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Beat the Heat: the Cutest Toddler and Baby Sun Hats

Sun, here we come! Shop our favorite summer hats for boys and girls, designed to look cute while protecting your child.

Mad hatters? Not with these adorable baby sun hats and toddler sun hats! With sunny outdoor adventures just around the corner, your kiddo is going to need a good baby summer hat, which is why we’ve rounded up the cutest ones on the market.

Of course, these baby and toddler sun hats aren’t just stylish. With long, wide and floppy brims, almost all of the kids’ sun hats on this list are designed to protect against the sun’s glorious but potentially harmful rays (along with a healthy slathering of sunscreen). Scroll to find the best toddler or baby sun hat for your little beachcomber!

What You Need to Know About Baby Sun Hats

Here’s what you need to know before you pick up a new baby sun hat for your little one.

Make sure it fits properly. If your baby sun hat is loose, it could fly off in the wind. And remember, many babies do not want to be wearing hats, so it could come off anyway! The solution? A chin strap, which many of the options below include.

Look for UPF material. UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) material is made to block the sun’s rays. Alongside sunscreen, it’s an extra layer of protection.

The wider the better! Just because your baby sun hat is made from UPF material doesn’t mean you can’t go one step further and look for a baby sun hat boasting a wide brim or longer back. Those extra few inches will create shade, protecting your little one’s sensitive face, ears and neck.

Best Baby Girl Sun Hats

The best baby sun hats for girls are made for safe fun in the sun. And the designs? So whimsical! A baby girl sun hat could be embellished with floral embroidery, fresh summer fruit, or our personal favorite, fabulous flamingos. No matter how a baby girl sun hat is accented, it’s sure to be a sweet treat on your little girl’s head.

Photo: Courtesy Cat & Jack

A ruffled rim sweetens up this simple baby girl sun hat design. The UPF 50+ fabric is stretchy and ventilated for supreme comfort, even on the hottest days.

Buy it: Cat & Jack Baby Girls’ Ruffle Knit Bucket Hat, $8, Target.com

Photo: Courtesy Snapper Rock

Shopping for a baby sun hat with a whimsical, tropical print? Look no further than this flamingo-adorned baby bucket hat, complete with a handy adjustable chin strap. You can also switch things up with the reverse side: a solid shade of pink.

Buy it: Snapper Rock Baby’s Reversible Flamingo Bucket Hat, $36, SaksFifthAvenue.com

Photo: Courtesy Mark & Spencer

For the ultimate in sun protection, look for legionnaire-style baby summer hats, like this fun, flavorful infant accessory. It not only shields baby’s face, it also completely covers her neck. And that fruit pattern? To die for.

Buy it: Mark & Spencer Kids’ Pure Cotton Legionnaire Fruit Print Hat, $13, MarkandSpencer.com

Photo: Courtesy Pottery Barn Kids

Somewhere over the rainbow, we found this genius baby beach set: a baby sun hat and a matching diaper cover. The bottoms can even be personalized! Consider your hunt for an aww-worthy summer outfit done.

Buy it: Pottery Barn Kids Rainbow Reversible Hat & Diaper Cover, starting from $16, PotteryBarnKids.com

Photo: Courtesy Nordstrom Baby

All about dainty designs? Try this baby girl sun hat made of pretty eyelet fabric. And since it’s white, it won’t attract heat as much as darker colors do.

Buy it: Nordstrom Baby Eyelet Sun Hat, $19, Nordstrom.com

Best Baby Boy Sun Hats

Now for baby boy sun hats. Just like the baby girl sun hats on this list, these baby boy summer hats offer protection from the sun—and in the sweetest of ways. There’s a baby boy legionnaire’s cap, a baby boy sun/swim cap and one baby boy sun hat with ears. (We can’t be tamed!) Find your favorite baby boy sun hat (or collect them all) below.

Photo: Courtesy Boden

This baby boy swim hat is made from UPF fabric and comes in two super-sweet prints: red and white stripes or a playful hippo pattern. Whichever style you choose, rest assured his head and neck will be protected, whether he’s in the water or out.

Buy it: Boden Fun Swim Hat, $16, Boden.com

Photo: Courtesy Sun Smarties

This reversible floppy baby sun hat for boys (or girls!) features a groovy Hawaiian print on one side and solid green on the other. It’s also made from UPF 50+ material, and it has chin straps to make sure it stays put on a windy day!

Buy it: Sun Smarties Aloha Adjustable and Reversible Baby Boy Sun Hat, $10, Walmart.com

Photo: Courtesy The North Face

This do-it-all infant sun hat has a wide, wind-blocking brim, dries quickly and offers UVA and UVB protection. (FYI: In case you weren’t sure, Ultraviolet A, or UVA, rays make skin tan; ultraviolet B, or UVB, rays are what make skin burn.) There’s even a quick-release strap for speedy dressing. All these smart features earn it a spot on our list of best baby boy summer hats.

