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Found this article and thought it had some great information and wanted to share. Children wearing helmets properly is a we bit of an obsession of mine so bare with me. Oh is it Ok that I post the whole thing. It was on our businesses web page (we don't sell anything on-line) but it is a tip of the day so it won't be there tomarrow. If not just delete me.<br><br>
found a link. so read below. sorry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Oooo links. i should get to know that sight better :LOL it is after all mine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><a href="http://spoke-n-sport.com/site/tip.cfm?ID=28" target="_blank">http://spoke-n-sport.com/site/tip.cfm?ID=28</a><br><a href="http://spoke-n-sport.com/site/tip.cfm?ID=23" target="_blank">http://spoke-n-sport.com/site/tip.cfm?ID=23</a>
 

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Hey, maybe you would know this Lilyka...<br><br>
Are helmets currently "in" with the preteen girls? I keep seeing girls riding their bikes around while actually wearing their pink flower helmets. I think maybe 90% of the girls I see in the 8-12 age range are actually wearing helmets. Boys still seem to have very well protected handlebars... I was just wondering if the difference I was noticing was that somehow helmets became cool in the last year. I don't recall seeing nearly as many girls wearing them last year.
 

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ok lilyka do tell.....i have a (18mo)child who manages to pull the hlemet off or over her face every time she's in the trailer. she's reallynot old enough to bargain with and i'd like a little cycling time KWIM? what to do? i've considered riding on a rails to trails trail == no cars, but still potential for mom to wipe out. any suggestions?
 

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In the news yesterday a boy was killed. Said he prob. would've lived if he'd been wearing a helmet.<br>
So sad.<br><br>
btw: my 3 y.o. has a Snell approved helmet but I just got my 18mos old a Fischer Price helmet that says it's CPSC approved? What the heck's that? I'm not terribly worried as he's either in the trailer or riding a tricycle at this point, but...<br>
just curious<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Thank you for caring enough to post the warnings! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Here is is mandatory by law that everyone under 18 MUST wear a helmet. Its now normal to see everyone (including the "too cool" types) wearing them. Do kids need to wear them when in a trailer? How about tricycles? Just curious <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I never let my kids do anything that could result in head injury without a helmet. I am amazed at how many ppl only make kids wear them for bike riding if even that. My ds wears it to us the scooter, roller skate, ice skate, and sled. I was shocked at how many ppl at the open roller skate and ice skate did not have helmets on? Especially on the ice! I guess I am just over protective but I think better safe then sorry.<br><br>
FreeRangeMama being that I am overprotective I would personally have mine wear the helmet in the trailer as well.
 

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Yes kids need to wear them in a trailer. we have rolled ours and trailers can get hit. Some trailers have helmet pockets so that the back of the seat doesn't make thier hemets uncomfortable but the still have something to keep thier heads from snapping backwards in a collision.<br><br>
Snell and ANSI are the approvals to look for. anything else is not good enough for a helmet. It is best if they have the approval of both organizations.<br><br>
If your baby can pull thier helmet off that easily it is probably not adjusted right. Think like you do for a carseat. all the straps flat and snug, no more than two fingers underneath. when you move it from side to side and front to back it shouldn't wiggle much.<br><br>
I don't know if it is cooler to wear helmets or not. I htink maybe there is a corp of girls who grew up wearing them from thier first trike and now just have the habit and since they do they are peer pressuring thier friends into it and since they can all look silly together it is not such a big deal. They have also come out with some really cool, fun helmet patters and designs. If youhave to pay more for a helmet thathas a pretty funky print on it go for it. if it means they will be more willing to wear it. Which is a better deal after all? the $15 hemet that sits in your garage or the $30 helmet that sits onm your childs head.<br><br>
As for boys they haven't done so well, but any bike helmet is good. BMX helmets seem to have more appeal with the boys. They have a more extreme/hardcore image. and even with boys, image is everything.
 

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We've been discussing this so much at our house lately. Most of the neighbprhood kids don't wear them. Ds has taken it upon himself to yell at them to go home and get their helmets. How do I find out if there are laws regarding bike helmets and children in my state? Can I just call the police dept and ask, or is there an easier way that won't bother them?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/oops.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="oops">T<br>
My 3 y.o. has the coolest downhill helmet. Oh my...he would NEVER conside skiing w/ o it. :LOL He looks like a tiny redheaded bug going down the slopes.
 

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Thanks for answering my question <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I still need to get my youngest a helmet. Ds1 has worn one for many things since he was just a babe. I have been slacking on the trailer, but we rarely go more than a block or two (just getting the boys used to being in it together as ds2 is a little young still). I think it will be easier to convince ds1 to wear it if ds2 is wearing it too. Skating is a must-wear for ds, he is still learning and is not steady at all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I haven't made him wear one on his tricycle or scooter, but should probably ease him into the idea.
 

