10 Best Baby Hats Reviewed for Warmth & Comfort in 2018

Whether your affinity to hats for your baby comes from a desire to keep them warm and cozy or just a love for infant fashion statements, hats are part of most newborn wardrobes. They serve a variety of purposes and come in plenty of sizes, shapes, materials, and styles — So many, in fact, that it can be challenging to figure out which one your baby needs. There are hats out there for just about any situation, weather condition, and season, and while it’s debated whether or not babies actually need them, there’s no denying that every parent should have a hat on-hand, just in case. Hats can be useful when traveling to and from the car, walking around outside, or on super cold days when you might notice your baby being a bit more fussy than usual. Regardless of when your child wears their hat, there are plenty of things to consider and plenty of options, many of which you’ll find right on this list.

From newborn beanie hats to proper winter protection, we’ve found it all and provided on the best of options when it comes to those chilly months. As opposed to other pieces of clothing, hats are designed to fit snuggly and comfortably on your child’s head without moving around or feeling restrictive. While jackets, gloves or mittens, and snowsuits might feel overwhelming to them, hats are a nice way to keep them warm without a feeling of being stuffy or hot. Hats are also an adorable way for your baby to look a little stylish and chic while having a perfectly reasonable explanation for wearing a hat. Warth is important for a newborn as is being protected from the elements, and the hats we’ve chosen are all wonderful options for addressing both of these issues.

10 Best Baby Hats Reviewed

 

1. Bienvenu Unisex Winter

1. Bienvenu Unisex Winter
This hat is so adorable, you might end up looking for one for yourself. Unfortunately, it only comes in baby sizes -- But we're sure your baby will be plenty happy about that when they're all warm and toasty.
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We have finally outdone ourselves when it comes to the cutest products for your baby. This Bienvenu Winter Hood Hat is perfect for girls and boys and is knit with a blend of cotton and acrylic material to provide both warmth and structure when it comes to wearing it throughout the winter months. It's designed to be in the shape of a puppy which means, of course, that any child will love wearing it! The sizing makes it versatile for both babies as well as toddlers and since it fits right over their head, it'll be easy to keep on and protect every exposed part of skin excluding their face. There's no denying that this is an adorable way to keep your baby warm and cozy during chilly winter days but it's also great for holiday photos and get-togethers.

Benefits
The adjustable sizing helps to ensure that this hat will fit a plethora of age groups. It's designed to fit well without being too snug or restrictive, especially since it covers the neck as well. It can also be tucked into a jacket easily, preventing kids from ripping it off while they're outdoors.

What We Like About It
The fun design of this hat lends itself to be enjoyed by all ages and will encourage your kids to wear it, if only because it's fun! It's a great way to get them to wear a hat outdoors without pushing them to wear something that's boring or uncomfortable.
Pros

Adorable design

Comes in nine color options

Knit with a mostly cotton blend material

Ideal for harsh winter climates

Can be worn both indoors and out

Cons

The colors depicted in the pictures might be slightly off

2. Gerber Girls' 5 Pack

2. Gerber Girls' 5 Pack
These are typical of what your newborn would probably leave the hospital with but the good news? Gerber makes them much cuter and specifically for girls!
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These types of caps are much more traditional and often what parents think of when it comes to finding an appropriate hat for their baby. It's typical of what they'd be sent home from the hospital with and serves a simple purpose: To keep your newborn's head warm and prevent them from losing heat. Since newborns need a bit of extra help in that area, these cap-style hats are helpful to maintain heat and prevent them from getting a chill while outdoors or laying down. The caps are also commonly used when putting a baby to sleep since they'll remain in place and won't move around very much while your baby is asleep. Additionally, they can be worn throughout the day and won't cause discomfort because they're stretchy, comfortable, and minimal in the sense that they're made from a flexible, irritation-free material.

Benefits
Hats such as these are the least likely to make your baby fussy because they're snug yet breathable. The design is incredibly simple while still being cute and they do their job in keeping your child's head nice and warm.

