With their skates laced up or scooter in hand, your child is ready to discover the world on wheels. While you can never prevent every accident, there are a few basic protections that can help keep them safe.
Start with a complete set that includes:
- A helmet for cycling or street use. The helmet should be adjusted to fit their head perfectly, snug but not overly tight under the chin. We can't say it enough: give them room to breathe!
- Wrist guards. Your child's first reflex during a fall is to put out their hands. Until they perfectly master their balance on wheels, make sure their wrists are protected.
- Knee pads. Pebbles are a guaranteed obstacle: knees should be covered.
- Elbow pads. OK, we know, your little one now looks ready for combat. But it's better to be well protected when taking on the mean streets on wheels than end up hurt.
In addition to these essential accessories, you might also consider:
Durable clothing like jeans to protect skin from slips and falls and keep from breaking your clothing budget.
For scootering, high-top shoes that can be tightened around the ankles for extra support
Sunscreen and water for outdoor adventures
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