Best Infant and Toddler Helmets

The Best Infant and Toddler Helmets for Biking and More – Reviewed and Compared

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To quote the CPSC:

     “Bike accidents crash-land more kids in hospital

      emergency rooms than any other sport.

And since not wearing a helmet makes your child 14 times more likely to be involved in a serious or fatal accident, a helmet is an absolute must for even the youngest children.

With so many activities that require helmets, it can be tough to decide what to buy. I have scoured the web and saved you valuable hours of research so you can focus on the important stuff- taking care of your kiddo and getting some exercise.

Here’s a guide to the best helmets for your infant and toddler.

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The Best Infant and Toddler Helmets

Nutcase Baby Nutty

Image of the Nutcase - Baby Nutty Bike Helmet for Babies and Toddlers, Go Green Go

Our Favorite Infant Helmet

The first two things that come to mind when considering a helmet for a baby are safety and comfort. That is why the best choice is Baby Nutty by Nutcase. This adorable helmet will not only cradle your baby’s noggin but keep your child looking up to see the world around them as you bike. The lightweight design offers eleven air vents with bug net to allow your baby’s head to breathe, even on the hottest day. This helmet comes complete with an additional set of pads to get the perfect fit for comfort.

Why I Love It 

The Nutty does not sport a sun visor, giving your baby a full view of the road. The Fidlock magnetic no-pinch design of the chin strap is essential to a proper helmet and the Nutty rates highest in this department. This means that you don’t have to worry about pinching your little one’s neck when you fasten their helmet. Also, the magnetic closure is padded, so it’s comfortable under your child’s chin.

The Nutcase brand comes in multiple sizes to support multiple measurements and get the best fit for your little one. This adjustable helmet is certified for use for children age 1-3 with head circumferences between 47 and 50 centimeters. Adjustments are made with pads and elastic bands to ensure a good fit. It comes in 3 bright, fun colors.

It Is Sturdy:  The back strap is made of elastic for the most stability without discomfort and is adjustable for a perfect fit. It’s got whole skull coverage and is made with EPS foam liner, removable pads to allow the helmet to fit properly and also grow with your child, and a lightweight style.

It Is Pretty: This adorable helmet comes in multiple patterns including Petal Power pink for girls, Go Green Go with leaves for boys, or Moo, black and white print for animal-loving babies.

Why I Don’t Love it 

The only drawbacks to this otherwise magnificent product are a limited size range for infants under a year old and a chin strap that loosens with use. The recommended sizes are in centimeters and the helmet is best for the circumference of 47 to 50 cm.

The almost price tag can be hard to swallow but is a small price to pay to know your little one’s head is safe and secure no matter where the road leads you.

Schwinn Infant Helmet

This is a great alternative baby helmet with no sun visor. The Schwinn Infant Helmet has most of the same features as the Nutty, but with slightly lower reviews overall.  It does have a lower price and the trusted Schwinn biking name.


Image of the Schwinn Infant Helmet, Jungle


Joovy Noodle

Image of the Joovy Noodle Helmet, Pink

Our Favorite Toddler Helmet

Keep your baby both fashionably sleek and comfortable in the Joovy Helmet kids will want to wear. The Joovy Noodle Helmet offers protection for your little one’s head with a more traditional style of bike helmet. If you or your spouse are biking enthusiasts, this helmet style will be a closer match to what you may use for yourself. This could be very exciting for your little one to get a helmet that resembles that of a parent.

Why I Love It 

The adjustable fit dial tailors the fit of this helmet. This half pound lightweight helmet fits kids age 1 to 4, with heads 18.5 inches to 20.5 inches. It also features nylon straps and a pinch-proof chin strap. 14 air vents with bug mesh and lots of cushions will keep your child secure and happy. It’s completed by a extended visor for sun protection.

It is Sturdy: Helmets should have a sturdy base that attaches securely to the outside foam cover. The base should fit snuggly without weighing down the head. Enter Joovy Noodle. Thi sturdy helmet does all these things with panache to ensure that if your little one falls, they will get right back up again.