What We Like About It
Having a five-pack of hats has its advantages, one of which being that you'll likely always have one that's clean and ready to go. Additionally, you can keep one in the car and one in your diaper bag so that you're never without a way to keep your child warm.
Pros

Comfortable, flex fit

Comes in a pack of five

Trusted brand

Breathable material

Basic design reduces irritation

Cons

The sizing is slightly off and might be small for babies with larger heads

3. Gerber Boys' 5 Pack

3. Gerber Boys' 5 Pack
Don't worry, you're not seeing double -- This five-pack of boys' caps by Gerber are just like the ones for girls and boast the same stellar quality and head-warming properties.
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Since we included Gerber Baby hats for girls, you know we had to give a shout out to the boys as well! These hats are identical to the caps for girls except for the fact that they come in varying shades of blue. Each hat is made of cotton and designed for a comfortable fit. They're appropriate for traveling outdoors as well as wearing inside the house and throughout the day. Additionally, they're good for newborns as well as babies who are several months old and are especially fitting for babies who can be fussy about the clothing that they wear. These hats are traditionally minimal and won't cause any discomfort, they're even great for sleeping in and during naptime.

Benefits
Gerber is a well-trusted brand that knows exactly what babies need. They make it their mission to create products that are high quality but also comfortable and functional, like these caps.

What We Like About It
You'll get plenty of mileage out of these caps while your baby is growing. They're designed for babies up to six months of age which means from the moment they're born until they're at least half a year old, they'll be able to gain something from wearing this cap.
Pros

Comfortable cotton material

Varying colors

Flexible fit

Great for babies up to six months

Minimal with little discomfort while wearing

Cons

Might run small for babies over three months

4. oenbopo Winter Warm Knit

4. oenbopo Winter Warm Knit
Winter is great for tons of things, the cutest of all being that it's a totally appropriate time to wear pom hats. This one is cute but will also do wonders to help your baby maintain their body temperature on chilly days.
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Knitted hats are coming back into style and the same goes for beanie-style hats such as this one by oenbopo. In addition to being one of the cutest things we've seen, this hat offers warmth in spades. Each hat is knit in a traditional fashion and finished off with a tiny pom that adorns the top of each. The yarn used helps to keep your baby's head fully-covered and warm even in the most extreme of weather. It's perfect for families who live in a northern climate and find that regular caps just simply don't cut it, as this hat is much thicker and will provide protection from wind as well as frigid temperatures. Each beanie is created with the same knit pattern which makes it stylish as well as functional and at a price that's very affordable. Any baby would look adorable in a hat such as this and you'll be reassured as a parent knowing that your baby is warm and cuddly-cozy.

Benefits
Each hat comes with a choice of six different color options, each just as vibrant and pretty as the next. This would make for a wonderful gift as well for any parent-to-be who is expecting and in need of warm clothes for their baby.

What We Like About It
The traditional knitted design of this beanie makes it seem much more mature than a traditional baby cap. It adds a level of elegance and chic flair to any winter outfit.
Pros

Knit design encourages warmth

Great for retaining heat

Perfect for harsh winter months

Beautiful design

Great as a gift

Cons

The pom has a tendency to fall off

5. N'Ice Caps Sherpa Lined

5. N'Ice Caps Sherpa Lined
A Sherpa is a great option to keep the winter wind and frigid temperatures from affecting your baby. It's a practical hat that also happens to be incredibly adorable and this one is even lined with fleece.
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Talk about options! This hat and mitten set is another great choice for families who live in areas that have harsh winters. The hat itself is in a sherpa-style design which means it has earflaps in order to shield your baby's ears from the harsh winds that accompany cold winters. This hat comes with a welcome, surprise, however -- It's a matching set! You'll find that the most adorable pair of mittens also comes with this fleece-lined hat and they feature the same great quality that the hat boasts. You'll have a choice of 19 different design options for your little one and with the accompanying pair of mittens, they'll be toasty warm all winter long.

Benefits
This sherpa has an adjustable velcro strap to ensure that it remains in place on your child's head in all types of weather. Additionally, the mittens are designed with flexible elastic so that they stay in place as well... Everything has truly been well-thought-out when it came to the design of this winter-wear set.

