Did you know that babies 6 months and older should be wearing sunglasses when they’re outside? Sunglasses for babies are available now more than ever, but you have to look for a couple of things when buying them.
Look for total UVA/UVB protection
First, you want to make sure they say 100 percent UVA/UVB protection — meaning they filter out all of the UVR, or ultraviolet radiation, that comes into the baby’s eyes. This is important, not only to protect against skin cancer and the skin around the eyes, but because sun exposure to the eyes can cause cataracts and macular degeneration over time.
Comfort is critical
Perhaps the most important part about buying sunglasses is that they’re comfortable. For babies, we recommend sunglasses that have wrap-around bands that velcro in the back. They’re adjustable and comfortable for babies. We recommend durable, plastic lenses and soft bands for ultimate comfort.
Where can I find sunglasses for my baby?
Baby sunglasses are readily available in places like supermarkets or your local retailer.
What if my child won’t wear them?
The key to sunglass-wearing is practice. Most babies, toddlers, and even preschoolers may resist them at first. Each time you go outside or in the car, attempt to put the sunglasses on your baby. Soon enough, they will come to see this as part of their routine and put their little sunglasses on as they’re leaving the house.