Is it really possible to get toddlers to wear their sun hats? Well apparently it is because I’ve seen kids wearing their hats everywhere. But my child? My precocious little one-year-old? Nothing doing. Yesterday we headed to the park – I must admit that I have not bought any baby sunscreen yet. I do, however, have a sun hat. It’s a bit big for her but it does the job. Or I should say it would do the job if she would wear it! This is how it went at the park:

I put hat on.
She takes hat off. Tramples it.
I put hat back on.
She flings it off in disgust.
I put hat back on.
She flings it off, throws it to to the grass in an impatient gesture.
I put hat back on.
She takes it off.
Times this by about 10 more times.

I thought I could wear her out on the issue but she ended up winning. I finally decided that I wasn’t going to spend my entire time at the park playing that little game and let her have her way. Bad? Is it actually possible to make your baby wear a hat? Short of gluing it to her head, I don’t know what else I could have done (and then there would have been screams of frustration). It’s not like I can reason with her

The good thing? I’m going to be reviewing a Baby Banz hat and sunglasses soon. We shall see how it goes!

Edited to add:

This was originally a cry for help but I have had two children who hate to wear sun hats and now have a few things I suggest you try with your bare-headed child:

–  Make buying the sun hat special by letting your child choose the hat himself or herself!
–  Be honest. Tell your child that if he does not wear the hat, the sun will burn his head and little face and it will hurt!  This recently worked with my 2-year-old.  Yes!
–  Get yourself a sun hat and lead by example!

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10 Responses to How to Get Toddlers to Wear Their Sun Hats

  • I have never had much luck with hats. I found both of my kids were much more willing to wear sunglasses. I also found with my son that baseball caps were better than sun hats. Good luck!!

  • Our son NEVER leaves a hat on – make that both our sons — our daughter did okay with hats and still does … good luck with the hat on your way….

  • A friend of mine with 3 very fair children used to make her kids go back inside if they took their hats off. So I guess you can practice in the back yard, get her doing something fun like with bubbles or something, and if she takes it off, back inside.

    It totally worked for that family!

  • I don’t have any advice for you.

    I just wanted to say how cute Emma looks in said hat. :)

  • Oh, I sooo know what you’re going through. It drives me nuts that my fair skinned son pulls off his hat (he’s 1 too). I wish I had a solution, other than trying to stay in the shady areas of our park. I too need to break out the sunscreen. I’ve found Badger Balm’s baby sunscreen to be the most natural, effective one I’ve tried. It smells like lavender, which is a bonus.

  • Ugh, I need advice on this too. my 15 month old won’t keep hers on either. Last summer she was way to little to protest, but not this summer. She won’t wear sunglasses either. UGH!!\

  • I cannot remember what I did with my kids at that age! Did you button the strap and everything? Maybe give her a choice between TWO hats! Sometimes giving a toddler an innocuous choice solves the power struggle.

  • she is so cute! i would let her win. a cutie pie like that, she would have me wrapped around her finger! :)

  • Ah, the hat issue…as mommy of three very bald babies I can relate! What worked for us was perseverance. Keep putting it on and strapping it down and eventually she might give in. Sort of. Good luck!

  • I’m not sure what to tell you about the hat thing. For some reason my little gal LOVES wearing hats. One of her books talks about “hats are for heads” – maybe that’s it? Or maybe it’s because on one of our walks this past winter she pulled off her hat – again – and her ears got a little cold (I may or may not have been aware of the situation…ahem).

    Anyway, it hasn’t been an issue recently. BUT I think I recall seeing some baby sunscreen recently that was specifically for spraying on top of the baby’s head. I don’t remember the name, but it was on display with a bunch of other baby sunscreen. Might be worth a try?

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