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For the water babies, and for those about to experience the pool, sea, or sprinkler for the first time, a swim legionnaire hat is a must! If you’ve ever wondered “do I really need a swim hat for my baby? 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 legionnaire hat is a good option for those warm summer days when you need to cool down in the water.

Bedhead’s Swim collection is quick-drying, chlorine-friendly and rated UPF50+ excellent protection in its design and fabric – making it the perfect summer hat for water babies. Our swim legionnaire hat style is ideal for babies and toddlers - the back flap keeps little necks protected from the sun and makes it easy for outdoor daytime naps as they fold flat comfortably behind baby’s neck while they’re in a pram or stroller or snoozing on the sand at the beach. Our anti-flop brims also mean that no matter how wet they get, they won’t flop in your baby or toddler’s eyes. They can also be angled to shield the face from the sun and glare while your little one is lying down.

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 baby, 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 legionnaire hat – they’re in the same fun prints as our hats. Our baby 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 their precious babies any time they’re outside – whatever the time of year or occasion. While our Swim legionnaire hats are really only designed for use around water, we have a beautiful and varied range of  baby legionnaire hats  and  toddler bucket hats  perfect for everyday wear at the park, the backyard or daycare. For winter, check out our adorable  baby beanies  with ears for extra cuteness. 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.