A Guide to Measuring a Child's Head for a Perfect Helmet Fit - Mountain Kids Outfitters

Introduction: Ensuring the safety of our children is top priority! Wearing a properly fitted helmet is crucial to protect their heads from potential injuries. One essential step in securing a helmet is to measure a child's head accurately. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of measuring your child's head to find the perfect helmet fit, ensuring their safety and your peace of mind.

Step 1: Gather the necessary tools: Before you begin measuring your child's head, gather the following tools:

  1. Measuring tape: A flexible tape measure is ideal for accurate measurements. Pro Tip: If you don't have one, you can use a piece of string and measure it against a ruler afterward.
  2. Mirror: Position a mirror at a comfortable height so that your child can see their reflection during the measurement process. 

Step 2: Prepare your child: Explain to your child the importance of wearing a helmet and ensure they understand the need for proper measurement. Make sure they are relaxed and in a calm state before proceeding (best of luck from one parent to another).

Step 3: Measure the head circumference: To measure your child's head circumference, follow these steps:

  1. Position the measuring tape just above their eyebrows, making sure it wraps around the widest part of their head.
  2. Keep the tape parallel to the ground and snug against their head, but not too tight. Ensure it's neither too loose nor too snug.
  3. Make a note of the measurement in centimeters or inches.

Step 4: Check the fit: After obtaining the head circumference measurement, compare to the manufacturer's helmet size chart to determine the appropriate size for your child. For convenience, we have all of the manufacturer specific sizing listed next to the size of the helmet. Many kids helmets have an adjustable dial in the back so you can get that perfect fit, without having to buy a new one each year. We stock helmets for kids of all ages!

Step 5: Try on the helmet: Once you have determined the correct helmet size, have your child try on the helmet. Pay attention to the following factors:

  1. Position: The helmet should sit level on your child's head, with the front edge sitting just above their eyebrows.
  2. Stability: The helmet should feel snug but not overly tight. It should not slide forward, backward, or sideways when your child shakes their head gently.
  3. Chin strap: Adjust the chin strap so that it forms a "V" shape under your child's ears, with the buckle comfortably fastened. Ensure that it allows your child to open their mouth without feeling restricted.

***If you ordered a helmet online from Mountain Kids and the fit just isn't right, you can easily exchange it! Just print out the return label, pop it back in the mail, and voila!

Step 6: Final adjustments and testing: Make any necessary adjustments to the helmet straps and pads to achieve a secure and comfortable fit. Encourage your child to move their head around to ensure the helmet stays in place during different activities. Remember, a well-fitted helmet should provide full coverage and protection without compromising comfort.

Conclusion: Measuring a child's head for a helmet is a crucial step in ensuring their safety during various outdoor activities. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can find the perfect helmet fit for your child, offering them solid protection. Remember, it's essential to periodically check the helmet's fit as your child grows to ensure ongoing safety. By prioritizing their well-being, you empower your child to enjoy their favourite activities with confidence and security.

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