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Do babies and young children really need sunglasses? Necessity or fashion accessory?

Published on 22-05-2017


Sure babies look super gorgeous in sunglasses but do they REALLY need them?

The answer is yes, yes, yes!

Here comes the science bit: 

The cornea, lens and fluids in a child’s eye are clearer than in an adult. This allows more short wavelength light to reach the retina which can lead to cataracts in later life if not protected from sun exposure.Scary stuff, right?! 

Current recommendation is that all youngsters under 10 should wear sunglasses that block 99% of the sun's UV rays.

Kids are particularly vulnerable as they tend to spend more time outside – it is estimated that 60-80% of sun exposure takes place prior to the age of 18.

All those sunny afternoons in the park, making mud pies in the garden and pushing the long suffering dog around in a pram (no? Just us?) are part of being a child. No one wants to spoil that but no-one wants potential long term damage either.


Fashion Accessory?

Too right! But now that we know we are doing our kids a favour by encouraging wear – why not!

Kids after all look super cute in sunnies!

Sunglasses with proper UV protection are the way forward and there are a few companies who make sunglasses for young children.



Babiators (pictured) are a fabulous American brand that are now available in the UK, and from us of course! 

These block out 100% of harmful UV rays. Babiators baby and children's sunglasses come in Original and Polarized, and in sizing 0-3 and 3-7 years. And check out the range of colours!

Baby Banz is another brand specifically making sunnies for kids. These are especially good for very young babies as the elasticated neoprene strap allows for a secure yet comfortable fit.

The moral of this story - by investing in quality children's sunglasses, you really are helping your kids enjoy a lifetime of good vision. Icing on the cake is that your child spends the summer looking cute as a button!

For me then, the answer to the question is yes, necessity definately, but also yes, what a fun fashion accessory! 

Babiators are in store now - happy shopping!


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