10 Best Bike Helmets for Babies & Toddlers: 2018

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10 Best Bike Helmets for Babies & Toddlers: 2018

Our Top Bike Helmet Picks For Babies and Toddlers

Getting in the habit of always putting a helmet on your baby or toddler could literally save your child’s life. And with plenty of comfortable, cute, and affordable options to choose from, there’s really no reason not to wear a helmet! Based on performance, quality of construction, and factoring in price, here are our top 10 helmets for general bike riding for toddlers, and for use in bike trailers or bike seats for babies and toddlers.

If you have a child with a large head, check out our Top 10 Bike Helmets for Kids.

 


1. Giro Scamp: Best Overall – Baby/Toddler, $35($55)


Giro Scamp helmet in blue

Giro Scamp with MIPS: $55, View on Amazon

 

Built with lightweight, in-mold construction, a dial-adjust system, and optional MIPS technology (to help minimize impacts at sharp angles) the Scamp has an impressive resume. MIPS helmets can be expensive, but the $55 price tag of the Scamp is one of the most reasonable available.  To top it off, all of our testers loved wearing the Scamp.  Because it’s so light and comfortable, the Scamp is our go-to helmet for picky kids.  With a flatter profile in the back, the Scamp is also well-suited for trailer or bike seat use, in addition to bikes.

SIZE: XS (45 – 49 cm), S (49 – 53 cm)

FEATURES: Flat back for trailer or bike seat use, durable in-mold construction, dial-adjust fit, built-in visor, pinch-guard buckle and optional MIPS technology.

FULL REVIEWGiro Scamp


2. Bell Sidetrack Child: Best Overall – Toddler, $40


Bell Sidetrack helmet in green

Bell Sidetrack Child: $40, View on Amazon

 

Styled like an adult mountain bike helmet, the Sidetrack is a sweet-looking safety accessory that’s packed with features for a very decent price. From extended coverage in the back for better protection to a dial-adjust system with a full cage for a more precise fit, the Sidetrack is safe, comfortable, durable, and just plain cool.

NOTE: The Child version is not available in MIPS

SIZE: Child (47 – 54 cm)

FEATURES: Ergo Fit dial-adjust system, in-mold construction, durable snap-in visor (removable), internal air channels and 15 vents.

FULL REVIEW: Bell Sidetrack


3. Lazer Bob: Best on a Budget – Baby, $25


Lazer BOB helmet

Lazer Bob: $25, View on Amazon

 

Everything you need in a helmet at a budget-friendly price, the Lazer Bob is the perfect first helmet for young riders riding in a trailer or a child bike seat.  With a smooth, flat back, the BOB (which stands for Baby On Board) allows the child to comfortably rest their head on the back of the trailer or bike seat.  For a precise and easy fit, the BOB also has an elastic adjust band in the rear of the helmet that automatically adjusts to your child’s head.

ONE SIZE: 46 – 52 cm

FEATURES: Flat back, increased protection below the neck (CSPC 1+ certified)


4. Kali Chakra Child: Best on a Budget – Toddler, $30


Kali Chakra Child helmet

Kali Chakra Child: $30, View on Amazon

 

With a compact, lightweight design, easy dial-adjust system, excellent ventilation, and a built-in visor, the Kali Chakra helmet is a kid and parent favorite. Ventilation on the child’s Chakra is superb – twenty-one large vents allow for excellent air flow. At 208 grams, it’s also one of the lightest-weight helmets we’ve tested!  To top it off, all Kali helmets come with a crash replacement guarantee.  If a Kali helmet is damaged during a crash, Kali will swap out your damaged helmet for a new, free one.

SIZE: Child (48 – 54 cm)

FEATURES: Light-weight, in-mold construction, dial-adjust fit, well ventilated, crash replacement guarantee

FULL REVIEW: Kali Chakra


5. Nutcase Baby Nutty: Best Skater-Style – Baby, $50


Nutcase Little Nutty Helmet

Nutcase Baby Nutty: $50, View on Amazon

 

If you want the hippest little baby on the block, a skater-style helmet with fresh and funky designs is probably for you! Weighing in at 280 g, the Baby Nutty is significantly lighter than other skater helmets, partially because it’s not actually certified for skate use. But let’s be honest, your baby shouldn’t be on a skateboard anyways! With extended coverage in the back, an elastic adjustment system that’s quick, easy and efficient,  a pinch-free magnetic buckle, and a soft chin pad for added comfort, the Baby Nutty is a fun, quality, and comfy option.

NOTE: If you live in a hot climate, Nutcase helmets don’t have as many vents as other helmets and can get hotter and sweatier.

