Best Scooter Helmets For Toddlers in 2020

These days, I see kids of all ages riding scooters. The push/kick type of non-motorized scooter. I must say I’m a little surprised by this, but that’s ok. Scooters are ‘in’.

When I was a kid, back in the days of dinosaurs, I too had a scooter and I hated it! Not because there was anything wrong with the scooter itself, but because at that time scooters weren’t ‘in’.

Toddler riding kick scooter
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I was the only one with a scooter. Everyone else had a two-wheeler bicycle, and there was me kicking along with my scooter. They all got to sit on a bike seat while I had to stand on the scooter. I rarely rode my scooter.

But now, scooters are cool. I’ve even seen teenagers at the skate park doing 360 somersaults on them. Amazing! I even see guys in their twenties riding push scooters, and adults riding motorized ones.

So now that scooters are cool and trendy every toddler should have one, right? This is a great age for kids to learn the importance of wearing a helmet to protect their head in the event of a fall, and also a great age to start to develop the habit of wearing a helmet.

Helmet Safety Tips for Parents – St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Courtesy of St. Louis Children’s Hospital on Youtube.

Best Scooter Helmets For Toddlers
+++Head size, NOT age!
+++Toddler Scooter Helmet Comparison Table
Bell Sidetrack II Toddler Bike Helmet
TeamObsidian FunWave Kids Bike Helmet
Bern Nino Kids Helmet
JetBlaze Kids Helmet
TurboSke Child Helmet
Bavilk Toddler Bike Helmet
Bursun Kids Bike Helmet
Raskullz Toddler and Child Helmets

Important Considerations
+++The Correct Size Helmet
+++A Lightweight Helmet Is Better
+++Buckles and Straps
+++Do Toddlers Need Helmets For Scooters?
+++Safety and Certification

Best Scooter Helmets For Toddlers

Head size, NOT age!

You will see and hear numerous parents ask “what’s the best size for a ‘X’ year old?” That question is as answerable as ‘how long is a piece of string’. Do NOT buy a helmet based on your child’s age. No matter what the manufacturer’s packaging says. Some kids have small heads, some kids have big heads, and some kids have something in between.

Order your child’s helmet based on your child’s head size, NOT AGE!
Read our article ‘How To Know Your Helmet Size’ and be sure to measure your child’s head correctly.

Some abbreviations you’ll see below:
CPSC – (United States) Consumer Product Safety Commission
ASTM – American Society for Testing and Materials
CE – European Conformity [European equivalent of CPSC]
PC – Polycarbonate
PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride [a synthetic plastic polymer]
ABS – Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene [a thermoplastic polymer]
EPS – Expanded Polystyrene [polystyrene foam]

Toddler Scooter Helmet Comparison Table

Brand Sizes Fit System Certified Weight
45 – 54cm Rear dial CPSC CE 270 gram
9.5 oz
48 – 54cm Rear dial CPSC 408 gram
14.4 oz
48 – 51.5cm Velcro CPSC CE 323 gram
11.4 oz
48 – 52cm Rear dial CPSC CE 215 gram
7.5 oz
48 – 52cm Rear dial CPSC CE 230 gram
8.1 oz
49 – 55cm Rear dial CPSC CE 275 gram
9.6 oz
48 – 52cm Rear dial CPSC ?
48 – 54cm Foam pads CPSC ASTM 680 gram

Bell Sidetrack II Youth, Child, and Toddler Bike Helmet

This helmet represents quality, and will suit any parent looking for a helmet that will stand the test of time from a name that you can trust. The helmet has a mountain bike helmet look about it with its front visor, so if either parent is into mountain biking, then your child might like the look of this Bell helmet.

The Bell Sidetrack II Helmet is available on Amazon.

Available in two different sizes, Universal Toddler (45 – 52 cm), and Universal Child (47 – 54cm). Actually, it has a third size of Universal Youth, but as we are focusing on Scooter helmets for Toddlers it doesn’t quite fit, does it. There are 10 colors to choose from dependent on which size you require. The Universal Toddler helmet weighs in at 270 grams (9.5 oz), and the Universal Child size at 310 grams (11 oz).

It is fully certified for both the US and European markets (bicycling), and has a rear adjustable dial to fine-tune the fit to suit your child’s head size and shape. It has 14 vents to keep your child’s head cool, and the front visor is removable.

A great, professional-looking helmet probably more suited to a kid whose parents are active mountain bikers.

Link to How to Know Your Helmet Size

TeamObsidian FunWave Kids Bike Helmet

Yet another helmet from a reputable brand, the TeamObidian Funwave looks pretty much like a regular adult style bike helmet with decals on to make it look cool. A bit heavier than the other helmets in this review at 14.4 oz (408 grams).

The TeamObsidian FunWave Helmet is available on Amazon.

