A pudding hat (also pudding or black pudding) was a protective hat worn by children learning to walk during the early 17th century until the late 18th century. It was the equivalent of a modern-day helmet.
A pudding hat was usually open at the top and featured a sausage-shaped bumper roll that circled the head like a crown. It was fastened with straps under the chin.
- Worrell, Estelle Ansley (1980). Children's Costume in America, 1607-1910. Ansley, Estelle (illus.). New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 20,31. ISBN 978-0684166452.
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