Apollo Cupcake Cycle Helmet.
We live in an area that has fairly decent cycle paths at the edge of the roads, some shared cycle ways, and some lovely beach side paths designed for pedestrians and cyclists of all ages alike.
This bicycle helmet was a gift from my father-in-law to our then nearly three year old daughter last Christmas. This is the second helmet she has owned and worn, having grown out of her first sometime before. Our daughter prefers to be chauffeured around in a child's seat on the back of my bike rather than ride (or attempt to ride) her little wooden balance bike.
I don't know where my daughter's grandfather bought this from, but a quick online search reveals that it is available online from Halfords for £17.99. A price well worth the money when I think about just how precious my little one's brain is!
We have this helmet in size small, which is for a head circumference of 48-52cm. The website is unclear as to the availability of other sizes in this style or colour combinations, although currently there are other characters at a slightly higher price.
As our daughter is American (along with being British and Australian!) it is probably unfortunately appropriate that this head protection has a cutesy-cupcake theme. My Geordie father-in-law said that the reason he chose this one was that he "knew" that all little North American girls loved cupcakes. Of course he was right, but that's a whole other story.
This helmet does look cute and does fit my daughter's head well. She never complains that it too hot or is uncomfortable. That's probably because there are adjustable straps and a comfortable under-the-chin restraint. There are also little padded cushions that are removable.
It is difficult to know how well or otherwise this helmet protects a child's head. The reason: Millie has never fallen off a bike (or any other vehicle for that matter) and so has never truly put this item to test. The helmet label does state that it conforms to EN1078 safety regulations. A quick read of Wikipedia reveals that this regulation "covers helmet construction including field of vision, shock absorbing properties, retention system properties including chin strap and fastening devices, as well as marking and information".
I recommend this helmet based on our experience, but please note that we have not crash-tested this item!
One of my absolute, will not bend, will not cave in rules when my little girl rides her bike is that she must be wearing a helmet. Even the smallest little knock could be serious and so I will not let her take any chances. I make my husband wear his as well when he rides his bike and I wear mine too so we set a good example to the kids. According to an article I read, "Every year, about 300,000 kids go to the emergency department because of bike injuries, and at least 10,000 kids have injuries that require a few days in the hospital. Some of these injuries are so serious that children die, usually from head injuries. A head injury can mean brain injury. That's why it's so important to wear your bike helmet. Wearing one doesn't mean you can be reckless, but a helmet will provide some protection for your face, head, and brain in case you fall down."
THis year for Christmas my little girl got her first bike from her Grandparents. The bike was the Apollo girls cupcake bike and so to go with it and to make sure it was all matching and she looked cool they also bought her the Apollo cupcake helmet. The helmet is suitably pink and matches the bike chain protector pattern on the bike. The helmet is a dark pink colour and his spotty with white spots all over it. Also it has lots of little pictures of cupcakes on it and a girl either side who is obviously the cupcake maker as she is wearing an apron.
The helmet is made of almost entirely polystyrene with a plastic shell on the outside so its tough but cushions the head should a fall or bump occur. Inside you can see that the polystyrene is moulded into the shape of a head but there are also pads in it which cushion the head more. What I like about these is that they are moveable so you can position them to really fit with your little ones head. My little girl has quite a small head so what I also like is there's a plastic strap at the back with a dial on it that allows you to tighten it around the back of your little ones head so they get a really tight fit.
The helmet fastens underneath the neck with a plastic clip. In order to release it you just press the sides in and the clip slips out of the other side. The straps are also adjustable. My daughter finds it a bit uncomfortable sometimes but we just adjust it under her neck and then she says its fine and doesn't mind wearing it all the time she is riding on her bike. The helmet also has 6 ventilation holes in the top which keeps her head cool when she is wearing it also.
What I like about the helmet is that is conforms to safety standard EN1078 and there is a sticker inside that says this so you know your child will be safe with this helmet on to an extent. There is also a sticker inside telling you it is size 48-52cm. The helmet cost £17.99 from Halfords.
After buying my daughter the Apollo cupcake bike for Christmas, my mum received a £10 off accessories voucher for Halfords so we went to buy my daughter some accessories to go with the bike. One thing we purchased was the matching helmet.
The helmet is part of the same range as the bike as it is an Apollo cupcake helmet. It retails at £17.99 but as my mum had the voucher it didn't cost as much. Although this seems expensive, it isn't as expensive as the character helmets that Halfords also sell. I think this is the only place that sells the Apollo cupcake range.
The size of this helmet is 48-52 centimetres (head circumference), I can't remember seeing any other sizes in my local Halfords and after looking online, they don't sell any other sizes there either so I would imagine this is the only size they sell. This size seems to fit my daughters head perfectly and it isn't too loose when it is on. I had to adjust the straps that do up under her chin but after doing this the helmet feels secure with only a tiny bit of movement if touching the helmet.
The design of the helmet is quite different to other children's helmets. It's a bright pink colour with white polka dots covering it to break it up a little. On top of these polka dots is another design with a cute cartoon like picture of a blonde haired girl mirrored on either side of the helmet and lots of cartoonlike pictures of cupcakes scattered around the top of the helmet. It isn't the daintiest of designs and is quite in your face but I like it and it fits in with the cupcake design that is on my daughter bike too so she matches the bike when she wears it.
The inside of the helmet has removable soft cushioning pads, these are placed in good places to ensure the child's head is well protected but comfortable wearing it at the same time. There are two at the very top, one at the back and one that goes all the way around the front of the head. There are also six vents in the helmet to ensure the head is well ventilated. The straps to do the helmet up can be adjusted on both sides to ensure you are getting a good fit, it simple clicks into place then you have to squeeze it to undo it.
Although my daughter doesn't particularly like wearing the cupcake helmet, I've explained to her that she needs to use it to keep her head safe just in case she falls off and she will wear it without moaning. She likes the fact that it matches her bike and I think this is the reason she doesn't kick up too much fuss when she has to wear it.
I would definitely recommend this Apollo cupcake helmet. It is bright and colourful and matches the rest of the range well. It has a nice design and isn't as expensive as character helmets. Although my daughter hasn't fallen off her bike yet, it gives me piece of mind that she is safe but comfortable at the same time.