It is pretty: This adorable helmet keeps life simple with several solid color choices sure to meet your needs in pink, black, orange, red, and teal. There’s 7 colors total.

It doesn’t cost much: The Joovy Noodle is priced lower than many options on this page around the midpoint level.

Why I Don’t Love It 

The Noodle runs into a few problems – the dial and straps can be difficult to adjust to the contours of your babies noodles and the strap does not offer a chin guard for extra comfort. Otherwise, the only other complaint from buyers is the red color appears pinker than advertised. While in third place, the Noodle is a strong contender for protection and quality.

Crazy Mars

The alternative to the Joovy Noodle is the Crazy Mars available in multiple sizes. It has a super fun shape that your child is sure to love, plus it is highly rated for safety.

Image of the Crazy Mars Mountain Biking Helmet-Bicycle Helmet Men Bike Helmets Lightweight Helmet for Adult Cycling Green

Giro Scamp

Image of the Giro Scamp Youth Bike Helmet Matte Blue S

The Giro Scamp is the next best helmet with a price that is a little easier to swallow. It’s our runner up for best helmet. This little hero of a helmet is the smallest available on the market, fitting a range of 45 to 49 centimeters plus extra padding. Toddlers can wear the next size up. What makes this helmet so marvelous is the flat back to support baby’s head during a ride in the trailer. Another great feature is the matte finish to help avoid sunlight increasing the heat on your little one’s head.

Why I Love It 

It is Sturdy: Giro implements a Multi-Directional Impact Protection System into each helmet to ensure a quality product. The turn dial adjustment system ensures a proper fit for a sturdy support system for your child’s protection.

It is pretty: This sleek helmet looks like a tiny adult helmet with fun colors to encourage children to ride in safety. Stay simple with solid colors like black, pink, green, and blue, or branch out to multi-colored covers to show off your child’s flair.

It doesn’t cost much: While not the cheapest helmet, it does cost less than the Nutty, with similar features. The Giro brand is more expensive than the Bell (review below), but with a higher quality product to back up the price.

Why I Don’t Love It

The Scamp helmet only has a couple of cons. The straps can be a little difficult to adjust and the padding could be thicker for a more comfortable fit. Otherwise, this tiny-sized helmet offers all the same benefits of an adult sized helmet – great ventilation, a sun visor to protect your child’s eyes from the glaring sun, lightweight for longer use, and a four-point attachment to the base.

Giro Me 2

A good alternative to the Giro Scamp is the Giro Me 2, priced similarly, but comes with lower reviews than the Giro Scamp including issues with the fit, comfort, and quality. Still, it’s a good choice.

Image of the Giro GH26160 Youth Me 2 Bike Helmet, Pink Leopard


Lazer Bob

Image of the Lazer BOB Infant Helmet: White with Multi-Color Dots, One Size

The Lazer Bob (Bob stands for Baby on Board) helmet falls short of the other three helmets in growth, air flow, and adjustability but still has decent ratings with a great price, making your dollars stretch without forgetting quality and safety. This model only comes with six air vents, which means your little one will be sweating in a few minutes under the sun. But with 360-degree reflective stickers, this might be the best model for nighttime bikers. Special padding to keep the chin cool is a thoughtful additive to help your child enjoy exercise!

Why I Love It

It is Sturdy: While not the sturdiest helmet on the market other brands could follow suit on nighttime protection with more reflective tape.

It is pretty: Forget boring with the Lazer Bob! This cute mini helmet comes in fun patterns like festive dots, blue fishes, stripes, and geometric patterns.

It doesn’t cost much: You cannot beat the bang for the buck!

Why I Don’t Love It

Many buyers found this model fell apart far before it reached old age. The back adjustment band loosens, creating a wobbly helmet. The buckle pinches children’s sensitive neck and chin areas, which could lead to kids unwilling to wear protective headgear. Overall, the Lazer helmet received high marks despite these issues.

