When used with a bit of caution and common sense under proper adult supervision, bicycles, scooters, rollerblades and skateboards can be an excellent way for children to get some exercise, develop gross motor control, and burn off all that energy.
But they are not without their risks. Possible injuries that can be caused while riding include cuts, bruises, pinches, sprains and strains, broken bones and fractures, head injuries including concussions, and even death.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estimates that there were nearly 240,000 reported cases of injuries to children under the age of 18 caused by bicycles and tricycles that were treated in hospital in the United States in 2014.
Ensuring your child is wearing an approved helmet when riding their bike, even if it’s just a short distance is one of the best ways to protect your child. Three quarters of all American children ride a bike each month, but only about half of those wear a helmet every time they do so. Wearing a helmet is the easiest and most effective way to reduce bike-related head injuries.
The CPSC and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) test helmets to see if they comply with certain minimum standards. Look for one of their certifications on a product you’re considering purchasing for your child to ensure additional safety.
With the above tips in mind, in no particular order, here are 10 of the best bike helmets for kids we consider to be the safest, based on available features and average customer reviews and ratings.