Best Sun Hats For Babies 2024

The struggle to keep a sun hat on your little one is real, especially as tiny babies turn into active toddlers. More than just a fashion accessory, the best sun hats for Baby protect delicate skin from damaging UV rays, stay put and look super cute doing so. They’re especially important for children ages 6 months and younger, who the American Academy of Pediatrics advises only using broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 on “small areas of the body, such as the face, if protective clothing and shade are not available.”

The AAP also recommends dressing children in “cool and comfortable clothing that covers the body, such as lightweight cotton pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats.” Specifically, hats should have a wide all-around brim of at least 3 inches for ample protection.

Whether you’re planning a day at the water park, a trip to the tropics or just hitting the local hiking trails with your little one in tow, we’ve rounded up the best sun hats for toddlers and babies to keep them cool, shaded and shielded from the sun.

A few mom friends recommended Canadian outdoor gear brand Jan & Jul, which has a plethora of sun hats in various styles for every age and outing, and they’re well-priced too.

This particular hat has an impressive 4.8-average star rating on Amazon with thousands of positive reviews from parents. It’s made from 50+UPF aqua-dry water-repellent fabric so babies stay protected whether they’re playing in the pool or at the park. Parents really appreciate the adjustability of the hat, with it’s clever Gro-With-Me design to custom fit little heads and an adjustable chin strap to ensure it stays in place. There’s also a breakaway safety clip built right in, so you don’t have to stress about your kid catching their hat on something at the playground and getting injured—it’ll just pop right off.

This hat comes in a wide variety of colors and prints, including soft neutrals for modern minimalists and fun pops of color and patterns, from strawberries to ice cream cones, for those who want something more bold. It’s lightweight and breathable to keep kids cool and easy to fold and fit in a beach or diaper bag to take along. Sizes start from birth and go all the way up to 5T.

SimpliKids UPF 50+ Wide Brim Baby Sun Hat

This budget-friendly wide brim hat “gives great shade,” according to mom Alex Mione, who loves it for her “very bald” 10-month-old. It’s racked up over 7,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, and at only $10 you won’t be too disappointed if your baby refuses to wear it for more than five seconds, though Mione does say the tightening straps on this hat are excellent and easy to use. It adjusts at both the head and chin for a personalized fit and has a breakaway safety feature to reduce the risk of choking.

The floppy wide brim actually holds it’s shape even after being crammed in a diaper bag, and with UPF 50+ sun protection fabric to block 98% of the sun’s harmful UV rays, you don’t have to fret about even the smallest babes getting burnt. Girl moms may swoon over all the feminine bow and eyelet styles, though there are some plain white, blue and gender-neutral ones for the rest of us.

If you’re headed to the pool or beach, you may also want to check out our lists of the best baby swimsuits and the best kids water shoes.

Flap Happy Original Hat

Natacha Tonissoo, mom to a 3-year-old and 3-month-old, is a big fan of Flap Happy Hats “because of the neck coverage (my son is so fair) and the elastic that allows it to grow with them a bit longer,” she says.

If your child can’t stand a chin strap like my oldest son, they may tolerate the Flap Happy, which stays on thanks to the elastic head band alone. It features the highest possible UPF 50+ sun protection for the face, ears and back of neck, and is lightweight with a breathable cotton lining inside to keep kids cool as a cucumber. The front brim is firm yet flexible to shield tiny eyes from the sun without blocking baby’s line of sight. While sizes go from 0 to 3 months up to 3T, one Amazon reviewer notes that this hat can stretch out to fit even her husband’s head. Many other reviewers say this is the only hat their baby won’t immediately rip off.

Zutano Organic Cotton Sun Hat

Caitlin Kahle, a mom of three, is obsessed with this super soft wide brim sun hat from Zutano. “They have the cutest little prints and are made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton with UPF 30+ protection and are machine washable, which is key to baby hats,” she says. She loves how they tie under the chin, too. “The Velcro on hats makes it too easy for my little ones to rip them right off, so being able to tie it and keep it fit to their head size has been critical to our babies keeping hats on.”

Many other parents in the reviews section praise the high quality of this eco-friendly hat, noting how it holds up well over time and after multiple washes. Others love the extra sun protection. “The margin on the brim also gives good shading for eyes,” writes one. Choose from simple stripes and solid colors to tropical fish and groovy tie-dye prints.


Sun hats by default aren’t exactly “cool” but this Stonz cap is as cool as it gets—it literally has a breathable mesh lining inside to cool kids off. I own it, as well as some water shoes and a rain suit from the brand, and the quality and style is top notch. It’s perfectly packable, taking up minimal space in my pool bag, and I love that babies can make a big splash (and mess) in it. Just throw it in the wash inside out on the delicate cycle and hang to dry after a day of sun, sand and too much ice cream.

The super soft fabric feels good on little heads, dries extra fast post-swim and parents appreciate that it’s tightly-woven with non-toxic UPF 50 sun protection so it’s no sweat if you forget to reapply the sunscreen at the two hour mark. The adjustable toggle closure does a decent job of keeping it on babies and toddlers heads, even when they attempt to pull it off. It comes in two muted colors: Haze Blue and Haze Pink.

I’ve owned various Green Sprouts sun hats over the years, and they’ve always fit my babies best, especially in the first months when it can be hard to find a good one. This soft, quick-dry hat wicks moisture away so they don’t overheat and is made from recycled polyester. The full-coverage, wide brim design with UPF 50+ sun protection shields the head, neck and eyes so you don’t have to worry about putting sunscreen on your newborn’s face.

