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Gear Girl: Best Bike Helmets For Kids

Biking is one of my favorite ways to get the family outside and exercising together, and in our family, wearing a helmet is a must. Do you know the best helmet for your child? The one strapped onto their head. According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institution, "helmets provide a 66 to 88% reduction in the risk of head, brain and severe brain injury for all ages of bicyclists." The good news? An uber-expensive helmet is not safer than a cheaper one, and cuter helmets are popping up everywhere you look. The key point - JUST WEAR ONE.

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SafeKids.org recommends these tips for finding the best helmet for your child.

  • Make sure your child has the right size helmet and wears it every time when riding, skating or scooting. Your children's helmet should meet the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's standards. When it's time to purchase a new helmet, let your children pick out their own; they'll be more likely to wear them for every ride.
  • Make sure the helmet fits and your child knows how to put it on correctly. A helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position, and should not rock forward, backward or side to side. The helmet straps must always be buckled, but not too tightly. Safe Kids recommends kids take the Helmet Fit Test.
  • EYES check: Position the helmet on your head. Look up and you should see the bottom rim of the helmet. The rim should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows.
  • EARS check: Make sure the straps of the helmet form a "V" under your ears when buckled. The strap should be snug but comfortable.
  • MOUTH check: Open your mouth as wide as you can. Do you feel the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten those straps and make sure the buckle is flat against your skin.
  • Make sure your child has the right size helmet and wears it every time when riding, skating or scooting. Your children's helmet should meet the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's standards. When it's time to purchase a new helmet, let your children pick out their own; they'll be more likely to wear them for every ride.
  • Make sure the helmet fits and your child knows how to put it on correctly. A helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position, and should not rock forward, backward or side to side. The helmet straps must always be buckled, but not too tightly. Safe Kids recommends kids take the Helmet Fit Test.
  • EYES check: Position the helmet on your head. Look up and you should see the bottom rim of the helmet. The rim should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows.
  • EARS check: Make sure the straps of the helmet form a "V" under your ears when buckled. The strap should be snug but comfortable.
  • MOUTH check: Open your mouth as wide as you can. Do you feel the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten those straps and make sure the buckle is flat against your skin.

- See more at: http://www.usa.safekids.org/tip/bike-safety-tips#sthash.WFgi3UQ0.dpuf

  • Make sure your child has the right size helmet and wears it every time when riding, skating or scooting. Your children's helmet should meet the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's standards. When it's time to purchase a new helmet, let your children pick out their own; they'll be more likely to wear them for every ride.
  • Make sure the helmet fits and your child knows how to put it on correctly. A helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position, and should not rock forward, backward or side to side. The helmet straps must always be buckled, but not too tightly. Safe Kids recommends kids take the Helmet Fit Test.
  • EYES check: Position the helmet on your head. Look up and you should see the bottom rim of the helmet. The rim should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows.
  • EARS check: Make sure the straps of the helmet form a "V" under your ears when buckled. The strap should be snug but comfortable.
  • MOUTH check: Open your mouth as wide as you can. Do you feel the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten those straps and make sure the buckle is flat against your skin.

- See more at: http://www.usa.safekids.org/tip/bike-safety-tips#sthash.WFgi3UQ0.dpuf

Although most of us know the importance of bike helmets, getting your child to wear one can be tricky. Fortunately, helmet companies are producing cute and cool designs to help make it easier to get your kids to want to wear a helmet. If your kid needs some convincing, check out the selection at Raskullz which has one of the best selections of kid-friendly characters and designs. Another reason to check out the brand are their Raskullz Miniz which are designed to fit infants 18-24 months old.

[ Unicorn | Cat | Mohawk | Dino | Turtle | Bird | Monkey ]

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Once kids get a little older, a cutsie helmet isn't going to cut it. Hopefully by then, kids understand the value of protecting their noggin, but a character-ladden helmet will only get you an eyeroll. Fortunately, Nutcase makes a collection of tween-cool designs and Nutcase has a wide selection of simple nearly-solid-colored helmets.

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Bike Helmets - Tween Approved

We're always looking for products that can multitask and the helmets below do the job beautifully being suitable for both snow and bike. The top row of helmets from Bern have cool built-in visors to ward off sun and snow flurries. The bottom row from Nutcase have removable ear pads and fleece liners to make them suitable for snow or sun.

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Also, be sure to check out Bern's tips on how to size a helmet for safe and easy ways to order one for your kid.

Bern Helmets

Happy - and safe - riding!

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