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A Guide To Kid-Safe Sunglasses

While I am a mother at home, I am a Health and Safety professional at work.  Since I spend my days working to ensure the safety of others, it’s only natural that I do the same for my children.  Lately, I have been reading a few articles about the importance of sun protection, so I decided to focus today’s post on children’s sunglasses.

The world of children’s sunglasses can easily be overwhelming.  They come in a wide variety of shapes, styles and colours, not to mention, buying them is only half the battle.  Being an informed parent is always important, especially when it comes to your child’s safety. Read these ten easy tips and you will be off to a good start.

1. Start early!  If you get your kids used to wearing sunglasses from a young age, it will make things easier on you.  We started getting my son to wear glasses his first summer.  By last summer he had FIVE pairs in different styles/colours because not only would he leave the house without them, they had to match his outfit!

june glasses

Someone does not like wearing their sunglasses!

2. Let them help you pick.  If your kids pick out a pair they like they are more likely to wear them (especially if you have a fashionista in the family).  Find a few you approve of and then give them a choice.

3. Lead by example.  You know how kids are; monkey see monkey do.  When your kids see you always wearing your sunglasses they will want to wear theirs too.

4. Read The Stickers.  Not all sunglasses are created equal.  You will always find stickers or labels on the glasses that will tell you about the level of protection they give. Look for 99 to 100 percent UVA and UVB blockage.

5. Check the fit.  Yes, heart shaped sunglasses are cute, but not very practical.  You want sunglasses that fit snugly to the head (and preferably wrap around) to block out as much of the light as possible.

sansa glasses

My daughter sporting her shades at only five months old.

6. Straps are handy.  The twin’s sunglasses have neoprene straps that Velcro behind their head.  This helps keep them on their face instead of in their lap.

7. Stick with plastic/polycarbonate.  Kids are kids, so you want something that is durable and won’t break.

8. Check the colour of the lenses.  Glasses come in a few different tints and generally a greyish tint is better because it distorts colour less than a yellowish tint.

9. You don’t always get what you pay for.  I have found amazing sunglasses at the dollar store for $2.50 and found some pretty lousy ones at department stores for over five times that price.  You want to look at the quality and fit of the glasses, not what’s on the price tag. If you are unsure, shopping at reputable store like baby Gap or a store
that specializes in glasses like allbrandsglasses.com.  They have good prices and you can easily shop from their website right from the comfort of your home.

10. Buy more than one pair. Kids lose everything.  You don’t want to be about to leave when you realize they’ve lost their sunglasses.  So when you find a good pair they like buy two just to be safe.  I got most of Sawyer’s glasses by buying them when I would see them on sale and then saving them for when I needed them. After getting caught in the sun a few times I also started keeping an extra pair in the stroller just in case.

sawyer and mommy glasses

My son and I sporting our glasses

Since long-term sun exposure ups the risk of cataracts later in life, your child needs a good pair of sunglasses now to protect their eyes. Now that you know, make sure your kids (and you) wear sunglasses as often as possible outdoors (yes, even in the winter) and especially during peak time between about 10am and 3pm.

Have a bright sunshiny day.

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About Shannon

I am a university educated full-time working mother of three children and expecting #4. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.

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5 thoughts on “A Guide To Kid-Safe Sunglasses

  1. I love the sunglasses pics. I’ve never been big on sunglasses for myself, which I know is no good. Maybe I should get on that this year–have to get a prescription pair.

    Posted by sparrow | January 7, 2014, 2:07 pm
    • I need prescription glasses myself but I don’t have coverage and I am too cheap! Lol so of I am driving I have to wear my glasses, otherwise I switch to sunglasses outdoors (luckily I have a low prescription). Thanks for reading 🙂

      Posted by Shannon | January 7, 2014, 2:12 pm
  2. Great post i plan to buy V his first pair of glasses next week so he has time to get use to them before our up and coming vaction and super sunny weather,

    Posted by journey2dfuture | May 17, 2014, 1:19 pm

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