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Best kids' winter hats for 2022 - cute and cosy recommendations from real parents

With the cold winter months ahead of us, now’s the time to find the perfect hat for your little ones. From beanies to bobble hats, check out the eight best hats for keeping their heads and ears cosy in during the cold season.

By Gemma Wilcock | Last updated Dec 5, 2022

Child wearing a winter hat

As temperatures drop, it’s time to get your kids kitted out for the chilly months ahead. Although some children are resolute hat-refusers for most of the year, when winter hits you’ll find there are fewer complaints and they’ll be glad of a cosy hat to keep their heads and ears warm. 

With energy bills rising, many of us are having to cut back this year and that means keeping warm both in and out of the home. To help you find the best winter hat for your child, we searched out Mumsnetters' top picks for you to buy and made sure to cater for those of us on a tighter budget this year. 

When you're shopping for cosy winter wear, don't forget to make sure you're keeping warm too. Head to our guides to the best blanket hoodies, the best heated throw blankets and the best heated gilets for a toasty end to 2022.

Here are the best kids' winter hats to buy in 2022.

1. Best overall kids’ winter hat: UNIQLO Kids HEATTECH Knitted Cap

UNIQLO Kids HEATTECH Cap

Price on writing: £9.99 | Buy now from UNIQLO

Key specs

Material: Acrylic, wool, polyamide and elastane | Size range: S - L

Reasons to buy

  • 6 different colours to choose from
  • Stylish
  • HEATTECH for extra warmth

Reasons to avoid

  • Hand wash or dry clean only

What Mumsnet users say

They are comfortable, fit well and are not too bulky. The children like that the hats cover their ears.” (Recommended by Mumsnetter NerrSnerr

Our verdict

If you want to combine comfort and style, UNIQLO’s HEATTECH range is loved by Mumsnetters. It has been especially designed to provide extra warmth in the cold winter months, so is a great option for keeping your little one’s head cosy. 

We like that this knitted beanie comes in six different colours, so there's a hat to suit all tastes. Made from a wool blend, the chunky knit hat has a turn up brim and a low gauge ribbing detail. It’s comfortable too and big enough that it covers the ears for keeping them nice and toasty. The only downside is it is dry clean or hand wash only.

2. Best budget kids’ winter hat: Decathlon Wedze Kids' Fleece Hat

Decathlon Kids Fleece Hat

Price on writing: £2.99 | Buy now from Decathlon

Key specs

Material: Polyester | Size range: One size (fits head size 52 - 56cm)

Reasons to buy

  • Soft and warm fleece 
  • Easy to wash
  • Good price

Reasons to avoid

  • Only comes in one colour 

What Mumsnet users say

Decathlon also have really good wool socks (look in the riding and hiking sections) and silk glove liners (ski section). Great little fleece hats and neck warmers for kids.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Endlessmizzle)

Our verdict

Soft, comfortable and warm, Decathlon’s Wedze fleece beanie will make a good addition to your child’s winter wardrobe. Made from fleece, it’s super soft and cosy and comes in neutral black for mixing and matching with clothes.

Costing just £2.99, it’s a bargain for a hat that will be worn lots throughout the winter. And it’s machine washable and lightweight for storing in a coat pocket, so super practical too. 

3. Best winter bobble hat for kids: FatFace Kids Fair Isle Winter Hat

FatFace Kids Fair Isle Hat

Price on writing: £14.00 | Buy now from John Lewis 

Key specs

Material: Acrylic and polyester  | Size range: S - L

Reasons to buy

  • Machine washable
  • Soft fleece lining
  • Flaps to cover ears

Reasons to avoid

  • Pricier than other hats on the list

What Mumsnet users say:

Yeah they have to have fleece lining and maybe the ones that have ear flaps as they don’t seem so annoying around the head.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Whatatoodoodle)

Our verdict 

One of the biggest tips our Mumsnet users recommend when it comes to hats for children is making sure that the hat is comfortable. A knitted trapper hat with a snug fleece lining, FatFace’s Fair Isle Winter Hat manages to combine comfort and warmth, with ear flaps to ensure their whole head stays super cosy.

