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5 ways to get toddlers to keep their hat on

5 ways to get toddlers to keep their hat on

Your toddler needs to wear a hat in the hot summer months. So what do you do if they're just not having it? These tips should help.

One of a toddler's first words is usually "Hat off!" and, let's be honest, it's more of a demand than a request. Hold your ground, though, parents. Kids of all ages should protect their head, neck, ears, and eyes from the sun during the summer. Here are some techniques to try if your child freaks out all the time.

1. Invest in a hat with a strap. 

Choose a model with a chinstrap instead of the little Blue cap, as cute as it is. It won't stop older children, but newborns and toddlers lack the muscle and skill to overcome the strap. 

2. Allow your child to choose the hat he or she wants to wear. 

Kids thrive on the illusion of power. Rather than spending a lot of money on one great summer hat, save a little money and get a few. Then you can let your child choose which one he or she wants to wear on that particular day.

3. Be a role model and wear a hat yourself

Preschoolers and older kids won’t hesitate to call you on your hypocrisy if you expect them to put on a hat but don’t wear one yourself. Even if you aren’t a hat person, you need to grin and bear it. Do some shopping and find a hat you can live with. Who knows, you might surprise yourself and find one you actually love!

4. Get a Surfari sun hat

This retro-looking hat is made with light-weight nylon that is water-resistant and dries quickly. It provides UPF 50+ sun protection and is perfect for camping, hiking, water sports and casual wear. Available now on children's territory.

5. Buy a Kids’ play hat

This hat is made with lightweight breathable fabric and has 50+ UPF sun protection. If you have a high energy child this is the perfect buy for it’s stain and water resistant fabric. Designed with a large down sloping brim this hat provides the ultimate shade and has a veil at the back for neck protection. For extra security it is made with a Smart strap and a breakaway chinstrap. Hat sizing starts at 6 months and goes into youth sizes with patterns to suit every style.

Anything that adds comfort (and safety) to your routine is a plus. You can find more Hats and other accessories here or get just the essentials with Children's territory. Log on the website for more information. .