Your children will also need to have the best hats to protect them from the heat and damaging sun rays. Most of the same principles for adults apply also to summer hats for kids. The hats should be light in weight, comfortable, cool, easily cleaned and should cover the face, ears and for children cover the neck.
If the children are still very young and like to put things in their mouths, please be careful of the chemical nature of the fabric, buttons, snaps, drawstrings or zippers. A Greenpeace Report stated that toxin chemicals were found in 82 pieces of children’s clothing from 12 global fashion brands.
Clothing made of 100% polyester should be avoided for children because they are flammable, can irritate the skin, do not breathe, and will be hot on the child in the daytime and more especially at night when the baby could overheat during sleep. Polyesters may also be treated with flame retardant chemicals. The hazard is much less for hats however as the head is protected by the child’s hair; in the case of infants, it is better to avoid synthetically made fabrics.
Fabrics recommended for small kids include cotton or any other naturally grown plant material. Cotton especially is soft and highly absorbent, gentle against the child’s skin. Bamboo fabric has a silky feel and is even softer than cotton if you can find it. Linen is also good, it is breathable, very durable, and easily washed and dries quickly. That being said a polyester-cotton blend of 50%-50% would still be breathable, durable, wrinkle-free, comfortable and easy to clean. Also common is a polyester-cotton blend of 65%-35%, which is quite the same but more durable, and less breathable so it may feel a bit hotter on the body.
Our Top Picks for Summer Hats for Kids
These are the top picks for the most popular summer hats for kids:
- Breathable Adjustable Bucket Sun Hat with UPF 50+ Sun Protection (sized for ages 0 to 4 years)
- Aqua-Dry GRO-with-me Adjustable Sun-Hats with UV Sun Protection (sized for ages – to 12 years)
- Kids’ GRO-with-Me Water-Repellent Adventure Sun Hat with UPF 50+ UPF (sized for ages – to 12 years)
- Unisex Child Adjustable Wide Brim Sun Hat UPF 50 Sun Protection (sized for ages 0 – 12 months)
- Girls Sun Bucket Hat with Ponytail Hole and UPF 50 Sun Protection (sized for girls ages 2 – 12 years)
- Matching Women and Little Girls Straw Sun Hat with Wide Brim (sized for adult women and girls 2 to 4 years old)
- Kids Sun Mesh Hat with Neck Flap and UPF 50+ Sun Protection (sized for ages 3 to 7 years)
- Kids Girls & Boys Summer Fedora Straw Hat with Wide Brim (sized for ages 3 to 9 years)
This beautiful hat has everything going for it. It is made of soft 100% cotton, is size adjustable, has a breakaway safety chin strap, has UPF 50+ sun protection, and has a drawstring closure for protection in the wind. The brim at the side of the hat can also be folded up and held by a snap button. The fabric is hand and machine washable, and there is no shrinking or fading. The hat has a 2 inch (5 cm) brim all around which protects the face and ears from the sun, and a wide-open mesh on all sides of the hat to allow for good airflow to keep the child cool. The hat is also foldable and fits nicely into any small space.
Good for ages 0-12 months, 12-24 months, 2-4 years, depending on a detailed size chart provided on-site. This hat has rave reviews of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 1,737 global ratings of 22 May 2021.
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2. Aqua-Dry GRO-with-me Adjustable Sun-Hats with UV Protection for Babies, Toddlers, or Kids – Brand: Jan & Jul Store
This beautiful baby and toddler hat comes in 21 amazing colors and patterns to delight your child. The hat has a fully adjustable head drawstring to allow for the perfect fit. The fabric breathable, water repellent, and has UPF 50+ sun protection because of the weave of the fabric and not because of harmful chemicals. A chin strap helps to keep the hat on during windy conditions. The fabric is lightweight and foldable, and the brim stays up wet or dry.
The hat comes in sizes from newborn to age 12 years. Be sure to properly measure the child’s head size before purchase and perhaps ask for one that is a little larger as it has an adjustable drawstring so that the hat can still be used when the child is a little bit older. They grow so fast.
This hat has excellent reviews 4.8 out of 5 stars from 1,585 global ratings of 22 May 2021.
This amazing hat comes in 25 colors, 14 of which have patterns or drawings that boys or girls would love. The soft polyester fabric water repellent fabric comes with UPF 50+ sun protection because of the tight weave of the fabric and not because of harmful chemicals. The hat has a very wide stiff brim in the front and sides which has an inner hardened composite material, not cardboard or plastic, which will take washing without damage. A wide long flap is found at the back. The brim and the flap combine to give maximum sun protection for the face, ears and full neck. The hat can be hand washed or machine washed on a gentle cycle in a garment bag and hang to dry. The is lightweight and foldable and stores nicely in small places. The hat has an adjustable chin strap to help in windy conditions, and a drawstring at the back of the hat to adjust to the head size of your child.
