Now that the warmer weather is approaching, it’s time to bring out the best garden games and sun cream. One thing that might not have made it to your list of summer must-haves are baby sunglasses. Not only will they make your child look super cute, but they’ll also protect them in the warmer weather and help them to see more easily.
Kids' sunglasses can be tricky to pick, especially if you're little one has anything to say about it, that's why we've scoured the internet and selected the best baby sunglasses available - sure to please both parent and tot.
Do babies need to wear sunglasses?
They certainly do. Sure, they may be adorable but sunglasses aren't just a stylish accessory - they offer your baby real protection against the sun.
What to look for when choosing the baby sunglasses
UVA/UVB protection: Pick glasses that filter at least 99 per cent of UVA and UVB rays to protect your baby’s eyes.
A strap or headband: When it comes to newborns and young children, it can be hard to keep their sunglasses on. Consider opting for wraparound sunglasses rather than ones that sit on her nose as not only will it stop light from entering through the sides but it’ll prevent them from slipping down her nose or from her pulling them off. If you fall in love with an adorable pair that doesn’t have one, don’t worry, you can buy these separately.
Comfort: Choose your baby sunglasses based on the material they’re made from. If the design is based around a more flexible substance, then this will almost guarantee comfort for your little one.
Lenses: Sunglasses lenses are available in many different tints but don’t worry too much about the darkness tint in your little one’s glasses as UV blockage is more important. You may want to consider polarised lenses however as this will reduce glare and increase your baby's visibility.
You can check out the quality of lenses by holding the sunglasses at arm’s length and looking through them at something with a straight line. If the straight edge sways when you move the lenses across in a line, the optical quality is poor. If it stays straight then you are good to go!
Strength: Pick out a pair of sturdy sunglasses which are made from plastic or tough materials that won’t break easily if dropped. Polycarbonate lenses are recommended as these are durable and won’t break or scratch easily.
The best baby sunglasses
Instead of you searching far and wide on the internet for the best baby sunglasses, we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favourites, including some older kids' sunglasses. All you have to do is choose the cutest one for your tot.
Best baby sunglasses for the beach
Your baby can chew and bend these shades to their heart's content as according to Roshambo, they're unbreakable. They are also extremely lightweight and built to float, so there's no need to worry about losing them in the pool or sea.
Perfect age for: Birth to four years
- Weigh just 28g.
- 100 per cent UVA/UVB/UVC protected.
- The flexible, lightweight arms bend gently inward to help keep the shades on your baby’s head.
Review: "These are brilliant. They are flexible, damage resistant, and must be comfortable as my finicky 2 year will wear hers without fuss. She even asks to put them on whenever she feels like it! I spent a lot of time looking for sunglasses with real SPF protection to help keep her sensitive eyes protected all year long. We tried a few others first, but these are the only ones that have worked for us, so I've now bought 3 pairs."
Best all round baby sunglasses
Are you heading on a British staycation with the family? These baby sunglasses from KIDDUS are a must-have for any parent. Not only will they easily fit in your baby changing bag, but they’ll also provide your baby total protection because they are made with the highest available filter (UV400).
Perfect age for: Newborns to two years
- Its adjustable band will fit children's heads up to 52cm.
- Comes with a FREE microfibre pouch for you to store the glasses in.
- The sunglasses have the highest available filter (UV400).
- Offers a 30-day unconditional money-back guarantee.
Review: "Bought these for our gorgeous granddaughter. They are totally adjustable over their heads. The underside of the adjustable velcro band - is lovely and soft and cushioned. My granddaughter is just 20 weeks old, but she didn't complain once about them - and was very happy to be in them. And she looked so cute and 'cool' in them as well! Much better for them, when in strong sunlight, to protect their eyes."
Best baby sunglasses for durability
Made from a flexible rubber that is claimed to be indestructible - these Babiators won’t break if your toddler bends or twists them. The lenses are impact and shatter-resistant, offering 100 per cent UV protection from the sun.
Perfect age for: Birth to five years
- UV400 lenses that offer 100% UVA + UVB protection.
- Free drawstring bag included to keep the glasses safe and sound.
- If you lose or break your Babiators in the first year, Babiators will replace them for free (all you pay is shipping).
Review: "Love the fit, colour of the frames, flexibility and great to know the guarantee covers a new pair if we have any mishaps! Really happy with our second pair of Babiators for our newest arrival - the pair look great together in their matching sunnies."
Best value baby sunglasses
Get out the dressing up box and add these fun flower power sunglasses to your little one's collection. Not only are they good for playtime, but they also offer lots of UV protection when your child is out in the garden.