Buy it: The North Face Baby Sun Bucket Hat, starting from $14, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Aablexema

Seriously, we can’t get enough of baby beach hats with ears. This protective and breathable cotton baby boy sun hat is wildly cute.

Buy it: Aablexema Baby Animal Sun Hat in Blue Monkey, starting from $10, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Patagonia

Last but not least, here’s an infant sun hat that can double as a baby swim hat, thanks to its DWR (durable water repellent) fabric. The Fair Trade Certified baseball cap is made from recycled nylon that dries super-fast, while the brim protects from the wind and sun.

Buy it: Patagonia Baby Baggies Cap, $25, Patagonia.com

What You Need to Know About Toddler Sun Hats

Toddler sun hats and baby sun hats have plenty in common—namely, that they’re designed to protect children from the sun while also looking pretty darn cute. With tots, sun safety is still a priority, but you should also put extra thought into how the accessory looks. Don’t think your kid will care? Tell that to the little boy or girl who demands to pick out their ensemble every morning! The good news is there are plenty of protective toddler sun hats out there with killer style. Truly—just check out the 10 picks below! And again, proper fit is important, as anything uncomfortable could aggravate your toddler, which means that the hat’s coming off.

Best Toddler Girl Sun Hats

Trust us: Every toddler girl sun hat is about as cute as can be. We found multiple trendy toddler straw hats, a toddler sun hat she can wear in the pool, and a sweet summer hat that goes the extra mile when it comes to UV protection.

Photo: Courtesy Appaman Kids

The little diva in your life needs this blue, wide-brimmed toddler straw sun hat. It’s embellished with the cheeky phrase, “hello sunshine.” Now you just need a matching one!

Buy it: Appaman Kids Hello Sunshine Hat, $36, Zappos.com

Photo: Courtesy i play.

This sweet and simple toddler girl beach hat has an added bonus: a neck flap. It also boasts a UPF rating of 50+ for even more protection.

Buy it: i play. Flap Sun Protection Hat, starting from $7, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Carter's

No kid can resist the allure of a toddler straw hat—especially not one with pom-poms, as seen on this awesome fedora-style accessory.

Buy it: Carter’s Toddler Girl Pom Pom Fedora Hat, $18, Kohls.com

Photo: Courtesy RuffleButts

The best toddler sun hats are waterproof for the pool or beach. This seersucker toddler swim hat is ultra-cute, all while offering UPF 50+ sun protection.

Buy it: RuffleButts Wide Brim Seersucker Swim Hat, $20, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy The Children's Place

If she’s obsessed with furry critters, she’ll be obsessed with this toddler girl hat. The straw headwear comes with cat ears (!) and an adorable cat face.

Buy it: The Children’s Place Girls Novelty Graphic Straw Cat Hat, starting from $10, Amazon.com

Best Toddler Boy Sun Hats

While we hyped up the toddler girl sun hats, toddler sun hats for boys are also just as cute. And it’s worth noting: Plenty of these styles are really unisex! So if you have brothers and sisters close in age (or twins), you can choose a hat (or two) they can share. From a nautically striped toddler sun hat to a sea creature-themed bucket hat, this mix has something for every little boy.

Photo: Courtesy Mini Boden

A toddler boy sun hat that covers your kiddo’s whole head and neck, has amazing dinosaur scales and comes with a matching rashguard? Sign us up!

Buy it: Mini Boden Dinosaur Surf One-Piece Rashguard Swimsuit & Sun Hat Set, $55, Nordstrom.com

Photo: Courtesy Hanna Andersson

Beware—there’s a little shark on the loose! Cool kids will love this reversible sun and swim hat with two prints: one of great whites, another of hammerheads. When he’s sick of one side, simply switch to the other! Bonus: It blocks 97 percent of UVA/UVB rays. (FYI, there’s also a striped style and a hat patterned with rainbows and dolphins.)

Buy it: Hanna Andersson Sunblock Reversible Swim Hat in Baltic Blue/Navy, $22, HannaAndersson.com

Photo: Courtesy JAN & JUL

Ride those waves with this marine-themed, bucket-style toddler boy sun hat. Like all the greatest beach hats, it provides UV sun protection and has an adjustable chin strap for the perfect fit. Better yet, this accessory is also extra-packable—perfect for your summer vacation.

Buy it: JAN & JUL Boys 50+ UPF Breathable Cotton Sun-Hat in White Waves, starting from $16, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Outdoor Research Kids

Looking for something less “relaxed beach-goer” and more “outdoorsy explorer?” This moisture-wicking “happy camper” toddler sun hat is ideal for sweaty summer hikes and the like. Oh, and it’s rated UPF 50+.

Buy it: Outdoor Research Kids Seattle Sombrero in Happy Camper/Bahama, $39, Zappos.com

Photo: Courtesy UQ

Don’t forget about a classic baseball hat! This quirky monkey one (rated UPF 50+) has a velcro back for easy adjusting.

Buy it: UQ Kids Cute Cotton Adjustable Baseball Hat in Grey, $13, Amazon.com

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Updated June 2019

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