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.


Brightly Ruffled

Sun & Surf Ruffle Hat, $13, L.L. Bean

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


Buckets Of Fun

Patagonia Baby Sun Bucket Hat, $29, Patagonia

Patagonia's baby sun bucket hat 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.


Safari Ready

Co-Op Paddler Hat, $25, REI

This paddler hat 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.


Protect Their Neck

Co-op Sahara Flap Hat, $17, REI

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


Pretty In Paisley

Youth Zipline Hat, $25, North Face

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


Get The Party Started

Youth Party in the Back Hat, $25, North Face

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


Safe For Swim

Sun Smarties Girl Swim Hat, $10, Montgomery

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


One Cool Cap

Sun Smarties Boy Flap Hat, $10, One Step Ahead

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


Ruffles Galore

Girls Ribbon Hat, $24, UV Skinz

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


Favorite Flapper

Unisex Baby Solid Flap Sun Protection, $13-$27, Amazon

This flap hat with ties from protects baby's head and neck from all angles.


Best For The Beach

Speedo Kids UPF 50+ Bucket Hat, $15, Amazon

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