Perfect age for: Toddlers
- The lenses can block 100 per cent of both UVA and UVB radiation.
- These kids' sunglasses have UV400 protection.
- Fun pair of sunnies for kids!
Review: "Received these today and already my daughter won't take them off. They are well made and don't feel flimsy like some others she has. Comfortable around her nose area too. These are perfect for the current sunny weather we are having."
The detachable strap of these sunglasses from JoJo Maman Bebe are also adjustable, ensuring a snug fit for your youngster and that they won't get lost - or pulled off! We love that there are no gaps around the frames for sunlight to get through.
Perfect age for: Birth to six years
- Simple to use.
- Secure fit.
- Includes detachable, adjustable strap.
- The maximum UV protection.
Review: "Bought these for my 5 month old to protect her eyes from the sun. They work a charm do the job. When she tries to remove the glasses she cannot because of the handy adjustable strap."
Best baby sunglasses for newborns
Choosing the right sunglasses for children is difficult. Picking the right sunglasses for newborns is almost impossible. Luckily here at Mother&Baby, we found these incredible glasses that have a headband to ensure they stay on. You'll never misplace your baby's eyewear again.
Perfect age for: Suitable from newborn to two years
- Don't worry about your little one dropping these. The sunnies are designed with category three shatterproof lenses.
- Not only does the band keep the sunglasses secure, but it'll also ensure kids don't lose them.
- These glasses will provide the full benefit of UVA & UVB Sun Protection.
Review: "These are far the best sunglasses I have ever bought. I have already 6 pairs of them. One in the nursery, one at grandma's, one in the car, one always in my handbag (just in case) and two at home. I also have smaller sizes, as I started to buy them when my little one was 6 months old, now she is 4. They fit head perfectly, no sun is getting in, they are round the eye protection. They are dark, so my super sensitive to sun child doesn't cry at all. They stay on the head even when she runs crazy. They are easy for her to put on and take off herself if she needs it. Overall PERFECT."
Best baby sunglasses for Frozen fans
Although only Filter category three, these Disney Frozen™ sunglasses will still protect against harmful UV rays with the help of Elsa and Anna. Any small fans of the films will love wearing these glittery sunnies.
Perfect age for: Suitable for ages three and up
- For any kids who haven't let go of their Frozen stage.
- Looks cool while protecting eyes from the sun.
- Simply because they're adorable kids' sunglasses!
Best baby sunglasses for days out
Recommended for hiking, these baby sunglasses are a must-have for any fun trips out. Whether you're popping to the local park, visiting a theme park or going for a long walk around a nature reserve, you should never leave home without them.
Perfect age for: Six to 12 months
- We love that there is no detachable parts to these kids' sunglasses.
- They are made from a non-allergenic plastic.
- These are ideal for sunny weather because of the category four lens and the 100% UV filter.
Review: "Finally! Amazing price! So I bought this pair and babiators which are super expensive but now going to return Babiators as this pair from Decathlon does the job perfectly for my 4.5 month old when taking her out in the pram, they stay on her face and don’t drop down, she doesn’t take them off and I’m finally able to have the pram hood down so she can look around without wincing at the sun constantly. They are lightweight, bendable and have the maximum category 4 eye protection, they feel high quality. I’m really pleased with this purchase."
Best sunglasses for older children
Don't forget to kit out your older children with the best kids sunglasses! Whether your child is obsessed with trucks, unicorns, dinosaurs or space, there's an option available for them as these come in 15 different designs.
Perfect age for: Six and over
- These kids' sunglasses come with a 30-day unconditional money back guarantee and a 12-month warranty.
- They have a cool truck on them, but you can also opt for dinosaurs, hearts, unicorns, flowers, Vichy or tropical print.
- Not only are these glasses difficult to break, but they're also flexible on the temples to give a comfortable fit.
Review: "Though these are a little more expensive, they are brilliant! Resilient, well made, my son who breaks a lot of things has yet to break these! He is nearly 2 and fit him perfectly. Love the design too."
Best baby sunglasses strap
Last but certainly not least, we have the ultimate eyewear accessory - the sunglasses strap. This little accessory will fasten around your baby's head - gone are the days of spending an hour looking for them at playschool.
Perfect age for: Six months to five years
- OK, so technically not sunglasses, but this strap is good for keeping kids' sunglasses on.
- It has a Velcro™ fastening, which is easy to use.
- The strap is adjustable so that it can fit the back of your child's head.
Review: "These are great, kept my two year old from loosing them down his face which really frustrated him! Took a little while to get use to but he loves them not falling off!"