T.B. asks from Mars, PA on April 21, 2008
How to Keep Hats on a Toddler?
My daughter was ok with hats in the winter if we were outside (I guess she understood it kept her warm!), but we have been battling over the summer hats already. I have various shapes (baseball cap, bucket, etc.) and some with straps, some without. She manages to pull all off in a few seconds flat and the best I've been able to do is keep a hoodie on her and sunscreen on her nose and cheeks. Any suggestions?
So What Happened?™
We "practiced" and my hubby & I started wearing hats more also. I also took her to several stores and tried on hats with her, seeing which ones I could put on her snugly, then made a fuss over how "pretty" she looked. It was tough - we started out for walks several times and came home before we went a block because she tore it off. The neighbors thought I was nuts! Slowly she caught on that "outside" meant "hat" and developed this hysterical habit of chewing on the strings! But she now wears the hat 75% of the time, so that works for me! If you're going through the same thing, perseverance pays off!
V.C. answers from Philadelphia on April 22, 2008
The hats just may be making her too warm. We lived in GA when my 2 dd's were 2 & 4 .. I never had hats on them .. too hot. I used the spray sunscreen and limited time outside between 10 - 2 (when the sun is strongest - it was too hot to go outside most summer days anyway!) If you're dd is very fair you might want to just slather her with sunscreen and let her go hatless ...
O.A. answers from Philadelphia on April 22, 2008
My son won't wear a hat either. When we are at the pool I put some suncreen on the top of his head. If your daughter has a part, you could put some sunscreen on it, otherwise, her hair will protect her scalp from being burned unless you're in the sun for a very long time.
E.B. answers from Philadelphia on April 22, 2008
Try just marching her inside as soon as she takes the hat off. When you get inside, put the hat back on and go back out. If you are away from home (at a park, etc.) head to the car as soon as the hat comes off. Pretty soon she'll realize that taking off the hat = the end of play time. Good luck!
H.H. answers from Philadelphia on April 22, 2008
I agree you just need to keep at it. When my daughter was about 1-year-old, we had 1 day where she kept taking it off and I kept putting it on. My sister had a melanoma at 34-years-old so it was a battle that I was willing to fight. After that day I have never had any problems, I guess she realized I was not going to give in. She's now 2 and LOVES hats. She likes the baseball style better than bucket, I think b/c the bucket can sometimes get in the way of seeing things. Good luck!
K.S. answers from Pittsburgh on April 22, 2008
Buy a hat with a chin strap. Works like a charm! Or just sunscreen up and forget about it.
T.S. answers from Pittsburgh on April 21, 2008
Some people just don't like to wear hats. I don't.
A.G. answers from Pittsburgh on April 21, 2008
with my son we tried all kinds of hats until he found one he liked. he liked it so much we had to fight him to take it off ; )
just do it everyday eventually she will get tired of battleing it, plus lather her up with sunscreen, usually that will make her more mad and she will begin to love the hat.
C.M. answers from York on April 22, 2008
Wallmart does sell a scalp spray as sunscrren that we used on our daughter. It is a little greasy, but the regular suntan lotions are hard to get past the hair and directly onto the scalp. This product was really easy to apply and she did not mind the grease. We used it every day at the beach and not one burn. I do not remember the name, but it was in a pink bottle. It will be the only thing you will see for scalps. It is hot when you are a busy toddler and you can not really blame her for not wanting to wear one. :-)
C.W. answers from Philadelphia on April 21, 2008
I have a friend who got this advice from Parents Magazine (last spring) to just spend an entire day (in the house)putting her hat back on, when she takes it off; calmly put it back on, over and over again. It worked for my friend, and her son soon realized that the hat stays on. They just need to get used to the hat, so maybe stick w/ one hat. Soon she'll realize the drill and by summer she'll leave it on. Have fun outside!