The TeamObsidian FunWave seems to come in one size ranging from 48 cm to 56 cm. Making it fit a smaller head is done by way of 10mm thick pads in conjunction with the dial system at the rear of the helmet. If it is to fit a larger head the 10mm pads can be replaced with 5mm pads and adjusting the dial system to a looser fit.

When you purchase the helmet, it comes with the 10mm pads preinstalled and the 5mm pads in the box with a set of instructions. The instructions fully explain how to adjust the size you suit your child’s head size.

The FunWave is CPSC certified for bicycling, has 14 vents for cooling air-flow, and the chin straps are fully adjustable. Available in 4 different colors. These lightweight helmets have an integrated visor, are durable with fun designs and will make your kids want to wear their helmets.

Link to How to Know Your Helmet Size

Bern Nino Kids Helmet

Bern makes great helmets, and the Bern Nino Kids helmet is no exception. Sporting Bern’s patented soft flip visor, along with fun graphics and cool colors, any kid will feel comfortable wearing the Nino. The X-Small/Small size will fit a 48 – 51.5 cm head.

The Bern Nino Kids Helmet is available on Amazon.

Bern’s proprietary Zipmold+ construction fuses high-impact liquid foam to a PVC shell to make a lighter and slimmer head hugging look. It also provides more protection at the rear and sides than many similar helmets. The Bern Nino has both US and European bicycling safety certification for your child’s protection.

The simplified fit system comprises a secure, adjustable velcro strap at the rear of the helmet. This lightweight helmet has a solid construction, 7 air vents, secure fit along with a removable and washable liner to keep your child’s helmet odor free. Weighs in at 323 grams (11.4 oz).

Link to How to Know Your Helmet Size

JetBlaze Kids Helmet

The Jetblaze Kids helmet is a CPSC and CE safety certified helmet made with in-mold technology that fuses the outer ABS shell with the inner EPS foam to make it a one-piece lightweight shell. At 7.5 oz (215 grams) your child will barely notice he is wearing a helmet.

The JetBlaze Kids Helmet is available on Amazon.

Available in 7 exciting colors and ranging in size from 48cm to 52cm. The Jetblaze has an adjustable rear dial to customize the fit to suit your child’s head. The sixteen air-vents will keep his head cool and comfortable throughout the day.

The adjustable chin strap is also padded at the chin to stop chaffing your child’s soft skin and to provide added comfort. The inner liner is completely removable and washable to help reduce odor in the helmet.

Any child will be happy with this helmet. It has the appearance of a regular adult bicycle helmet.

Link to How to Know Your Helmet Size

TurboSke Child Helmet

Here’s a good one for those who are watching their budget. Fully certified to CPSC and CE standards so you can rest easy knowing that your child’s head is protected in compliance with the relevant safety standards.

The TurboSke Child Helmet is available on Amazon.

Looking pretty much like a regular adult road bike helmet, the TurboSke Child Helmet is a simple design yet sturdy helmet for children. The helmet shell is made of PVC with an internal EPS foam lining for shock absorption in the event of an accident.

In addition to the EPS foam, there are narrow strips of foam padding for extra comfort which can be removed and washed as necessary. At the rear of the helmet is a dial to adjust the fit to suit your child’s head. The chin straps are also fully adjustable.

Weighing in at the light weight of 230 grams (8.1 oz), and with 14 air vents for cooling, your child won’t be bothered wearing this helmet. With 7 colors to choose from and a size range of 48 cm to 52 cm, this should be well suited for your toddler.

Link to How to Know Your Helmet Size

Bavilk Toddler Bike Helmet

Ok, admit it. This is the one you were waiting for. It’s also very popular with young kids who wouldn’t ordinarily be interested in wearing a helmet. But, not only does it look super cool, it is totally CPSC and CE certified so you know it is safe for your little one’s head!

The Bavilk Toddler Bike Helmet is available on Amazon.

Two designs in 5 colors to choose – one gray shark, one pink shark, and the above dinosaur in blue, black or red. Sizes run from 49cm to 55 cm, and weighs only 275 grams (9.6 oz).

The helmet’s shell is made with the in-mold technology where the outer PC shell is fused to the inner EPS layer for added strength and a light weight. There is also the rear dial adjustment system to customize the fit to your child’s head size, and 6 vents to keep the head cool.

These 3D style cute cartoon character helmets are a great way to introduce your child to wearing a helmet while scooting or bicycle riding.

Link to How to Know Your Helmet Size

Bursun Kids Bike Helmet

Constructed with a quality ABS shell, and sturdy, durable EPS foam for head cushioning, this helmet is not only good looking but good quality. It is also in compliance with CPSC safety standards for use with a bicycle, inline skates, roller skates and kick scooters.

The Bursun Kids Bike Helmet is available on Amazon.

