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post #41 of 103
It's not just wearing the helmet that should be considered but how it's on. When it's loose and off the head instead of on top and right at the forehead and tight, it doesn't save their head from injuries. There's a way to wear them and as parents we should show our kids how to wear them properly so that the kids's head will be protected like it should be.
post #42 of 103
Mine hasn't. Right now he just has a big wheel and he can't even reach the pedals, so he doesn't go very fast. But 2 nights ago he decided it would be fun to roll backwards down our driveway (it has a slope). He turned the wheel sharply and took quite a spill. Fortunately he landed off of the driveway on the grass.

We have a helmet for him in the garage, but I only tried it on him once and couldn't get it to fit right (BIG head, lots of hair ). Right after his spill I brought the helmet inside to work on adjusting it.

I agree that if they learn wheels = helmet from early on it is a good thing.

I have a skateboard and he knows he is not allowed on it because he doesn't wear a helmet and kneepads and elbow pads. I think I'm going to add wristguards to that list, too.
post #43 of 103
My toddler does. I got it at Toys R Us. There was only one style for one yr olds though but I did see several for 3+.
Truthfully, I only make him wear it on his trike to get into the habit... he can't even figure out how to peddle yet and someone needs to push him so I'm not worried about him being thrown.
post #44 of 103
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Originally Posted by Sandrine View Post
It's not just wearing the helmet that should be considered but how it's on. When it's loose and off the head instead of on top and right at the forehead and tight, it doesn't save their head from injuries. There's a way to wear them and as parents we should show our kids how to wear them properly so that the kids's head will be protected like it should be.
I always put my sons on for him. It should pull the forehead skin when you're trying to lift it off. I got a helmet with a rear adjuster which makes it very simple to get a good fit.
post #45 of 103
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Originally Posted by PassionateWriter View Post
btw, although im not a fan of Wally World, they sell toddler helmets for $7!!


I sure wish I'd seen this a couple weeks ago- before I paid 19.99 at Toys R Us LOL
post #46 of 103
All the time. If he gets off his tricycle and wants to run around we take it off for him and he knows before he gets back on the trike that he has to have his helmet on.

It only takes a second to snap it on him and it would only take a second for him to turn funny and smack into a concrete paver/curb/brick, etc. Even if he just hit the sidewalk it could still be hard enough to cause damage. Better safe than sorry.

I can replace a helmet but I can never replace him.
post #47 of 103
DS can't even reach the pedals yet. If he's on the trike he's being pushed by me or DP so there's pretty much no chance of him falling. He does wear a helmet on his scooter, though.
post #48 of 103
i dont understand the pedal thing. ds has a balance bike, which doesnt have pedals. *shrug* He still, at 27 months, knows to get his helmet before getting on it.
post #49 of 103
Well, he sits on it and we push it with the handle on the back. What are the chances of him falling off it and hurting himself on the grass in our yard? Less than 1% I would think. If he fought us on wearing a helmet on the scooter we'd make him wear it on all wheeled toys but it hasn't been an issue.
post #50 of 103
on grass? i dont see a safety issue. but when concrete or asphalt is underneath, i do see a safety issue regardless of pedals or not.
post #51 of 103
This never even crossed my mind. And I know first hand (family member) how serious head injuries can be. I'm usually careful with my boys. Shoot I feel dumb. I'm going to wal-mart tomorrow.
post #52 of 103
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Originally Posted by sbgrace View Post
This never even crossed my mind. And I know first hand (family member) how serious head injuries can be. I'm usually careful with my boys. Shoot I feel dumb. I'm going to wal-mart tomorrow.
please dont feel dumb. If I hadnt found out about EFR and EWH, i would have turned my son FF'ing at 1 year and 20 lbs....wayyyy too early.

When you know better...you do better.
post #53 of 103
Is there any place that offers proper helmet sizing and adjustment? My girls wear helmets but they have big noggins and we have trouble getting the proper fit on them. The front of the helmet never seems to cover the complete head in front. I don't know how far forward they should cover. When we get the straps in tight, then it's hard for them to get the straps buckled without risk of pinching their neck skin (I've been trying to stick my finger there to help with that).

And my 3 year old falls off her bike all the time, taking the bike with her, so I'm glad we have them wear them, but I know it's too loose.

Do any of your kids complain how hot their heads get after a while. My oldest especially will drip sweat because of her helmet.
post #54 of 103
Miss Information, if you go to a bike shop, you will pay a little more but the staff will make sure your kid is wearing an appropriately sized helmet.
post #55 of 103
My son isn't on a trike yet, but he does have a helmet on when we have him in the bike trailer behind us. I never thought to put it on him when he's in his wagon, but it's probably a good idea too.

Jen
post #56 of 103
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Originally Posted by ThreeBeans View Post
Miss Information, if you go to a bike shop, you will pay a little more but the staff will make sure your kid is wearing an appropriately sized helmet.
Thanks. I figured. The problem with going to any old store is that the helmets are so packaged up, you can't try them on in the store.
post #57 of 103
Mine does. Never too early to start good habits.
post #58 of 103
My kids are required to wear their helmets every time they are on a tricycle or bike. Now they call me out if I get o my bike without my helmet on!

3 y.o. fell off her trike over the weekend and I was so releived she had the helmet on as it did bump on the concrete.
post #59 of 103
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Originally Posted by Miss Information View Post
Is there any place that offers proper helmet sizing and adjustment? My girls wear helmets but they have big noggins and we have trouble getting the proper fit on them. The front of the helmet never seems to cover the complete head in front. I don't know how far forward they should cover. When we get the straps in tight, then it's hard for them to get the straps buckled without risk of pinching their neck skin (I've been trying to stick my finger there to help with that).

And my 3 year old falls off her bike all the time, taking the bike with her, so I'm glad we have them wear them, but I know it's too loose.

Do any of your kids complain how hot their heads get after a while. My oldest especially will drip sweat because of her helmet.
Try an actual bike shop. I took my daughter to one to get a helmet. You'll pay more, but the helmets are adjustable and they'll give you a whole lesson.
post #60 of 103
We havent started with bikes yet (because we can't find any that fit her!) but I figure once we do, we will do helmets. I dont see why not, even with the little bikes.

We will especially be wearing them when we get going on big bikes. I remember as at about 13, I had my 3 year old brother on the "crotch bar" of my ten-speed. We only had one bike helmet for the 5 of us and we rode our bikes everywhere. I almost always had my little brother on my bike. (Yea I know, we were not a safe family AT ALL and it absolutely blows my mind that we all made it out of childhood with only a few broken bones and stitches. seriously!) At any rate, one day we were on the road, just getting going, and he stuck his foot in the spokes and we fell over. Praise the Lord he had that helmet, otherwise it would have been a horrible accident! And, we were at least a half hour from any type of hospital.. it was a wicked fall...
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