We may be midway through summer already, but there’s still plenty of sun left to enjoy. And you’ll need more than just a slathering of sunscreen to keep the kids safe from harmful UV rays—a good hat is also 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, $32
Zoocchini Baby Sun Hat Shark
Talk about cute! This sun hat for babies comes in a few different animals, but we think this 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, $15
OshKosh B’gosh Reversible Beach Bucket Hat
Offering UPF 50+ sun protection, this bucket-style hat features a reversible design that is machine-washable. The palm tree motif lets your tot hang onto that summer feeling long after you’ve left the beach.
Get it at Carter’s OshKosh, $6
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 two 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, $25
Calikids Long Back Quick-Dry Cap Quiet Grey
This quick-drying hat provides full coverage from the sun’s harmful UV rays thanks to its front brim and rear cape. The crown features an adjustable toggle to get just the right fit, as well as an adjustable, detachable chin strap.
Get it at Well.ca, $23
For Big Kids (aged 5-12)
Kid Girls’ Floppy Straw Hat
This wide-brimmed floppy hat provides full coverage from the sun and features a sassy “made for the shade” cursive script on the brim.
Get it at Joe Fresh, $14
Kid Girls’ Bow Fedora
Made from natural woven straw, this stylish fedora features an adorable floral accent stripe and bow for a touch of pizzazz.
Get it at Joe Fresh, $14
George Boys Straw Hat
This fedora-style hat is sure to add a touch of swagger to your kiddo’s summer outfits and features a colourful band around the crown.
Get it at Walmart, $4
Kid Boys’ 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 amusement park scape gives the hat a touch of whimsy.
Get it at Joe Fresh, $6