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What size bike helmet do I need for my child?
You want to experience the most beautiful bike adventures together, and you want to do it safely. Therefore, a good-fitting bicycle helmet is crucial. Finding the right size is important, because a helmet doesn’t offer the promised protection when it’s too big or small. Besides that, a well-fitting helmet is more comfortable, so it’s more pleasant for your child to wear it. But how do you find the right size bike helmet for your little adventurer? We'll tell you in this blog article!
What does the size of a child’s bike helmet mean?
The sizes of children’s bike helmets are based on the wearer’s head circumference. This measurement, expressed in centimeters, can be found on any helmet. For instance, if you see 44-48 cm on a helmet, this means the helmet is suitable for children with a head circumference that falls within this range.
Apart from the standard size in cm, most manufacturers use their own sizing. These sizes are often expressed in letters, and range from XXS via medium to L or even XXL. Because these sizes differ per manufacturer, it is best to rely on the head circumference in centimeters.v
How to measure a child’s head circumference
The numbers tell the tale. Thus, you should measure the head circumference of your child. Use a soft and flexible tape measure to find out your child’s head circumference. Measure slightly above the ears and make sure the tape goes in a straight line over the forehead and back of the head. This is the largest part of the head and thus represents the maximum circumference. It’s best to measure several times to rule out mistakes.
Choose the right bike helmet size for your child
Once you have determined the head circumference of your baby or child, it’s very easy to find the right size. Go to the (online) store and pick the size that corresponds to your kid’s head circumference. When it falls just between sizes, go for the larger option. Children grow fast, and enjoy a larger bike helmet for longer.
For example: if your child has a head circumference of 48 cm, and you can choose between a 44-48 cm helmet and a 48-52 cm helmet, the 48-52 cm helmet is the best choice!
What bike helmet size for what age?
Just orienting and don’t have a measuring tape at hand, but still want to know what helmet size you usually need for a certain age? This might give you an idea:
What bike helmet size for a baby from up to 9 months old? The average head circumference of a 9-month-old baby (the age they are usually allowed in a bicycle seat) is about 45 to 47 cm. Babies aged 1 to 1.5 years have an average head circumference of 47 to 49 cm. A good baby bicycle helmet size would thus be 44 to 48 cm.
What bicycle helmet size for children from 1.5 to 4 years? Children aged 1.5 to 2 years have an average head circumference of 49 to 51 cm. The most common circumference of children aged 2 to 4 years is 51 to 53 cm. A children’s bicycle helmet in size 48 to 52 cm is therefore an excellent choice for most children in this age group.
Once you have chosen a certain size bike helmet for your child, it is important to fit and adjust it properly. Put the helmet straight on the head and make sure the front covers the forehead. The back of the helmet should cover the back of your little one’s head. Also make sure that there are no spaces on the side, and the helmet cannot slide back and forth. If this is all fine, you can start fine-tuning the fit. This usually works with a knob on the back (this is also the case with Urban Iki bicycle helmets). Turn the knob so that the helmet does not fall off the head, but also make sure it is not too tight. Lastly, you can fasten the chin closure. Make sure it is neither too loose, nor too tight.