months before the begin to ride on a bike, although many child bike seats are rated for babies as young as 9 months.
Fun, fresh and a little funky, Nutcase newly designed Baby Nutty certainly meets out three criterias. Significantly lighter than their youth helmets, skater-style, which offers more coverage, and with an elastic adjuster as well as two different width of internal pads, the Baby Nutty is one of our favorites for young toddlers.
In addition, the shape of the Baby Nutty makes it ideal for kids in trailers or bike seats. As shown below, the back of the Baby Nutty is flat as compared to other helmets in it’s size range. The flatter surface prevents kids heads from being pushed forward by the back of a trailer or bike seat. The Uvex and Hero helmets shown below are great helmets, but they are designed for kids on bikes (balance or pedal), and therefore are not concerned with shape of the back of the helmet.
In addition to shape, there are several other differences between the Baby Nutty and the Uvex and Lazer helmets. To help the rear of the helmet stay flush, the Baby Nutty has an elastic adjust versus a dial. While we prefer the longevity of the dial-adjust or the Autofit system of the Lazer, the elastic adjust is an quick, easy and efficient system for toddlers. The Baby Nutty also has a pinch-free magnetic buckle as well as a soft chin pad for added comfort.
The one concern we did have with the Baby Nutty was the lack of vents. Although it does have 11 smaller circle vents, it doesn’t offer any side vents, which minimizes air flow. That lack of side vents, however, is common amongst skater-style helmets as the requirements to get dual-certified for skating as well as biking, requires them to have increased coverage, and therefore less vents.
In the end, while there are several other features of similarly priced helmets we prefer, the shape of the Baby Nutty make it preferable for babies and young toddlers riding in bike seats or a trailer.
The Baby Nutty is an excellent choice for babies and young toddlers, aged 9 months and up, who will be riding in trailers or child bike seats. Due to it’s lack of side vents, it isn’t recommend for hot climates.