Warm weather often comes as a bit of a surprise here in England and things are certainly heating up! We have had a sudden preview of summer days ahead, so we are getting prepared and equipping ourselves with our favourite sustainable cotton sun hats for babies, children and kids; in addition to robust sunglasses, leather sandals and easy breezy clothing.

We tend to choose accessories for little ones based on the activities of the day. If there is a lot of movement and adventure planned, bucket hats and safari hats work particularly well thanks to their snug fit, which on some designs is assisted further with a fabric chin strap for prime staying power and reliable protection from the sun.

Similarly, baseball inspired caps (seen below with 5-panel structures) are great for play-dates and outdoor events, or simply a cool-factor, with a bit more refinement. We are particularly fond of Liewood's new prints this season which have been coloured with the Copenhagen based brand's signature colour palette.

To help you choose the best shape and design depending on your plans, we have hand-picked a selection of kid's summer hats below. Each one has been made using either 100% organic cotton or OEKO-TEX® cotton, so they are kind against young skin, robust and will wash and dry easily.

Bucket Hats

A true classic with a relaxed, packable shape, soft cotton bucket hats are ideal for popping in your bag for unpredictable days of rain and shine. Kidwild have selected the softest cottons for their designs and Huttelihut have taken inspiration from musical festivals and chosen a printed cotton with UV protection.

Safari Hats

Specifically designed to protect the head and neck from the sun's rays, Safari Hats can be securely tied under the neck to keep them in place when exploring rock pools and playing in the garden. Easy to clean when it comes to dirt, sand and grass stains, Huttelihut and MP Denmark variations are fuss-free and practical.

5-Panel Caps

Adding their own spin to a much-loved streetwear design, Liewood's 5-panel caps have been perfectly sized in different age brackets with back buckle adjusters, charming animal prints and nature inspired appliqué decoration. The curved brims provide eye and face protection and eyelets on either side of the crown add extra ventilation.

Which hats get your pick? Feel free to share your warm weather snaps with us! Tag us at @small.folk or use #smallfolktotnes

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