Our Top Bike Helmet Picks For the Smallest Noggins
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.
10 Best Baby and Toddler Bike Helmets
Why We Love It
|Giro Scamp (MIPS)|
Best All-Around (Baby or Toddler)
|Bell Sidetrack Child|
Best All-Around (Toddler)
Best Budget (Baby)
|Kali Chakra Child|
Best Budget (Toddler)
Best Skater-Style (Baby/Toddler)
Best for Tiny Heads
|Lazer P'Nut (MIPS)|
Best Safety Features
Most Fun Designs
Best and Easiest Fit
Best All-Around – Baby/Toddler
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 REVIEW: Giro Scamp
Best All-Around – Toddler
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
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 for your toddler.
NOTE: The Child version is not available in MIPS
ONE SIZE: 46 – 52 cm
FEATURES: Flat back, increased protection below the head (CSPC 1+ certified)
FULL REVIEW: Lazer BOB
Best on a Budget – Toddler
SIZE: Child (48 – 54 cm)
FEATURES: Light-weight, in-mold construction, dial-adjust fit, well ventilated, crash replacement guarantee
FULL REVIEW: Kali Chakra
Best Skater-Style – Baby
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 (Baby Nutty), dual-certified for skateboard use (Little Nutty)
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.
Best for Tiny Heads
SIZE: One Size (44 – 49 cm)
FEATURES: Flat back, CSPC 1+ certified, dial-adjust system
The Schwinn Infant is the smallest helmet we’ve found. While our highly-recommended Giro Scamp fits heads as small as 45 cm, the Schwinn Infant is smaller, more narrow, and fits heads about 44 cm! While the quality isn’t the best and its pads aren’t as soft as the Scamp, for about $17, it’s a fine little helmet for your baby. It also features a dial-adjust system which is fantastic for that price point.
Best Safety Features
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
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 your toddler’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!
Most Fun Designs
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…
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 toddler’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.
Best and Easiest Fit
SIZES: S (48 – 53 cm), also available for older kids in M and L
FEATURES: Full coverage for an accurate and consistent fit, un-twistable side straps, magnetic, pinch-free buckle, dial-adjust, in-mold construction, padded chin strap, rubber visor for facial impact protection
FULL REVIEW: woom Helmet
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
Baby & Toddler Helmets Comparison Chart
|Fits Heads||Weight||Adjustment System||Vents||Optional MIPS||Visor||Construction|
|$35($55)||45 – 49 cm||251 g||Dial||8||Yes||Yes||In-mold|
|47 - 54 cm||276 g||Dial||15||No||Yes||In-mold|
|48 - 53 cm||295 g||Dial||24||No||Yes||In-mold|
|46 - 52 cm||277 g||Slider||6||No||No||Hardshell|
|48 - 54 cm||208 g||Dial||21||No||Yes||In-mold|
|47 - 52 cm||280 g||Dial||11||No||No||Hardshell|
|44 - 49 cm||Dial||6||No||Yes||Hardshell|
|46 - 50 cm||270 g||Auto-adjust||16||Yes||Yes||In-mold|
|47 - 52 cm||226 g||Dial||14||No||Yes||Hardshell|
|48 - 53 cm||Dial||10||No||No||Hardshell|
|48 - 52 cm||215 g||Dial||23||No||No||In-mold|
How to Choose the Best Helmet for Your Baby or Toddler
For a more detailed discussion about how to choose and fit the perfect bike helmet for your baby or toddler, check out our post: Kids’ Bike Helmets: How to Choose. If you’re looking for something quick, here’s a short summary of the most important things to look for to find the best helmet for babies and toddlers.
Your cargo is precious, and if that helmet doesn’t fit, it can’t protect your baby! Baby helmets can especially be hard because there aren’t a ton of helmets that are small enough to fit small baby heads. The Giro Scamp and Schwinn Infant are two of the smallest helmets on the market.
You can measure your own child’s head with a soft tape measure, or we prefer to use the measurements provided by the pediatrician at our regular check-ups. Find a helmet with a size range (for example 45 – 50 cm) that your child’s head measurement falls into.
Whichever helmet you choose, just make sure that it’s a snug fit on your baby or toddler’s head. No biking activity you want to do is worth risking your child’s safety!
The lighter the helmet the better. Babies and young toddlers have weaker neck muscles and it can be difficult for them to support the additional weight of a helmet if it’s too heavy.
You’re most likely looking for a baby or toddler helmet so you can take them along for a bike ride in a trailer or child bike seat. Look for a helmet with a flat back so their head doesn’t get pushed forward as they lean back against the trailer or child bike seat.
Adjusting a helmet for the right fit can be a serious pain for a baby or toddler. The best helmets have a dial-adjust on the back that allows you to tighten the inner portion of the helmet for a snug fit. But even the best dial-adjust systems can be a pain because they can be hard to turn while your toddler is wearing the helmet.
Our hands-down favorite adjustment systems are the Lazer P’Nut (smallest head 46 cm) which is an auto-adjust system that automatically sizes to your child’s head, or the woom helmet (smallest head 48 cm) that has a large knob on the back for super easy turning.
Traditional Dial-Adjust vs. woom’s Easy-Turn Knob
Most helmets come with standard buckles that can pinch a child’s neck when buckling or un-buckling. Have you ever seen a baby or toddler get their neck skin pinched?? You don’t want to! Higher-end helmets now feature magnetic “pinch-free” buckles that prevent the possibility of getting neck skin stuck in the buckle. Of course this isn’t a must-have, but it’s a really nice nice-to-have!
MIPS is a newer technology that adds an additional layer of safety to a helmet. Unfortunately, there are not many baby and toddler helmets that offer MIPS technology. While MIPS can be pretty expensive, the Giro Scamp is a very affordable option that does offer MIPS.
In a nutshell, MIPS is an inner plastic cage secured by small plastic anchors. If an impact occurs, this cage rotates with your child’s head to provide better multi-directional impact protection.