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Until they’re ‘tweens and teens and it’s a fashion accessory, getting kids to wear sunglasses isn’t easy. When they’re toddlers they’re flinging them off and when they’re older they’re either losing them or just flat out refusing. And, if they do wear them, they’re usually breaking after a day or so. Often it’s a battle that parents don’t choose to take up but the damaging effects of sun exposure to the eye are greater for kids than adults. In fact the lens of the child’s eye transmits about 70% more UV than the adult eye, putting their retina at greater risk. Also, exposure to ultraviolet rays can increase the risk for cataracts and macular degeneration later on in life.
It would seem as if simply wearing a baseball cap or other hat would be the solution but hats only protect from above, not below, where reflected UV from water, sand or concrete can do a lot of damage.
Choosing the right pair of glasses is critical. They need to block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. Also, if the glasses meet ANSI (American National Standards Institute) requirements or block UV absorption up to 400 nm (nanometers), you’re getting enough protection.
The key is to get your little one used to wearing sunglasses as early as possible and then making them a cool and comfortable accessory.
Here are some great sunglasses for your little ones:
Babiators Original Navigator Sunglasses
These not only will protect your little ones from UV rays but they’ll be the most stylish kids around! What I really love about these are there rubber arms which make them soft, flexible and unbreakable! They come in sizes that will even fit a 4 month old. Best of all they’re lost or broken within one year of purchase, Babiators will replace them FREE. Check out all the fun colors and purchase these sweet sunglasses HERE.
They also have Babiator Polarized Glasses that cut down on glare which always bothers my daughter.
Sunglasses don’t get cuter than these RIVBOS and they’re affordable! What’s great about these is they conform to your child’s head so no worries about the fit. And because they’re soft and comfortable they’ll keep them on. The soft arms are once again the key, allowing them to standup to bending, tossing and even having them stepped on.
Trying to find the right fit for infants that are safe is probably the trickiest of all. The Julbo Infant glasses are great for the first 18 mos. Most importantly they’re one piece so no hinges that could pinch or screws that could be swallowed.