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We make them wear it on thier trike (don't have a scooter) because it sets the satge early one "when we ride a bik we wear a helmet" and there is never any quaetions. Hasn't gone so smoothly with my second that has to rebel against everything but the other two have jumped right on the band wagon.
 

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10 yo DD always wears her helmet. I started her wearing one when she was a baby and I'd put her in the seat on the back of my bike, so now she has no problem wearing one at all. DH thinks I'm ridiculous for making her wear it to use her scooter and skates too. Says I'm overprotective. I also wear mine when I'm bike riding and fight with DH about his. I tell him how can we expect her to wear one and not wear them ourselves. I absolutely refuse to ride with him unless he wears one.
 

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I live in one of the most popular bicycling countries in the world, where bikes almost triple the amount of cars...Holland!<br><br>
You know, I have NEVER, EVER seen a child or an adult, for that matter (unless they are racers) wearing a bicycle helmut. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jaw2"> Now, take in mind, bicycles here are used as a car would be in the US, for transportation to everywhere (grocery store, work, playdates, etc, etc,), they are not just used for recreation. Most young children (6 months-2 years) also ride in a child seat that is attached to the front of the bike, not the back.<br><br>
So...imagine all of Dutchies surprise when they saw me, the American "buitenlander" ("foreigner") with my 9 month old ds in a bike seat on the BACK of the bike with a helmut I had imported from the US (I couldn't find one small enough for ds here). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">: They still tell me that a helmut isn't really needed and that it is "unsafe" to have my ds on the back of my bike.<br><br>
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That is an excellent way to view it. Actually, the boys' helmets don't stay in the garage. They stay looped over the handlebars! I always so happy to see such well-protected handlebars. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">.<br><br>
I saw an adult on my way to work this morning with a helmet on his head -- unstrapped. Ummm. What's the point of that?!?
 

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I have seen both of these to and the kinda make me laugh. parents need to insist or take the bike away.<br><br>
Holland - you friends have apoint. Seat on the handlebars or top tube is much safer than a seat on the back. there is more control and you can see your child. Also it oesn't effect your center of gravity the same and your balance is similar to if there were no child on the bike. Not too popular here thoguh.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Holland - you friends have apoint. Seat on the handlebars or top tube is much safer than a seat on the back. there is more control and you can see your child. Also it oesn't effect your center of gravity the same and your balance is similar to if there were no child on the bike. Not too popular here thoguh.</div>
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Really??? I have ridden a bike with ds in a seat that was located in the front and it made steering, at least for me, very, very difficult and frightening! As someone that had only ever ridden a bike for recreational purposes, I just don't feel sturdy or confident enough to handle having the seat on the front. It feels a lot more "unsafe" to me because of my abilities on a bicycle, especially since we ride it in a city that requires quick turns, abrupt stops and frequent pedestrians/tourists walking in front of us on the bike paths.
 

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:LOL DD's birthday was last week and that's all she talked about for months. She wanted a Barbie helmet and a scooter. She has been wearing that helmet since she got it. Glad she is of the generation that thinks nothing of wearing a helmet!!
 

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I have never ridden with one on the handle bars. I think it just a matter of adjusting. I usually use a trailer or the top tube one.
 

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Okay.....this is my Ho.....or I suppose you could say "expert" opinion....as my dh raced bikes at the pro and semi-pro for a total of 17 years........<br><br>
Our dd(7.5) is not allowed on her bike without her "Giro" helmet. My Dh checkes her helmet every month or so,to be sure of a good fit. Her helmet costs about $40 while her Mongoose cost about $70........<br><br>
Our ds is c-r-u-i-s-i-n-g the walks on his little Mongoose trike...but dh says *NO* helmet for trike riders, as they need to feel the trike, and the movement of their own body without impedement,and OBTAIN GOOD BIKE HANDLING SKILLS.<br><br>
Trailers are another thing,as they are going at a faster speed........EVERY CHILD IN A TRAILER MUST BE IN A GOOD FITTING HELMET! Period. It is the same as a carseat, if the child won't cooperate with the helmet,add in a "food or toy " reward....or .......the loss of a fun ride to a fun park,etc...... BUT PLEASE.....Treat the helmets as a carseat......non-negotiable!!!!!!!<br><br>
Also.....please make sure your dc are assuming NOONE sees them,train them to look in ALL directions,pausing at driveways, and stopping at alleys,and of course streets!!!!!<br><br>
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