Steps to success!
Step 1: Distract!
If measuring a child, distract them with a toy or food (so they don't try to “help” you!)
Step 2: Measure
Use a measuring tape to take the measurement. Otherwise, use a ribbon to take the size then use a ruler to find the measurement. You need to measure where the hat sits on your head – so from the nape of the neck, up to where your hairline meets your forehead (see yellow line in image). Mark the spot and measure the entire length of the marking to find the head circumference in centimeters.
Step 3: Choose a hat style
Lounger/Teddy Flap Hats, Explorer Classic Bucket, Wanderer Panelled Bucket, Sightseer Wide Brim Bonnet: Choose the hat’s smallest measurement closest to your child's head measurement. These styles all have adjustable ties in the crown to get the perfect fit to your child’s head size with a 4cm range in each hat. By choosing the smallest size of the range, you will get the most wear out of it. If your child’s head measures 47cm, you will want the 46-50cm hat to ensure plenty of future wear. If your child’s head is measuring 49cm, it’s best to go to the 50cm-54cm as you can pull in the ties to make the hat size 50cm. This applies for adult adjustable styles taking into account hair thickness and desired styling.
Seeker/Searcher Bonnets: These styles are not adjustable so it’s best to choose a hat size with the smallest measurement closest to the head measurement of your child to allow for growth.
TIP: It's best for babies to learn to wear hats from birth, before motor skills develop.