Best Sun Hats for Kids

Best Sun Hats for Kids

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 the best sun hats for kids. There are TONS of options out there – we’ve only included the ones we really love and recommend.

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Best Sun Hats for Kids

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. 

Check out a list of other Sunday Afternoons hats for kids we love here.

Best Sun Hats for Kids

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.

Best Sun Hats for Kids

Outdoor Research Kids Rambler Sun Sombrero

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 Bora Bora Jr III 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.

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!

Veyo Kids Noggins Sun Hat

This hat has a great price tag, has excellent coverage and great ventilation. While we wish it came in more colors (see also the blue camo print), it is a great hat for kids.

Jan & Jul Adventure Hat

This is another huge favorite (it has over 300+ 5 star reviews on Amazon for good reason!) It has great coverage, grows with the child, is light and comfortable and comes in a ton of designs. It’s also under $20.

Best Sun hats for kids

Outdoor Research Helios Hat

The OR Helios is lightweight, adjustable (drawstring on back), has a chin strap, and comes in a variety of sizes. The kids love the the mountains on it too! It doesn’t have the widest brim, but it’s enough for average sun conditions.

Sunday Afternoons Fun Bucket Hat

If you don’t need a super wide brim, this is another great option that is comfortable, breathes well and comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

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Best Sun Hats for Kids

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