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Best Bike Helmets for Kids

Stay safe and stylish with these smart picks for head protection.

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The right bike helmet will keep your kid safe on the streets and sidewalks. Pexels

You want your kids’ heads to be as solidly protected as if they were visiting Mars. And they want their friends to think they look like they’re from Mars. Some helmet manufacturers get this and have designed helmets that attempt to integrate those two at-odds philosophies, so parents and kids alike can be happy. We’ve assembled a few excellent choices below that meet this challenge well.

Kids Bike Helmet, Adjustable and Multi-Sport, from Toddler to Youth, 3 Sizes

Great Padding

This model features interchangeable cushions of varying thicknesses (5 mm and 8 mm) that can be removed and gently washed to eliminate odor and bacteria. Amazon

Clean-looking, lightweight and made of ABS and EPS, this multi-sport helmet covers all types of outdoor activities a family might undertake: cycling, mountain biking, BMX biking, skating and skateboarding, hiking, kayaking, even rock climbing. A crank dial in the back of the helmet allows adjustment to fit all size heads, and the chin straps are adjustable as well. Made of soft cloth, those straps will be kind to even the most sensitive skin, and its buckle snaps on and releases with ease. Comes in seven colors and three sizes.

Joovy Noodle Multi-Sport Helmet XS-S, Kids Adjustable Bike Helmet, Pink

Adjustable as they grow

There’s a dial in the back to tighten or loosen, a padded chin strap, four points of contact, and extra pads. Amazon

Joovy developed this helmet line specifically for smaller kids who are particularly fussy when it comes to anything on their heads. It features 14 air vents with nifty bug mesh in the front holes, to avoid the wind-blown bite or sting. The visor extends, too, to shield harmful sun rays and act as the first defense against gnats, flies, or any worse flying insect. This is a well-thought-out design that offers big-boy protection without making your small child look like that astronaut headed to Mars.

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Giro Tremor MIPS Child and Youth Mountain Bike Helmet

Sleek racer design

This great choice for your child is breathable, comfortable, and surprisingly budget-friendly. Amazon

Tested for crash resistance, Giro’s sharply crafted helmet is more than just a pretty dome. Lightweight and durable, air passes right through it thanks to 18 vents and Giro’s engineering. That includes the MIPS brain protection system, which uses high-quality foam to reduce energy and force, absorbing some of the impact of a fall or crash to spare the brain. With universal fit sizing, it’s an easy fit right out of the box, too.

Raskullz Mohawk Toddler 3+ and Child 5+ Helmets

Find them in a crowd

The toy-inspired 3D graphics are designed to make your kid want to wear a helmet. After all, cool can be safe, too. Amazon

Don’t let the rad design throw you – this is a well-constructed helmet with tons of safety features. It just looks like a kid designed it, which is why it is so popular. Recommended for kids 5-8 years old, this helmet complies with the U.S. CPSC Safety Standard and the U.S. ASTM Safety Standard for multi-impact skateboard helmets.

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Sleek and sensible

Loaded with features available on adult helmets, including a tough, impact-resilient ABS shell and an EPS core that deadens shock considerably. Amazon

This is the alternate wear for the maturing child who is no longer interested in toy-inspired graphics, or never was in the first place. Designed to mimic the bike helmets worn by adults, Besttravel’s lure is in its simple, standard design. The straps are also cloth rather than vinyl, allowing for hours of wear without chafing and scraping the skin on your child’s face. Lightweight (12.5 oz.), 11 vents to keep cool and comfortable, and a universal fit scheme offer safety and longevity.

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S. Ruxton is a contributing writer to Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. A former baseball writer, S. Ruxton loves to revisit the smaller Gulf towns of Clearwater, Dunedin, and Bradenton. Historic Winter Park is also a favorite destination.

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