Fourteen air vents will keep your child’s head cool and comfortable for hours. The rear dial adjustment system and adjustable padded chin straps mean that you can personalize the fit to your child’s head and know that it is totally secure.

The Bursun Kids Bike helmet comes in three colors and is sized from 48cm to 52cm. However, the weight of the helmet is not stated. Inside the helmet there are ‘breathable pads’ for cushioning which can be removed and washed to keep the helmet hygienic.

Perhaps a little on the plain side, but some kids don’t necessarily want to look like a ‘little kid’.

Link to How to Know Your Helmet Size

Raskullz Toddler and Child Helmets

If it’s unicorns and kitty cats that you’re looking for, Raskullz is the brand for you. Not only are there two animals to choose from, but there are different colors, styles and two different size groups to choose from. A small one at 48cm – 52cm, and then a little larger at 50cm to 54cm. Unfortunately, the unicorn only seems to come in the larger size.

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Also, not content with just CPSC certification, they are also ASTM certified for ‘skateboard helmets’. The molded 3D design has an EPS inner shell for impact absorbing head protection, and adjustable nylon straps.

Be warned, external parts like ears, noses and unicorn horns can fall off, and most likely will fall off eventually. Also, it does not have a size adjustable rear dial, only foam padding is used to accommodate smaller or larger heads. They are also a bit on the heavy side weighing in at 1.5 lbs (680 grams).

Link to How to Know Your Helmet Size

Important Considerations

The Correct Size Helmet

As previously mentioned, DO NOT buy a helmet based on the age of your child! Always, measure your child’s head, and buy a helmet according to your child’s head size!

Of all things that you could consider when purchasing a helmet for not only your child but for any family member, including yourself, is to buy the correct size. Throughout this article and every other article on this website, I provide links to our article How To Know Your Helmet Size because it is super important.

Wearing the wrong size helmet is akin to those young guys you sometimes see on their motorbikes with a helmet on their head but the chin straps hanging down unfastened. It serves no purpose if it’s just going to fall off in an accident.

If the helmet is too big or unfastened it can very easily fall off or at the very least shift to the side, front or back, exposing the face or head. If the helmet is too small, it will either just sit on the top of the head not protecting anything, or if it is forced onto the head it can be too painful that your child won’t want to wear it.

Be sure to measure your child’s head, and purchase the correct size for your child’s head.

A Lightweight Helmet Is Better

All of the helmets reviewed above have been built and designed for toddlers and young children in mind, so for the most part their weight is suitable for that age group. Ideally, you want a helmet that is so light that you don’t even notice you’re wearing it, yet, at the same time, strong enough to do its job and protect your head when its needed.

Your dainty little pixie of a daughter will probably appreciate a lighter helmet than your stocky, solid built son, or vice versa.

Buckles and Straps

Most modern helmets have appropriate buckles and strong straps as part of the manufacturing process because a strong ‘retention system’ is necessary to become safety certified by CPSC or CE.

However, little kids have soft skin which can easily become irritated by a chin strap rubbing against their skin for extended periods. You need to keep an eye out for this sort of thing happening. If your child gets a rash under the chin, perhaps you have the chin strap too tight. Alternatively, you could make a small sleeve from a soft material to cover the chin strap, though I would hope that this is not necessary. Many chin straps are already padded.

Do Toddlers Need Helmets For Scooters?

Legally or morally? For ‘Legally’ see the next section ‘Safety and Certification’.
Morally comes into play if there are no laws in your country/state/town that make wearing a helmet compulsory.
If you make the moral decision that wearing a helmet is not necessary, you will need to be prepared to accept responsibility for that decision in the case that the unthinkable happens to your child. Helmets can be considered cheap insurance. They can’t protect anyone’s head from concussion, but they can certainly soften the blow.

Safety and Certification

In the United States, the only mandatory Safety Standards are CPSC standards, ASTM Standards are voluntary standards and are not mandatory. That said, it is still possible for local jurisdictions to implement local laws that can be enforced within that local area. Therefore, you, the consumer, will need to check whether there are local laws that require scooter riders to wear a helmet or not in your local area, like this one below.

NYC local law:
§ 19-171. Helmet requirement for persons [under the age of fourteen] operating scooters and bicycles.
The term “scooter” means a device propelled by muscular power, consisting of a footboard between end wheels and an upright handle attached to a front-wheel or to the footboard.

In the United States, there is no CPSC standard for scooter helmets, however most scooter helmets will have CPSC 1203 certification. CPSC 1203 is the standard for bicycle helmets, which means that your scooter helmet can double as a bicycle helmet as it is already certified for use as a bicycle helmet.

There is ASTM F1492-15 (Standard Specification for Helmets Used in Skateboarding and Trick Roller Skating), and ASTM F1447-18 (Standard Specification for Helmets Used in Recreational Bicycling or Roller Skating), but even though they don’t cover scooters, you may find some scooters that are tested to those standards.

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