Even better, it’s Oeko-Tex Standard 100, meaning the hat has been tested and is free from over 350 harmful substances. It’s free of formaldehyde and AZO dyes for even more peace of mind too. The chin strap is adjustable to get the best fit during those rapid growth months with a breakaway clasp to ensure their safety. Throw it in the wash for a quick clean.

This chic sun hat makes the fashionista in me so happy, and it’s totally worth the splurge considering you basically get two hats for the price of one. Bright and cheery lemons decorate one side, perfect for pairing with solid swimsuits or simple stripe patterns. Flip it inside out to find a pretty plain yellow that can be styled with basically everything else in their swim drawer, so their summer look is always on point.

In addition to being super cute, this sun hat is also waterproof, making it perfect for pool, beach and water table days in the backyard. It’s designed with built-in UPF50+ sun protection and made from recycled nylon with ties on either side that secure under the chin for a custom fit. The matching lemon swim suit is equally adorable, or you can snag the hat in a pretty blue floral print or whales if that’s more your vibe.

There are casual park and pool-appropriate sun hats, and then there are stylish sun hats that make a statement for those times you need to dress your little one up but still keep them safe and shielded from the sun. Wildbird’s luxe linen sun hats are the cherry on top to any outfit.

Available in a variety of soothing neutral hues and pretty prints, they’re sewn by expert seamstresses and crafted from high quality scrap linen fabric leftover from their gorgeous slings. The brim is nice and wide, providing plenty of shade and protection on sunny days, and the material is light and airy so their hair won’t turn into a hot mess. It ties right under their chin for a secure fit.

Sometimes the only way to get little ones to wear the hat is to buy a sun hat they’ll want to wear. While this is less of an issue for younger babies, this Dino Swim Hat is a no brainer for tiny T-Rex loving toddlers with big opinions. It’s made from UPF 50+ fabric to block 97.5% of UV rays with a flap in back to protect the neck and ears from sun exposure. Best of all, it features dino-mite spikes on the top to entice toddlers to put (and keep) it on and maybe even engage in some fun pretend play too. Designed for splishing and splashing, they can rock it at the playground or pool without worry.

Why Trust Forbes Vetted

The Forbes Vetted Team regularly reviews and tests baby gear and essentials, including kids’ clothing and accessories. We’ve researched, written and tried on our own children everything from the best baby shoes and baby clothes to the best baby detergents. We’re steadfast about selecting the safest and most sun-safe products to protect kids, while also keeping in mind style and functionality for parents.

  • The author, Elizabeth Mitchell Kadar, is a freelance parenting and kids gear writer. She resides in Southern California at the beach with her three children and has tried many baby and toddler sun hats (more than she’d like to admit) over the years. She’s also reported on the best baby beach tents and the best baby pool floats.
  • For this story, we interviewed board-certified dermatologist Dr. Justine Park, who specializes in pediatric dermatology and served as the former Director of Pediatric Dermatology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for five years.
  • We also consulted sun safety guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • This story was edited by Margaret Badore, a toddler mom and kids gear commerce editor with more than 15 years of experience reporting on health and science topics.

How We Chose The Best Sun Hats For Baby

We relied on firsthand experience, feedback from real parents and expert insights to help narrow down the best sun hats for babies and toddlers to prevent sun damage.

  • As a Southern California mom who resides walking distance to the beach and frequents the pool daily during the summer with her three children, I took into account all the factors I prioritize in a great sun hat, including comfort, breathability, style, safety, ease of use (how easy it to put on, adjust and clean?) and sun protection.
  • I also spoke with a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in pediatrics to learn more about the most important features in a baby sun hat, from the brim and closures to the material and even the best colors to choose.
  • I read many reviews and asked my personal and professional network of friends to share their favorite sun hats for their children, plus why they love them so much.
  • I included a variety of styles to suit every budget and occasion, whether you’re taking them to the pool or playground.

What To Look For In The Best Baby Sun Hats

“A sun hat is an absolute must whenever a good deal of outdoor time will be spent,” says Park. The best sun hats for toddlers and babies are breathable, easy to adjust, actually stay on and have a wide brim with built-in UPF protection. “That all being said, any hat is better than no hat so use what you have at your disposal,” advises Park.

UPF Protection

“Ideally, the material should be a UPF rated, as this type of material is proven to block UV rays to a specific extent,” says Park. Sun hats with a high UPF 50+ rating, like many of the hats on our list, offer maximum protection.

Light Colors And Material

Other properties Park looks for in a good baby sun hat are “light colors that reflect the sun and ventilated sides to keep the baby’s head cool.”

If you’re headed to the beach, pool or splash pad, you may also want to look for sun hats made of quick-dry material that are designed to get wet.

A Wide Brim

Park suggests looking for sun hats with a wide brim to protect the face, ears and back of the neck. We particularly love the Zutano sun hat for its wide brim.

Adjustable Closures And Breakaway Safety Clips

Park recommends looking for sun hats with a strap to prevent a fly away in case of wind. Straps are also important to keep the hat on your child’s head. Tie closures and adjustable closures ensure a proper fit as your little one grows, while baby sun hats with breakaway safety clips prevent them from getting hurt should the strap get caught on something.

Comfort And Fit

A sun hat only works if your little one wears it, which as a mom of three I know can be the biggest hurdle. I personally like to read reviews from other parents to see if their child liked the hat or continuously tried to yank it off. A sun hat should fit your baby’s head comfortably and should not be too big or too small.


For many parents like myself, style is an important deciding factor. Fortunately, there are so many cute and protective sun hats in adorable designs now you should have no problem finding one you and your baby both love.

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