If your child is younger than 12-13 and does not yet need a full size violin I suggest renting the violin instead of buying one. Kids grow fast and buying and selling will be stressful and time consuming. Renting is a convenient solution to this problem. Rentals always include sizing-up options. Quality of the instrument plays a significant role on every level. Choosing a slightly more expensive option will help a lot, especially in the early days of learning the violin.
Violin playing should be physically pleasant, not a painful experience. To navigate violin hold, and make it comfortable you need a proper violin set-up.
I prefer shoulder pads, because they give more flexibility, however shoulder rests work well too.
You can purchase a shoulder pad or you can make your own using yoga mat material.
Cut several pieces of yoga mat 5×2.5 inches. Stack them together so the height is 1.5-2 inches. Glue them together piece by piece. It is done.
Belvelin Shoulder Rest medium size
Kun Super 4/4 Shoulder Rest fits 4/4 violin
Kun Original 1/4 Violin Shoulder Rest fits ¼ and ⅛ sizes
Kun Super 1/2 & 3/4 Shoulder Rest fits ½ and ¾ sizes
A comfortable chin rest is very important for the correct posture. I prefer center mount chin rests with the cup in the center of the violin, right above the tail piece.
Chin rest cover
The chin rest may irritate skin and feel uncomfortable. A silicon pad or a cotton cover eliminates this problem. Choose from these 3 options.
Rosin helps the bow hair to grip the strings and produce sound. Rosin lasts for very long. Get a very good rosin from the list below.
The pinky nest or pinky house helps a new student to control the little finger on the bow stick.
Flash cards help to learn notes and music terms faster and in an engaging way. The folder keeps music sheets organized