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#1 mum2brodie

Posted 26 August 2005 - 01:53 PM

Ds nearly 20mths refuses to leave a cap/hat on. He is very fair and not alot of hair.

We are off to QLD on Monday and Im worried he will get a burnt head.

Any suggestions on trying to keep it on. DH wears a cap -Was hoping the daddy and son thing might help. DS used to wear a cap alot when he was very little (until last summer).

Thanks Felicity.

#2 ElizabethMc

Posted 26 August 2005 - 02:29 PM

My DS has always hated things on his head. As a newborn he'd scream bloody murder if we put a hat or hood on him and once he was old enough to pull it off, he'd do it.

Earlier this year (February) we went on holidays to the beach. I was constantly dousing him in sunblock because he refused to keep his hat on. He'd rip it off, throw it on the floor and then stamp on it. (Determined little bugger is my son. Tounge1.gif)

Anyway, take heart. He'll be 2 in just a week's time and in the last month or so has actually WANTED to put his hat on. DH and I have always led by example and worn our hats out in the sun, or our warm winter hats out in the cold, and I think it's finally catching on. (hooray!!)

Just persist with the hat and hope that he develops a "hat-wearing fettish" really soon.

I was so shocked when my son put the hat on by himself when we were going out one morning. cool.gifo:

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#3 Princesspink

Posted 26 August 2005 - 03:29 PM

Maybe if dad makes a big deal about how cool he looks in his own hat, maybe DS may follow?
DD has really always been a hat lover, Not to mention shoes, so the only thing i can say is that recently ifi make a fuss about how she "has to have her hat on" she'd prefer to throw it away. Maybe just make a fuss of your son and how good he looks or try some interesting caps, sun hats, or other dress up hats? original.gif Or just smother him in sunscreen and avoid the sun as much as you can original.gif Or even try elastic LOL original.gif

Good luck original.gif


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#4 donnam

Posted 26 August 2005 - 10:16 PM

I have always sewed an elastic strap onto ds hats and haven't had much of a problem.  


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#5 Julie3Girls

Posted 28 August 2005 - 07:22 PM

No first hand experience as both my girls have always worn their hats, and sunglasses!  
My only suggestions ..
Next time you are out shopping, let him pick out a hat to buy (preferrable preselect the hats with good sun protection, let him choose from those LOL) Make it a big deal, tell him wonderful it looks.

Lead by example - always have a hat on when you are outside with him. No hat, no outside play


And the holiday .. take a good size beach umbrella or beach tent thingy, and make him play on the sand in the shade. Keep the in-the-sun time short. And smother him in sunscreen. If he seriously has not a lot of hair, and he is going to be in the sun (like swimming), I'd even be tempted to put the sunscreen on his head, rub it in through his hair. It will make his hair yucky, but better that than a bad sunburn.

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#6 red*jelly

Posted 28 August 2005 - 07:27 PM

We have a rule that DD is not allowed outside without a hat on. The only time she does go outside without one is if she is being carried or walking to & from the car.

Sure she takes it off from time to time, but she loves the backyard that much that if she takes it off more than 3 times (and I always put it back on with the same statement "hats on outside Eve" then we go inside), we go insied & she hates that, so she picks the hat back up & sticks it on.

It helps though that CC make her wear a hat outside too.

#7 Ireckon

Posted 28 August 2005 - 07:49 PM

My DD was the same, so I tried this.

I stood her in front of the mirror and put it on her head so she could see it. (what toddler doesnt like seeing themselves do wonderful things?) Ever since then she loves putting her hat on and is happy to wear them for quite some time. I give her praise for wearing her hat so well.

#8 Guest_Bean_*

Posted 29 August 2005 - 07:49 AM

I actually just tell DD if she takes it off she can't do whatever it is she wants to do.

Ie. If you don't wear your hat, we can't move the pram and go tata's. Works quite well.

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#9 kaishra

Posted 30 August 2005 - 11:14 PM

my mil suggested attaching elastic to the hats cause my son keeps ripping them off his head so that's the next thing on my list of things to do, but what she seemed to find worked with my son was putting the hat on his head and then distracting him, that worked sometimes, other times she put the hat on his head and when he took it off she put it back on again, this continued till he decided that he couldn't win and he might as well leave it on!


#10 enerjen1

Posted 01 September 2005 - 01:51 PM

Went went on a driving/camping holiday through the desert and outback last year (DD2 turned 1 while we were away, DD1 was 2 1/2). DD1 alway wore her hat no probs, but was not real keen on the fly veil (flys are bad out there). DD2 would not wear a hat or fly veil. We ended up creaming her head (she had almost no hair) if we could not avoid the sun. Fortunately we were usually in the car driving at the hottest part of the day. The other option was to put them in the screen tent if they would not leave their hats on. I have always been persistent with hats though and found that having two hats helped with DD1 as I could put the second one on as soon as she ripped the first one off. They both now wear their hats all the time and will not leave the house without a hat on (even if we are going in the car to the shops!!!).  Good luck, and most of all - enjoy your holiday!!!!

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