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MomofSixinSC
05-25-2010, 05:13 PM
I bought my dd a Princess Helmet at a yard sale recently. It is in great shape, but it has three velcro dots in the inside front part. They used to hold a pad that helped the helmet fit better. That pad did not come with the helmet.

Any thoughts of what I could put over those to stop them form scratching my daughter's head?

TIA!

poohbear8
05-25-2010, 05:39 PM
Several ideas:

Contact the company who made the helmet and see if they sell replacement foam.

Check you local bike store for replacement foam.

Use a hair dryer to heat the velcro to remove it. Use goo-gone to remove any sticky residue left.

Cut a piece of craft foam and superglue it to the top of the velcro.

Hope one of these helps.

MomToOne
05-25-2010, 07:06 PM
Duct tape!!

lorac4disney
05-25-2010, 07:24 PM
Craft felt.

iNTeNSeBLue98
05-25-2010, 07:54 PM
If there is a little room in the helmet, buy Velcro at WM or craft store and attach the opposite side to the Velcro inside.

tommya60
05-25-2010, 07:58 PM
Yarn. I had a messager bag with velcro that I couldn't remove. I yook matching yarn and laid it on the velcro loops until it was fully covered...it's been there over 2 years. Of course, this will not work if the helmet needs the pads to fit correctly.

bookgirl
05-25-2010, 09:47 PM
panty liner....seriously, it works just don't tell her what it is:rotfl:

my brother found out after he had been wearing one in his football helmet for a week (except it was a 1970's era maxi pad), he said he'd rather the helmet rubbed his head raw LOL

Tinker'n'Fun
05-25-2010, 11:44 PM
Okay, I would feel really bad if I didn't post. It is never wise to purchase at a garage sale... I know budget board and all. Many towns have programs that sell the helmets very inexpensively or will actually give you one for free. The foam inserts are included with the helmet for a very specific reason, FIT.

Here's some information if you want to read it:

There are several types of bicycle helmet, some of which are designed for specific purposes like racing or mountain bike riding. However, a basic helmet is sufficient for most riders: for specialized advice about helmets, contact the staff at your local bicycling shop. Most staff will have had experience with multiple types of helmet, and can recommend the best helmet for your needs. In either instance, purchase a helmet that has been certified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which has safety standards for helmets that ensure they will stand up in most crashes.

A bicycle helmet is designed to protect the head in the instance of a crash, usually with polystyrene foam. A plastic outer shell helps to keep the protective foam together in the event of a collision, while softer foam pads are mounted inside for comfort. If you are thrown from a bicycle or hit by a car, the bicycle helmet can help to prevent brain damage. If you are involved in a collision, you should replace your helmet immediately, as the protective foam will be weakened and less effective in a crash. Look for an evenly textured helmet with no protrusions to get caught in a crash, as you could suffer from whiplash. In addition, try to find a helmet which is well ventilated, but not excessively so: ventilations are weak points in the helmet, which translate to weak points on your delicate skull.

When purchasing a standard bicycle helmet, the most important consideration is fit. You want the helmet to fit snugly and evenly, but not to be tight. Try on the helmet in the bicycle shop, and be prepared to adjust the straps so that they fit flush and snug along your head and chin, and use the provided padded inserts to further adjust the fit of the helmet for safety. A bicycle helmet should sit approximately two inches (five centimeters) above your eyebrows, and should be level on your head. There should be no areas of tightness or pressure, and if you open your jaw wide, you should pull the bicycle helmet downwards: adjust the straps if this is not the case.

(This is the most recent statistics I could find on short notice)
Bicycle injuries and deaths affect children and young people more often than any other age group.

In 2005, 44 percent of nonfatal bicycle injuries occurred in children and youth age 5 to 20.

In 2005, the rate per million of nonfatal bicycle injuries in children and youth age 5 to 20 was 462.17 compared to 153.3 overall.

In 2005, children and youth age 0 to 20 made up 23.4 percent of bicycle fatalities.

In 2005, the rate per million of bicycle fatalities in children and youth age 5 to 20 was 4.37 compared to 2.64 overall.

In 2005, children under 15 accounted for 53 percent of bicycle injuries treated in emergency deparments.

From 1999 to 2002, the average annual cost of bicycle fatalities in children and youth age 0 to 19 was $1.03 billion.

From 1999 to 2002, the average annual cost of nonfatal bicycle injuries in children and youth age 0 to 19 was $3.6 billion.

Young cyclists are more likely than adult cyclists to die of head injuries, most of which are caused by motor vehicle collisions. Among children and youth age 0 to 19 in 2000:

Head injuries accounted for 62.6 percent of bicycle fatalities.
Collisions with motor vehicles accounted for 75.7 percent of bicycle fatalities.
61.7 percent of motor vehicle collision deaths were due to head injury.

As a parent, I would consider purchasing your child a new helmet. There is NO way you can tell if the one you bought has any trauma damage...

CathrynRose
05-26-2010, 12:19 AM
What about that craft foam stuff, they sell at Michael's / Hobby Lobby - that peel off on one side like a sticker?

You could cut it into whatever size or shape she needed.

They come in a butt load of colors.

We use that stuff all the time. It comes in handy a lot.

Here we go - this stuff: http://www.tts-group.co.uk/Content/Files/images/legacy/TSACF.jpg

squirrel
05-26-2010, 12:30 AM
Felt ($1 store or craft store)-use it to cover the velcro.

MAH4546
05-26-2010, 01:32 AM
Buy a brand-new helmet at Toys "R" Us instead of trying to "fix" something that is designed to protect your daughter's body. If it was previously involved in an "crash" the interior of the helment might have invisible cracks making it virtually useless for its purpose.

kaytieeldr
05-26-2010, 06:00 AM
Moleskin!

But I do agree with the other posters about the potential danger of using a helmet where you don't know its history.

okeydokey
05-26-2010, 07:22 AM
Buy a brand-new helmet at Toys "R" Us instead of trying to "fix" something that is designed to protect your daughter's body. If it was previously involved in an "crash" the interior of the helment might have invisible cracks making it virtually useless for its purpose.

Absolutely.

pilesoflaundry
05-26-2010, 08:52 AM
Bike helmets and carseats are two things you don't buy used. That padding is there for impact protection.

shortbun
05-26-2010, 11:15 AM
bike store will have similar things for sizing helmets. Or heat it and remove it like someone else recommended. Helmets should be properly sized and fitted to be of any value/protect the noggin.

tar heel
05-26-2010, 11:33 AM
Personally, I think you should throw it away and buy one that is fitted properly and that you KNOW has not been in a bike wreck. This is not worth the risk to your child.

Magic Mom
05-26-2010, 04:24 PM
Used helmets are a no-no. Save yourself the hassle of trying to modify this used one and buy her a new helmet. :goodvibes

LuvLDM
05-26-2010, 04:39 PM
I agree w/ the majority, buy a new helmet.

lil mermaid
05-26-2010, 06:45 PM
Seriously, you can buy a helmet with no parts missing, brand new, at Walmart for around $15 bucks.

dimimi
05-26-2010, 08:48 PM
Our town gives them away at bike rodeos every year.

PurplePinkleEater
05-26-2010, 10:11 PM
As a parent, I would consider purchasing your child a new helmet. There is NO way you can tell if the one you bought has any trauma damage...

Definitely. You never know how well it was taken care of. Maybe the child threw it down a lot.

Your child's safety is worth more than the $10 a new helmet will cost.