The Nutty, our top pick, out-scored the Lazer Bob for its ability to fit baby and overall comfort, especially for babies chin.

Schwinn Teddy Bear

A strong alternative to the Lazer Bob is the Schwinn Teddy Bear helmet which is more affordable but you get what you pay for with this plastic helmet. You can’t deny that it is cute, but it’s not at the same level as many of our other picks as far as overall durability and safety are concerned.

Image of the Schwinn Infant 3D Teddy Bear Helmet


Bell Infant Sprout

Image of the Bell 7063263 Infant Blue Goo Sprout Helmet

The last helmet is the most affordable but the lower price tag sacrifices a lot of necessary helmet qualities. The Bell Infant Sprout lost points for reliability and bulkiness. A bulk size and shape forces children to glance down while riding because of weight and size. This helmet was the least comfortable for riding within both a trailer and a bike seat. This runner-up also did not have enough extra cushions for growth and would have to be replaced the soonest.

Why I Love It

It is pretty: The Sprout sports fun colors and patterns such as girly bows, dragons, silver flowers, pink poodles, and green and blue puppies. Little ones will love the looks!

It doesn’t cost much: The Sprout is easy on the budget.

Why I Don’t Love It

It is Sturdy: While this helmet meets all the standards for support the quality is not as high to allow for a lower price. Spending a few extra dollars would get better quality and better support for your child’s head.

Bell Mini

An alternative to the Bell Sprout is the more costly Bell Mini. It comes in childish prints but at the cost of easier adjustments for fit. Plus, it has a sun visor.

Image of the Bell Mini Infant Bike Helmet- Mint Bows


SUNVP Kids Toddler Helmet

Image of the SUNVP Kids Toddler Bike Helmet Multi-sport Skateboarding Skating Cycling Scooter Safety Protect Gear Adjustable Bicycle Helmet for Boys Girls

You all probably know this, but it’s not appropriate to buy a “bike helmet” and wear it as head protection while skateboarding. If a helmet is designed to protect your head during a certain activity, it will let you know. Don’t take it upon yourself to guess. This is part of the reason why I picked the SUNVP Kids Toddler Helmet as the best toddler skateboarding helmet.

Why I Love It

The manufacturer indicates that this helmet can be used for “cycling, skiing, camping, outdoor sport exercise.” This means that for every outdoor activity, you should be covered. Skateboarding are skating are specifically mentioned in the product name, so I know they are included in the “outdoor sport exercise” category.

Some other benefits of this helmet are that it:

  • is lightweight,
  • has an EPS foam lining,
  • is made of PVC,
  • has 10 air vents,
  • comes in 4 colors, and
  • has a helmet adjuster.

Also, there are two sizes for the helmets. The small size is for children 2-6 years old with heads measuring between 16.2 and 20.5 inches. The medium size is for children 5-12 years old with heads measuring between 17.7 and 22.1 inches.

Why I Don’t Love It

This helmet isn’t expensive, and I think you get what you pay for. The quality isn’t as nice with this helmet. It isn’t on the same level as the big-name brands that also grace this list. If you need a temporary helmet or something to use very rarely, this is a budget-friendly option.

Also, sizing this thing is tough, especially if you are trying to get it to fit a very small child.

OUTAD Children’s Helmet

Image of the Kids Helmet, OUTAD Hiking Helmet Multi Outdoor Sport Helmet Impact Resistance Safe Helmet Protective Head Guard For Children (Pink, S)

As I mentioned before, you should only use a helmet for its listed purposes. For that reason, I wanted to have a category for toddler ski helmets. The best toddler ski helmet is the OUTAD Children’s Helmet.

Why I Love It

This helmet, which is listed as a multi-sport helmet, is approved for rock climbing, cycling, drift skiing, hiking, skateboarding, riding scooters, BMX bike riding, and inline and roller skating. Basically, if you can do it, this helmet will work for you.

