Stay Cool and Covered: The Best Summer Hats for Northern BC Kids

by Bailey Bouwman

 Are you gearing up for a summer full of outdoor adventures with your little ones? It's amazing, as soon as the weather creeps about 5C, and the sunshine goes all day - y'all have been in looking for kids summer hats. It doesn't matter that there's feet of snow on the ground - it's time for summer hat season (and tackling mosquitos)

You don't forget to pack the most essential summer accessory for your child - a good hat! You need it for daycare, you need it for home, and you'll need it for your next trip to the lake. You'll even need it for your next weekend trip from Prince George. 

But we know, finding a hat that your kid actually wants to wear and that fits them properly can be a real challenge. That's why we're here to introduce you to some of our favourite summer hat options that are both stylish and functional. Plus, we'll give you some tips on how to choose the right hat for your child's needs. So, let's get ready to keep those little heads cool and protected all summer long!

The Problem with Kids' Hats

Finding the perfect summer hat for your child can be a challenge. Kids can be picky and often don't like the feeling of something on their head. This can make it difficult to find a hat that they will actually wear.

Even when you do find a hat that your child likes, it may not fit properly or stay on their head. This is especially true for younger children who may have a harder time keeping a hat on or adjusting it themselves.

One of the most important features to look for in a kids' hat is adjustability. A hat that can be tightened or loosened to fit your child's head will not only ensure a comfortable fit but will also help keep the hat in place.

In the next section, we'll introduce you to Jan & Jul summer hats, which are known for their adjustable features and comfortable fit. These have been a long time favourite of my family because they stay on! I had the opportunity to write a blog review when I was a mom blogger about the Jan & Jul hat. 

Introducing Jan & Jul Summer Hats

Jan & Jul offers a variety of different summer hats that are perfect for your little ones. From the cotton adventure hat, cotton floppy hat, and cotton bucket hat to the sun soft baby cap and kids packable hiking hat, there's something for everyone.

The cotton adventure hat is a customer favorite, thanks to its wide brim and long flap at the back for neck protection. It's perfect for outdoor adventures and comes in a variety of colors to match any outfit.

Adventure Hat

The cotton floppy hat is a personal favorite of mine. It has a wide brim that provides plenty of shade and is adjustable for a comfortable fit. It's also made from 100% cotton, making it lightweight and breathable. This is the hat that we have predominately had with our kids, ever since 2017 blog. 

The cotton bucket hat is a classic style that never goes out of fashion. It's perfect for protecting your child's face and head from the sun and is available in a variety of colors and patterns.

The sun soft baby cap is a must-have for any newborn. It's made from soft and stretchy fabric, making it comfortable for your baby to wear all day. It also has a tie for the chin, ensuring a secure fit.

Jan & Jul's Xplorer Caps feature breathable, lightweight cotton and come in a variety of fun prints designed in-house. Available in sizes from 6 months to 12 years, each cap has 50+ UPF sun protection and an adjustable snap at the back for long-lasting wear.

Lastly, the kids packable hiking hat is perfect for on-the-go adventures. It's lightweight, easy to pack, and has an adjustable strap for a comfortable fit.

At Nest & Sprout, we carry Jan & Jul summer hats, and our customers love them. In fact, we recently received positive feedback from a customer who purchased a Jan & Jul hat for her children. She loved the adjustable features, and her children found the hats comfortable to wear.

Introduction Current Tyde Hats

Introducing Current Tyde Hat,Made in the Shae'd Waterproof Snapback Hat - the perfect combination of style and function, designed to be worn in and out of the water.

Made from 100% waterproof nylon, these custom caps come in a structured ball cap design with a flat brim and snapback closure. The inside features a cotton canvas sweatband for added comfort and fit. Plus, all sizes come with a removable nylon chin strap with plastic toggle to keep the hat in place, and a breakaway clip for safety.

Current Tyde snapbacks offer:

  • Waterproof 100% nylon construction, perfect for in and out of the water
  • Flat brim 5-panel classic design with adjustable snapback
  • Stay-on nylon neck strap with adjustable toggle (added breakaway for safety)
  • Thick cotton sweatband for all-day comfort
  • Designed in Vancouver, Canada, in three colors that seamlessly match their full run

The Made in the Shae'd Waterproof Snapback Hat  come in three convenient sizes to fit infants to adults, ensuring that every member of the family can enjoy stylish and functional hats. The small size comes with the strap sewn on, while the medium and large sizes come with the strap looped through and tied inside for easy removal. The XL size does not come with a strap.

Our personal experience with Current Tyde Made in the Shae'd Waterproof Snapback Hat has been excellent. The waterproof construction ensures that our kids can play in the water without worrying about their hats getting soaked. The adjustable snapback and neck strap allow for a comfortable and secure fit, while the breakaway clip provides peace of mind for safety-conscious parents.

 Tips for Choosing the Right Summer Hat

When it comes to choosing a summer hat for your child, there are a few factors to consider to ensure the perfect fit and maximum sun protection. Here are some tips to help you choose the right summer hat:

  1. Material: Look for hats made from lightweight, breathable materials such as cotton, which will keep your child's head cool and comfortable in hot weather.
  2. Size: Make sure to choose the correct size for your child's head. A hat that is too small will be uncomfortable, while a hat that is too large will fall off easily.
  3. Style: Choose a style that your child will feel comfortable wearing. Bucket hats, snapbacks, and wide-brimmed hats all offer different levels of sun protection and comfort, so find one that works for your child's needs.
  4. Sun protection: Look for hats that offer UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of 50+ to protect your child's delicate skin from harmful UV rays.
  5. Fit: Choose a hat with an adjustable strap or chin strap to ensure a comfortable and secure fit. This will help prevent the hat from falling off or sliding around during outdoor activities

Aside from Jan & Jul and Current Tyed, another great brand to consider is Headster hats. Headster hats offer a range of fun and stylish designs for kids of all ages, and their hats are made from lightweight and breathable materials with adjustable straps for a comfortable fit. Plus, their hats are all rated with a UPF 50+ sun protection.

Stay Cool and Safe this Summer with the Best Hats for Kids!

Choosing the right summer hat for your child can be a challenge, but with the right information and guidance, you can make an informed decision that keeps your child protected and comfortable.

Remember to consider factors such as material, size, and sun protection when choosing a hat, and don't be afraid to experiment with different brands and styles until you find the perfect fit for your child. If you're local to us, we love visitors and you can definitely check out the hats in person and confirm they fit before you buy. 

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