Today we walked down to post three letters. (Will you be one of the lucky three recipients???)My boy rode his bike and I pushed mine with the baby in the seat on the back. I didn't ride because the baby doesn't have a helmet.
My older child started going on my bike when he was eight months old, in a front seat designed for babies, attached to the handle bars. I didn't get his helmet until he was over a year, actually he was just two I remember now. I won't let him go without it now so I really want to get one for my little fella.
I have since found out that helmets are not recommended for under twos nor is riding on a bicycle because of potential brain injury, like shaken baby syndrome. Of course armed with this information I am stuck - too paranoid to ignore the safety advisory.
More mothers seem to be putting helmets on their preschoolers which I think is great. Helmets are compulsory in New Zealand for all cyclists and it's enforced by law. I have often wondered what the statistics for injury (or worse) are in Japan given that so many people ride bikes.