The helmet is made of ABS with EPS foam and a soft cotton liner inside. This means that the exterior of this helmet is very durable with the necessary foam interior to keep your child’s head safe and ensure a good fit. There are 11 vents throughout the helmet and an adjustable chin strap to help keep your child comfortable.

There are three sizes available for each of the 4 color choices. The small is for head circumferences of 50-54 centimeters or 19.7-21.3 inches. The medium is for 54-58 centimeters or 21.3-22.8 inches, and the large is for 58-60 centimeters or 22.8-23.6 inches.

Why I Don’t Love It

It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but this helmet runs pretty large. Be sure to carefully follow the size chart when ordering, and then go down a size. Trust me, that’s the only way it won’t be huge on your kiddo!

Also, this is a simple design that mimics a grown-up’s helmet. There’s no comfort measures, fun designs, or pinch-proof features here.

XingChengSport Kids Multi-Sport Helmet Set

Sometimes, you don’t just want to buy a helmet; you want to buy a whole kit. I remember that I was looking for something like this with my first child. In my desperate search for a fun, matching ensemble; we ended up with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle kit that I created myself. The elbow and knee pads were so small that they couldn’t fit on my 3-year-old.

I wish I would have found this kit instead. The best safety kit with a helmet is the XingChengSport Kids Multi-Sport Helmet Set.

Why I Love It

The helmet is a high quality. It’s made of a durable ABS outer. This means that when your child falls, the helmet won’t crack or break. Beneath this tough shell is a layer of high-density EPS foam. There’s also extra spongy pads for comfort. It fits sizes from 48-54 cm.

The helmet design features top vents for extra airflow. The fastener uses a color-coded buckle for ease of use as well as fully adjustable straps.

The elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist guards use Velcro straps. The Velcro makes it much easier for your child to get protective gear on and off themselves without your help. This independence means that your child is more likely to use the protective gear, which is great because protective gear can’t protect your child if he or she doesn’t wear it.

This kit comes in 5 different designs that would be suitable for both boys and girls. Plus, it comes with a 30 days money back guarantee.

Why I Don’t Love It

The pads are smaller than expected. This isn’t a big deal for most toddlers, but beware if your kiddo is a chunky monkey or big kid for their age. Also, this multi-sport helmet has different, not less coverage than a traditional bike helmet. Some parents may not like the type of coverage this provides.

Other than that, I love this set and the pads all fit well and work well!

Bingggooo’s Kids Helmet

Image of the Kids helmets Children's Multi-Sport Safety Bike Helmets Cycling Skating Scooter for Girls / Boys

Some of the other helmets are colorful or have a colorful design, but none of them are quite as fun as this one. The best toddler helmet with a fun design is Bingggooo’s Kids Helmet.

As I mentioned earlier, my oldest had a really great Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle helmet. Personally, I value a fun helmet. In my opinion, many helmets are going to provide similar safety with similar comfort, so you might as well wear something fun.

Why I Love It

The Bingggooo’s Kids Helmet is the best “fun” helmet for several reasons. The shell is PC injection moulded with EPS foam inside. There are pads for the inside of the helmet and an adjustment knob to ensure proper fit. Like several other “best” helmets, the chin strap is adjustable and padded for comfort.

The helmet also offers four vents integrated into the fun dragon design. Plus, this dragon-style helmet comes in five colors.

The manufacturer advises that this helmet fits head sizes 48-52 centimeters and a head width of 16.5 centimeters. They also say that this helmet is suitable for bike riding, roller skating, and scooter riding.

Why I Don’t Love It

Make sure to measure your child’s head before you order to ensure that this helmet will fit. This helmet runs quite small and will work well for kids 4 and under, despite the manufacturer advertising otherwise.

The outer shell of the helmet is surprisingly thin. If your child, say, drop kicks this across the driveway like a soccer star, it will probably crack. It’s cheap, and that price reflects the quality. But it’s perfectly fine for low-to-the-ground scoots and bike rides in the driveway. Try it out with one of our best balance bikes!

