For fun-filled beach days with more smiles and fewer chills, hooded beach towels have returned from the 70s to keep a new generation of kids snug between swims.
Kids’ hooded beach towels are clever wearable towels that little ones can pull on like a poncho. The hood keeps wet noggins warm and out of the wind, and because they don’t have to be held, kids are less inclined to drop them in a pile of wet sand when adventure calls.
They’re also perfect for bundling up tots for an afternoon sea-esta.
11 hooded beach towels for sun-soaked kids
Ready to find the cosiest hooded beach towel for water-loving kiddos? In no particular order, here are 11 of our faves.
Each and every one of these hooded beach towels is loomed in rural Turkey and made from chemical-free cotton. In a fab loose, comfy fit, they come in sizes for bubs right up to tweens. But the best bit? Sand doesn’t stick to them, even when wet!
The Beach People
A little bit cute, don’t you think? They’re also exquisitely made from pure cotton and finished with adorable hand-illustrated sea creatures that toddling kiddos will adore. Choose from two insanely sweet styles suitable for ages two to six years.
If there’s one word to describe these Sunnylife towels, it’s ‘FUN’ – and we’d expect nothing less from this Aussie brand. In combed cotton for easy care, they come in one size and three colour options perfect for fun-loving beach babes. Did we mention pompom trims?!
Looking for the dream towel for your boho babe? These stonewashed, hand-loomed numbers are the answer. They come in a choice of six on-trend colours, designed to fade for a vintage beach look. No doubt about it, the kids will live in these.
Stuck On You
You can’t go wrong with stripes, especially in beautiful pastel shades of pink and blue. These traditional kids’ hooded towels are ultra-soft, easy to get on and off and stylish enough to the kids to spend the day in. Personalise them with up to 15 characters.
It’s all about earthy vibes and casual cool with this Turkish-cotton wearable towel. Suitable for kids from eight to 12 years, it’s quick to dry, breathable and has a front pocket for storing treasures. We’re giving extra points for the drawcord hood – perfect for windy days.
Dock & Bay
Made of quick-dry, lightweight microfibre, these are the ultimate hooded ponchos for kids that are in and out of the water all. Day. Long. Each one comes with its very own drawstring pouch and is sized for kids up to seven years.
These are going to do down a treat with the kidlets who love to dress up! In unicorn and dragon styles, they’re made of super-absorbent terry cotton and come with three-dimensional features for lots of laughs and fun in the sun.
With frilled sleeves and fringing trims, this stunning hooded beach towel has completely won our hearts. It’s made of lightweight terry that dries in a jiffy and comes in sizes from two to seven years.
In two breathtaking styles, these hooded velour ponchos are definitely going to stand out in the crowd. They use pure cotton, offer high UV protection for little bods and they are easy enough for littles to get on and off themselves. Tassels for days!
Each of these vibrant beach towels is customisable with up to eight characters, making them not only gift-worthy but super handy for keeping track of the kids’ belongings. Extra-roomy, they fit kids aged four to ten years.
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