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Do you recommend a helmet for toddlers?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
My 3 year old daughter will be learning to ski this winter... How important is it to get her a helmet? I know that when I was teaching beginning 5/6/7 year olds they all wore helmets... The ones that had helmets that were too big were awful! They got in the way and caused more falls than if they hadn't been wearing one... I do see the safety in a helmet IF they are learning to load a lift by themselves but what about for a 3 year old?

Can you even find a helmet that will fit correctly for a 3 year old? How about using a bike helmet with a waterproof cover?
post #2 of 24
I would probably recommend it. A toddlers head is way more sensitive than an adult, and I am sure that a 3 year old will be falling a great deal of the time. There are places that do sell small kids ski helmets.
post #3 of 24
I think a helmet for a three year old would put a lot of additional strain on the neck as they try and hold their head straight.
post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by PhilT View Post
I think a helmet for a three year old would but a lot of additional strain on the neck as they try and hold their head straight.

Phil...are you a parent? Kid's ski helmets are pretty light. I guess it depends on your kid and all, but I think most three year olds would be ok. Maybe I'm misjudging based on my own kids (my youngest is hella strong....she's 7 now, and can lift 140 pounds...kid is pure muscle).

Having said that...when our kids were three, the really didn't get past the magic carpet and boardwalk areas, so not much need for a helmet.

Once they hit the "bunny slope" we had them in helmets.
post #5 of 24
A kids size XS (extra small) fit my 3 year old. I wouldn't have let her ski without one.
post #6 of 24
I plan on starting my daughter skiing this year too. She is 3 1/2. She will be wearing helmet. Even though she won't be doing much without me I still want the added safety. Also, I feel that if she learns to ski with a helmet then getting her to wear one later down the road won't be an issue. Wearing a helmet will be all she knows and will just be second nature. That's my hope anyways.
post #7 of 24
Definitely go with a helmet. Kid's heads can be much more sensitive than an adult. It does make them a little more top heavy, but they'll be falling a lot anyway, so it's definitely worth it.
post #8 of 24
Children are fragile creatures playing in a world of giants. They deserve all the protection you can provide them
post #9 of 24
Since most ski areas won't take a three year old in a general lesson it sounds like she will be out there mixed in with "the traffic".

You won't find me out there in traffic without a helmet!

There are too many three year olds out there!
post #10 of 24
Giro Ricochet is the one we put on our kid and the one that most little kids seem to be wearing. The XS is pretty small.

http://www.rei.com/product/702887?vcat=REI_SSHP_SKI_TOC
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by SKI-3PO View Post
A kids size XS (extra small) fit my 3 year old. I wouldn't have let her ski without one.
X2

Both my kids started at 3 and both had helmets on. My son is a little smaller so I used an Under Armor helmet liner to take up the little bit of extra space.
post #12 of 24
YES. I rec a helmet for everyone. You gotta watch out for them and also for those sharing the slopes. My little guys pal got his leg broken last year by a young man riding something that was not skis.

My 4 yo has a XS and fits prety good. Plus it is toasty, looks really cool and he loves it!
post #13 of 24
My older son started at 3.5, wanted a helmet from the getgo because they looked cool, and yep, they keep the noggin warm, and no, I doubt they will cause broken necks because they are super light, more like bike helmets, and more to the point, if your kid is actually out on a real slope, consider the alternatives: My kid, now 5, has been wiped out twice by snowboarders. (Who both times said "Hey I yelled to look out!") : A board's edge, attached to 150 lb boarder, will do unusual things to a kid's skull.
post #14 of 24
Both mine started at 2 and both wore helmets from the get-go. If nothing else, to get them used to the fact that when you ski, you wear a helmet, no matter what. They had no problem with it at that age.
post #15 of 24
A styrofoam helmet weighs about as much as a good haircut...get a light weight helmet made for the little ones.
post #16 of 24
I think letting kids out on a ski hill without a helmet is criminal.

