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Best winter hats for kids: bobble hats and beanies to keep small heads warm

Hunting for a hat to keep little heads warm as temperatures drop? Look no further than our roundup of the best winter hats for kids. 

By Poppy O'Neill | Last updated Nov 19, 2021

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. 

There’s a lot of choice on the high street right now, so we’ve done the legwork for you. With help from Mumsnetters, we’ve selected the best hats to buy, from trapper-style hats to beanies and bobble hats.

Here are the best kids' winter hats to buy in 2021.

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1. Best overall winter hat for kids: Didrikson Biggles 3 Kids Hat

Didrikson Biggles hat

Price: £16 | Buy now from Amazon

"DS has Didrikson stuff and I’ve been so impressed by it" - Sweettooth92

For a hat that’s warm, waterproof and keeps entire heads toasty, may we present the Didriksons Biggles. With its soft fleecy lining, reflective details and generous chin strap, it’s an all-round winner. 

Swedish brand Didriksons specialises in outdoor wear, and you won’t find better when it comes to warmth and protection from the elements. Available in a rainbow of bright colours, this hat is great quality and will keep your kids’ ears cosy on even the chilliest day. 

Key specs

  • Material: Polyamide
  • Size range: 50 - 52cm (head circumference) 

2. Best budget winter hat for kids: Nutmeg by Morrisons Fawn Trapper Hat

Nutmeg winter hat

Price: £4 | Buy now from Nutmeg

"My toddler hates woolly stuff and pulls it off immediately but she does tolerate a cheap hat I got from Morrison’s with very soft fleecy lining. It’s quite lightweight as well so I think she forgets about it" - Ihaveoflate

Looking to kit out your little one on a budget? This adorable trapper hat by Nutmeg at Morrisons is just £4. Mumsnetters love the super-soft borg lining that feels extra snuggly against sensitive skin.

Featuring a cute faux-fur fawn face and subtle ear flaps, this hat is perfect for babies and toddlers when you’re out and about this winter. 

Key specs

  • Material: Polyester
  • Size range: 0-24 months

3. Best winter hat for babies: Baby Gap Brannan Bear Beanie

Baby Gap winter hat

Price: £9 | Buy now from Gap

"Baby Gap do lovely newborn things and lots of animal type hats at the moment" - tiredteddy

Just look at those ears. This 100% cotton beanie hat from Baby Gap is just right for keeping the chill off newborn heads. It’s stretchy and comfortable, as well as breathable and gentle against delicate skin. The hat can go in the washing machine too (best to opt for a delicate cycle though).

A soft, ribbed trim means it’ll stay on without the need for any tightness, and the open weave will ensure a good fit for months to come. This would make a lovely gift for new parents. 

Key specs

  • Material: Cotton
  • Size range: 0-24 months

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

JoJo Maman Bebe winter hat

Price: £13 | Buy now from JoJo Maman Bebe

"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 only one that went the distance here!" - Friedaseyebrows

"If you really really need a hat on the toddler, then I suggest one that does up under the chin. We used to live somewhere where it was minus 15 in the day and we had hats which tied under the chin so they couldn't take them off" - Steppemum

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. 

Key specs

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

5. Best bobble hat for kids: Barts Hattie Beanie Beret

Barts Hattie beanie hat

Price: From £5 | Buy now from Amazon

Dutch brand Barts do an excellent line in beanies and bobble hats. We love this melange knit style with its fun faux-fur bobble, turned up brim and chunky texture. Unlike most other knitted hats, this one features a soft fleece lining to keep your child’s forehead extra warm while also preventing it from getting itchy. 

Key specs

  • Material: Acrylic
  • Size range: One size

6. Best beanie hat for kids: Carhartt Beanie Hat

Carhartt winter hat

Price: £25 | Buy now from Amazon

Give your kids some classic skater style with this Carhartt beanie. With a simple design and super-stretchy fabric, it’s available in seven 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. 

Key specs

  • Material: Acrylic
  • Size range: One size

7. Best cotton winter hat for kids: H&M 2-Piece Jersey Set

H&M winter hat set

Price: £8 | Buy now from H&M

Made with super smooth organic cotton jersey, this hat and snood set from H&M is a must for kids with sensitive skin. It’s also a great choice if your child cycles or scoots to nursery, as it’s a thin enough fabric to fit under a helmet. 

Giving that extra bit of insulation against the cold air, this hat isn’t the warmest and is best used as a layering item. Available in eight colours and patterns, this cute ditsy style is our favourite, closely followed by the leopard print. 

Key specs

  • Material: Cotton and elastane
  • Size range: 2 months - 4 years

8. Best winter hat for teenagers: North Face Beanie

North Face beanie hat

Price: £25 | Buy now from Amazon

"My ds 14 has north face hat and gloves … he'll happily wear these" - anothermansmother

Persuading teens into warm winter layers is a challenge. Mumsnetters advise going for a cool brand for the best results, and you can’t go far wrong with The North Face. Available in eight colours, we like the classic black version for low-key cosiness. 

It’s got a fleece band around the ears to stop it from slipping or becoming itchy, and an embroidered logo will show off its credentials. 

Key specs

  • Material: Polyester
  • Size range: One size

9. Best winter hat and gloves set: Monsoon Cat Hat Scarf Multi

Monsoon cat hat

Price: £18 | Buy now from Monsoon

"The best hat and gloves you can get for a child that age for school is one of those combination sets with the scarf attached to the hat and the mittens at the end" - Spoonyjoe

Whoever invented the hat scarf deserves several medals and a Nobel Prize. Keeping up with various woolly accessories is a thing of the past when they’re all incorporated into one ingenious item. This leopard print number from Monsoon is soft, squishy and stylish. The hat’s ear flaps extend down to work as a scarf, and the ends of the scarf double as mittens. The only drawback is you can’t tie the scarf and use the mittens at the same time. 

Key specs

  • Material: Polyester
  • Size range: 3-13 years

10. Best trapper hat for kids: Trespass Zazu Trapper Hat

Trespass trapper hat

Price: £11 | Buy now from Amazon

"My yr7 dd wears a big puffy coat and a ridiculous furry trapper hat but she is that unusual creature - a preteen girl who doesn't give a stuff what other kids think of her" - Eolian

A trapper hat is a good bet for kids because the ear flaps offer extra protection from the elements, and this Trespass style’s generous cut and ultra soft faux fur offer plenty of coverage. This one comes up pretty small, so do size up. 

Featuring subtle flecked navy blue canvas and neutral coloured faux fur, this hat is guaranteed to keep your child cosy, even in arctic conditions. 

Key specs

  • Material: Polyester
  • Size range: 2-7 years

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 with a soft lining that’s well fitting and has a chin strap stands the best chance of staying put. 

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’s the best material for a winter hat?

A wool blend is the warmest, most breathable fabric for a winter hat, but it can get itchy. Polyester fleece is a more popular fabric because it’s easy to wash and provides a softness that children love. 

What is the best kids’ winter hat to buy?

The Didriksons Biggles is our pick for the best kids’ winter hat because it’s warm, soft and waterproof. We also love Monsoon’s leopard 3-in-1 hat scarf for its practicality and good looks. 

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which winter hats discerning Mumsnet users had bought for their children. We compiled a list of the winter hats they recommended for being warm, practical and staying on their kids’ heads.

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which kids’ hats had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites and print media, and what customers’ reviews said about them.

Having collated all that information, we picked the hats we thought would make the best buys in several age and interest categories. 

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