It’s a fantastic feeling to get your little one all geared up with a new helmet - you just slap it on, buckle it up, and they’re good to go and safe to ride, right? Wellllll… not exactly.
While it’s true that helmets are able to prevent around 51% of head trauma incidents from riding bikes (as well as 69% of serious head injuries, 33% of facial injuries and 65% of fatal injuries!), that’s only when they’re correctly fitted for the rider’s head.
To ensure your helmet is set up correctly from that first ride, these are the things you will need to personalise: you need to adjust the sliders on the straps, tighten the buckle around their chin, and make good use of the adjustment dial on the back to prevent the helmet from slipping and sliding around while your little one pedals.
- Determining the right size of hemet for your child
Helmets come in all different sizes for little kids and big kids alike, and the best way to tell which size helmet your child would fit is to measure around the widest part of their forehead with a soft (fabric) tape measure, and take note of the circumference in cm.
For more information on finding the perfect size helmet, check out our FAQ here!
- The forehead
To fit your child’s helmet, raise two fingers together, and place them horizontally just above your child’s eyebrows - the helmet should sit just above that 2 finger width point, which will ensure that their forehead is thoroughly protected.
- The sliders
“What are those funny little slidey things on the straps supposed to do?” is a question you might hear your little one ask, if they don’t immediately resort to playing around with them first.
Those adjustment sliders on the straps (also called V-sliders) are designed to sit just under your child’s ears when the helmet is clipped on to their head, to ensure that the helmet is able to sit securely, not slide back or sideways on their heads, preventing any potential injury, and ensuring that the excess fabric of the straps doesn’t catch on anything as they ride (think tree branches, hair, clothing… yikes!)
- The buckle
Once the buckle has been clipped up, you should be able to fit one finger in between the buckle and your child’s chin, which will ensure that the helmet is secured to their head, but also allows enough leeway for them to ride comfortably, without their chins getting pinched or feeling like they can’t move their jaw to breathe or talk.
- The dial
Not all helmets have an adjustment band and dial within the helmet. At Kiddimoto, we find them an essential part of the helmet as they keep the helmet where it should be.
The dial sits at the back of the helmet, on a small part called the adjustment band. This dial can be turned to adjust the tightness around the crown of the head, ensuring that the helmet doesn’t slide around on your child’s head.
The adjustment dial should be the last step in the process - this is the stamp that seals all of the previous work of setting the helmet in the correct position.
Got it? Great!
If you have any questions or concerns about fitting your helmet on your little one, feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we would love to help you out! Alternatively, your local bike shop should also be able to help with some of the more complicated questions.
From all of us at Team Kiddimoto, we hope you and your little ones enjoy your ride!