Winter Hat For Infant

When temperatures drop, hats are an important part of every baby’s winter wardrobe. Baby hats keep little heads and ears warm, from super soft knit caps to fur-lined beanies and puffers.

Give your baby’s head a cozy, warm hat to wear during cold months. We stock a wide array of hats that range from simple knit caps to fur-lined options.

When you’re ready to bundle your baby up in a cozy, warm layer, look no further than winter hats! With cute designs and a variety of styles, there’s an option for every little face. Whether it’s a knit cap or fur-lined earflap beanie, our selection is perfect for keeping your child’s head (and ears) warm throughout the season.

Do Newborns Need Hats in Winter?

A hat can help keep their entire body warm in cooler temperatures, but it isn’t the only accessory babies need when it’s cold outside. If it’s 75 degrees or warmer, skip the hat and stick with one layer of clothing so your baby doesn’t get too hot.

Infant hats are essential for keeping your baby warm. From knit caps to furry earflap hats and everything in between, we have plenty of options to choose from.

Baby hats are a must when it gets colder outside. From knit caps and beanies to cute animal ears and collars, our baby hats will keep your little one toasty warm!

To keep your baby’s head cozy and warm, protect them in cold weather with a hats for infants. Choose from a variety of styles, including knit and fedora designs.

Baby Winter Hat 0 3 Months

A sleeping newborn wearing a hat

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When babies are born, they come out of a warm, cozy environment – the womb – and into one that can be downright chilly. That’s why nurses immediately cover their tiny heads with those precious knit hats. But after your newborn leaves the hospital, they don’t need to wear a hat all the time, unless it’s cold outside.

Though if you think your baby looks adorable in a cap, feel free to keep putting one on them as long as they seem comfortable. If they act fussy or look flushed or overheated while they’re wearing a hat, take it off to see if they’re more content. Here’s a closer look at when newborns do and don’t need to wear hats.

Should newborns wear hats to sleep?

Don’t put your baby to bed with a hat on. One way very little babies regulate their body temperature is through their heads, and overheating can increase their risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Plus, the hat could fall off while they’re sleeping and potentially cover their face while they sleep, increasing the risk of suffocation.

The best way to keep your baby warm at night is to dress them in light layers. Start with a onesie and add a warm, one-piece sleeper on top. Then swaddle them securely or place them in a wearable blanket or sleep sack. If your house is especially cold, consider bumping up the heat to keep their room over 68 degrees while they sleep. The ideal baby sleep temperature is between 68 and 72 degrees.

Should babies wear hats indoors?

No. It isn’t safe for babies to wear hats indoors. There isn’t evidence that hats help prevent hypothermia, and they actually increase a baby’s risk of overheating, since babies aren’t able to regulate their temperature as well as adults.

If you’re unsure whether your baby is warm enough, feel their hands, feet, and nose to see if they’re cold to the touch. If they are, help your baby stay warm by layering their clothes. As a general rule of thumb, babies need one more layer than the adults in the house to stay comfortable.

Should babies wear hats outside?

Depending on the weather where you live, a hat might be appropriate in autumn and winter – or even year-round. Young children and babies lose as much as one-third of their body heat through their heads. A hat can help keep their entire body warm in cooler temperatures, but it isn’t the only accessory babies need when it’s cold outside.

If it’s 75 degrees or warmer, skip the hat and stick with one layer of clothing so your baby doesn’t get too hot. If it’s colder than 75 degrees, add one extra layer and a hat to keep them warm. In very cold temperatures, keep adding layers. If you’re wearing jeans, a T-shirt, a sweatshirt, and a coat, your baby needs one more layer than you do. When you’re picking a hat for your baby, choose something for cold weather that’s thick and will cover their ears, too.

If you’re headed outside, cold weather isn’t the only reason to put a cap on your newborn. Babies younger than 6 months can’t wear sunscreen, but they do need to be protected from the sun’s rays. Parents can turn to alternate forms of sun protection, like UV protection clothing and hats, to keep their little ones free from sunburns.


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