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
Joovy Noodle Helmet ~ $34
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.
Bontrager Little Dipper ~ $44 or Little Dipper with MIPS ~ $64
9 months+ (toddler size fits head circumference 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.
12 months+ (baby/toddler universal size: 46-52 cm)
Lazer designed this lightweight helmet for the smallest of heads. The KineTicore uses an EZ Fit system where you simply place the helmet on your child’s head and it automatically adjusts to the right fit. Also great for littles is the cheek buckle, which ensures no pinching of sensitive little chins when clasping the helmet in place. In addition, this helmet offers extra protection where children need it most: deeper coverage around the fragile temple area, fully integrated Rotational Impact Protection technology and Controlled Crumple Zones that absorb the force of impact in the event of a crash. Bonus: the KineTicore has a built-in insect net to keep bugs from flying into the helmet’s front vents.
Giro Scamp ~ $54 or Scamp with MIPS ~ $69
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.
sized for 48-52 cm circumference; Little Nutty w/MIPS (kids’ version, ~$69) Toddler size fits 48-52 cm; Youth size fits 52-56 cm
The Nutcase helmets are a family fave — they come in tons of fun designs and offer great coverage, though they are a bit on the heavier size. *Perhaps the best thing about these ones are that they feature a magnetic closure — no more pinched neck skin, yikes!