Staying safe on your balance bike

Now that spring is here, more and more children will be taking the opportunity to get outside in the lighter evenings and warmer weekends to enjoy some riding on their balance bikes. Maybe you got a bike for Christmas, but just haven’t had the chance to ride it properly yet?

While there is no doubt that riding balance bikes is great fun, a fantastic family activity and also has plenty of health benefits – it is also important to stay safe and make sure that you are well protected from falls and other hazards.

Find a safe place to ride

Probably the most important safety aspect when it comes to riding balance bikes is to find a safe place to ride. Although city streets and life in general is very busy, try to find a quiet and protected area to practise riding – especially if the child is still getting to grips with the principles of balance and steering.

It is best to practise on a flat and smooth surface so a playground or somewhere like tennis courts are ideal. This will allow you to help the child improve their riding without having to worry about traffic hazards.

If you have to practise on the street or pavement, then a residential cul-de-sac or quiet street make the best options.

Protective gear

A couple of falls are almost inevitable when learning to ride a balance bike, and even more experienced riders can take a tumble from time to time.

Kiddimoto helmet

Kiddimoto child helmet

There is a lot of protective gear available for children, and the most essential piece of kit is a balance bike helmet. We have already looked at options from manufacturers such as Kiddimoto who provide bright and cheerful designs, although there are plenty of other options available as well which even include a Peppa Pig helmet!

Balance bike riders can also wear kids bike gloves, which help the rider to look cool as well as providing extra grip and protection from falls.

Kids bike gloves are also available from Kiddimoto, as well as from more specialist providers such as Polaris.

Children’s knee and elbow pads are also available to complete the protective gear, and these are strongly recommended as knees are always likely to get cut, bruised and grazed in the event of a fall.

Supervision

It should also go without saying that balance bike riders should always be supervised, especially younger riders who are possibly more likely to fall. When your child gets more proficient at riding, it can be tempting to let them ride off into the distance but just make sure they don’t go too far!

Safety should always be paramount when enjoying balance bikes, and with the right protective gear you can help your child to concentrate on their riding skills. This means you should enjoy some even longer riders and hopefully encourage a love of cycling into later childhood!

Kiddimoto helmet

A Kiddimoto helmet is the perfect accessory to any of the exciting and innovative balance bikes in the Kiddimoto range. These include the funky Kiddimoto Kurves, the Kiddimoto Super Junior and a range of scooters and super bikes.

View the range of Kiddimoto helmets from £24.99.

A Kiddimoto helmet not only looks good, but it also combines the essential elements of safety and comfort. Features include vents in the helmet to keep the child’s head cool (small children’s heads can get very hot!), extra pads for a comfortable fit and a hard plastic shell for protection. Some of the helmets also offer the option of being personalised with your child’s name – so this will be an extra incentive for them to be worn!

We have pictured just some of the most popular Kiddimoto helmets below, and with such a great range of colours and unique styles there should be a helmet for everybody.

Pastel Dotty Helmet

Pastel Dotty Helmet

Union Jack Helmet

Union Jack Helmet

Blue Goggles Helmet

Blue Goggles Helmet

Some of the most popular models complement the bikes available in the range, so these include a Pastel Dotty helmet, the Union Jack helmet and the Official Evil Knievel Helmet.

We also really like the Blue Goggle helmet, the Neon helmet and the Skullz design which look fantastic and will add an extra dimension to your child’s experience. The unique Carl Fogarty helmet is a recent addition to the range and is based on Foggy’s own style.

A Kiddimoto helmet is not just for balance bikes, as they are multi-functional so can be used for other activities such as skating, scooters and riding other sorts of bikes such as BMX’s. They also conform to all of the required safety standards.

An adjustable strap is included, although you will need to determine the size that you will require as most models are available in sizes Small, Medium and Large – and to do this you will need you should measure around the head just above the eyebrows.

You will need a Small helmet if the measurement is 48 – 53cm, a Medium helmet for 53 – 58cm and a Large helmet for 58 – 62cm.

