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How To Raise Hat Loving Children

One of the biggest concerns with buying your baby a new hat is the fear that he'll absolutely hate it. 

Most of the time it's not just hats, it's sunglasses, headbands, bow clips, pony tails, hair cuts or anything else that comes near your baby's head.

Here's a few tips to help your little one ease into becoming a Little Sun Hat lover: 

1. MAKE HAT WEARING FUN.

-Right out of the gate, make a big deal of presenting a new hat to your little one. Use words like, "I have something very special for you today", or "This is a like my new hat". 

-Saving the new hat until you've reached the destination or event you want your child to wear it at helps: as soon as you pull up to your destination offer the hat-snapping the snaps or tying the ties in place and swiftly saying "off you go!"  

A little distraction by the event or fun day ahead will help your little one forget she even has a new hat on.  

2. DON'T FORCE THE ISSUE UNLESS YOU WANT THEM TO HATE ALL HEADWEAR FOR ALL TIME.  

-If she doesn't like the hat at first glance, and coaxing her to "try it for a minute" doesn't work, still no fear. 

-There's always tomorrow (or even later in the day) to try again. 

3. MAKE HAT WEARING THEIR IDEA. 

-You know the mantra: mommy wears a hat, daddy wears a hat, sister wears a hat, grandpa wears a hat, who else wears a hat? Baby wears a hat.😘

4. START THEM YOUNG.  

-If you can, start as early as the infant stage to introduce headwear. They'll quickly get used to it and you have happy hat wearer in no time.

5. COMPLIMENTS GO A LONG WAY! 

-Remember to reinforce positivity with your child. A simple quiet "Hey you're looking snazzy in that new bonnet" goes a long way in helping her want to wear that new bonnet next time.💖

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Huge thanks to Chrissy Irvin for sending these adorable snaps of her guy in our Evergreen Cap! You can find more of her over on Instagram or her blog. 

Do you have a story and photos of your littles in their LSH headwear to share? We love to feature our Little Sun Hat fans on our blog and Instagram! 

Email us: hello@littlesunhat.com

 


About the Author

Kara Meloy began making headwear for her children in 2013 after the birth of her fourth son. She sewed a little blue bonnet for him, and called it "just a little sun hat". Kara is a big fan of moms everywhere, especially those in her hometown of Cashmere, Washington.


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