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One fact you can be sure of - no two heads are the same! ALWAYS measure your child's head before purchasing to ensure getting the accurate size.
Step 1: Distract the child with a toy or food (so they don't try and help you!).
Step 2: Use a measuring tape to take measurement. Otherwise use a ribbon to take the size then use a ruler to find the measurement.
Step 3: Purchase the size closest to your child’s head measurement. Our hats are very stretchy and will grow up to 4cm.
FOR EXAMPLE: The child measures 41cms, you will need the 42cm size that will stretch another 4cms up to 46cms - giving plenty of future wear. Purchasing the next size up would be too large and block the child’s vision.
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This is the tricky size area - there is a big difference in the sizes in this range, so while the 42cm will likely fit a 44cm head, it won't last as long as the 47cm, which will be a little big for a little while. But if you choose the bigger size, pull the hat right back behind their head, down on their neck and use the chin strap to keep it in place and they shouldn't be too bothered by it. A toddler bucket in the bigger size will also seem a little smaller and perhaps fit better straight up due to the seam all the way around the inside which gives it a little less stretch than the legionnaire.
Yes! We have various sizes for big and small-headed babes! It’s always best to measure your baby’s head rather than go with the age-range on the sizing. That is a guide only, but we always recommend you purchase the hat size closest to your child’s head measurement.
You could wait, but then you risk those little mobile hands grabbing onto the hat and throwing it across the room followed by a bit of tantrum because they don’t want to wear a hat all of a sudden! By introducing babies to a hat when they’re still little blobs that don’t really move, you’re getting them used to having something on their heads, so by the time they’re able to be aware of things, they’ve already accepted a hat as daily wear – just as they have a nappy or clothes. This will save you the battle later on and start them on an important journey of sun safety - hopefully for life. Babies are also outdoors a lot in prams on walks or carriers - and a hat designed for both of these purposes will keep them protected from direct UV exposure. A legionnaire hat is also ideal for rear-facing car seats which often times don't have a lot of shade - a hat with a brim angled just so will keep the sun and glare out of baby's eyes.
Our recommendation is that babies start out in a legionnaire style and move on up to a bucket style once they’re a little more independent (sitting/crawling) or are used to wearing a hat. This is due to the style of the hat making this new thing on their head easier to get used to as they’re lighter on heads, a little more upright so they can see out more, and harder to get off due to less fabric to grab onto! That said, we do make bucket styles in the tiny newborn sizes too (and they’re as adorable as you’d imagine) just as we make the legionnaires all the way up to size 54cm. Both styles have the same UPF50+ protection in fabric and design so they’re both equally as safe – it’s just some people prefer a particular style of hat, so we do our best to accommodate that. For more tips, check out our blog!
We go into a lot of detail about each hat in this blog post but here is a quick run down of our hat styling journey and who each hat is best suited to.
Legionnaire and Baby Flap Hat: The best introduction to hats. Light on heads with a soft flap that lies flat while baby is lying down, keeping the hat in the correct position.
Perfect for: Newborns, crawlers, prams, strollers, car seats, carriers and slings.
Toddler Bucket: For happy hat wearers, this style introduces children to an angled brim. The felt-reinforced brim is soft for when they’re lying down, but stays upright for independent play.
Perfect for: Toddlers, prams, strollers, car seats, carriers and slings.
Classic Bucket: Once children spend more time out of the pram than in it, the classic bucket is perfect. The brim is reinforced with foam so it will always be at that perfect protective angle and won’t ever flop in eyes – once of the biggest reasons for hats being pulled off.
Perfect for: Fully mobile children no longer requiring a stroller – walking, running, non-stop play!
Ponytail bucket: Similar make up to our Classic Bucket but with a panelled, more feminine crown, and a little slit at the back for ponytails to be pulled through for extra comfort.
Perfect for: Fully mobile children no longer requiring a stroller – walking, running, non-stop play!
All of our hats are rated UPF50+ excellent protection, meaning they’re all as sun safe as the other. Some people do prefer the legionnaire for the extra-long flap and slightly more upright brim, but as long as the hat is used in conjunction with other sun-safe protective items (sunglasses, sunscreen, clothing, shade etc), all will be as protective as the other.
What's the difference between a Legionnaire and a Toddler Bucket? Styling is the most obvious difference, however the fit and the protection are just the same. The panels, crown depth, fabric and UPF50+ rating are all the same. How they differ is who they're most suited to. So Legionnaire is a perfect first hat – the one to learn with and they're also great for hat haters. They sit nice and smooth under the child's neck and there's a lot less for hat haters to grab onto to pull off. The Toddler Bucket has a brim that goes all the way around. So it's the next step after a Legionnaire once your child is happy wearing hats.
What's the difference between our Ponytail Bucket hat and our Classic Bucket hat? Well they have many features that are very similar: the brim depth and crown depths are the same, they're both rated UPF 50+, and they're both made of our gorgeous soft cotton knit fabric. They both also have a foam brim that goes all the way around - it's our unique anti-flop technology. How they differ is the Ponytail Bucket has a paneled crown so we can include the little ponytail slit at the back for the girls, while the Classic Bucket has a band around the front of the crown and is more your classic bucket hat styling.
