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Almost Wordless Wednesday: Toddler Helmet Safety



Its Wednesday once again. The days do surely go by pretty quickly when you're doing nothing. What am I saying? I'm always doing nothing. Well today is my....


A Wordless Wednesday has no text but only pictures but because I like to talk, well at least on the blog, I couldn't possibly have a Wordless Wednesday so that's why it's an Almost Wordless Wednesday. 



Mommy and I want to take today to once again hand out a safety tip to all the parents visiting our site. Today we're going to talk a little about Helmet Safety.  

Whenever you buy your toddler  a new bike, trike, skates or even a scooter always remember to buy a safety helmet. Elbow and knee pads are optional but a helmet isn't. If you haven't bought one as yet, we suggest getting right on it. Helmets provide the best kind of protection against head injuries. You don't want anything to happen to our little brains now do you?

So the next question is: What kind of helmet should I choose? May we suggest choosing a helmet that has the CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) sticker on the inside which means that it is certified by the CPSC. One that fits your toddler's shape and size of his/head and also one that your toddler likes.

What about the fit? If possible take your toddler with you when buying a helmet. Let them choose the one with the design they want. Give them choices. The helmet should fit squarely on top of their head and not tilted. If it is tilted it will not protect their head and will cause more harm than good. It should not be so loose that it slides down over their eyes or shifts from side to side. The chin strap should fit snugly but not too tight where it becomes a choking hazard. If your child or you can fit 2 fingers inside the helmet then it's too big and you may want to size down or insert the fitted pads that comes with your helmet.

We suggest also using the 2V1 Rule:

Make sure that there is 2 finger widths above the eyebrows
The straps should form a V under each ear 
1 finger should fit between the chin strap and your toddlers chin.

So when should I replace the helmet? You should replace your toddlers helmet when it becomes too small or if your child has had an accident with it. Just like car-seats, you don't want to use a helmet that's been involved in a crash, and most definitely if there's been a recall. I suggest always send in your registration cards so you can be informed of all recalls. They should also be replaced at least every 2-3 years because just like with everything they do deteriorate over time. 

How about taking care of your toddlers helmet? Always follow the manufacturers instructions for taking care of the helmet. 

Do I suggest a particular helmet? I do not but I currently use the Giro Me2 Toddler Bike Helmet and I love it but you can get a helmet at almost any toy or bike store. Just follow the tips above, and remember, a helmet isn't an accessory but a necessity! 


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Annmarie John
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  1. How funny - we just got one over the weekend! Thanks, Madison, for your great tips!

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    1. You're welcome Tamara. I know you'll do a great job putting it on correctly. Can't wait to see those pics. :) ♥ Madison

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  2. My daughter needs to get one for her kids. Great tips!

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    1. Yes your daughter do Tess. Everyone needs one if they're going biking. :) ♥ Madison

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  3. I agree 100 percent about helmets. They are a very important safety item!

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    1. Yes Ann it truly is and not just for toddlers but grownups as well. As a matter of fact anyone riding a bike. :) ♥ Madison

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  4. Madison, I think you are like my daughter, Rory... Almost Wordless??? HA!
    Loved the post, and you're absolutely right about helmet safety. I have known several people who are here today because the were wearing their helmets (mountain biking is a tough sport).

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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    1. I'm so happy they were wearing their helmets. I'm sure it saved their lives. :) ♥ Madison

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  5. Love the Almost Wordless Wed.! I'm never sure if I should comment on Wordless Wednesdays because that would seem to take away from the point of them! Have a great time out riding :-)

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    1. Hi Cyrstal. It's fine to comment on mine since it's not totally wordless. I plan on going riding this weekend. Can't wait! :) ♥ Madison

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  6. Good for you! (I love the idea of almost wordless wednesday too. It's too hard to go without words!)

    I saw a biker this morning without a helmet and was highly dismayed (especially since he pulled past a bunch of cars, turned left before cars waiting to turn and went onto a 50 mph highway when he didn't have the right of way) You're MUCH smarter!!

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    1. Oh no that is very dangerous driving. Yeah I'm much smarter than that. I will always wear my helmet and follow the rules of the road. In my case, the rules of the sidewalk. :) ♥ Madison

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  7. That's a cool picture widget thingy you've got in the post!

    Stay safe Madison!

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    1. Thank you Katy. Mommy got lucky and have no idea how it gets on the phone. She's still trying to figure it out. :) ♥ Madison

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  8. Great tips! Love the almost wordless Wednesday posy. My two youngest wear the entire gear when bike riding. My oldest hates it, but its required for me when she roller blades. Safety first :)
    Thanks for the tips.

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    1. I do agree! Safety first. You're a great mom making sure she does the right thing and she'll thank you for it when she's older even though she hates it now. :) ♥ Madison

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  9. I hate seeing people without helmets especially on motorcycles. It is so important to wear them on bicycles too. Good job on making it a priority for kids to wear them too. :)

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    1. Yes we don't like it either and its not just for toddlers but for everyone! ♥ Madison

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  10. Great info here, thank you!

    Kristen from The Road to Domestication
    www.theroadtodomestication.com

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  11. As always, great and informative!

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  12. I didn't know about the finger width rule! Pretty helpful!

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    1. I hope that you will use it when the time comes for choosing a helmet for your child. :) ♥ Madison

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  13. My mom made us wear helmets when we were little, but I don't remember how she fit them to us. Actually, I didn't know any helmet rules. This is super helpful! Thanks!

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    1. Your mommy was a very smart mommy. I know you'll be the same with your quads. Can't wait to see them in their properly fitted helmets. :) ♥ Madison

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  14. We need one soon! Thanks for the tips!

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    1. You're very welcome Linda. Hope you find one that you both love. :) ♥ Madison

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  15. Super important tips! The finger rule was new to me so thanks!

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  16. Good tips! The finger rule one is great!

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    1. It really is a great tip when fitting the helmet to your child's head. ♥ Madison

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  17. Madison why are you so adorable?!

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    1. Hi Meg, mommy says when you get to know me you'll change your mind. :) ♥ Madison

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  18. 100% agreed about the bike helmet. I worked with a girl with a head injury from a bad fall off her bike. Not cool at all. Love the 2v1 tip. Catchy and easy to remember!

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    1. Thank you Rochelle. Head injuries are no good. I hope she's doing better. Please remember that tip when fitting your little one's head with a helmet. :) ♥ Madison

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  19. Thank you Madison for reminding us to be safe! This mommy bought her first bicycle helmet last year :)

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    1. Yay! I applaud you for buying your first bicycle helmet. I hope it won't be your last. :) ♥ Madison

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  20. These are very useful tips. My son had his first bike wreck this weekend! He did good though. He wiped his knees off and move on.

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    1. Your son sounds so much like me. I'm a daredevil mommy says so when I fall I brush myself off and move along. Aint nothing stopping me. :) ♥ Madison

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