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The Cutest, Most Practical Sun Hats for Kids & Babies

Summer is the season of tradeoffs. We’re thrilled to bring our kids outside to play, and so happy to be out there with them. And yet we seem to have traded battles over shoes and jackets for wars over sunblock and hats. Over the years, we’ve come to realize that having a few favorite options of summer hats makes kids a little more likely to be happy to choose one.

This may take a bit of trial and error: Is your kid a big floppy hat type or strictly a baseball-cap wearer? Will they proudly sport a dapper straw hat, or toss it on the ground the first chance they get? Do they go for scary sharks or sweet strawberries? Fortunately, there are so many to choose from that no child needs to be squinting at the sun.

We also love that many kids’ summer hats come with built-in SPF protection. Even when you’re very good about slathering on the sunblock, water and sweat can often undo your hard work without you realizing it. While kids do seem to heal so quickly from sunburns, sun damage today can affect them into adulthood. According to the CDC, all it takes is a few serious sunburns in childhood to increase a person’s chance of skin cancer later on.

Also, these hats for kids are inexpensive and so darn adorable, you don’t need those scary facts to spur on this virtual shopping trip.

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