What We Like About It
This set is the perfect gift for multiple reasons, but one of the best is that it's totally baby-proof. The adjustable velcro keeps kids from ripping their hat off while the elastic mittens keep them in place as well.
Pros

Useful in colder climates

Completely fleece-lined

Adjustable velcro on the hat

Includes mittens

19 designs to choose from

Cons

Only comes in one size

6. N'Ice Caps Lined Fleece

6. N'Ice Caps Lined Fleece
Fleece is a good thing, especially when it comes to preventing your little one from being cold. These hats are great in snow, rain, and just about anything else winter brings with it.
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Although this set has only 15 options to choose from (as if that's still not a world of a decision!) it's just as good quality is the prior set that we've listed. This hat style differs a bit in the sense that it's a little more lightweight and breathable than the last one. This set will surely keep your baby warm with no problems and is ideal for chilly weather locations or anywhere that experiences a normal winter. While it might become too hot if worn inside, it boasts a soft fleece lining that will break the wind and ensure that your child is just as cozy outside as they are inside. The mittens that come with this set have the same interior-lined fleece and will keep your child's hands nice and warm in the snow, rain, or frigid temperatures. This set comes in two different sizes which allow for a bit more sizing versatility and help to provide a proper fit for your little one.

Benefits
This ski hat has a bit of a different closure than the previous hat by N'Ice as well; it has a hook and loop chin strap that is also adjustable but provides a solid fit that bridges the gap in between several sizes. Your child won't have any issue keeping this on their head no matter how windy it might be outside.

What We Like About It
You can really tell that care has been taken to design these hats from the inside out. Each one feature an interior that's absolutely perfect when it comes to fall and winter since kids are active year-round and need protection from the cold that's efficient and comfortable.
Pros

Includes a mitten set

15 different styles to choose from

Adjustable hook and loop closure

Fleece-lined

Two sizes to choose from

Cons

The material is thinner than some expected

7. N'Ice Caps Little Girls

7. N'Ice Caps Little Girls
While the flower detail on this hat doesn't help to keep your little girl warm, the fleece lining certainly does! These hats are chic, stylish, and perfect for your baby.
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Flowers make everything better, right? This adorable set from N'Ice is the feminine version of the previously-listed hats with a slight change in design. These hats are sure to be well-loved by any little girl and would make a perfect starter set or even a gift to the expecting parent. If flowers aren't necessarily your thing, there are 11 options total to choose from in order to find the perfect set for your little girl. Each hat and mitten is lined with fleece to keep your child as warm as possible as well as comfortable through those long winter days. The mittens feature a tiny elastic band on the interior in order to keep them in place while your child is playing and the hat is adjustable with a hook and loop enclosure, similar to the other hats by N'Ice. The thumbless mittens allow for full mobility within them and won't make your child feel as though her hands are cramped up and clammy from being inside fleece-lined gloves for a long time. All in all, this set just screams winter and it's one of our favorites.

Benefits
The little chic touches that have been added to this set are something that we missed in the sets for boys. Any girl would be thrilled to have this as part of her winter wardrobe, not to mention, she'll be super warm, too!

What We Like About It
The fleece outside makes the entire set that much more comfortable and winter-proof. It's important for your child to feel as though they can brave the cold but it's also important that they're comfortable wearing winter accessories that are soft and cozy over longer periods of time.
Pros

Completely fleece-lined

Comes in 11 different designs

Features a cute flower detail

Hook and loop closure makes for easy adjusting of the chinstrap

Girly and chic

Cons

There could be more sizing options available

8. DRESHOW BQUBO Hospital

8. DRESHOW BQUBO Hospital
It's just as important for newborns to be kept warm via hats as it is for older children and adults. This hat is perfect for leaving the hospital and all the months following.
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For newborns, the trip from the hospital to the car and to their home is a maiden voyage. On this trip, they'll be exposed to things they've never had to experience before such as weather and temperature changes. They've just spent nine months in their mother's womb and aren't used to drastic changes in the atmosphere, especially like the ones that accompany a winter's day. That's why hats such as these can be so imperative when it comes to bringing your newborn home. If you're expecting, a newborn hospital hat should definitely be on your list of things to have. DRESHOW BQUBO has created an adorable option for expecting parents -- this cap features a big bow on top that helps to add a bit of stretch and comfort to what would otherwise be a very boring beanie. Don't worry, though... These hats come in plain, solid colors as well, just in case you're expecting a boy and want something a bit more understated, or don't like the idea of a bow on your little girl's hat.

Benefits
There are eight different options for this three-pack of hats, each one varying significantly from the last. They're all designed for comfort, breathability, and to provide a subtle warmth that's not too overwhelming for a newborn.

