Our best defense against her curiosity is to block all access. We have a few different hats that we've tried.
The best basic hat for wearing on a daily basis to daycare is the Hanna Andersson cotton pilot cap. They are $10 each + shipping. While they work well, they leave a little to be desired in overall cuteness factor. I call her my little water polo player when she wears one of these. Pouli calls her "Sky Pilot." I recently looked up and listened to the song by The Animals in 1968 to see just exactly who this Sky Pilot was.
The Sky Pilot of the title is a military chaplain, as revealed by the opening verse:
- He blesses the boys
- As they stand in line
- The smell of gun grease
- And the bayonets they shine
- He's there to help them
- All that he can
- To make them feel wanted
- He's a good holy man
- Sounds just like our Vivi, right? Maybe not exactly, but I still think Sky Pilot is a pretty cute nickname :)
Below is a cute hat that my cousin, Cheri, sent when Vivi was born. Since it doesn't have a tie, she can get it off pretty easily. This one ends up being more of a fashion statement than a daily wear option.
*Notice how Hudson has rigged up a kite string on little Sky Pilot's swing as an alternative to the traditional swing pushing.
Somewhere on a blog about kids with hearing loss I saw a company in Canada called SilkaWear. It was started by a family that had a child (Silka) with hearing loss. They designed a hat that she could comfortably wear all day.
"Prewashed to eliminate shrinkage, these custom-made bonnets are made with a top panel of 100% cotton, binding and ties of 100% cotton, and side panels of polyester sports mesh for breathable comfort and optimal hearing aid reception."
This one was more expensive - about $35 with shipping. It was hard to tell what size would fit her. I didn't want it to be too small, so I ordered one that is a little too big. The fix? I use a little pony tail holder on the top to gather up the excess material. I call her "Top Knot" when she wears this hat.
The most recent find was this super cute summer sun hat. These are called modBonnets. A fellow Mom and blogger who also has a little daughter with infant hearing loss shared this great find with me. It has a fun pattern on each side and is reversible. It will be great for riding in the backpack, camping or just hanging out in the backyard this summer.