That means warm sunny days, hot sunny days or hot and humid days depending on where you are. Either way the sun is shining and most likely you are outside playing with your tykes.
This means that you need to protect your tyke from the suns harmful rays. We all know about sunscreen and sun hats but what I see missing a lot from young tykes is eye protection. I’ll see Mom and Dad sporting sunglasses but not their tyke.
The suns rays can reflect off water, the ground and playground equipment in which it will penetrate directly in your tykes eyes if they aren’t protected.
Protecting your tykes eyes at an early age will help decrease the risk of cataracts and other eye problems in adulthood, as well as, begin a habit of eye protection for life.
There are so many brands of infant, toddler and kids sunglasses that it is hard to know which ones will protect your tykes eyes and which ones are just for fashion.
Here’s what you should know:
* Choose a pair of sunglasses that have 100% UV-A/UV-B protection.
* Make sure the sunglasses cover your tykes eyes completely.
* The shade of the tint is not what adds protection. The UV protection comes from a chemical applied to the lenses. It’s a personal preference if your tyke likes a light, medium or dark tint.
*Polarized lenses are an option and for a lot of adults it is a preference. I prefer polarized lenses myself, which reduces glare. Your tyke may not know the difference. Polarized lenses come with a higher price tag.
*Replace sunglasses once the lenses become scratched.
*Choose polycarbonate lenses (high-impact resistance) if your child will be wearing the sunglasses while playing sports.
**Important – Wearing toy/fashion sunglasses can actually do more harm to your tykes eyes than not wearing sunglasses at all. Shaded lenses without protection will relax pupils, causing them to dilate and let MORE harmful radiation into your tykes eyes. It’s crucial that your tykes sunglasses have 100% UV-A/UV-B protection.
J-Man started wearing sunglasses when he was about 3 months old and now, at 3 years of age, he literally will not leave the house without them. If for some reason he forgets he will throw a fit until I return to retrieve them. Therefore, I make sure they are in hand when we leave the house.
Since J-Man wears his sunglasses ALL THE TIME this means he wears them to school, riding his bike, hiking, camping, at the pool and every other outdoor activity he does. Actually, you will find him wearing them at night in the car. Apparently, he thinks the sun shines on him 24 hours a day – he’s that cool.
When J-Man was an infant he wore sunglasses that had an adjustable velcro strap that goes around the head. We then moved on to sunglasses that had regular temples but had a cinch strap on the back to help keep them on. (similar to this strap) Now J-Man wears regular toddler sunglasses with no problem.
The sunglasses J-Man will NOT leave home without are the Julbo Boobas. They are not only his favorite color – ORANGE, but they fit him great, are comfortable for him and are pretty much toddler proof.
The Boobas have a wrap around shape with large curved temples that keep them securely on and provide great protection from the suns rays.
They are made of a flexible rubber that has a soft surface eliminating any irritations on the nose or face.
J-Man has a habit of stretching out thetemples when placing them on his face and because they are made of flexible rubber they don’t break, thank goodness!
The Boobas have taken a serious beating EVERYDAY from J-man for the past 2 months and they are still holding strong.
They just might make J-Man stronger, too…
Julbo makes sunglasses ranging from infants to adults and even though the pricing for their tykes sunglasses may be considered a bit steep they are quality sunglasses that provide 100% UV-A/UV-B protection, as well as, UV -C rays. There are great color options for each pair of sunglasses and they provide a LIFETIME warranty for manufacturer defects.
I’ve personally never worn Julbo but after seeing the quality and protection of J-Man’s sunglasses I’m going to get myself a pair.
Does your tyke wear sunglasses? If so, was it easy to get them to wear the sunglasses? What tricks did you use?
Julbo kindly provided the Booba sunglasses for this review. All the opinions and comments expressed are my own. Affiliate links are provided in the review to help us continue to bring out the adventurers in all of us and most importantly our tykes.