What size helmet should I buy? POSTED ON 01/07/2013
Making sure your child’s helmet fits correctly is one of the most important parts of our Scoot Safe program.
This post will explain how to make sure you choose the correct size helmet. It will also show you how to measure your child’s head to guarantee the very best fit.
But, how do you choose the right scooter or bike helmet for your child?
1. Look for adjustable straps underneath the chin to ensure the very best fit.
2. Look for air vents at the top of the helmet. It helps keep the head cool while on the move.
3. Check the inside of the helmet has extra padding this will ensure a snug comfortable fit.
4. Make sure the helmet conforms to the EN1078 Safety Standard (the standard all bicycle, skateboard and skating helmets must conform to).
5. Measure your child’s head. Our video guide below shows you exactly how to do it
As a rule of thumb: your child’s helmet should fit their head like a pair of shoes fit their feet. Nice and snug without being too tight or too loose.
HOW TO CHECK YOUR KIDS SCOOTER OR BIKE HELMET IS FITTED CORRECTLY
- Firstly, ensure the foam pads inside the helmet are secure and fitted correctly
- Adjust the ratchet on the back of the scooter helmet until it feels secure
- Leave the chin strap undone for now and ask your child to shake their head from left to right…. the helmet should not come loose
- Now get your child to bend over so the top of the helmet is facing the floor. The helmet should not come off even with the chin strap left undone
- If it does fall off then you should tighten the ratchet at the back and check the foam pads inside the helmet. If it still falls off then you may need a smaller size of helmet
- If the helmet has stayed on then now’s the time to fasten the chin buckle. For the perfect fit you should be able to slip one finger underneath the chin strap and your child’s chin
- Once buckled up your child is ready to start their #scootingadventures. See our other Scoot Safe tips here >>
Let us know how easy or hard it was to find the right helmet for your child and if there is anything we can do to improve the process in the comments below. Oh and happy scooting.