February 20, 2008 07:18 AM

Dressing your child for sun and sand can entail the use of several products — Sunscreen, SPF-rated clothing, sunglasses and, of course, a hat! Alexander ‘Sasha’ Pete Schreiber recently hit the beach with his mom, Naomi Watts, and he did so in protected style. His adorable Patchwork Bucket Hat ($14, on sale) came from Janie and Jack and had an adorable blue whale embroidered on the patchwork print. Here are some other picks for keeping the sun’s harmful rays off your little one’s face.

Not Pinching Pennies
A versatile hat helps make the cost seem a bit more justified. Patagonia’s crazy, reversible print hats are anything but demure and they protect, as well as attract, the eyes! While Mini Boden’s set packs booties with a hat for a great coordinating pair at a great price.

Favorite Item: Patagonia Toddler Sunhat (right, $25) and Mini Boden Sun Hat and Shoe Set ($24)

Looking for a Better Value
Sometimes you can’t help but be drawn in by a cute print, like the whales on Sasha’s actual hat. Hanna Anderson makes an adorable bucket hat with appliqued animals or flowers on it. The large brim blocks 95% of UVA/UVB rays, while ties fasten under baby’s chin to ensure it stays on. And if you prefer a more basic hat but don’t want to sacrifice the materials used, Sage Baby carries one that’s made with the finest 100% Organic Egyptian Cotton.

Favorite Item: Hanna Anderson Appliqued Floppy Sunhat (left, $18) and Sage Baby Organic Sun Hat ($16)

Can’t Stand to Spend Over $15
Baby Banz has really cornered the market on sun gear for baby. Theirproducts are made of 100% Cotton, Poly-Cotton Blend and have a PF(Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating of 50+ (This rating means thehat will block out more than 97.5% of UVA and UVB Rays). Gymboree’s sun hats offer a modest brim, but anything but modest style.

Favorite Item: Baby Banz Hats ($15) and Gymboree Patchwork Stripe Sunhat (right, $10 on sale)

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