There comes a time when you need to get or replace a helmet for your kids. Helmets are a really important form of protection. They need to be replaced when they’ve been outgrown or involved in a crash or sometimes a hard drop. And not just any helmet will do. Get the wrong size and your kids will be less than comfortable and they won’t be safe either. An ill-fitting helmet won’t provide the same level of protection as one which fits well but how do you know which helmet fits correctly?
Bicycle helmets come in centimetre sizes so, to get the right fit, measure your child’s head. Use a measuring tape if you have one (or a piece of string which you can stretch out next to a ruler afterwards if you don’t). With the measuring tape level round the whole head, measure the head about an inch above the eyebrows at its widest part.
Using your measurement as a basis, go into a local shop and try some helmets on. Adjust straps as you go to make sure any issues are with the actual helmet size not just the length that the straps are being worn. Here are some guidelines on what you’re looking for to make sure the helmet fits.
Don’t get a helmet for your child to grow into. If the helmet is too big, it might not protect them when it really matters.
Getting the right helmet for your child is well worth the effort to make sure they’re safe and wearing something which will give them the most protection. With various styles, designs and colours out there, it doesn’t have to be boring either. And once you’ve done it? Then they can take to their wheels and the real fun begins…