Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Kid’s Sun Hat

A wide-brimmed hat can add another layer of protection from harmful UV rays.

Kid in sand on beach wearing sun hat.
Make sure the brim of a hat is broad enough to offer shade no matter the angle of the sun.Benjamin Carson

Skin damage caused by the sun is cumulative, so most parents go to great lengths to make sure their children remain shielded from the sun’s harmful rays during the hot months of the year. For additional protection, add a sun hat to their head. Modern designs use sun-blocking materials that help block out almost all damaging rays. Here’s what you need to know to find a lid that keeps the sun off your child’s skin.

i play. by green sprouts Baby Girls' Sun Hat
This model features a wicking liner to keep kids cool.i play. by green sprouts

Cotton is a great hat material because it’s cool and soft, but synthetic materials wick away moisture. Whichever you prefer, make sure it’s certified UPF 50+. UPF stands for ultraviolet protection factor and the number designated represents the ability of the fabric to protect skin from ultraviolet light. UPF 50 means only 1/50th of the sun’s UV radiation reaches skin. Hats with vented fabric on top allow air to circulate through, they also allow damaging rays to penetrate.

SwimZip Kid's Sun Hat - Wide Brim UPF 50+ Protection Hat for Baby, Toddler, Kids
This lid blocks 98 percent of all UVA and UVB cancer-causing rays.SwimZip

Look for brims that are 3-inches long at a minimum. However, for early and late in the day when the sun is at a steeper angle to a child’s face, a brim that’s 4-inches long or wider offers more protection. If the brim angles down, so much the better.

Durio Baby Sun Hat Summer Beach UPF 50+ Sun Protection Baby Boy Hats Toddler Sun Hats Cap for Baby Girl Kid Bucket Hat
Made of 100% cotton, this product also has an adjustable chin strap.Durio

Preventing hats from blowing off active kids is a challenge, so consider a sun hat with a hook and loop fastener or drawstring that cinches up and remains in place with a toggle.