Guide to Selecting a Baby Bike Helmet

With so much activity and so little coordination, it’s important to protect your toddler’s head. If you have ever shopped for helmets you know that there’s a variety of shapes and styles available. These different styles indicate the different sports when you should use the helmet.

Any time your child is riding a trike, bike, scooter, or skateboard; you want them to wear a helmet. Likewise, your child should also wear a helmet for skating, skiing, or snowboarding. And don’t forget to strap a helmet on when your little one rides on your bike or in a trailer.

Helmets should come CPSC certified that is Consumer Product Safety Commissions – or the government’s stamp of approval that a child meets all the safety measurements for children’s products. The best features to focus on when shopping for a baby helmet include:


Keeping your baby’s noodle safe is the most important aspect to check for in a baby helmet. The quality of products used to engineer the protective head covering is essential to protect little noggins. The inner band should be secured to keep the outer shell intact and on the babies head. A quality helmet will avoid using flimsy methods to secure the inner casing to the outer shell.


The size of the helmet matters. A helmet too small can hurt your baby. A helmet too big will not provide safety. Measure around the forehead just above the ears and over the eyebrows to get an accurate measurement of your child’s circumference.


The fit of the helmet should be snug without being tight to provide support and protection of the helmet coming off in a fall. The helmet should fit across the child’s forehead and not push up on their hairline.


The helmet should come with plenty of inner cushioning to allow enough comfort for a baby to wear the helmet for the duration of a bike ride. Without cushions, the helmet would also be more likely to move around and be less supportive.


Baby helmets should have plenty of ventilation to keep baby dry and cool. Overheating can happen to a baby quickly. Check for several air vents and large openings all over the helmet.


No two babies come in the same size. Look for a helmet that has plenty of adjustable features on the back base support and the chin strap to ensure a proper fit in case you should fall while biking.

Flat Back

Flat back helmets are easier for babies who will be riding in a trailer to cause less neck discomfort and allow babies full view of their surroundings.

FAQ’s about Baby and Child Bike Helmets

  • Should I put a helmet rated for a one-year-old on my eight-month-old?

    Most infant helmets are designed for babies over the age of one. However, since all baby heads come in different sizes, focus on finding a helmet that fits your baby best.

  • Should I look for a helmet with a flat back if I am going to use a bike carrier instead of a trailer?

    Most infant helmets come with a flat back to accommodate trailer use. While unnecessary, a flat back would allow a better view for babies even in a bike carrier. It basically keeps the helmet from slipping forward over their eyes.

          Check out our best kid’s bike seats to see all the best bike carrier options!

  • Is a magnetic buckle safe for my baby?

    Magnetic buckles might not be the best option for children who fidget and they may play with the magnetic closure during a bike ride, which could lead to the helmet not being secured during a fall. If your child is willing to leave the buckle alone, then a magnetic buckle is less likely to pinch their sensitive skin or come loose like a traditional buckle.

Final Thoughts and Verdict

A helmet is a personal decision that requires a try on. Try several helmets on your child’s head (or measure and measure again!) before making a final decision. Above all, look for safety for whatever activity your child will be doing. Multi-sport helmets are a great choice for toddlers, while bike helmets are great for babies who are just riding along.

The Nutcase Nutty Baby Helmet provides all the modern amenities of safety and security.  Also, I really like that this helmet serves multiple purposes. When my kids play, it may be bikes one minute and scooters the next. In order for me to feel like they’re safe, I want them to wear a multi-purpose helmet, and I want to know that it fits their head correctly.

Image of the Nutcase - Baby Nutty Bike Helmet for Babies and Toddlers, Go Green Go



Adrina Palmer
Christian and Mom Blogger
Adrina Palmer is a stay-at-home-mom to three wonderful children and a wife to an amazing husband. She has a bachelors degree in Religion from Liberty University and works as a blogger, copywriter, and reviewer. Adrina is a Christian hoping to help other stay-at-home moms find the joy and simplicity as a mother and wife. In her free time she enjoys many crafts, writing, spending time with family, and reading. She would love to hear from you!

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