Hats on!

A hat that’s fun and functional can do more than keep your kid warm: It can encourage a spirit of playfulness! There’s something about a knit cap topped with a big pom that conveys the whimsy and delight of a romp through the snow, beckoning you to “frolic and play the Eskimo way.” Here are five of my faves, all tested by our family of five (going on six)!


 

L.L. Bean

L.L. Bean 

Kids’ Mad Bomber Hat 

A Minnesota winter isn’t complete until someone in the family dons a mad bomber hat! This one is designed for the coldest days — with a nylon shell and a soft, faux-fur lining, plus adjustable ear straps to ensure the right fit. Available print options include penguins and polar bears; red buffalo plaid; and wolf / moose.

$39.95 • llbean.com 


 

Love Your Melon

Love Your Melon

Kids’ Burgundy Pom Beanie 

This Minnesota-based company donates half of its proceeds to benefit children with pediatric cancer. LYM’s newly expanded line of children’s hats includes pom beanies with or without a tuft of faux fur atop a 100 percent cotton cuffed knit. A new LYM studio in Minneapolis’ North Loop is now open (limited hours) at 226 Washington Ave. N., Suite 150. 

$40 •  loveyourmelon.com


Turtle Fur

Turtle Fur

Dr. Dino Earflap Hat

Here’s a chapeau your dinosaur-loving tot won’t protest. It’s toddler sized, boasts a soft fleece lining and ties below the chin for secure wear. Turtle Fur offers dozens of other hats for kids, including winter bandanas and balaclavas, plus unicorn and mermaid beanies.

$34.99 • turtlefur.com


Patagonia

Patagonia

Kids’ Powder Town Beanie 

Snug and secure, these 100 percent recycled polyester beanies boast colorful poms with a retro ski-slope vibe. Prints come in a wide enough range to match any jacket — or please any selective kid — including camo, teal snowflakes and a bold pink-white-and-blue stripes throwback. 

$35 • patagonia.com


 

Jackie & Olives

Jackie & Olives 

Winter Baby Bonnet

Bonnets are back! These flannel bonnets burst with vintage charm — but are also practical. No hat works better to securely cover the ears without limiting a child’s peripheral view. They’re made by a talented mother of three and are available in newborn to 5T sizes (plus larger custom sizes) in a variety of colors and patterns, including bonnets with animal ears. You can request Sherpa lining for added warmth. 

$29.95–$33.95 • jackieandolives.etsy.com