Top 10 Best Infant Sun Hats (...and WHY They're the Best...)
I must warn you. Most so-called infant sun hats out there are imposters. Wanna-be's. But you can reveal those hats that are the real deal with a simple three-question interrogation.
As I was flipping through the family calendar last week, I was shocked to see that the summer was quickly filling up.
Park play-dates, an office picnic, family reunion, several beach gatherings, and a camping adventure (wish me luck!)... Do you see the common denominator in all those?
They are all outside. And my infant Isabella will be dragged to every single one..
It was time to dive into the world of infant sun hats. So I started my quest for an adorable, yet functional, fuzz-head cover.
Wow. I didn't know what I was getting into. A search that should have taken 15-20 minutes used up an hour.
My Lauren with her first infant sun hat.
I was absolutely appalled at what constituted an infant sun hat. It was as if stores just take all their leftover head gear and renamed them "sun hats", in a last-ditch clearance effort.
Leftover Easter hats?
Nope! They're sun hats...with crochet holes in them. (Whaaaa? How does that work?)
Now there's nothing wrong with a little decoration. I'm all about the cuteness. However, these were clearly not created to
protect against the sun. These obvious fashion statements were being overpriced and sold as sun "solutions" when really a wet washcloth would have provided more protection.
It's Time To Fight Back
So I broke out the flood light and started some deep-interrogation on unsuspecting infant sun hats. Fool me on my first infant, shame on them. Fool me on the second baby, shame on me.
Fool me on my third...well that's just sad.
There are three things you're looking for in a quality infant sun hat. Here's what they are:
A wide brim. The wider the better.
Made from a lightweight quick-drying fabric like cotton, nylon or spandex. An extra bonus are those infant sun hats that
are UV resistant.
A chin strap to hold in place. Don't choose infant sun hats with a 1-piece chin strap. The strap can become a strangulation hazard for your active infant.
Look instead for two piece straps that meet in the center with velcro.
That's it. Yes, it's a short list. And yet so many so-called infant sun hats fail the test. Look carefully. If you're the "let me at 'em" online browser-type", then go out into the wide web
wonder and start your searching.
However, if you prefer the slash-and-grab approach to online shopping, I've listed what I consider the top 10 infant sun hats for infant girls and boys. All of these hats pass my three tests,
so, technically they're all No. 1...but where's the fun in that?
The Top 10 Infant Sun Hats for Girls and Boys
Reversible Floral Print Hat
This UPF+50 fabric bucket hat is reversible: beautiful floral print on one side, and a solid color with floral trim on the other. Comes in your choice of pink, blue, or purple. Has an
adjustable split chin strap and is water-friendly.
Reversible Leaf Toss Print Infant Hat
The reversible bucket hat shown here has the "leaf toss" pattern on one side, and a solid color on the other. Choose from red, blue, or green colors.
Pink Infant Sun Bonnet
Wonderful large brimmed sun hat with just the perfect floral touch, it's made of soft microfiber and is UPF 50+. Rated 5-stars and found only here.
Turtle and Plaid Boys Hats
With two impressive designs to choose from, these quality UPF 50+ hats are chlorine and fade resistant with adjustable bands to fit every head. And you can only find them here.
Denim Floppy Infant Hat
This stunning floppy-brimmed sunhat
is reversible, with a bold abstract purple floral print on the other side. This extra-wide brim style also comes in metallic
or pink floral prints.
Washable Baby Face Character Hat
Quick-drying cotton twill fabric, completely washable, and has a large brim to keep away UVA/UVB rays. Buy just the hat, or make it a set with matching bloomers, onesie, and quiltie jacket. Also comes in blue with a monkey and airplane applique.
This royal blue flap-hat is well-stitched in a nylon/spandex blend that will dry in minutes. It also has a UPF of 50+. Don't miss the matching trunks, top, and sandals listed at the bottom!
Cat Chasing a Butterfly SunHat
Precious little kitty and butterfly sunhat
is cotton twill with double straps and 95% protection. Part of a summer set of matching dresses, bloomers, onesies, and jacket. For heart-lovers, consider this applique hat set.
Another Rickshaw design with pure Indian cotton, this hat has dancing seahorses prancing all over the extra-wide brim. Firm, break-away velcro chin straps are definitely a big bonus.
Dora Legionnaire Infant Hat
Designed as a legionnaire hat, with fabric covering the sensitive skin on your infant's ears and neck, the fabric is UPF50+ for maximum UVA/UVB protection. Choose from Dora the Explorer,
or two Spongebob desgins.
Diego Legionnaire Infant Sun Hat
Similiar to the girl's version, with the same great waterproof fabric and 50+ rating, only this time choose from blue or white and Deigo or SpongeBob as a character print.
Embroidered White Floppy-Mopsy Hat
Customization is king with this classic design. Choose your embroidery in the shape of a flower or monkeys, or go
gender neutral with a fish or turtle. Chlorine and fade resistant and found exclusively in this store.
Embroidered White Flap Desert Hat
Take the classic Lawrence of Arabia style and tweak it with an embroidered shark, monkey, skull, and others. Microfiber makes it super soft, machine washable, and UPF 50+. But you can only catch this shark in this store.