What's the difference between our Legionnaire and our Classic Bucket hat? Well the styling is the obvious difference but they have many similarities. They’re both rated UPF 50+ in protection. They're both made out of our super-soft cotton stretch knit, and they both have the same depth of crown, offering the same protection. How they differ is who they're best suited to. The Legionnaire is nice and soft and flat at the back of the neck so it makes it perfect for babies and toddlers still in the pram or strollers. They're also the best style for hat haters because they seem so smooth and flat to the back of a child's neck. There's so much less for them to grab onto to pull off. Our Classic Bucket hat and Ponytail Bucket hats have the anti-flop brim that goes all the way around. So they're best suited for children that are upwardly mobile with big strong necks that are always running around and busy.
What's the difference between our Swim Legionnaire and our Swim Bucket hat? Well it's basically who they're best suited to. The Swim Legionnaire is much more suited to little children with less neck control – the flap at the back will sit nice and smoothly and fold under their neck if needed. The Bucket hat has the anti-flop brim, so no matter how wet it gets at the beach or pool, it won't flop in front of their eyes.
We don’t recommend it. The Swim hats are made from a Nylon knit fabric that won’t fade or flop and is quick-drying and chlorine-friendly - all the things you want in a waterplay hat! But, the nylon knit is not as breathable as cotton, and so you’ll find little heads will get hot and sweaty if they’re used for everyday wear and not being cooled down by the water. A cotton hat for daycare or everyday allows the head to self-cool as it has that natural airflow through the weave.
“I'm often asked who makes our Bedhead hats. It's a beautiful factory full of gorgeous workers in Changzhou, China. I visit the factory every year to inspect our stock before it's shipped back to Australia. Our factory is small in comparison to many others in China. It consists of about 20 machinists and about six other workers who do all the pressing, trimming and cutting. Our machinists are the best. They’re second to none. They make our hats so beautifully and perfectly every time - and stretch fabric is not easy to sew. They just do such a fabulous job. The factory owners are very much involved in the manufacturing process too. Mr Wang is the factory owner. He is involved in the purchasing so he makes sure that all of our thread colours are right and that our fabric arrives on time. He also prepares all the markers which are the cutters used to cut out the pattern pieces. Wendy is his wife and I adore Wendy. She's amazing. She takes care of the factory floor, making sure all the machinists are on task and the flow is right so we don't get any delays. She's also a little bit of a control freak. She likes to turn through every single Bedhead Baby Bucket. She believes that she does the best job in the brim and won't trust any of the other workers to do it!” Richelle, founder and CEO, Bedhead Hats
What makes our anti-flop brim so special is that it never flops in front of a child's eyes. Most other hats fail because they just put a paper interfacing in the brim which is upright and lovely for a few washes, but then all of a sudden the hat starts to dip in front of the child's eyes. Now children are beautiful and they just want to focus on playing and having fun, but if their hat flops in front of their eyes you can best be guaranteed it's going to get pulled off pretty quickly! Our anti-flop brim is constructed in such a way that no matter how many washes it gets it still stays upright. It folds nice and easily into a bag – and after a few minutes in the sun, the brim straightens out beautifully. It’s lovely and lightweight and that’s why most children love to wear our hats because they simply forget that it's on!
Originals: Made from 90% Cotton and 10% Elastane jersey
Heritage: Made from 97% Cotton and 3% Elastane
Swim: Made from 100% PBT Nylon stretch knit
Winter Fleecies: Outer 90% Cotton and 10% Elastane jersey. Lining: 100% polyester
We like to keep it simple and easy at Bedhead and caring for your hat is very similar: cold machine wash and line dry in the shade. Here are a few other things you should and shouldn’t do to ensure your hat stays in tip top shape:
✔ Wash your hat every few weeks This helps the knit relax and come back into place.
✔ Make use of the “return to” label Reapply your mobile number or child’s name to the “return to” label every now and then - you can't have your Bedhead hat getting lost!
✘ Don’t tumble dry It can heat up the foam in the brim too much causing it to melt and disintegrate. So stay clear of the tumble dryer.
✘ No bleach please It will damage the cotton and you will lose your stretch. Also the in-wash brighteners and whiteners. Sometimes they can damage the colour of your heart so probably stay clear of those also.
At LEAST one. A hat is an everyday essential item – it should be as big a part of your daily routine as brushing your teeth or putting on underwear. There are times you might need more than just one. Some people like to keep them everywhere and for every occasion: the car, their handbag, in the beach bag, at Grandma’s house or for daycare. We suggest our three-hat bundles as they’re ideal for most situations. You get a print hat and a plain-coloured cotton Originals hat which are ideal for everyday wear, and a Swim hat for waterplay. Bundle and save here >
Yes, we do have a range of Adult hats. You can select the range from the options under the SHOP tab.
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