10 Best Bike Helmets for Babies & Toddlers

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

Helmet

Why We Love It

MSRP

Giro Scamp (MIPS)

Best All-Around (Baby or Toddler)

$35($55)
Bell Sidetrack Child

Best All-Around (Toddler)

$40
Lazer BOB

Best Budget (Baby)

$25
Kali Chakra Child

Best Budget (Toddler)

$30
Uvex HeroBest Buckle$39

Nutcase Baby/Little Nutty

Best Skater-Style (Baby/Toddler)

$50/$60

Schwinn Infant

Best for Tiny Heads

$17
Troy Lee A1 Classic Youth

Best for Little Groms

$109
Micro

Most Fun Designs

$40

Joovy Noodle

Honorable Mention

$30

 


Giro Scamp

Best All-Around – Baby/Toddler


Giro Scamp helmet in blue

MSRP: $35 (without MIPS), $55 (with MIPS)

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
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.

 


Bell Sidetrack Child

Best All-Around – Toddler


Bell Sidetrack helmet in green

MSRP: $40

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

 


Lazer BOB

Best on a Budget – Baby


Lazer BOB helmet

MSRP: $25

ONE SIZE: 46 – 52 cm

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

FULL REVIEW: Lazer BOB

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.

 


Kali Chakra Child

Best on a Budget – Toddler


Kali Chakra Child helmet

MSRP: $30

SIZE: Child (48 – 54 cm)

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

FULL REVIEW: Kali Chakra

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.

 


Uvex Hero

Best Buckle


uvex hero kids' bike helmet - blue white lizard

MSRP: $39

ONE SIZE: 49 – 54 cm

FEATURES: Unique ratcheting, non-pinch buckle, durable in-mold construction, dial-adjust fit, fun designs

FULL REVIEWUvex Hero

From top to bottom, the Uvex Hero is exceptionally built for durability and performance, but its unique buckle system really makes it shine.  Designed using a simple ratcheting system, the Uvex buckle slowly clicks together to prevent skin from accidentally getting caught.  With traditional buckles, the snapping of the buckle is very fast and can unexpectedly catch a child’s skin, which can be painful and upsetting for little ones.

Built for small heads, the Uvex offers a great fit for most kids, but is too shallow for kids with longer heads (taller foreheads).  For those who need a little extra depth, the Uvex Quatro Junior, the Hero’s big brother, is a great option that also features Uvex’s unique buckle.

 


Nutcase Baby Nutty

Best Skater-Style – Baby


Nutcase Little Nutty Helmet

MSRP: $50

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)

FULL REVIEW: Little Nutty and 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.

 


Schwinn Infant

Best for Tiny Heads


schwinn infant bike helmet - jungle green blue

MSRP: $17

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.

 


Troy Lee A1 Classic Youth

Best for Little Groms


Troy Lee A1 Classic youth helmet in light blue and black

MSRP: $109

SIZES: Youth (48 – 53 cm)

FEATURES: MIPS protection system, dial adjust system, locking chin strap sliders, in-mold construction, breakaway visor, great ventilation, quick-dry padding

FULL REVIEW: In progress

The cream-of-the-crop in kids’ helmets, the Troy Lee Classic A1 Youth helmet is designed for aggressive, growing groms. With extensive rear coverage, the A1 also comes standard with MIPS technology for some of the most advanced protection on the market. To top it off, the breakaway visor is not only adjustable, but will “break away” in the event of a crash so it doesn’t snag on any obstacles.

Quick-dry padding is soft against the skin and great at wicking away sweat, while the high-end ventilation channels do a better job than most helmets at keeping heads cool. If your kid wants to rip the trails (or come along for the ride as you rip the trails), there’s nothing better than a Troy Lee helmet.

 


Micro

Most Fun Designs


Micro helmet Scootersaurus in blue

MSRP: $40

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.

 


Joovy Noodle

Honorable Mention


Joovy Noodle helmet in pink

MSRP: $30

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

The Joovy Noodle was designed specifically with the youngest kids in mind. Its light weight makes it is easy for a toddler 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!

 

Baby & Toddler Helmets Comparison Chart

Bike

MSRP

Fits HeadsWeightAdjustment SystemVentsOptional MIPSVisorConstruction

Giro Scamp

$35($55)45 – 49 cm251 gDial8YesYesIn-mold

Bell Sidetrack Child

$40

47 - 54 cm276 gDial15NoYesIn-mold

Lazer BOB

$25

46 - 52 cm277 gSlider6NoNoHardshell

Kali Chakra Child

$30

48 - 54 cm208 gDial21NoYesIn-mold

Nutcase Baby/Little Nutty

$50/$60

47 - 52 cm280 gDial11NoNoHardshell

Schwinn Infant

$17

44 - 49 cmDial6NoYesHardshell

Lazer P'Nut

$50($80)

46 - 50 cm270 gAuto-adjust16YesYesIn-mold
Uvex Hero$3949 - 54 cm265 gDial13NoYesInmold

Joovy Noodle

$30

47 - 52 cm226 gDial14NoYesHardshell

Micro Helmet

$40

48 - 53 cmDial10NoNoHardshell

Catlike Kitten

$45

48 - 52 cm215 gDial23NoNoIn-mold
Troy Lee A1 Classic Youth$10948 - 53 cmDial16YesYesIn-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.

Size

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!
12-month-old and 3-year-old wearing the Giro Scamp

Weight

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.

Flat Back

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.

Lazer BOB, Schwinn Infant, and Giro Scamp side by side, showing the Schwinn and Scamp have flatter backs than the BOB.

Adjustability

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.

Buckle

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

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.
MIPS plastic shell inside the Bell Sidetrack Youth helmet, and upclose shot of MIPS anchor.


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Kids’ Helmets Comparison Charts: To view and sort through all kids’ helmets, and read reviews.


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