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The best baby and toddler sun hats for summer

best baby sunhat

Whether you’re jetting off abroad on your first family holiday or packing for that long-awaited staycation, a baby sunhat is an important purchase to keep your little one safe in the sun.

There are lots of things we do to protect our babies, like using a car seat, but what about protecting them from the sun? 

Your baby's skin is so delicate, direct sunlight can be extremely damaging. To prevent sunburn and heatstroke it's best to head for shade, and protect them from direct sunlight with a hat, loose-fitting clothes and sunscreen. The NHS also recommends that you keep your baby in the shade when the sun is at its hottest between 11am and 3pm.

From baby sun hats with UV protection to those with chin straps to make sure they stay in place, we’ve summed up our top market picks here:

Best summer hats for babies and toddlers:

A breathable 50+ UPF sun protection for all your adventures! This Gro-With-Me design ensures the perfect fit for years. The wide brim and long neck flap ensure your little one is well protected from the sun.

Review: "Amazing hat, great coverage. Love the chin strap stops my little one pulling her hat off.
I also love the design, so many people have commented on it!"

With UPF 50+ protection, you can rest assured your little one is fully protected with this cute sun hat from JoJo Maman Bebe. Designed with a long flap at the back to avoid sunburn on your child's neck, the flap sun hat is a summer and holiday essential. It's available in lots of fabulous prints that coordinate with many of JoJo's swimwear styles too!

Review: "Wonderful hat, absolutely worth the cost. Fits my 13 month old like a glove (I ordered 1-2yrs), it covers his ears and neck and stays in place perfectly, never moves down over his eyes, so he's way less likely to take it off. It's snug but not at all too tight, stays on in the wind and It's so easy to put on and adorable too. Can't recommend it enough!"

With 100 per cent cotton this hat is breathable and will keep your baby protected from the sun. The wide brim completely covers your baby's head, face and neck. A drawstring strap will stop them from pulling it off every two seconds, and there are loads of patterns to choose from.

Review: "Lovely little hat. Stays on our 18-month-old's head for more than five minutes and looks very well made with a breathable lining."

This sunhat also doubles up as a swim cap! Made of UV-protective fabric with a peak at the front and flap at the back to protect the back of the neck, your tot will be safe from the sun even when they're swimming. 

Available in a range of colours including blues, greens and stripes.

Review: "Perfect for on the beach or splashing around in a paddling pool. There is a headband slightly hidden on the inside which is perfect for making sure the hats stay on."

This hat comes in loads of patterns and styles but our favourite has to be this stylish soft denim with stars. With a wide brim to protect baby's neck and a chin strap to keep it in place, this baby sunhat is ideal for the beach, days at the park or wherever your adventures take you. An internal sweatband keeps baby cool and comfortable. It's also packable for easy storage and travel.

Review: "Honestly the cutest little thing! It fits great (although my son fights it off!) it’s good quality material and for the price it’s such a good buy."

We love the print on this Keppi style flat peak sunhat. The velcro straps to the side mean you can roll up the long neck, or leave it down if the sun gets too strong. 

Review: "Great sun protection! Would be great if they had more options of the design."

Kids can enjoy plenty of outdoor play in this pure cotton sun hat. Designed for all-over coverage, this style has a peaked cap and a panel to cover the neck. The fun print features different sea creatures, plus it's made from UPF 50+ Sun Smart fabric, endorsed by the British Skin Foundation. 

Review: "Great design and colourful, fun fabric and most importantly a great fit with excellent cover and protection from the sun."

Keep your little one shielded on sunny days with this adorable sun hat. Made from soft blue cotton, it comes with a visor and a flap to protect baby's eyes and delicate skin from the sun's rays. This hat is finished with a smiley shark face and 3D fin for a cute finishing touch.


Having worked across a variety of magazines, on topics from food to travel to horses, Stephanie now works as a Digital Writer for Mother&Baby online. 

She loves taking her lurcher puppy Moss for long walks in the country, and spending time with her niece and two nephews. In her spare time she writes fiction books and enjoys baking (her signature bake is lemon drizzle cake).

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