We must protect those beautiful heads! And you’ll need more than just a slathering of sunscreen to keep the kids safe from harmful UV rays—a good hat is a must.
From tots to school-aged kids, here are some stylish, yet protective summer hat options.
For the Littles (under 5)
Outdoor Research Sun Runner Cap
Available in a choice of colours and sizes to suit every tot’s style, this hat provides full coverage to the back of your little one’s ears and neck, along with a stiffened brim to shade the face. It’s made from UPF 30+ material and includes a moisture managing headband for all-day comfort.
Get it at MEC, $36
Zoocchini Baby Sun Hat Shark
Talk about cute! This sun hat for babies comes in a few different animals, but we think this baby shark is the sweetest (most terrifying!) Available in sizes to fit tots from 0-24 months, it is made with UPF 50+ breathable fabric that is lightweight and quick drying.
Get it at Well.ca, $12
OshKosh B’gosh Beach Bucket Hat
Offering UPF 50+ sun protection, this bucket-style hat features a reversible design that is machine-washable. The bright colours will help you keep an eye on your tot while hanging out at the beach.
Get it at Carter’s OshKosh, $14
Patagonia Baby Baggies Cap
Available in a choice of fun patterns, this lightweight, fast-drying cap boasts a durable, water-repellent finish and a wide front brim to help shield tiny faces from the sun’s rays.
Get it at Patagonia, $29
Sunday Afternoons Sunsprout Hat
Available in a choice of three colours, this adorable wide-brimmed hat offers added protection of the neck thanks to the integrated cape. It is made from UPF 50+ fabric and features a quick-release chin strap.
Get it at MEC, $28
Puffin Gear Sunbaby Oxford Hat in White
Puffin Gear’s classic oxford cotton sun hat has a wide brim for maximum UPF50+ sun protection. A product with this rating blocks at least 97.5% broad spectrum UVA and UVB radiation. Made in Canada from 100% cotton, this hat is machine washable has a chin tie and a cord lock, but also a safety breakaway clip.
Get it at Well.ca, $43
For Big Kids (aged 5-12)
Kid Girls’ Floppy Straw Hat
This wide-brimmed floppy hat provides full coverage from the sun but also welcomes it with a sassy “hello sunshine” cursive script on the brim.
Get it at Joe Fresh, $14
Straw Plaid Fedora
Made from natural woven straw, this classic summertime accessory gets a modern update with this fedora designed with a cool plaid pattern.
Get it at Joe Fresh, $14
George Palm Tree Printed Fedora
Add some summer sophistication to your kids’ accessories with this printed paper fedora with rope accent. This lightweight hat is styled with an all-over print, a rope band, and a turned-up back brim.
Get it at Walmart, $10
Kids’ Bucket Hat
This canvas bucket hat provides ample protection from the sun and is machine washable to get rid of all the dirt and grime after a busy week of summer camp. The palm tree pattern gives the hat a touch of whimsy.
Get it at H&M, $13