When my second baby was born, the first thing I noticed about her was her beautiful red hair. I was thrilled, but my husband—another red head—knew that it meant we’d have to be extra cautious about keeping her protected from the sun.
Now that she’s two, she knows that sun safety is just par for the course, including sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses. And while I think her sun-safe getup is adorable (of course), baby sunglasses aren’t just cute—they’re also important for safety. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends sunglasses with UV protection for babies over 6 months old, toddlers, and children.
However, finding the best sunglasses for infants can be difficult. Everything that makes babies adorable, from their curious nature to their squishy rolls, also makes it hard to get sunglasses to stay in place. To help you, we’ve compiled a list of the best sunglasses for infants so that your baby can be safe and chic this summer, along with the information you need to know about picking the right pair of baby sunglasses for your little one. (Summer style not included.)
- What are baby sunglasses?
- Do babies really need sunglasses?
- What to look for in baby sunglasses
- Julbo Eyewear Juniors Loop
- Baby BANZ Sunglasses
- Kushies Baby Sunglasses
- Babiators Flower Child Sunglasses
- Babiators Sweetheart Baby Sunglasses
- Polarized WeeFarers
- GlamBaby Dillon Sunglasses
- Glambaby Serena Sunglasses
- My Little Sunnies Round Retro Sunglasses
What are Baby Sunglasses?
Baby sunglasses are miniature versions of regular sunglasses that are specifically designed in smaller sizes for babies’ faces and features. Like adult sunglasses, they offer protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. They also offer more baby-friendly features, like shatterproof lenses, wraparound styles, and adorable styles.
Babies eyes can be more prone to damage from the sun, because the skin on their eyelids is more delicate, which offers less natural protection. Thus, baby sunglasses are a really great idea if you can find a pair that works for your baby.
You will most likely find baby sunglasses in two styles:
- Wrap-around baby glasses. Complete with an adjustable strap that wraps around your baby’s head, this style of baby sunglasses looks more like traditional swim goggles. They’re meant to help the glasses stay in place since we all know babies are infamous for ripping everything off of their heads that we as parents try to place there. Please see: the bows I bought for my daughter that will forever RIP.
- Sit-in-place baby sunglasses. These are your traditional glasses that you just plop on your nose and affix over the ear. (And then say a prayer they stay on!)
How to Choose Baby Sunglasses
There are a few key features you’ll want to look for when choosing baby sunglasses, such as:
100% UVA + UVB protection
The best sunglasses for babies should offer protection from 100% of UVA and UVB rays. That means that your child will be protected from common forms of UVA rays, which penetrate the body, as well as UVB rays, which can cause surface damage like sunburn.
While many adults like polarized sunglasses because they reduce glare, your baby probably doesn’t mind too much whether her glasses are polarized or not.
Polarization aside, what is important for baby sunglasses is fit. If your baby likes to move around and pull at his glasses, opt for glasses with a head strap, which will help keep glasses in place.
Many baby sunglasses are also shatterproof so that your baby won’t hurt herself should they break.
Do Babies Really Need Sunglasses?
Ideally, you will want to keep your baby in the shade as much as possible during the warm-weather months, especially if your baby is under six months old. (The FDA recommends that you avoid using sunscreen on babies under six months and instead opt for shade or full UV protective clothing.)
But if your baby will be out in the full sun, sunglasses really can protect their eyes. Another bonus is that if they are playing in the water, whether that’s at the beach or in a pool, the glasses will protect their eyes from salt water or just discomfort.
And you could look at it this way: even if they end up ripping the glasses off, some kind of protection is better than nothing, right? So bring on the baby sunglasses! Oh, and pssttt: if your baby absolutely refuses to wear one, the right sun hat can make a big difference too.
Truly Mama’s Picks for Best Baby Sunglasses
These wraparound-style baby sunglasses are definitely designed for comfort. I love that the strap is detachable if you need to remove it quickly or need to adjust the fit. It combines both an elastic and fabric strap for a truly custom fit. Plus, I love that it includes hypoallergenic and paint-free materials.
- Eye Size: 40 mm
- Weight: 0.5 oz
Worth mentioning: a few reviewers found this particular style to be on the smaller size for toddlers, so be sure to check the fit for your baby’s head because you’ll want a good fit for comfort.
Baby Banz offers full UVA and UVB protection with this pair of glasses, meant for babies up to two years old. They definitely offer parent-friendly features like a silicone nose and brow (much more comfortable!) and a hook-and-loop closure that you’ll come to appreciate by the end of a long day in the sun.
Another great bonus with Baby Banz is a 1-year replacement guarantee (you’ll have to register the glasses on the BanZ website to qualify) that will get you a free replacement pair should anything happen with your baby’s glasses. Not a bad deal.
- Lens Width: 45mm
- Lens Height: 26mm
- Bridge Width: 13mm
- Minimum Head Circumference: 15 IN / 38 CM
- Maximum Head Circumference: 18.5 IN / 45.5 CM
Kushies come in two different sizes: newborn and toddler. The newborn sizes fit 0-12 months, while the toddler sizes will fit 12 months and up. We’re big fans of the bright and bold colors of these glasses, along with the fat that they meet the AOA (American Optometric Association) specifications for non-prescription sunglasses.
They also get bonus points for durability that can last among even the most rough-and-tumble of toddlers, thanks to Dupont rubber arms and polycarbonate impact & scratch resistant lenses.
Channel your baby’s inner flower power with these cheerful frames. You’ll get polarized lenses with UV400 that offer 100% UVA and UVB protection. Plus, they’re impact and shatter-resistant and flexible rubber frames ensure they won’t break, no matter how much your baby tries. Choose from sizes 0 all the way to up to age 10 for flower power for the whole fam.
These glasses are spot-clean only, but do come with an included case to help protect them when you’re on-the-go. They also boast UV400 lenses for ultimate protection and rubber frames that absolutely will not break, even through the toughest toddler hands.
These WeeFarers are made in the USA and they’re available in multiple sizes, up to 12 years old, so feel free to pick up a pair for yourself too. Ahem, I mean, for your older kids.
The Dillon sunglasses come with a handy microfiber pouch for on-the-go use that also doubles as a cleaning cloth. You can rinse under water to get rid of any sand or dirt, then wipe dry with the included cloth.
This pair is made with a resin frame, so it may not be as durable or flexible as sunglasses made with rubber frames, so keep that in mind if your little one is more of a rough-and-tumble beach goer than a sit-by-the-poolside-and-sip-cold drinks type. Just a suggestion.
My Little Sunnies specializes in combining vintage styles with modern sunglass features, so you’ll definitely get the best of both worlds with this pair. Choose from glasses that fit 12 months all the way up to 7 years old.
Frequently Asked Questions
What age should babies start wearing sunglasses?
The best way to protect babies under 6 months from sun is to keep them in the shade. Shade and a brimmed hat are first-line defenses to protect babies’ eyes from the sun, but the American Academy of Ophthalmology says that there’s no reason babies shouldn’t also wear glasses that block 100% of UV rays.
Can sunlight damage my baby’s eyes?
Baby’s developing eyes are particularly sensitive to light, so putting sunglasses on your baby can help them feel more comfortable in bright light. Too much exposure to the sun can cause sore eyes and contribute to damage that builds over a lifetime, just the way that the skin can be damaged by exposure to the sun.
Does my baby need to wear polarized sunglasses?
Polarized lenses are designed to cut down on the amount of reflected light that enters your eye. This often results in more clear vision, particularly around water or snow. So while babies may not need polarization, if you’re going to be spending time by the pool or beach, your baby might enjoy polarized glasses.
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