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.
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.
NOTE: The Child version is not available in MIPS
ONE SIZE: 46 – 52 cm
FEATURES: Flat back, increased protection below the neck (CSPC 1+ certified)
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
FULL REVIEW: Baby 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 Skater-Style – Toddler
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.
NOTE: The Melon is NOT dual-certified for biking and skateboarding according to US standards.
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 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!
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 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.
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