Get a decent helmet, and the kid won't even know he/she has it on.

The statement that helmets cause falls is about as silly as a statement that we shouldn't wear seat belts in cars because they cause accidents.

And even if you feel that your kid will only be on the bunny hill, etc., all it takes is one out-of-control gaper to hit her and it is lights out.
post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all the Feedback on this... I should have mentioned that we will only be using the magic carpet this year, we will not be going on the lifts and the magic carpet is between two buildings where only children are allowed to use it... I think that I will invest in a helmet for her because I like the idea of her just always being used to wearing it and someone said it keeps her head toasty warm. I personally can't stand to wear a helmet so looking like me doesn't really work for us.

Thanks again for all the feedback!
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by starglowz View Post
Thank you for all the Feedback on this... I should have mentioned that we will only be using the magic carpet this year, we will not be going on the lifts and the magic carpet is between two buildings where only children are allowed to use it... I think that I will invest in a helmet for her because I like the idea of her just always being used to wearing it and someone said it keeps her head toasty warm. I personally can't stand to wear a helmet so looking like me doesn't really work for us.

Thanks again for all the feedback!
Beside the usual safety arguments the kids I see wearing helmets and goggles are the most comfortable regardless of weather. When it gets a bit nasty they just tighten up a bit and cover up really well . The kids less covered suffer when the weather turns and often go in much before the helmeted and goggled kids.
post #19 of 24
Helmets are warm, light and relatively cheap (as compared to years ago). They take a long time to outgrow (much more so than pretty much every other gear/clothing. And don't forget, they shield little heads from small accidents (such as being poked by a pole or a branch). It's a no brainer.
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by Plot View Post
The statement that helmets cause falls is about as silly as a statement that we shouldn't wear seat belts in cars because they cause accidents.
Welcome to Epic, Plot. Good to have you aboard.

I apparently didn't read starglowz's post the way you did. I, too, have seen little kids who could have been wearing a 5 gallon bucket on their head with the same effect -- the way they tried to keep the large thing from swimming over their eyes... An improperly fit helmet doesn't do anyone favors. That's the way I read it.

But Plot, I also agree with your premise that helmets are a good thing on kids of all ages for a variety of reasons. We started our kids at age 3 with helmets (mom and dad, too). At our little ski hill, we're just as likely to find patches of ice as we are groomed snow (forget about soft powder). Kids walking in the parking lot slip and fall all the time. Helmets can protect from a nasty injury whether on skis or not.

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Originally Posted by chanwmr View Post
It's a no brainer.
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post #21 of 24
I can't help posting this again because I am in love with the picture:


Giro helmet - super light and toasty. She is 3. This one is Dora - you can't tell from the pic. They also had spongebob. Half of her excitement was because Dora is on the helmet - the other half was because she "thinks" she is a skier.

My babies are the most precious things in the world to me. I would never dream of sending them out w/out helmets.

BTW, this thing fits her very well.
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by StormDay View Post
Giro Ricochet is the one we put on our kid and the one that most little kids seem to be wearing. The XS is pretty small.

http://www.rei.com/product/702887?vcat=REI_SSHP_SKI_TOC
Giro Ricochet in small sizes fits like a glove on both my kids, 3 and 5 years.
And they are adjustable too.
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by starglowz View Post
I personally can't stand to wear a helmet so looking like me doesn't really work for us.
You should try a Giro Fuse. Thats what I wear (I have a big head) and its VERY light and VERY comfortable. It also has a lever (you can see it in the picture) that opens or closes six of the holes on the fly, great for temperature control. The wife and I both decided to start wearing helmets, one of the reasons was to set a good example for the kids. I now wouldn't consider NOT wearing one.

post #24 of 24

If the neck is strong enough

It's been a while since my young skier was a toddler, but we got him into a helmet as soon as possible. the thing is neck strength and you can check that out at home or bring the whole deal to your pediatrician for a check. good luck and have fun.
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