8 Best Kids' Sun Hat For Safe Summer Fun


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Taking your kids to the beach is perfectly safe and extremely enjoyable, as long as you are prepared with the correct beachwear, sun cream.. and of course, the perfect sun hat.

Any parent will know that getting your child to keep their sun hat on for the duration of the day is a very big feat. But no need to fear! With effective design, adjustable straps and a snug, comfy fit, this issue can easily be resolved, and that is where we come in.

We have compiled a list of the top 8 best sun hats for kids, with all the necessary accessories, to ensure that your child remains protected whilst having fun in the sun.

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Kidadl Top Pick

Whilst all the great sun hats on our list are highly recommended, if you're short on time, here's our top pick based on age, design and price.

1. Swim Zip Unisex Wild Brim Hat

Swim Zip Unisex Wild Brim Hat.
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This sun hat is optimised for ultimate sun protection, with a wild brim for additional coverage and UV material that blocks 98% of UVA and UVB rays. The adjustable head and chin strap mean that this hat can grow with your child, so it is a good investment for a very reasonable price.

Another useful accessory with this hat is its ability to float. Whether you drop it in the sea or in the pool, it will float, meaning you can easily get it back. The quick-dry material is also extremely useful with this, as it can be dropped in water and very quickly be worn again.

Swim Zip also has a range of rash guards and sunsuits to match if you're looking for any other beach swimwear.

Main Features

  • Price: £21
  • Age: 0 months- 14 years
  • Wide brim
  • Adjustable head and chin strap
  • Quick-dry fabric
  • Available in different colours

Best For Families On A Budget

2. Boden Printed Woven Hat

Boden Printed Woven hat with sea creatures on it.
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This adorable under-the-sea hat is a great buy on a bargain. This is perfect for splashing and playing in the pool, and keeps your child's head and neck safe from the sun whilst they're enjoying themselves. The chin strap ensures that it won't fall off while your kids are playing - this is great for water adventures and fun.

Main Features

  • Price: £8
  • Age: 3- 36 months
  • Velcro chin strap
  • Machine washable
  • Under the sea print design

Best Sun Hats For Toddlers

3. iPlay Flap Kids Sun Hat

iPlay Flap Kids Sun Hat.
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This classic design of a neck flap is definitely a must-buy for any younger children. This prevents any UVA or UVB rays from reaching their neck or head, and also keeps them cool by creating shade.

The iPlay sun hat is a great buy for a very good price, with a chin strap to help fasten this, which means energetic kids can run around and even splash in the water without this falling off.

Main Features

  • Price: £11.50
  • Age: 0 months -3 years
  • Cap design with neck flap
  • Under chin fastening (tie)
  • Machine washable
  • Lightweight, breathable fabric
  • Available in 8 different colours

Best For Wide Brim Sun Hats

4. Connectyle Toddler Wide Brim Sunhat

Connectyle Toddler Wide Brim Sunhat
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The adjustable aspects of this sun hat makes this a great buy for toddlers, as the hat can grow with them. With an adjustable drawcord at the back of the hat, you can adjust this to fit your little one's head perfectly, and as they grow, you can release the draw chord slightly for a larger hat.

The wide brim of the sun hat is also great for added sun protection and shade, which means your child can play even longer and will stay protected from any harmful rays.

Main Features

  • Price: £14.99
  • Age: 2- 6 years
  • UPF 50+ protection
  • Adjustable toggle
  • Draw chord at back
  • 7 cm wide brim
  • Sweatband inside

Best Sun Hats For Older Kids

5. Shield Creator Wide Brim Bucket Hat

Shield Creator Wide Brim Bucket Hat.
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This adorable sun hat is a great buy for older children, with a bucket hat design that is fashionable amongst kids and adults alike. The wide brim adds extra sun protection and it can easily be folded and placed in a bag or coat pocket for ease when moving around. You can always be prepared no matter what the weather throws at you.

Main Features

  • Price: £10
  • Age: 2- 6 years
  • Wide brim
  • Adjustable chin strap
  • Foldable
  • Animal designs

Best Sun Hats For Swimming

6. Vaenait Infant Sporty Flap Swim Hat

Vaenait Infant Sporty Flap Swim Hat.
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This Legionnaire's sun hat for kids, with the baseball cap head fitting and neck flap for extra protection, is the most protective design of hats that there is. With the elasticated material creating a snug, comfy fit, and an adjustable chin strap too, this is the perfect hat for wearing to splash and play in the water as it will not come off easily. There is no chance of it getting lost to the sea or drop to the bottom of the pool.

The Vaenait Flap Cap is available in so many different colours, which means there is something for every girl, boy and kid out there.

Main Features

  • Price: £10.99
  • Age: 0 months- 8 years
  • Visor
  • Neck flap
  • UV 50+ protection
  • Machine washable
  • Adjustable chin strap
  • Elasticated, snug fit

Best Boys Sun Hats

7. Zeltauto Baby Toddler Sun Hat

Zeltauto Baby Toddler Sun Hat.
Image © Amazon

Your little boy will absolutely love this bucket hat, with scary sharks, crawly crabs or funky fish designs for him to choose from.

The chin strap and head chord make this perfect for growing boys, as it can adjust to their heads and around their chins. The inner mesh lining helps for airflow and the sweat absorbent material inside the hat makes this perfect for your little boy running around, playing and having fun.

Main Features

  • Price: £9.95
  • Age: 0 months- 8 years
  • UPF 50+ protection
  • Breathable mesh lining
  • Detachable chin strap
  • Adjustable head strap
  • Foldable

Best Girls Sun Hats

8. SimpliKids Baby Sun Hat

SimpliKids Baby Sun Hat.
Image © Amazon

The SimpliKids floppy girls sun hat with a decorative bow is a great buy for your little girl. With a large, floppy rim for extra sun protection and adjustable strap to keep it secure, this is a must-have accessory for any beach trip or holiday. Available in a variety of pinks and purples, this is a lovely, protective accessory for your little girl. They will look super cool whilst staying cool in the hot weather.

Main Features

  • Price: £27
  • Age: 1-4 years
  • UPF 50+ protection
  • Wide floppy brim
  • Adjustable drawstring
  • Variety of colours

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for best sun hats then why not take a look at best sun creams, or for something different take a look at wellies for those rainy days.



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