11 Best UV Hats For Babies So Your Little One Can Have Fun In The Sun


The temperatures are finally rising, which means summer is right around the corner. If you are enjoying the sun with small children, it's just as important to make sure their heads and necks are protected as it is to apply sunscreen to their skin. If your kids are anything like mine, trying to find a hat that they will actually wear can be a chore, but this summer season, there are some adorable options for boys and girls. As you shop for all of your summer gear, be sure to check out some of the best UV hats for babies.

Whether you're at the beach, the playground, or in your own backyard, exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (or UV) rays can be extremely harmful to your child, causing sunburn and even skin cancer. As Banana Boat notes, the most harmful time of day is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., which for most kids is prime time for play. And that means it's even more important to cover them up.

Try one of the hats on this list on your baby this summer so you can spend less time worrying about sun damage, and more time having lots and lots of outdoor fun. By fall, your baby might actually forget that they don't like to have their heads covered.

1Brightly Ruffled

The cutest part of the sun and surf ruffle hat ($13) from L.L. Bean is the ruffled neck protector flap.

2Buckets Of Fun

Patagonia's baby sun bucket hat ($29) completely covers your tot's head, and includes a chin strap to keep it on when the wind picks up. If that wasn't enough, it's also reversible.

3Safari Ready

The paddler hat ($25) from REI is lightweight, but it goes above and beyond to protect your little ones from the sun's rays. It even has a polyester headband to keep sweat out of their eyes.  

4Protect Their Neck

The sahara flap hat ($23) from REI includes a cape to protect the back of your little one's neck, which can be rolled up when not in use.

5Pretty In Paisley

Most people associate The North Face with winter gear, but their youth zipline hat ($25) is the perfect summer accessory to keep your kids safe and cool.

6Get The Party Started

Another one from The North Face, the youth party in the back hat ($22) is like giving your kid a colorful little mullet to protect them from the sun's rays.

7Safe For Swim

This sun-smart swim hat ($10) from One Step Ahead keeps protecting your kids even when they are swimming.

8One Cool Cap

This flap hat ($10) from One Step Ahead  is a great way to keep your little surfer dude safe and cool.

9Ruffles Galore

The girl's ribbon hat ($24) from UV Skinz will coordinate perfectly with just about every sundress and romper in your little one's summer wardrobe.

10Favorite Flapper


This flap hat with ties from ($16) Diapers.com protects baby's head and neck from all angles.

11Best For The Beach


Speedo's UV bucket hat ($14) keeps baby's head cool and covered while he makes sandcastles.