From newborn to grade school age, hats are a wise accessory for children. Intense sun can cause sunburn, heat exhaustion, heat rash, and more, and children aren’t always the most diligent about reapplying their sunscreen. And when it gets cold out, a beanie keeps little heads warm. Newborns especially have trouble regulating their body temperature, so layering properly for the climate is a necessity.
But hats don’t have to feel like a chore. With so many styles and designs for sun hats, baseball caps, beanies, costume pieces, and more, you’ve got a whole world of style at your fingertips (and hairlines!). Whether you’re looking to keep everyone snugly tucked away during the nippy months, or trying to shield small faces from that pesky sun during the warmer seasons, we’ve got you covered.
On this page, you’ll find a spread of different styles, sizes, and functions. These top 10 hats are widespread favorites. We’ve made sure to pick designs appropriate for a whole range of different ages, and included some unisex options within the mix. Hats off to you, the parents making things happen for your little ones! (And then, hats back on, unless you’re indoors. We know the etiquette.)
The Best Baby and Kids Hats Reviewed in 2018
Criteria Used In Evaluation of the Best Baby & Kids Hats
Sizes for Hats
The most-asked question of potential buyers of these hats concerned the correct size for a child of a certain age. We give the offered sizes for the appropriate ages when it was given by the manufacturer unless the item only had one size available.
It is hard to be precise with size, especially for kids who are constantly growing. It is hard to judge with certainty which size would fit a child without trying them on first, but the best thing to do is to measure the child’s head and purchase according to the sizes listed.
Some of the manufacturers list size by age and others just say whether they are small, medium, or large. Use your best judgment and try to buy a bit larger so the kid can possibly grow into it and use the hat for a few years.
The sun hats, baseball caps, and trucker’s hats to name a few are all adjustable with drawstrings or bands that allow size alterations. The winter knit caps are all mostly stretchable so they can be worn multiple years. The thin baby hats are all stretchable and should fit most if not all baby head sizes.
Every hat listed serves a great purpose. Some of them, such as the newborn knit caps are needed quite often and all year-round.
Kids should learn at an early age to protect their face, head, ears, and neck from the sun and cold. Wearing hats will come naturally this way and they will be comfortable wearing them as adults.
It is easier to go without a hat, especially when we do not immediately feel the harm the cold or sun is doing to our face and head. We do know the danger exists and it is real, so we must protect our kids from these threats.
Choices for Colors & Styles
Some of these hat selections had a huge assortment of colors to choose from, such as the baseball cap, beanies, bucket, and broad-brimmed hats. The knit beanie had possibly the largest selection of styles and color schemes with the baseball caps second with color choices.
Parents can purchase more than one color of an item, especially if they fit well and the child likes to wear the hat. With more selections for color, outfits can be matched and planned more accurately. Several of the offerings for baby knit caps come in a pack of three or five to a set, which makes outfit planning much easier and selection a breeze.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can the Sunday Afternoons hat be worn without the chin strap? What is the hat made of? Being that a few of the pictures show two colors, are these reversible?
A: Yes, this hat can be worn without the chin strap because it easily tucks away nicely into the hat. The materials it is made of are mesh and a lightweight nylon. No, the hat is not reversible.
Q: The Carhartt winter cap for kids has plenty of questions concerning size for different ages of children. What is a good guideline for sizes of this type of hat?
A: This particular cap comes in toddler, youth, and kid sizes. Although some kid’s heads are smaller or larger than regular-sized heads for their age, a good guideline to follow for most kids is toddler size for ages 1-3, kid size for ages 4-6, and youth size for ages 7-9. Again, this will vary among individuals, but it can be used as a general deciding aid when purchasing.