What We Like About It
The stretch fit is something that we find reassuring because no two babies have the same sized head. Having flexibility in the fit allows each hat to hug your baby's head, regardless of how big, or small, it might be while they're a newborn.
Pros

Eight different design styles

Breathable

Flexible enough to fit multiple head sizes

Unisex

Cute and chic

Cons

The bow weighs a bit heavy on the hat

9. XIAOHAWANG Cute Bear

9. XIAOHAWANG Cute Bear
Earflaps make the world go 'round, right? Well, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration -- But they do make this crocheted hat extra comfortable and warm!
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With ten color options to choose from, it's hard to decide which of these beanies is cuter. These are perfect for babies who tend to get chilly and need a bit more than the standard newborn caps. The addition of earflaps helps to prevent tiny ears from getting cold and will be an asset on days when the windchill is nearly unbearable or in snowy weather. The hats themselves are fairly lightweight considering their knitted design and are made out of 100% organic cotton, making them somewhat eco-friendly as well. Sizing isn't something to stress over with these beanies since they're crocheted with a flexible cotton that allows for a proper stretch in order to fit most head sizes. However, for a true fit, sizing is available in three options all the way up to babies who are just over a year old.

Benefits
A crocheted beanie not only looks stunning on a baby, but it provides warmth like you wouldn't believe. The addition of ear flaps does wonders in the way of comforting your baby when you have no choice but to take them outdoors and can really make a difference in their comfort during winter.

What We Like About It
This beanie can be easily tied with the strings that hang down from it and in the event that your baby happens to be a chewer, rest assured that this hat has been designed in the safest way possible. There are no azo-dyes and it's also free of chemicals that can cause irritation.
Pros

Organic cotton

Free of harsh chemicals and dyes

Features an adjustable chin strap

Comfortable and warm

The addition of ear flaps is great for windy areas

Cons

The hat sizing runs small

10. REDESS Boy Fleece Lined

10. REDESS Boy Fleece Lined
We'd love to have one of these for ourselves but we'd love even more for your baby to have one. These hats are fleece-lined and knit, making them the perfect addition to any winter wardrobe.
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These fleece-lined hats are made so well that they almost look like adult beanies. You'll have a variety of options when it comes to REDESS, including different colors as well as the size of the variety pack you'll get. It's an intended one size fits all and stretches enough to fit babies as well as toddlers, meaning you'll get plenty of mileage out of these winter beanies. Each one is knit carefully in order to provide a beanie that's warm, comfortable, and will last for years to come. They're eco-friendly and lightweight so that your baby will barely know they're wearing something that's designed to keep their head warm. All they'll know is that they're warm, cozy, and ready to take on the winter!

Benefits
REDESS is so confident in their beanie products that they guarantee 100% of your money back if you're not satisfied with your purchase for some reason. This is the kind of reassurance and quality that we look for in a brand, especially when it comes to babies.

What We Like About It
It's rare that you find beanies that are eco-friendly as well as comfortable and warm, and REDESS offers all three. These are hats that you can feel good about choosing as well as feel good about putting on your baby.
Pros

Eco-friendly and high-quality

Comfortable and good at retaining heat

Cute crochet design

One size fits most

Comes in several colors and variety options

Cons

They don't fit very well on toddlers

Criteria Used in the Evaluation of the Best Baby Hats

You might be thinking that because you don’t live in a snowy, wintery environment, hats aren’t necessary for your baby. While caps for newborns are important as they leave the hospital and necessary while traveling to and from the car, there are plenty more hats that are deserving of your attention as a parent. You can easily find hats that are in all styles and created for a variety of ages from newborn all the way up to toddlers. We’ve included a great mix of both on this list and have been careful to choose only the highest quality hats that will also last the longest. Let us tell you a bit more about this process.

Hats are increasing in popularity not just among children, but amongst adults as well. Within recent years, designers have put forth the effort to take a second look at traditional cap-style hats and revive hat culture for kids in order to provide other fun and stylish options. While this was excellent for the sake of our research, we also had to keep in mind the real reason we were seeking out the best hats: To provide comfort and warmth for your baby which would improve their overall health. Therefore, we started our research journey bt first evaluating which hats would be the most comfortable. When it comes to babies and children in general, comfort is first and foremost a key factor. If an item of clothing isn’t comfortable, then children won’t want to wear it and it will be a wasted endeavor no matter how many times you try. We looked for hats that were insulated in addition to lightweight because we didn’t want them to be too heavy, but still needed them to be warm. The style had to be conducive to a baby’s head as they’re still developing and growing, meaning it had to have enough stretch without being too tight or loose enough that it fell off easily.

