However, the sun is a well-known concern up North, other places in the world are starting to share concerns about UV rates as well. Luckily there are many products out there to protect our families from the harmful UV rays. One product that can’t be missed in the wardrobe is a cute but effective baby sun hat to keep our little ones safe and happy.
Where we live there is a rule that most daycare’s and schools follow: ‘No hat, no Play’! We live in Tropical North Queensland Australia, also known as the sunshine state. It is beautiful to live in a tropical climate but the sun is a there to watch out for.
I know from experience it is the worst feeling when they got sunburned! We do everything as a parent to avoid this happening wherever possible.
Starting good habits at a young age is such a great advantage as they will be used to wearing a hat growing up.
I would like to write this article about sun hats as it is such a relevant topic for us in our day to day life.
Keep our babies sun safe
Babies’ skin is very delicate and we should try to be in the shade as much as we can.
Ideally avoid direct sunlight on babies’ skin for the first 12 months, (I know this is easier said than done though)!
It is recommended to avoid using suncream on babies’ for the first 6 months as their skin is so sensitive and absorbent.
Babies’ skin is a lot thinner especially on the head, neck and ears which makes them more vulnerable to sun damage.
When choosing an everyday baby sun hat it is important to keep in mind the following to stay sun smart.
- Make sure that the hat is comfortable to wear.
- Babies hat has to be breathable enough to stay cool.
- Make sure the hat has an effective design with a wide brim, a bucket or legionnaire.
- Check the material, some hats are made from a lower UPF+such as UPF+15 what still gives good protection while there are options as well with UPF+ 50 offering great protection. Ideally, you should always aim for a minimum of UPF+30
- Roll model around your children by wearing your hat.
- A good choice for a baby would be a soft legionnaire hat. Ideally with options where you can tie it at the crown and tie it under the neck. If your babies sun hat has a long strap or toggle, place the strap at the back of the neck and cut it to size. Make sure babies have a safety snap and the strap can’t become a choking hazard.
- for Infants 0 – 1 year the sizing and directions for sun-safe hats the following guidelines, 41-43 cm headwear size, broad-brimmed or bucket brimmed keep a minimum of 5 centimetres for the brim width.
You recognise a bucket hat by its downward-sloping brim. Mainly cotton fabrics get used for the bucket hat such as denin which is a sturdy cotton. Otherwise, tweed gets used often, a roughly woven heavy wool
The wide brim should be wide enough to provide shade for babies’ face. Some hats are coming with UPF+material, try to find a hat with a minimum of upf+30.
The angle brim should provide sufficient shade for the ears and neck and face.
Make sure the material is soft enough to be comfortable for baby at the back when sitting down.
The legionnaire hat is a good sun-safe option. The neck is protected by the flap at the back. The ears should fall under the flap as well. The side flap provides sufficient shade for babies’ collarbone and shoulders. The front brim should offer enough shade for babies’ face.
Make sure that the material is soft enough so it is comfortable at the back for baby when baby sits down.
Swim hats are made from quick-drying material and if you have a better quality variation they often are chloride resistant so the material colours stay nice even after swimming in chlorinated water. Often the higher quality hats are salt resistant as well. The better quality swim hats are UPF+ rated, for better protection aim for UPF +50
The brims of the hat should offer sun protection to the face, ears and neck.
As earlier mentioned the brim should be a minimum of 5 centimetres for infants 0-1 and up till the age of 8. Over the age of 8, there is a recommendation of a 6-centimetre brim.
While the brim of the bucket head is more of a downward drop, the broad-brimmed hat is more horizontally.
Again aim for a material with a minimum of UPF +30 if you are looking for proper sun protection but ideally UPF+50.
The broad-brimmed hat is another great option for the baby.
Sunsafe growing up.
There are several hats for different occasions and of course, it is relevant where you are located in the world to take appropriate measures. There are options like a baseball cap that may be suitable for some occasions like an event where a broad-brimmed had would be uncomfortable, but be aware only the face will be shaded while neck and ears are still exposed to the sun.
If you choose a material for babies’ sun hat be aware that the UPF+ rating refers to not only the material but also the design from the hat.
Always use sun-safe water resistant suncream. Try to hang out in the shade as much as you can, especially around the midday hours.
Last but not least, (this is a note to me), one of the best things we can do for our little ones is roll modelling good habits, they don’t do what we say, but they do what we do!
‘Monkey do, what monkey see’.
Furthermore, let’s enjoy our beautiful sun safely with our families and let’s buy heaps of nice cute but sun-safe hats for our little people and ourselves.
Thank you for reading, I truly appreciate it and please comment below or email any tips or feedback of your experiences enjoying our sunny outside lifestyle happily and safely.
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