Updated February 2019
It can be hard to find 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, but here are some that should fit the bill.
Remember, these age recommendations are rough estimates. Each child’s head size is different, so measure the circumference of his/her head first to find the best fit.
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.
Best Infant and Toddler Helmets
Lazer BOB (Baby on Board) Helmet ~ $22-$43
9 months+ (baby/toddler universal size: 46-52 cm)
*Certifications: CPSC – CE – AS
Lazer designed a 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 ~ $55+
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 this helmet – there are virtually no complaints about it!
The Scamp with MIPS (multi-directional impact 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.
Although it’s been discontinued, you can still get the Giro Me2 on Amazon, which also has some cool features, including a microshell with a built-in bug screen and an easy-to-adjust chin strap. Some reviewers claim that the fabric fastener strips on the inside of the shell can fall out and that it’s not the most durable, but for $29, this is a good starter helmet.
Bontrager Little Dipper ~ $35
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) shell and a built-in visor as well.
The in-mold construction provides more strength, yet the helmet is still light and well-ventilated.
Lazer Youth Helmets P’Nut ~ $34
9 months+ (46-50 cm size)
*Certifications: CPSC – CE – AS
Many say the Lazer P’Nut Youth Helmet is THE premium child helmet. The in-mold construction that fully encompasses the exposed foam on the bottom brim of the helmet, the plastic shell, protects the foam core from damaging punctures and dents.
With soft padding and a buckle that eliminates pinching, the lightweight Lazer P’Nut Youth Helmet is the Cadillac of kiddie helmets.
Joovy Noodle ~ $29
47-52 cm (18.5-20.5 inches)
The Joovy Noodle baby 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.
Nutcase Baby Nutty ~ $49
*Certification: CPSC certified for one year and older
Nutcase helmets are known for their wacky and fun designs, and the baby nutty helmets are no exception. They have a “no-cry” magnetic buckle with a padded chin strap, and come with extra inner padding to adjust the fit. Parents love the flat, full coverage the helmet gives in the back.
*Note that instead of the traditional adjustable dial in the back, nutcase helmets have an elastic band. If there’s anything “lacking” with the Nutcase Nuttys, it’s ventilation – they’re breathable but allow for slightly less airflow compared to other models.
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