Recreational & Family - Good Helmet for Toddlers?
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I have one of those bike trailers and a pair of helmets for my two kids ages 2-3--however, the kids are always trying to take their helmets off because the front of the helmet always seems to slide down over the front of their faces--the back of the helmet gets pushed up by the back wall of the trailer. I've tried tightening the helmet straps, but this doesn't seem to help. Anyone here have a similar experience? Is there a better type of helmet that won't run into this kind of problem? Thanks in advance.
08-23-06, 12:03 PM
I actually experienced the same problem as your kids. :D
My head is one of those wierd "in-between" sizes. A Medium adult helmet is too tight for me. A Large adult helmet is too loose on me.
My solution is to wear a headband. That tightened up the fit of the large size adult helmet and now it stays in place.
Perhaps you can try that with your kids too and see if it works.
08-23-06, 12:44 PM
I don't know the make/model of my kids' helmets, but they came w/ thicker foam inserts so they would fit their heads better. Could look for thicker foam inserts to put into their existing helmets, or for helmets w/ those inserts.
A local hospital provides those kind of helmets at a discount around here, maybe you could look for a similar program in your neighborhood:
08-23-06, 03:24 PM
Best thing to do is find a LBS that has a SELECTION of kids helmets, bring your kids in and try them on one at a time until you find a perfect fit. That's what we did. Also try to sell them on the idea of wearing their helmet. My kid calls his his "bicycle hat" and loves to wear it... now.
08-24-06, 06:14 AM
There should be a strap running around the back of the helmet and one going over the top that come together in a Y below their ear. Adjust this intersection to shorten the strap around the back, which will effectively tilt the helmet up off their forhead. Also, Extra pads to make the helmet fit snug will help. With my youngest, the helmet was too loose for any of this. A baseball cap had the combined effect of making the fit more snug and the brim prevents the helmet from drifing forward (also keeps off some sun). Good luck.
wow--great suggestions everyone, thanks--the baseball hat one strikes me as pure genius--I will try them all--actually bought a smaller helmet for my youngest last night, and still ran into the same problems--I will try the baseball hat, headband, and tightening the strap...it's so frustrating to be on a nice ride knowing my 1 year old is struggling the whole time--I'm assuming unless i fix the problem soon, she will swear off helmets for good...
08-24-06, 02:56 PM
It's not the helmets, it's the back of the seat in the trailer. Put a pillow or towel behind them to create a shelf for the rear of the helmet to sit on.
08-25-06, 10:58 AM
It's not the helmets, it's the back of the seat in the trailer...
Never thought of that...the Burley D'Lite has a recess about shoulder height for helmets.
08-25-06, 11:58 AM
Not having the search feature really stinks for posters!
This has been covered a few times in the last couple of months.
agreed--why did they get rid of it?
09-01-06, 12:11 PM
Furniture felt pads.
I use them on my helmet to get a perfect fit. They look uncomfortable, but I can't even feel them.
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