Kiddimoto helmets are generally available from around £24.99, and this is a small price to pay for a cool and funky helmet that will also keep your child safe! A fantastic option that will look great with any balance bike!

Peppa Pig Bike Helmet

Peppa Pig Bike Helmet

Peppa Pig Bike Helmet

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A safety helmet is an absolutely essential accessory when you are shopping for a balance bike, and although little boys and girls love to get out and about on their bikes we all know that getting them to wear a helmet can be a bit more of a challenge!

This is where the Peppa Pig Bike Helmet comes into its own, as not only will Peppa Pig fans love the helmet and be excited to wear it, the helmet does a fantastic job of keeping children safe with a range of excellent features. You may also find your child will want to wear the helmet around the house if they are massive Peppa Pig fans!

As well as the cute Peppa Pig polka graphics, the helmet features a lightweight EPS inner, a ventilated shell and foam padding for extra comfort and fit. There is also a quick release buckle, adjustable head straps and it can be adjusted to fit any head measuring 48 – 52cm.

The Peppa Pig safety helmet is available for between £12 and  £18, and it can also be used when scootering, skating and skateboarding. It is suitable for children aged 3 years and above, and if your little boy would prefer a Peppa Pig Boy’s George Safety Helmet then this model is also available with the same specifications. Stay safe and look great with a Peppa Pig Bike Helmet!

Best Balance bike helmet

Learning to ride on a balance bike will be the first time that your child is out in the park or on the road on a bike, so this is a great time to get them used to wearing a kids balance bike helmet. This means that they will be safe on their bikes while they are learning and they will have no problem continuing to wear the helmet when they graduate to larger and ‘proper’ bikes.

How to choose the best balance bike helmet

The good news for everybody is that there is a fantastic range of kids bike helmets available, so your child can have fun and look great while they are learning to ride on the best balance bike! Kids balance bike helmets come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colours and designs and are available from several leading manufacturers.

The most important thing to consider when you are buying a child cycle helmet is that it fits correctly. Make sure that you measure your child’s head before you go ahead and select your favourite colour and design, as this can save you a lot of time and effort in returning a helmet that doesn’t go on their head properly!

The best way to do this is to measure the widest part of the head, which is above the eyebrows. This will give you the size in centimetres and you can start looking for the correct size of helmet. You can’t really go just on the age of the child, as every child is different so the size of their heads will vary!

A general rule is that a small kids bike helmet will be 48-52cm, a medium size helmet will be 53-58cm and a large helmet will be 59cm and above. The helmets are usually adjustable within these size ranges.

What is the best balance bike helmet?

The main manufacturers of balance bikes such as Puky and Kiddimoto, also provide a great range of helmets to go along with their bikes. Below is a selection of the best balance bike helmets.

Kiddimoto childrens cycle helmets

Kiddimoto helmet

Kiddimoto child helmet

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Kiddimoto offers a fantastic range of colourful and stylish helmets, ranging from the Union Jack, (pictured), Pastel Dotty and Blue Goggle designs, to the fun police and firemen helmets and even the Italian Job!

It will be great fun selecting from this range of childrens cycle helmets, and you can expect to pay around £20 – £25 for a good quality Kiddimoto cycle helmet.

 

Puky childrens cycle helmets

Puky helmet

Puky child cycle helmet

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Puky also specialists in childrens bikes, and although their range of kids bike helmets is not quite as extensive they offer very good quality and stylish helmets.

You can choose from a classic pink helmet (pictured), and helmets are also available in classic red, purple or a crusader model. The price of a Puky childrens cycle helmet will be around £25 – £30 which is a small price to pay for a great product and peace of mind to know that your child is protected while they rider.

 

This is just a few of the kids bike helmets that are available, so as long as you make sure you purchase the correct size there should be a style and design for everybody, ranging from a classic blue or pink to a police, fire or exciting animal helmet. There are also character helmets available such as the Peppa Pig bike helmet which we have featured elsewhere on this website.