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Best Baby Sunglasses

Do you think buying a pair of stylish baby sunglasses for your little one is a little over the top, or maybe even a little frivolous? After all, how often are they in the sun anyway? It can’t be that important right? Wrong!

We all know that while rays from the sun indeed offer us many benefits including vitamin D, they also have the potential to harm us if we leave our skin and eyes unprotected. This is even more true for our wee little ones whose eyelids are more sensitive to light than those of adults. 

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Whether it’s an all-inclusive vacation with your baby that you’re planning, hiking with a baby, or a day at the beach with your baby, one thing’s for sure, you can never have enough sun-protective gear. And that applies to both you and your bub!

So pack all your baby beach essentials, including your sunscreen, an adorable baby sun hat, and beach toys, and then pick out a pair of shades from our list of best baby sunglasses. They’re practical, adorable, protective, and…did I mention adorable?

mother with baby in carrier wearing beach baby sunglasses

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Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this fashionable accessory including what features you need to look for and what makes the best baby beach sunglasses!

Best Baby Sunglasses

Protecting your baby’s eyes are key and your baby will look even more adorable thanks to these cute baby sunglasses. In our list of baby sunglasses you’ll also find newborn baby sunglasses, but more importantly you’ll find the best options that meet everything to look for when choosing baby sunglasses (see our list of things to consider below).

mother holding baby who is wearing baby girl sunglasses

Best Two Pack Baby Sunglasses

Let's be honest, if you're like most parents you'll be searching in the deep depths of your backpack diaper bag for those itty bitty sunglasses. Save yourself some time and get the two pack! Unless you had a specific style in mind...

What to Look for in Baby Sunglasses

Whether you are planning a trip to Fiji with your baby or just heading to your neighborhood park, protecting those little peepers is crucial.

How do you choose baby sunglasses?

When choosing the best pair of baby sunglasses you want to look for a flexible frame, UV protection, and a band or adjustable strap to help keep them on.

Here is more on each of these considerations before narrowing down your choice and picking up a pair of baby sunglasses:

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Flexibility 

 We know that when it comes to children, plastic products last but a few seconds before they end up broken, snapped, or torn – and the same goes for rigidly constructed sunglasses. If you don’t want the new baby aviator sunglasses just bought, and that your baby looks so adorable in, to be broken under two wears, we suggest you buy a pair that is flexible. 

Sunglasses made from silicone or TPE are capable of withstanding rough handling without breaking even when thrown around or bent with little hands.

Choosing a durable material becomes even more of a non-negotiable as your tot gets older and becomes more active and strong! That’s why it’s better to invest in a strong pair of sunglasses right at the outset rather than having to replace them every few months.

UV Protection

If you’re outdoors with your little one, you need to make sure that their eyes are protected from the blazing sunlight; more specifically, from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.

The best baby sunglasses prevent damage to your baby’s corneas by offering protection from both UVA and UVB rays. In fact, choosing a pair of sunglasses that offers 95%-100% protection is one of the most important sun-safety tips for babies on a vacation!

mother holding baby with pink hat and baby banz sunglasses

Polarization

The first thing to understand about polarization is that it’s not the same as UV protection. Polarized lenses are treated with a chemical to filter out part of the light, thereby reducing glare and making objects appear sharper and clearer. 

While it is certainly a great feature to have, it isn’t a necessity that your baby’s sunglasses be polarized. It is usually only a personal choice depending on what feels more comfortable to your baby. They make the most sense to use when your baby is looking at highly-reflective surfaces under excessively bright conditions, like when staring at the sea when at the beach or the snow when skiing in the mountains. 

Band or Adjustable Strap

If babies had their way they would probably wriggle out of anything we put them in! But when it comes to something as essential as protective sunglasses on a hot summer’s day, it’s important for us to find a way to keep them on, and there’s nothing better for the job than a head strap or attached band. 

baby smiling and pulling off baby sunglasses strap

Bands on baby sunglasses are usually made out of an elastic material that is both comfortable and adjustable. This not only keeps them from slipping off but also makes it possible for your baby’s sunglasses to grow with them.

Some babies are likely to hate the band, so we’ve included some in the list that don’t have a band or adjustable strap.

BPA-Free Frame Material / Shatter-Proof 

Frame

To ensure maximum safety, select materials that are gentle and soft on a baby’s skin. You will know if the sunglasses are safe and free of toxins if they are labeled BPA-free and phthalates-free

Lens

“Shatterproof,” “shatter-resistant,” and “impact-resistant” are all terms you want to keep an eye out for when on the hunt for a pair of baby sunglasses. These lenses are usually made out of durable polycarbonate material and engineered to withstand the daily wear and tear that comes with being handled by a baby. 

Age Suitability

Always check the age range suitability of the sunglasses before buying them in order to avoid the possibility of them ending up being too big or small for your baby’s face. Most manufacturers mention the length of the frame in millimeters, so check the size of the sunglasses and if required measure your baby’s face before selecting one.

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