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For those little land fish of yours, a swim hat is a must! If you’ve ever wondered “do I really need a swim hat for my child? Can’t I just use a regular sun hat?” The answer is: well yes! Technically, you could. BUT, the fabric is not suited for use in pools and so the prints and colour could bleach, fade or become discoloured. Not to mention, the harshness of pool chemicals can cause the fabric to stretch beyond repair. And the ocean’s salt water can also cause discolouration in dark-coloured hats. So, a swim hat is a good option for those warm summer days when you need to cool down in the water.

Bedhead’s Swim collection is rated UPF50+ excellent protection in its design and fabric – making it the perfect summer swim hat for kids who love the water. Whether it’s a pool, the ocean, kayaking in a river or running through the sprinkler, these quick-drying, chlorine-friendly and pool safe hats are ideal for any kind of waterplay. Available in our Classic Bucket style and Ponytail Bucket styles, our swim hats will not flop in eyes no matter how wet they get thanks to our special foam-reinforced anti-flop brims. Little slits on the girl’s ponytail bucket hats allow you to pull their hair through to keep necks cooler and mermaid hair under control in the water!

Australian summers are harsh, and UV rays are even more deadly when around reflective surfaces such as water – all that sunlight bounces off the water and onto little bodies, making a hat and a rash vest absolute essentials while in the pool or at the beach. You could even add a wet bag to match the swim hat – they’re in the same fun prints as our hats. Wet bags are a great addition to your summer essentials list – perfect for swimming lessons, to carry beach must-haves and then to keep all the wet things from leaking through your beach bag on the way home again. Our rashies coordinate beautifully with our swim hats, and are also rated UPF50+. Combined with other sun-safe measures like shade and sunscreen you can be sure your child is protected when they’re out in the sun. Babies and children are vulnerable to UV radiation and more susceptible to sunburn and skin damage. Any UV exposure in their early years greatly increases the risk of developing skin cancer as an adult, and we don’t wish that on anyone, having experienced it a lot in the Bedhead team.

Our job is to help parents like you protect your precious children any time they’re outside – whatever the time of year or occasion. While our Swim hats are really only designed for use around water, we have beautiful and varied ranges of bucket hats and broadbrim sun hats perfect for everyday wear at the park, the backyard or daycare. For winter, check out our adorable koala beanie or super-warm fleecy winter hats with ear flaps. To find out what style is best for your baby’s age and development, you might like to read this detailed blog post about them.