It can be hard to find kids helmets that are small enough for infants and young toddlers, as most “children’s” helmets are made for school-aged kids with MUCH bigger heads. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best helmets for infants, toddlers and older kids. Note: these helmets can be used for biking, roller skating, skateboarding, and more.
A note about safety certifications: All bicycle helmets manufactured after 1999 must meet the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) bicycle helmet standard. That said, all of our recommendations below are CPSC certified. For more detailed information, please reference this article.
Comfortable, Protective Headgear for Skateboarding, Roller Skating and More
9 months+ (baby/toddler universal size: 46-52 cm)
*Certifications: CPSC – CE – AS
Lazer designed a baby and toddler helmet specifically for the smallest of heads. The lightweight shell is well-ventilated with easy to remove and clean soft-fit pads, and it has reflective tape around the helmet for better visibility.
Some reviewers have suggested that parents need to make sure the helmet doesn’t catch on the child bike seat back, and there are a handful of complaints about the helmet being tough to adjust, but most people love it. All in all, it’s a cute, high-quality helmet that is small enough for the youngest riders.
Giro Scamp ~ $35+ or Scamp with MIPS ~ $39+
9 months+ (size xs: 45-49 cm and size sm: 49-53 cm)
The scamp has a pinch-free buckle, built-in visor, plenty of ventilation, and comes in two sizes. (Again, measure carefully.) It’s easy to adjust the tightness by turning the Mini Loc adjustment dial at the back of the helmet. Parents love the toddler helmets from Giro – there are virtually no complaints about it!
The Scamp with MIPS (multi-directional impact protective system) also features an additional inside liner specifically designed to disperse energy in the event of an impact, meaning that the force of an impact would be more evenly distributed. Again, parents rave about it.
Bontrager Little Dipper ~ $44 or Little Dipper with MIPS ~ $64
9 months+ (46-50 cm)
Bontrager makes fun, high quality, decently priced child helmets. The Bontrager Little Dipper is easy to put on and adjust with a QuickSet fit system and a pinch-free buckle. It has a sturdy, in-molded EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) hard shell and a built-in visor as well.
The in-mold construction provides more strength, yet the helmet is still light and well-ventilated.
Joovy Noodle Helmet ~ $24
47-52 cm (18.5-20.5 inches)
The Joovy Noodle helmet has plenty of ventilation (with bug mesh in the front), an easy-adjustable sizing dial in the back, and a pinch guard on the two-toned chin strap. Be aware: some parents think it runs small.