8 Best Baby Sun Hats To Keep Your Child Safe


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Protecting your baby's skin in the sun is really important.

Babies are far more at risk of damaging or burning their skin than we are, so the first thing is to make sure they wear a good SPF 50 sun cream. Even then, they need to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest.

They also need to wear appropriate clothing, and that's where sun hats some in, as they can protect your baby's face and neck. So if you're packing for a holiday or just a trip to the park, make sure an effective hat is on your list.

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Kidadl's Top Pick

1. Ami&Li Tots Sun Protection Hat

Ami&Li Tots Sun Protection Hat.
Image © Ami&Li Tots

Parents rate this as the best sun hat for baby because it ticks all the boxes: it has a wide brim for better protection against the sun's harmful rays, it's a great fit thanks to the toggle, and it's lightweight. The chin strap is good for those who need it (in other words, it helps keep it on) but you can also remove it if your child prefers not to use it. We also like the sizes because you really get your money's worth; the first size fits up to nine months but then the next one up goes up to four years, because of its adjustable design.

Main Features

  • Price: £19.99
  • Adjustable chin straps
  • Adjustable buckle for head circumference

Best For Families On A Budget

2. Peacocks Baby Blue Hat With Ears

Peacocks Baby Blue Hat With Ears.
Image © Peacocks

This cute baby sun hat is so adorable! We love the ears design and the neutral colours which will go with most baby outfits. The brim isn't the widest so we wouldn't advise wearing this when the sun is strong, and as always SPF 50 sun cream is needed alongside wearing this sun hat, but it's brilliant value as a lovely addition to a baby's summer wardrobe.

Main Features

  • Price: £3
  • Sizes available up to 18 months
  • Cute ears design

Best UPF 50 Sun Hat

3. JoJo Maman Bébé Kids' Flap Hat

JoJo Maman Bébé Kids' Flap Hat.
Image © JoJo Maman Bébé

This UPF 50+ hat offers 98% protection at blocking UVA rays, so you can be confident that your baby's skin is protected where it is covered by the hat. This hat is made with a cotton lining and is lightweight, but our favourite feature is the elasticated fit, so it will go snugly on your baby's head even if there are those pesky sea breezes to contend with. Sizes are available from newborn up to six years, so it's one of the best sun hats for babies as well as toddlers and children.

Main Features

  • Price: £12
  • Elasticated fit
  • Flap offers good protection for neck

Best Straw Hat

4. Tu Straw Cloche Sun Hat With Bow

Tu Straw Cloche Sun Hat With Bow.
Image © J Sainsbury

Straw hats are a nice addition for a summer holiday, and this one from Tu hardly breaks the bank. We love the cute cream bow, and the wide brim should keep their face, neck, shoulders and the top of their back in the shade. This hat takes up quite a lot of space but it might still be worth considering for its stylish, wide shape, and it's a bargain price, too.

Main Features

  • Price: £6
  • Available in sizes from one year
  • Embellished with cream bow

Best Broderie Sun Hat

5. M&Co White Broderie Sunhat

M&Co White Broderie Sunhat.
Image © M&Co

This traditional baby sun hat is perfect for younger babies. It's lightweight and the fluted brim (giving it a bucket hat shape) will help protect your baby from the sun. We love the little heart shapes on what is a gorgeous little baby girl sun hat. We also think that it would make a lovely gift for a summer baby for a very reasonable price.

Main Features

  • Price: £5.99
  • Fluted brim
  • Heart design

Best For The Beach

6. Gifts Treat Kids' Legionnaires Hat

Gifts Treat Kids' Legionnaires Hat.
Image © Gifts Treat

We reckon this is one of the best baby hats for sun protection. It's great for the beach as it is quick drying (and therefore handy for babies who love splashing around) and the visor and wide flap offer UPF 50 protection for your baby's face, ears and neck. Parents also love the elasticated fit, which means it's more likely to stay on despite your wriggly baby's best efforts!

Main Features

  • Price: From £8.49
  • Sizes available from six months
  • Foldable flap
  • Size adjuster back

Best Character Hat

7. Joules Hatattack Character Hat

Joules Hatattack orange character hat.
Image © Joules

This is definitely one of the best baby sun hats around when it comes to looks. We love the 3D 'claws' on the brim in particular. For those sunny days (though we suspect your child will want to wear it inside as well as out), the brim should keep the sun's rays away and the material is of great quality, too. We think this is a brilliant baby boy sun hat, though girls will love it too.

Main Features

  • Price: £4.95
  • Chin strap for ages up to two years
  • 3D claws

Best Reversible Sun Hat

8. Vbiger Kids' Sun Protection Hat

Vbiger Kids' Sun Protection Hat.
Image © Vbiger

This is a great summer hat for both babies and toddlers. Available in sizes from one year old and up, we reckon it's the best sun hat for toddlers in our list. It's got an adjustable chin strap so it should stay on, and the wide brim (which can even be turned up to change up its look) offers protection over the front and back of your child's head. If you want two designs and great sun protection, then this bucket hat could be the answer.

Main Features

  • Price: From £6.99
  • Wide brim
  • Adjustable chin strap

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for the best baby sun hats, why not take a look at our round up of the top kids' beach shoes or this list of the best baby wetsuits and swimsuits.



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