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

Bitty-Brah Hats

With a family of 7, it’s not easy to find a hat that well-serves the various sizes of our age groups ranging from preschoolers, teenagers and adults. Bitty-Brah’s stylish hats follow-through on their promises to be attractive and also to stay on without a fight! From sitting around the camp fire, playing at the park on a sunny day, and a day at the beach – these adjustable hats serve our needs better than I anticipated. The trucker style bill offers great shade, and nice coverage for outdoor adventures.

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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  • Amelia lives with her husband and five young children outside of Jackson, WY in Grand Teton National Park. As a mom, she quickly learned that the secret to sanity was to spend more time outside where tantrums don't see quite so bad. Amelia started TMM in 2012 to help encourage all families (including her own) to get outside, no matter the weather. Due to the necessity of having to keep so many kids warm and happy, she has become an expert in kids' gear and loves being able to share it with others.

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