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I wouldn't use one. I think its far more important to baby proof your house and keep your small child in sight, if you do those 2 things you greatly reduce the chance of something serious happening. I would consider padding or guards for big problem areas like a fireplace or sharp coffee table but thats all really. I have 2 kiddos so I have been through the "learning to walk phase" twice now, neither of them really bumped their heads much at all, I have never known anyone who's child bumped their head hard enough to cause a serious concern (honestly your child is more likely to go face into something <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">That being said, if you and your husband feel like you want this for your child, that is your decision. It certainly wont ruin your child for the rest of their life! GL!
 

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Can you do anything to change the environment so he is less likely to trip? Spend more time in rooms w/out the carpet? Put a thin rug on top of the carpet for a few months?<br><br>
I can picture the thing you're talking about, I've seen them in catalogs. Honestly, I think the extra weight of a helmet, even a very light one, will alter how your Ds learns to balance himself, something that he is working on very hard right now. I personally would not do anything that makes that job harder. Plus, wearing the helmet at some times but not others would make it doubly hard for him, and he'd have to learn to re-center himself when he stopped wearing it.
 
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