Once we had established guidelines for comfort and level of heat that would be retained, we looked for versatility. Being able to go out in inclement weather while keeping your baby warm is something that many parents do worry about. In order to address this, we found hats that were perfect for outdoor wear as well as indoor wear. You’ll notice that some hats on this list are specifically designed for outdoor use and is much more of a rugged, full-coverage style, while others are designed more for inside, all-day use. We included some diversity on our list because as the weather changes, so do the clothing needs of children. We found that the best way to provide as many options as possible was to structure our list in just this way.

Additionally, the style was somewhat of a factor in our criteria. If we were already creating a list of the most comfortable and well-made hats, we figured why not throw in some that are adorable as well as functional? In today’s day and age, with so many options, it’s relatively easy to side with hats that have a great look to them and are also high quality. We saw it fitting to choose products that babies would be happy to wear and were totally Instagram-worthy, because here at Borncute, we know that pictures are everything when it comes to capturing the cuteness of your little one.

Additional Factors to Consider: Does Your Newborn Need a Hat?

Technically, hats are not part of the required wear of newborns. In the hospital, you’ll usually find your baby wearing one in order to keep them warm when they’re not being held or are sleeping. Babies should be kept warm during their first few weeks of life but it’s not a requirement that this is done via a hat. Body warmth does enough to regulate both your baby’s temperature as well as their hormones. However, hats can be helpful in comforting your baby and helping them maintain heat since a large portion of body heat does escape through our heads. It is especially important to make sure that your baby is wearing a hat when it’s cold whether it be inside the house or outside, as they’ll lose body heat rather quickly without it. Once inside, it’s your call as to whether or not you want your baby to continue wearing their hat. We’ve provided options to fit both of these scenarios.

How to Determine Whether Your Baby is Too Hot or Cold

Don’t worry — Babies aren’t easy and it’s okay to not be certain of things, such as whether your baby is feeling too hot or cold. Since they can’t speak or dress yet, it’s up to you to determine what they need. By feeling your baby’s hands and feet, you can get a basic idea of their body temperature and whether they need a little extra coverage or if it’s time to remove some layers. If your baby feels a bit chilly and their skin is slightly blotchy, that’s an indication that they’re colder than normal. If the result is the opposite and they’re warm to the touch and restless, this is usually a pretty good indicator that they’re too hot and need some breathability.

Why is Temperature So Extreme for Newborns?

This can be explained very easily. While inside the womb, babies are used to their bodies as well as their environment being regulated by mom’s internal body temperature. Through the process of homeostasis, babies are kept in a constant temperature for nine months without the fear of being too hot or being too cold. Once they’re born, this all changes very quickly. The presence of warmth is no longer something that they’re receiving automatically which is why it’s important to provide it for them, whether via a hat or other means. Body heat is the most comforting form of warmth, but a few extra layers don’t hurt when the weather is chilly outside. Due to the surface areas that babies have and the fact that they likely won’t have hair yet and have slightly enlarged heads, regulating their body temperature takes much more work than it does as they get older. This is where hats come in to save the day and provide a constant temporary source of heat retainment.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If a hat is slightly too big for my baby, will it still work?

A: As with any clothing, we recommend seeking the correct size to fit your child. However, in the event that your baby is between sizes, a hat will still provide some warmth but the issue you’ll likely have is that it won’t sit securely on their head. Take care to not let their hat slip down into their face either, as this could be very problematic as well.

Q: Can these be machine-washed?

A: Yes, most of these hats unless otherwise specified can easily be thrown in the washing machine. When drying, take care to use the “low” setting to avoid shrinking or deterioration of the hat’s materials.

Q: Are they safe for babies to sleep in?

A: We’d recommend going with a cap-style hat, similar to what your baby will likely come home from the hospital with. Other hats on this list can be too thick and heavy and will only cause babies to overheat rather than help to maintain their internal temperature.

Q: Are they unisex?

A: Yes, most of these hats can be purchased for either a boy or a girl — There is no reason they can’t be worn by either gender.

Q: Could my toddler wear a hat like this or will it be too small?

A: To answer that, it’s best to check the sizing on the particular hat in question. For the most part, these hats have a bit of stretch, but make sure to check the measurement specifications before purchasing for an older child.

Q: Can they be worn outdoors in the snow or rain?

A: All the hats that are designed for outdoor use are specified in the summaries of each. Most hats are perfectly acceptable winter-wear.