The hat comes in sizes from newborn to age 12 years. Be sure to properly measure the child’s head size before purchase and perhaps ask for one that is a little larger as it has an adjustable drawstring so that the hat can still be used when the child is a little bit older.
The Jan & Jul Store also offers the same hat but one made of cotton. There are 15 colors, 9 of which have patterns that your child would enjoy. It can be found on this website.
This hat has excellent reviews 4.8 out of 5 stars from 1,830 global ratings of 22 May 2021.
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4. Unisex Child Adjustable Wide Brim Sun Hat UPF 50 Protection for Baby Girl Boy Infant Kids Toddler – Brand: Ami & Li Tots Store
This attractive hat comes in 24 colors each with its own unique beautiful pattern for boys and girls. The fabric is cotton using a special weave to be UPF protection without using special chemicals. Completely safe for your child. The hat is super lightweight and ultra-thin. The wide brim gives good protection for the face, ears and neck. There is an adjustable chin strap and a safety buckle to open the hat quickly if need be.
The hat comes in sizes for infants all the way up to 12 months. Please be sure to measure your child’s head properly to get the correct measurement, and perhaps better to buy it a little loose as there is an adjustable head circumference strap at the back of the hat to help give a perfect fit for your child.
The Ami & Li Tots Store is offering a discount of 10% if you buy 2 or more using the code AMIANDLI2020, they also offer 24/7 customer service for any of your questions.
This hat has excellent reviews of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 1,618 global ratings of 22 May 2021.
This hat is made of 100% Terylene Polyester which is comfortable, soft, lightweight, durable, waterproof, foldable, has UV Protection and is easily cleaned. The inside of the hat has a sweatband to absorb sweat from the forehead and the side of the hat has a breathable mesh which allow air to flow freely through it to keep the child’s head cool. The back of the hat has a ponytail hole and a drawstring to adjust the head size of the hat to fit perfectly on your child’s head. There is also a chin strap to help keep the hat on in windy weather. This hat is perfect for all outdoor activities, such as at the beach, camping, playing sports, fishing, boating, or just playing in the backyard. The hat has 4 colors: pink, purple, sky blue and watermelon red.
The hat comes in 2 sizes a small and a medium and can be used by ages 2 to 12 years old. It should be hand washed only and hung to dry. Polyesters are sensitive to hot water and hot dryers.
As a bonus IYEBRAO offers a supper GUARANTEED, that if for any reason you are happy with the hat, then you can return it for a full refund, no questions asked. It’s their promise.
This hat has excellent reviews of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 6o7 global ratings of 23 May 2021.
These adorable matching women and little girls hats are made of top-quality skin-friendly straw material with a wide 3.3 inch (8.4 cm) brim and a height of 3.7 inches (9.4 cm). The brim can be worn folded up or down. The hat comes in 8 colors. It is foldable and easily stored in your handbag. The hat fully blocks the harmful rays of the sun and is perfect for any. There is a chin strap for windy weather and a sweatband inside the hat to absorb sweat from the forehead. If dirty the hat should be hang washed and hung to dry. The hat is perfect for the beach, camping, hiking, or any outdoor activity at home or away. The head circumference for women is 21.5 to 22 inches (54.6 to 55.9 cm) and the head size for small girls (2 to 4 years old) is 19.7 to 20.5 inches (50 to 52 cm).
This hat has very good reviews of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 335 global ratings of 23 May 2021.
This soft and breathable polyester hat is perfect for the outdoors and provides maximum protection from the suns’ harmful rays because it has UPF 50+ protection and a long and wide flap at the back to protect the neck from sunburn. This flap is flexible and can be stored back into the hat when necessary. The brim is 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide and it has an adjustable cord at the bad to fit children aged 3 to 7 years. The hat also has an adjustable chin strap. The hat has mesh side vents to allow for easy airflow to keep your child’s head cool in hot weather and comes in 6 colors. In addition, it has an internal sweatband to wick up the sweat from your child’s forehead. The hat is easily cleaned but should be hand washed and hung to dry if dirty.
This hat has very good reviews of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 435 global ratings of 23 May 2021.
This classy fedora hat is made of soft and breathable straw material. This hat will keep your kids cool in hot weather. This hat is suitable for both boys and girls, and they can choose for themselves from 10 different colors. It has a wide brim all the way around the hat to protect the face, ears and neck from the harmful rays of the sun. It is not coated with UV PFU sun protection as the weave is dense enough to block 100% of the sun’s rays. The hat comes in 2 sizes, one for kids 3 to 6 years old, and one for kids 6 to 9 years old. A Velcro tape is found in the hat’s sweatband to adjust the size of the hat to your child’s head. The hat is great for fun outdoors or for any social occasions in and around town.
This hat has very good reviews of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 79 global ratings of 23 May 2021.
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