I rarely go outside without my own sunnies on, but my mom brain doesn’t always remember to put sunglasses on my kids. I do know that their skin, and eyes, are much more sensitive than adults and it’s super important that we protect them from the suns harmful rays. But what sunglasses are the best for kids?
Which ones are free from harmful chemicals? Do they all provide UV protection? Do they make sunglasses for really young infants? A quick search on Amazon for “kid sunglasses” yields more than 4,000 results, which is so overwhelming!
The Mountain Mamas Team put our heads together and came up with this list of the Best Sunglasses for Kids.
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For a great post by Amelia on the importance of kids wearing sunglasses, and some tips on how to keep sunglasses on kids faces, check out Kids’ Sunglasses are Crucial, Protective Gear, NOT Accessories.
MiniShades are a Tales Of A Mountain Mama team favorite, and for good reason.
They come in three different sizes to fit toddlers all the way up to pre-teens. The lenses are polarized, just like grown-up sunglasses, and they offer 100% UV protection.
The rubbery frame material is nearly indestructible, and free from harmful chemicals like BPA, lead, PVC and phthalate.
Our favorite feature of MiniShades, hands down, is their “Hide & Seek Loss Warranty”. That’s right, if you break, or lose, your MiniShades, they will send you a replacement free of charge (just pay the $7 shipping fee).
We love our MiniShades, and they even cover loss in their warranty. And yes, we have cashed in on that for every pair we have.Amelia, Tales of a Mountain Mama, Mama-In-Chief
Jan & Jul sunglasses are awesome for babies and younger toddlers. The entire line comes with a removable, adjustable strap to help keep them in place.
The frames are durable and made with flexible, chemical free materials. The lenses are polarized, shatterproof and rated UV-400 (which means that the lenses block 99%-100% of both UVA and UVB rays)
My son doesn’t like to wear sunglasses in general, but we like Jan & Jul’s because they are flexible, have a good shape for the face, and fit well under his bike helmet.TMM Team Member Emily
REAL Kids Shades are a favorite of TMM Team Members Amelia and Valerie. These sunnies come in a wide range of kid sizes in both polarized, and non-polarized lenses, and they can accommodate prescription lenses. They also offer many different colors and styles, which is super helpful if you have picky kids.
My kids don’t really like wearing sunglasses, but if they can take some ownership of picking out the ones they want, i’ve found them to be more likely to wear them.
REAL Shades come in four different youth sizes: Baby (0-2 years), Toddler (2-4 years), Kid (4-7 years) and Youth (age 7+).
The kids frames are made of TPEE, which is a a bendy, rubber-type material. They are comfortable and indestructible. If they do break, or you lose them, REAL Shades will send you a replacement free of charge – you just pay for shipping.
We love Real Shades! I personally like them a lot better than Babiators because I think they fit better and stay on little heads.TMM Team Leader Amelia
Babiators are my personal favorite and I think they’re the best overall sunglasses for babies and kids.
My kids are 3 and 5, and in over a year, they’ve yet to break a pair of Classic Babiators. They are made from a soft lightweight frame and the lens shape is more round, than oval, which my kids say “looks cooler”. They don’t pinch noses or temples.
Babiators come in three kid sizes; junior (6 months – 2 years), classic (3-5 years) and blue series (age 6+). The website recommends sizing up if you’re in-between sizes, but my son will be 6 in a few weeks and the Classic’s still fit great.
The frame material is a BPA, PVC and vinyl-free blend of rubber and polyester. The lenses are polycarbonate, which is the same shatter-proof material that most adult glasses are made of. Babiator’s are prescription lens compatible.
The Babiators warranty offers a free replacement if you lose or break your glasses -just pay shipping.
Julbo Sunglasses are another TMM Team Member favorite because they fit babies so well. Their infant/toddler sunglasses have reversible frames and no hinges- so there’s no such thing as wearing them upside-down!
Their kids line offers over 20 different styles to choose from, with size ranges from 0 months to big kids. I personally recommend sizing up, as I’ve found them to run on the small side.
Julbo’s are one of the more expensive options out there, but they have great clearance sales, and offer free shipping. Their lifetime warranty covers manufacturer defects, and they will send replacements for scratched lenses for about $15.
One downside to Julbo’s are that the frame material in their kids line contains BPA.
The last pair of sunglasses i’ll mention are the Baby Banz. These are very inexpensive (about $10 on Amazon), and when my kids were babies, I always had a pair in the center console in my car, and in the Chariot, just in case.
The frames are made of a stiff plastic material, but again, for super little babies who are wearing them very loosley, or if they’re just propped up on their eyes while in the stroller, they work great.
They come with an adjustable velcro strap, and if you do need to keep them in place, it works well. These things are extremely practical, no bells and whistles. And should anything happen to your Banz (like if you sit on them – which is what I did), they’ll ship you a replacement, totally free.
Did we miss your favorite kind of kid sunglasses? Comment below and we will include them (even better if you have a photo!).
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