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August 19, 2019

A Helpful Toddler Tool - A Toddler Helmet

When choosing materials for my toddler, I always try to keep a few things in mind,  (1) size (2) it's ability to be used independently. This is especially true when it comes to things like clothing, where you want something that your child can feel successful at and doesn't always have to come running to you for help. But, it applies to other things too - the cups we offer, practical life tools, and toys. It's always about finding that sweet spot between offering a challenge and providing independence. 

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Well, we found just the right tool this summer for Augustus - his toddler helmet. This is completely not-sponsored, I just really wanted to share this great Montessori friendly find. This toddler helmet from Bell has been perfect for a summer of biking, scootering, and riding all the assorted things. First, it's not covered in characters, which is not always easy to find in the world of toddler accessories! Plus, it has all the traditional toddler helmet features you want in a piece of safety equipment. 

A look at a Montessori friendly toddler helmet that promotes both accessibility and independence

Then, unlike traditional bike helmets that have a two pronged clasp, this has an easy release button. So, while the helmet stays secure when you need it to, Gus has easily figured out how to clip and unclip the button on his own - at just 2-years-old. I know it was very frustrating for my other kids to learn to pinch the more traditional straps and wait to have the finger strength to be successful.

His sense of accomplishment is evident every time he can complete this task independently. By hanging a small hook, low on the wall of our garage, he can also reach the helmet when he needs to, and put it away when he's done. Which really helps speak to his strong sense of order as a toddler. 

One, thing it doesn't do - prevent helmet hair! 😆 But,  I'm going to go ahead and guess that finding a helmet that keeps his curls intact will be pretty impossible!

A look at a Montessori friendly toddler helmet that promotes both accessibility and independence

Have you found any good toddler tools lately that help to promote independence and accessibility? 

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