Sunglasses are a ‘must-have’ for everyone, including children, if you live in a warm and sunny country like New Zealand. Make it a habit to protect kids' eyes from the sun’s rays when they head outside. If you don’t know how to choose sunnies for your little one, here are a few tips.
Frames & Lenses
Sunglasses for kids should have a few key components to ensure they’re effective. Look for the following when picking them out:
- Lenses that block 99 to 100 per cent of both UVA (long length) and UVB (short length) rays
- Lightweight, durable, and flexible frames that can withstand the wear and tear of daily use (i.e. playground play) and survive in kids’ hands.
Sizing is also important in children’s sunglasses as well. Measure your child’s face and head before purchasing online and see the size chart to ensure you order the right size. This will ensure the right fit. They shouldn’t be too small or loose on their head. They should also cover a good portion of the eyes because of the sensitive skin on and around the eyelids.
Prioritize your child’s feelings as well
The earlier you have your child start wearing sunglasses the better! You can introduce the sunnies to your child from 1 year or even earlier. As with any new thing, your child may not be interested in wearing sunnies, but it’s our responsibility as parents to teach them, educate and develop healthy habits. When choosing sunglasses for your children, make sure that your child likes the style. You can narrow down the choices based on safety and durability, but when it comes to what they look like, you want your child to feel comfortable and confident. If they love their sunglasses, they’ll never want to take them off.