When it comes to protecting little ones from the sun, baby-safe sunscreen is non-negotiable—especially on those gorgeous summer days when spending hours outside enjoying the sunshine. Another summertime essential? A baby sun hat.
Whether you're spending long days at the pool or just taking a stroll around the neighborhood, a wide-brimmed hat keeps the sun off the most sun-vulnerable areas like baby's face, neck and ears. It's also a great way to protect their scalp, since applying sunscreen to their head is as enjoyable as wrestling a raccoon.
But as many mamas can attest, keeping a sun hat on a baby or toddler is no easy feat. We can't make any promises, but in order to help you out, we've rounded up some of the top-rated, mom-loved, mini-approved styles that they'll actually want to wear. Each of the styles features 30-50+ UPF rating (which means they'll be protected from up to 98% of the sun's rays) and convenient chin straps to keep them in place even on windy days. They're lightweight and breathable so no one gets grouchy (well, maybe) and they're easy to fold and toss right in your bag.
Shop the best sun hats for babies and toddlers and kids below!
We're longtime fans of Zutano for their super fun prints and unparalleled quality. (Seriously, their stuff lasts decades.) And call it sorcery or just expertly crafted design, but babies actually leave this hat on their heads. Made from GOTS certified 100% organic cotton, this sweet gender-neutral sun hat features a sturdy, just-wide-enough brim and offers 30+ UPF protection. It's got a bit of stretchiness to keep it snug but not tight and can easily be thrown in the wash when needed.
Parents and editors swear by this versatile hat from Sunday Afternoons because it checks ALL the boxes. Made from breathable, water repellent nylon with a mesh vent, it can go everywhere from the playground to the pool without turning them into a sweaty mess or getting so waterlogged they won't wear it. And while it's available in sizes from newborn through youth, the design offers plenty of customization, adjusting easily with a wide cinch strap at the back and a breakaway clasp under the chin to keep it in place. A wide brim and back flap keeps the sun off their face and neck and the UPF 50+ rating offers the most protection possible. Get ready to get stopped by every other parent on the beach who wants to know what magic keeps your kids' hat on without complaint.
Simple and lightweight, the sun hat from i play by Green Sprouts is a top-rated option for newborns up to age four. The 50+ UPF rated material dries quickly and features a liner to wick sweat and keep them comfortable even on the hottest days. It also has an easy-to-adjust toggle at the back to customize the fit and ties under the chin while the ample brim and back flap keeps the sun off their face and neck. Bonus! It's totally machine washable—just be sure to air dry it to preserve the life of the UPF coating.
With 33 years under their belt, it's no surprise that Flap Happy makes some of the best sun hats on the market (hence you'll find them on this list more than once.) This particular style is great for playground adventures and farmer's market strolls and comes in a color or pattern to match every outfit. Since it's made from 100% cotton they won't get too hot or cranky and the UPF 50+ rating keeps them well protected from the rays.
With a solid 5-star rating, this breathable bucket hat from Babylab is hard to beat. The mesh sides are awesome for those sweltering July days (or for kids that just run hot) and the stiffer fabric means it won't flop into their eyes while they're playing and splashing. It's rated to UPF 50+ and comes in three sizes (and four colorways) to fit from newborn to 4T.
For that classic wide brim style, we recommend this top-rated sun hat from Siero. It's lightweight and easy to stash in your diaper bag and features a drawstring in the band to customize the fit. It's also UPF 50+ and comes in a handful of sweet colors.
When it comes to fashion, best to keep options open, right? This fun hat from Exemaba is the most versatile design we've seen offering both a removable flap that easily snaps on and off and an adjustable, detachable chin strap. It's easy to pack, offers 50+ UPF protection and can be cinched around the head to customize the size. Available in fun prints like fruit and excavators that dissenting toddlers can appreciate, this is one they might even ask to wear.
Another 5-star pick, the Jan & Jul Gro-With-Me Adventure hat is well-loved by both parents and littles. The lightweight, breathable and water-repellent design is perfect for the poolside or tromping through the woods and comes equipped with a sweat-absorbent band to keep them comfy. The wide brim doesn't collapse when it gets wet and the design adapts to fit them for at least a couple of summers. Even better? It's available in sizes that fit all the way up to age 12.
This adorable number is actually two hats in one! The reversible design is made from 100% cotton with a velcro chin strap to keep it in place on windy days (or, more likely, when your little Houdini tries to worm their way out of it) and in true bucket hat style, the brim can be worn up or down.
If you've got a little fish on your hands, this is the sun hat you've been searching for. Made from recycled plastic bottles, it performs wet or dry with a hook and loop chin strap to keep it in place. It comes in a ton of vibrant colors with a size range that fits newborns through big kids.
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