It's bicycle safety month and we are proud to partner with Wipeout to spread the message about being safe while having fun. 

At Ellie's 10 year check up earlier this spring, the pediatrician was going through her list of questions about eating habits and exercise when she asked "Do you wear a helmet when you ride your bike?"

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Then the pediatrician said something that has stuck with both of us for the last two months, ‘Do you know what’s really not cool?  A traumatic brain injury.  If you’re on your bike, you need a helmet.’ She was 100% right.

She looked sheepish and muttered a no in reply.  When asked why not, she said none of her friends wear them.  And it's true.  I don't know of one neighborhood kid who wears a helmet.  Then the pediatrician said something that has stuck with both of us for the last two months, "Do you know what's really not cool?  A traumatic brain injury.  If you're on your bike, you need a helmet."  She was 100% right.  

The search was on for a cool, fun helmet for a tween who is constantly changing what her idea of cool is.  Enter Wipeout, the helmet that kids can design themselves over and over.

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After using the stencils and markers that were included, Ellie gave her helmet personality that carried over into our photo shoot!  Stars, hearts and peace signs can do that to a girl.

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The helmets come in several different colors and sizes.  Ellie's helmet is a great fit which is a big part of the battle to get her to wear one in the first place.  It stays put and doesn't slip down her forehead.  

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She also has been working hard on her skateboard game this last year.  As a dancer on a competition team her teachers are always reminding them to be careful playing outside because the big recital and Nationals are both coming up next month. 

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Having wrist guards, elbow and knee pads makes her feel much more comfortable going out and having fun in the warm weather.  

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She gives her Wipeout protective gear two peace signs.  Which she says is even better than two thumbs up.

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It makes me happy to see her flying by on her bike, skateboard or scooter knowing that if she takes a tumble, she is protected.

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The Wipeout website is full of fun tutorials on how to make your helmet and accessories your own!

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Be sure to enter the Wipeout giveaway!

I'm so relieved we have found a helmet and protective gear she wants to wear.  It's one less argument and thing to worry about in a day.  And Wipeout gets total tween approval!

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This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are honest and my own.

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