We love the cool fair isle design of the hat and pom-pom detail for adding a bit of style to their wardrobe. It comes in three sizes and is machine washable too, so there’ll be no annoying hand washing when it gets dirty.

4. Best winter hat for toddlers: JoJo Maman Bebe Dinosaur Hat

JoJo Maman Bebe winter hat

Price on writing: £15.00 | Buy now from JoJo Maman Bebe 

Key specs

Material: Acrylic, wool and polyester | Size range: 0 - 6 years

Reasons to buy

  • Cute dinosaur design
  • Flaps for keeping ears cosy
  • Ties to fasten under chin

Reasons to avoid

  • Quite pricey

What Mumsnet users say:

Novelty hats that tie under the chin were the only solution in this house. We got a dinosaur hat with a button under the chin from JoJo Maman Bebe that was the onlt that went the distance here.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnetter Friedaseyebros)

Our verdict 

When it comes to toddlers, Mumsnetters know the struggle of keeping a hat on. We’re reliably informed that a hat that fastens under the chin is the only way forward, and this one from Jojo Maman Bebe ticks all the boxes. Made from a soft wool blend, the hat is nice and stretchy with a cord tie and a cute pom-pom on top. 

This hat needs to go in the washing machine on a wool setting, making it a slight faff to clean, but otherwise it’s a lovely cosy hat for keeping your toddler’s head warm. 

5. Best winter hat for babies: Next Pom Baby Trapper Hat

Next Baby Pom Hat

Price on writing: £7.50 | Buy now from Next

Key specs

Material: Cotton, polyester and acrylic | Size range: First size - 2 years

Reasons to buy

  • 4 colours
  • Cute pom-pom design
  • Flaps for keeping ears cosy

Reasons to avoid

  • You may want a tie that velcros securely under the chin for younger babies

What Mumsnet users say:

M&S or Next are good value and good quality for kid’s clothes IMO.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Thiswayorthatway)

Our verdict  

This gorgeous baby hat will have everyone cooing over your little one this winter. We especially love the cute double pom-pom detail and plaited strings.

It doesn’t just look nice though, this soft cotton knit trapper hat by Next will keep their little head warm too, with ear flaps for extra cosiness and a fleece lining to make it super comfortable. Hopefully this will prevent any hat-refusers from wanting to pull it off!

6. Best balaclava for kids: H&M Fluffy Knit Balaclava

H&m baby balaclava

Price on writing: £9.99 | Buy now from H&M

Key specs

Material: Polyamide  | Size range: 3 - 11 years

Reasons to buy

  • Cute design
  • Keeps head, ears and neck warm
  • Soft, fluffy material

Reasons to avoid

  • Cute ear design may be more suitable for younger children

What Mumsnet users say:

My almost 2 year old wears a snowsuit as he always kicks blankets off. He always takes hats off as well but since buying him a balaclava it's stayed in his head and he seems content with it.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Stormelf)

Our verdict 

For ultimate warmth, a balaclava will keep your child’s head, ears and neck warm during cold weather. With cute ears and a fluffy knit material, this hat from H&M will look gorgeous and cosy this winter. 

In a neutral white colour, it will blend in nicely with any outfit, whether it’s for cold, winter walks to school or weekend trips to the park, it’s sure to keep their heads warm. In sizes from age three up to 11, this is a balaclava that could last a few winters too, although we do think that the ear detail may be more suitable for younger children.

7. Best winter hat for teens: Carhartt Beanie Hat

Carhartt Beanie Hat

Price on writing: £15.95 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Material: Acrylic | Size range: One size

Reasons to buy

  • Variety of different colours
  • Stretchy material
  • Unisex design

Reasons to avoid

  • Hand wash only

What Mumsnet users say:

Carhartt is popular. Expensive so I usually buy in their sale.” LizzieMacQueen

Our verdict 

Give your kids some classic skater style with this Carhartt beanie. With a simple design and super-stretchy fabric, it’s available in eight colours - each one cooler than the last. 

