Baby hats: your “safe summer” guide
Summer’s here, which means now is the time to pull out all of the cute little sun dresses, rompers, t-shirts and shorts you purchased for your little one. But don’t forget the baby hats!
But if your baby is quite young, you aren’t going to be able to slather on the sunscreen. Doctors recommend not putting sunscreen on children younger than 6 months.
So how can you keep your baby safe from the sun while enjoying summertime activities?
Keeping your baby out of the sun is obviously the best strategy. But that’s not always practical—most babies will get some sun time.
The answer? Baby hats!
Baby hats: fashionable and practical
Nothing is quite as cute as a tiny baby in a big, floppy hat, but actually, putting a hat on your baby is more than just a fashion statement. When worn with other sun-safe clothing, baby sun hats help keep the sun off of your baby’s delicate skin.
This is important because baby skin has very little melanin, the pigment that protects skin from sun damage. This pigment—responsible for tanned skin—reduces the risk of sun damage and painful sunburn. Babies don’t have it, so you need to take extra measures.
With a baby sun hat, your little one can look great while staying protected from the very real risk of UV ray exposure.
A, B and C—what you need to know about the sun
There are actually three kinds of UV rays that are lurking in the sun’s light. The bad news is baby hats will only protect against two of them. The good news is… Well, you’ll see.
UVA rays cause human skin to age and wrinkle. They’re a major cause of skin cancers like melanoma (see below). The ozone layer doesn’t stop them, so when we talk about protecting ourselves from the sun, we usually mean from UVA radiation.
UVB rays cause sunburns, cataracts and more, but they also contribute to skin cancer. Most are absorbed by the ozone layer, but enough get through to be harmful. That’s why it’s important, for example, to make sure baby’s sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB.
UVC rays are most dangerous of all—but thanks to the ozone layer we don’t have to worry about them. (See? We told you there was good news.)
Bottom line? If you and your baby are going to be out in the sun, stay safe.
Ways you can protect your baby from the sun
If you’re looking to protect your baby from the sun, common sense can be your greatest weapon. For example, keep baby indoors during mid-day, or—if you simply can’t escape the sun—seek shade under trees, umbrellas or tents.
When you’re dressing your baby, remember that dark, tightly woven clothes like cotton dresses or long-sleeved shirts and pants will best protect your little one from the sun. Wrap-around sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays are also helpful.
And don’t forget to give your baby a hat that shades the face, scalp, ears, and neck. Baby hats for the win!
Skin cancer is out there… Baby hats are a must!
When you’re holding your little baby in your arms and heading out for a day at the pool or beach, cancer is probably the last thing on your mind.
But it’s a real risk! Some research shows that sunburns earlier in life lead to a much higher risk of skin cancer later. Protecting your child is important, and baby hats are a key part of that protection.
Of particular danger is melanoma, the skin cancer that is the least common but the most deadly. Did you know…
Melanoma is the biggest cause by far of skin cancer deaths, and the most common skin cancer in children?
Whites are at 400% higher risk for melanoma than Hispanics and 20 times greater risk than African Americans.
Risk for melanoma doubles if a person has had more than five sunburns in his or her lifetime. (Seriously! Use a baby hat, moms and dads!)
Using sunscreen regularly halves the risk of developing melanoma. Remember the 30/30 rule: put at least SPF 30 on your baby 30 minutes before going outdoors.
Handsome baby boy hats for your little man
If you are the proud parent of a bouncing baby boy, you find a number of baby hat options available to you, each of which would be a stylish addition to your boy’s wardrobe. So cute you’ll want to eat your little guy up. See our gallery below for styles.
Cute baby girl hats that say “I’m a princess”
Blessed with a little girl? Get ready to shop! Baby girl hats with bright colors, flowers and frills are ready to be found. If your style is a bit more classic, try frilly white or natural-colored baby sun hat. Browse the gallery below for more ideas.
Baby baseball caps or baby sun hats: which one is better?
As you shop for baby hats, you may find yourself considering baby baseball caps. They make look adorable, but if you’re tempted to buy one stop and think about the measure of protection these provide.
Baby baseball caps don’t shade the neck, back of the head or ears. They only provide protection for the face. If you want your baby to be fully protected, you need a baby sun hat that shades all sides of your baby’s face and head.
Shopping for baby hats? Look no further!
Don’t put your baby’s safety at risk this summer. Get an adorable baby hat to provide protection. You’ll find many different choices on our site—an excellent selection of baby sun hats to complement your little one’s wardrobe. Find the hats you need today!
5 ways to protect kids from the sun (infographic)
Just to drive the point home, we’ve put together the following infographic that we think will help people understand just how risky sun exposure can be.
What lengths would you or have you gone to in order to protect your kid(s) from the sun?
Let us know in the comments below!