SIZE: Baby Nutty (47 – 50 cm)

FEATURES: Flat back for use in trailers or bike seats, elastic adjust, magnetic buckle, some of the funnest, funkiest designs around, CPSC 1+ certified

FULL REVIEW: Baby Nutty


6. Melon: Best Skater-Style – Toddler, $70


 

Melon child's helmet in red and white

Melon: $70, View on Amazon

 

Packed with numerous safety and comfort features, Melon is everything you could want in a seriously cool-looking helmet. Most skater-style helmets are heavy and are very poorly ventilated, but the Melon has extra air channels in the foam head cushioning which allow air to circulate between the vents. The helmet also features Coolmax® helmet pads with sealed edges to prevent sweat dripping.

To keep the weight down, the Melon is constructed with in-mold foam technologies, versus hardshell, which is very rare for a skater-style helmet and has the benefit of greatly decreasing the weight of the helmet.

SIZE: XXS/S (46 – 52 cm)

FEATURES: Internal air channels for excellent ventilation, Coolmax® helmet pads to prevent sweat from dripping, lightweight (rare for a skater-style helmet!), and an excellent adjustment system for the perfect fit.

NOTE: The Melon is NOT dual-certified for biking and skateboarding according to US standards.

FULL REVIEW: Melon


7. Lazer P’Nut (MIPS): Best Safety Features, $50($80)


Lazer P-Nut kid's helmet in dragon flames.

Lazer P’Nut: $50+, View on Amazon

 

The cream-of-the-crop in kids’ helmets, the Lazer P’Nut has the perfect mix of style, performance, and safety features.  The only kids’ helmet of its kind, the P’Nut takes the dial-adjust fit system to the next level with AutoFit.  With a tension wire inside the helmet (covered in a protective plastic sheath), the P’Nut automatically adjusts to securely fit a child’s head. Perfectly adjusting a helmet to fit your child can be a huge pain, so kudos to the P’Nut for its innovative and easy-to-use adjustment system!

SIZES: P’Nut (46 – 50 cm), Nut’z (50 – 56 cm) – larger size if your child has a bigger head

FEATURES: AutoFit internal cage adjust system, magnetic pinch-proof buckle, locking chin strap sliders, in-mold construction, built-in visor, great ventilation, optional MIPS.

FULL REVIEW: Lazer P’Nut/Nut’z

 


8. Micro: Most Fun Designs, $40


Micro helmet Scootersaurus in blue

Micro Helmet: $40, View on Amazon

 

Micro helmets have the most adorable designs. And with so many options to choose from, you might just want to get two! 🙂  The helmet itself is pretty standard, but we love that it features a dial-adjust system for a more accurate fit, a flat back so your baby’s head won’t get pushed forward when sitting in a bike trailer, and is also CPSC 1+ certified, which is rare! It’s a little heavier than some of the other helmets on our list, but this is quite common with skater-style helmets.

SIZE: Small (48 – 53 cm)

FEATURES: Dial-adjust fit, flat back for bike seat or trailer use, extended coverage in the back (CPSC 1+ certified)

FULL REVIEW: Coming soon…


9. Nutcase Little Nutty: Best Dual-Certified, $60


Nutcase Little Nutty Helmet

Nutcase Little Nutty: $60, View on Amazon

 

As fun as they are functional, Nutcase helmets are dual-certified for biking, scootering, or skateboarding use. While your toddler probably won’t be on a skateboard, if you’re planning for the future and want a dual-certified helmet your child can grow with, the Nutcase Little Nutty is the perfect option.  Nutcase helmets are some of the highest quality kids’ helmets available and feature a dial-adjust fit, locking sliders and a magnetic buckle for easy adjustments and a precise fit.

ONE SIZE: 48 – 52 cm

FEATURES: Dual-certified, dial-adjust fit, magnetic buckle, some of the funnest, funkiest designs around

FULL REVIEW: Little Nutty


10. Honorable Mention: Joovy Noodle, $30


Joovy Noodle helmet in pink

Joovy Noodle: $30, View on Amazon

 

The Joovy Noodle was designed specifically with the youngest kids in mind. Its light weight makes it is easy for a young child to wear and still be able to control their neck and head movements. With the chin straps threaded through the back dial-adjust, the Noodle is more stable on smaller heads, and the separated straps also make the helmet much easier to get on. The dual color chin buckle (black on the left, red on the right) makes the buckle easier to spot and get on and off a moving toddler. While it MSRPs for $40, it can regularly be found on Amazon for $30, which is definitely a bang for your buck!

ONE SIZE: 47 – 52 cm

FEATURES: Dial-adjust fit, more stable fit on small heads, easier to get on and off, available in fun, bright colors.

FULL REVIEW: Joovy Noodle


More detailed information about how to choose a helmet can be found on our Kids’ Helmets: How to Choose page.  For a comparison chart of over 50 helmets, please view our Kids’ Bike Helmets: Comparison Charts and Ratings page.

By: Carrie Wren

Last Updated: April 21, 2018