It’s time to be sure your little ones have their head covered and are learning to wear their hats consistently (easier said than done, I know!) We’ve rounded up our favorite sun hats with a little help from some friends too. There are TONS of options out there – we’ve only included the ones we really love and recommend.
I’ll also be updating this post throughout the summer. If there’s a sun hat you LOVE, please comment about it so we can share!
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- Sunday Afternoons Play Hat: This is our personal favorite for sun protection and what I recommend first for babies and toddlers/preschoolers especially. It has excellent neck protection, an adjustable sizing band, a breakaway chin strap and it floats. Best part? The back has no brim which allows babies/toddlers to sit comfortably in a stroller or just lay against you. We’ve had ours for years and years and they withstand a ton of abuse.
- Ambler Faces Hats: I think these are adorable (and so do my kids). There are four different styles to choose from (owl, fox, bear and raccoon) for kids aged 3-6. They also come in toddler sizes for kids aged 1-2 years old, which fit the baby perfectly.
- Outdoor Research Kids Rambler Sun sombrero: This one was recommended by Susan of Mountain Mom and Tots. She says, “The wide brim keeps sun out, but it’s lightweight and breathable for my kids. The hats pack down flat so I can store them under the bench seat in my car, allowing me to be prepared for adventure no matter the weather. I like that the chin strap cinches and keeps the hat from blowing away in the wind but if it does get blown off, the hats are designed to float.”
- Columbia Solar Stream Booney: This one has no chin strap, but the adjustable toggle does a surprisingly good job at keeping it on kids’ heads. Because of that toggle and the flexibility of the hat, it also fits our tiny 3 year old AND the 8 year old (who happens to have a head on the bigger side). No mesh for breathability, but good solar protection (UPF 30), and great coverage! The kind of hat most kids forget they are wearing.
- Patagonia Baby Sun Bucket Hat: Super soft and crushable, velcro chin strap and adequate coverage. Also reversible for handing down after you’re done with it.
- Sunday Afternoons Clear Creek Hat: Super packable/crushable, breakaway chin strap, reversible, adjustable sizing with a toggle and moisture-wicking. This is a favorite here too!
- Columbia Bora Bora Junior Booney II Hat: Like the Solar Stream, the toggle on this one also keeps it on heads in a wide range of sizes. It breathes a little more than the Solar Stream and has an UPF 50 rating.
- Columbia Junior Cachalot: Recommended by Stephanie of Raising Kids Wild. She says, “We love this hat because it’s fit our toddler, 3, since she was 1. I love the adjustable toggle in the back and the moisture-wicking fabric which keeps up with the changing seasons and activities we do as a family. It was so hard finding a hat that gave her sun protection but also grew with her–this hat is our absolute favorite and a staple for sure!
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