The fabric has a nice thick rib, so the hat will grow with your child and keep their head warm for many winters to come. The only downside is it’s hand wash only, which is a bit of a faff for a hat that will likely be worn lots throughout the winter months.

8. Best trapper hat for kids: Jan and Jul Toasty-Dry Windproof Trapper Hat

Jan & Jul Trapper Hat

Price on writing: £15.50 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Material: Polyester | Size range: 3 months - 12 years

Reasons to buy

  • Good range of colours and designs
  • Lined for extra warmth
  • Ear flaps and chin strap to help keep the hat on

Reasons to avoid

  • Some reviewers claim the chin strap isn’t a great fit

What Mumsnet users say

Lined hat that covers his ears and stays on. We have had lined waterproof trapper hats, and fleece lined beanies, and both worked well.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnetter Changechangychange)

Our verdict 

Made from waterproof and windproof shell material with a Thinsulate lining and soft vegan faux fur lined ear flaps, your toddler will look super cute and cosy in this trapper hat by Jan and Jul - we especially love the bright, colourful prints and design.

We also like that it can be adjusted to make sure you can get the right fit for your child and the chin strap ensures that it will stay put for any determined hat-refusers. The fabric is soil repellent and machine washable, so it’s really practical too.

How to choose the best winter hat for kids

For younger children, finding a hat that’ll stay on is the top priority. Whether falling off during play or being thrown to the floor in a tantrum, a hat that’s well fitting and has a chin strap stands the best chance of staying put. If you can, try it on your child before you buy it as hats can vary in size. You may also want to look for a hat with ear flaps as this will ensure their little ears stay warm in the colder weather. 

For older kids, making sure the hat looks good and keeps them warm is paramount. Go for a style that covers their ears and is made from breathable, non-itchy fabric and you’ll be onto a winner. 

What is the best material for a winter hat?

Most hats tend to be made out of wool, cotton, or fleece. A wool blend is going to keep their heads warmer, but children can find it itchy and uncomfortable. Polyester fleece is a more popular fabric because it’s easy to wash and provides a softness that children love. If you want the best of both worlds, consider a wool hat that has a fleece lining.

What’s the best kids’ winter hat to buy?

UNIQLO’s HEATTECH range is loved by our Mumsnet users. Especially designed to provide extra warmth in the cold winter months, their Kids Knitted Cap is a great all-round beanie for children. It comes in a nice range of six colours and the chunky knit design with a turn up brim is comfortable and will keep their head and ears nice and warm too. 

How we chose our recommendations 

Recommendations from real parents

With over 7 million users on our forums each month, we believe this is the best place to start in our search for the best products. We know that every product recommended will have been put through its paces by a family and we will be able to find different ones to cater for a range of needs, budgets and lifestyles.

Expert advice 

In order to help us weigh up which products are worth recommending, our trusted and experienced parenting journalists research each category thoroughly. They consult the list of tried-and-tested recommendations from Mumsnet users and cross check them with the experts to make sure that each one comes highly recommended.

 

This means using a variety of sources, including independent review sites, such as Which?, to bring you the best products on the market right now.

Consumer feedback 

Then we check what the consumers have to say. Checking the reviews on a product helps us  work out how well it lasts when put to the test at home. We scour the internet to consult reviews on websites such as John Lewis, Amazon and Argos, looking for both positive and negative feedback to help us work out which products perform well across the board.

Celebrated best products 

Finally, we look for any products that have received industry awards. We then cross-reference all our information to help us recommend a variety of winter hats for kids that will keep their heads and ears warm during the cold weather.

Why you should trust us

We work hard to provide unbiased, independent advice you can trust. We do sometimes earn revenue through affiliate (click-to-buy) links in our articles. This helps us fund more helpful articles like this one.

With two young children, eight and six, our writer, Gemma, has bought many hats over the years, battling with itchy materials, hats that won’t stay on (thanks to a determined toddler) and bad-fitting designs, so she has plenty of experience when it comes to finding the perfect hat for a child.

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