jimcoates wrote:Just to inject a bit of a sour note about helmets. The Australian Standard is a minimum standard, it doesn't mean the helmet is good. I see plenty of helmets worn by kids which are very poorly adjusted and don't sit properly because the straps won't stay adjusted and the back adjustment won't stay put. The poor adjustment means that the helmet slips back on the head and doesn't adequately protect the front of the head which is the bit of our brain that is responsible for higher functions such as intelligence. I have even seen helmets that keep slipping forward and obscuring a childs vision. I think that spending extra money on a helmet that actually fits and stays fitted is worth it. We need to remember that the helmet actually does a very serious job. It protects our brains from damage in the case of an accident. In general, the better the helmet, the better it protects your brain.
Also bear in mind that our kids are anatomically different to us. Their necks are less strong than an adults and their heads are proportionally larger so the weight of the helmet makes more of a difference. And the same anatomic difference also makes them more likely to hit their head when they fall/crash.
Different helmets have different shapes. Take your child with you when you buy and make sure it fits and is the right size and shape.
By the way, did everyone hear that people riding scooters ( the Razor and JD Bug type for kids) must now wear a helmet.
+1 A helmet is arguably the one item that it is essential to buy personally and not online; particularly for kids. It is essential that it fits - and is adjusted - properly for all of these reasons.