Best infant Sunglasses
Do you ask yourself those questions as well from time to time? I do! Does my baby need sunglasses? And if yes, when shall we use them? And what are the best infant sunglasses to protect the baby’s eyes?
As we know, baby’s are very delicate in many aspects. Other than the baby’s sensitive skin, baby’s eyes are exposed to the sunlight frequently as well. Does it make sense to put suncream on and protect our skin, but to skip protecting our eyes?
As I live in Tropical North Queensland with my family, the sun is much appreciated, but something to be very wary of as well. And not only countries close to the horizon should be aware of harmful UV rays, but it also affects us all over the world to a certain extent.
Please read along to learn how we can protect our baby’s eyes effectively while growing up in the sunshine.
Why are sunglasses for babies so important?
You may have asked yourself this question, does my baby need sunglasses? The answer is yes, and the earlier, the better. However, sunshine has lots of positive benefits; the cumulative exposure of the sun to our eyes can result in long term damage to the eyes.
The principal of protecting eyes is simular than protecting the skin. Babies’ skin absorbs substances deeper in baby’s skin as on adult skin, therefore it is recommended to avoid direct sunlight for babies under 12 months. With the eyes, more solar radiation can get trough babies’ lens compared to an adult eye and reach the retina.
As regular exposure of UV is linked on longterm eye damage, Starting the use of sunglasses to block harmful UV is an excellent idea to help to minimize the risk on long term damage of the eyes.
What features are essential when choosing sunglasses?
When you start looking for infant sunglasses, it is a good idea to make sure that some safety features are covered. You may have found super cute bargain sunnies; however, sometimes quality is compensated in the cheaper versions.
Cheaper sunglasses may claim the term ‘sunblock’. Just make sure the glasses having a complete UV protection for babies’ eyes. Sometimes the cheaper glasses are compensated in quality.
Look for lightweight polycarbonate lenses for babies’ comfort and excellent resistance of the glasses. A strap may be an excellent choice to wrap around the sunglasses as babies like to pull things off their faces. The strap makes sure as well that the whole eyes are covered.
Make sure that the glasses covering the complete eye. A flexible frame is a good idea too, as baby won’t be careful with their belongings just yet. Flexible material will be more comfortable on babies’ delicate skin as well. Look for UV 400 lenses and 100% UV protection for optimal protection.
When should my baby wear sunglasses?
The earlier babies start wearing sunglasses, the better to protect them for long term damage to their eyes. Even if the baby is outside but in the shade, UV rates can still reach baby as it reflects on all objects around us. When out for a significant time, it is recommended to let baby wear sunglasses to reduce the long term risk of sun damage on the eyes, especially in direct sunlight.
In Australia, it is recommended to wear sunglasses when the UV level is three or above. Higher UV levels are common in summertime throughout the whole of Australia for
How much do I pay for good quality sunglasses for babies?
Of course, the price can vary quite a bit. However, I love to score an excellent bargain myself, just be aware that the
cheaper offers still give you the quality you are after. On average, you can buy sunglasses with an excellent safety level for approx $20,- AUD.
As I mentioned before, you may find some cheaper offers, and you may find a more expensive offer, just make sure the sunglasses are comfortable for baby to wear, covering the full eyes and are blocking 100 per cent UV.
I suppose we all have our own budget to find the right product. Firstly it has to be safe, but secondly, it would be great if it is cute as well.
What to remember when purchasing baby sunglasses?
Investing in quality sunglasses for your baby or child is an excellent long term investment for their young eyes to minimise long term damage on the eyes. The earlier we start protecting the eyes, the better. For adequate protection, wrap-around sunglasses are recommended. This cover protection for either direct or indirect UV rays.
Sunglasses don’t give protection when you would look straight into the sun. Make sure the sunglasses are a close fit and have a good covering. Aim for Full UV protection when you can.
When you start your infant or child on wearing sunglasses, it is recommended to buy one that meets the Australian and New-Zealand standards, rather than sunglasses labelled as toy or fashion item. Please find the following overview to learn about eye protection category’s by the Australian and New Zealand standards
I hope this article gave you more clarification on where to look for when selecting the best infant sunglasses.
If you have any questions or experience regarding infant or children sunglasses, please leave a comment below, I appreciate your input. Thank you for reading.