The best sunglasses for babies

Here are the best sunglasses for infants, babies and toddlers, from designer to high street brands - we pick the finest shades to protect your baby's eyes

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  • Do babies need to wear sunglasses?

    Yes. Many people think of sunglasses as a fashion accessory, but they're actually a crucial part of sun protection for your baby, with ophthalmologists recommending that all children under the age of 10 should wear sunglasses in strong sunshine, even babies.

    Any old sunnies won't do, though. Sunglasses for babies (and all children) should provide as much protection as possible.  The highest being category 4, which offers virtually 100% UVA protection and conform to European safety standards, EN 1836:2005. Look out for those marked as UV400; this means they block a minimum of 99.9% UVB and 99% UVA.

    Another important factor is to make sure your baby’s sunglasses cover a good proportion of the eye area. That said, it is also important to invest in a pair that your baby is comfortable in, otherwise he won’t wear them. And if he's prone to taking hats off the minute they're popped on, then look for a pair with a headband. Cooler than they sound!

    We present our favourite children's sunnies...

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  • Beaba Newborn Clip Strap Sunglasses, £14

    Age suitable for: Birth to 6 months 

    These Beaba newborn sunglasses are ideal 1st sunglasses, thanks to the wide-back adjustable strap and soft plastic frame.

    The lenses are category 4 - meaning they are the darkest glasses available on the market - and offers nearly 100% UV protection with the shaped sides.  

    The lense glass is unbreakable and all Beaba shades come with a 1-year guarantee for frames and lens.

    Available from Jojo Maman Bebe

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  • Baby BanZ Baby Adventure Sunglasses, £14.99

    Age suitable for: Birth to 2 years  

    Australian brand Banz designs its glasses "to tackle one of the world's toughest UV environments," and we all know it gets pretty hot down under. 

    Complete with category 4 lenses, they are made of polycarbonate Ophthalmic material and have an elastic strap to ensure your baby can’t remove them.  

    The Adventure BanZ can be worn from birth to 2-years-old and also come with a silicone 'Nose and Brow Piece' embedded into the glasses for added comfort.

    Retro Banz baby available from John Lewis

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  • Julbo's Kids Looping Sunglasses, £26

    Age suitable for: 2 years to 4 years

    For the times when the family goes trekking, mountain climbing or even kayaking, Julbo has developed Looping 3 sunglasses.

    With a category 4 protection rating, wrap around coverage, curved temples, and a flat elastic strap they won't leave the face of even very active children. 

    My First Julbo’s are available from Snow & Rock

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  • Jojo Maman Bebe Baby Sunglasses, £14

    Age suitable for: Birth to 6 months and 3 years to 6 years

    Jojo Maman Bebe Baby Sunglasses offer a maximum UV 400, UVA and UVB protection for your child's eyes.  That means they block light rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers, which means that your eyes should be shielded from even the tiniest UV rays.

    You used to have to buy the adjustable neoprene straps separately, however, the folks at JJMB now include the removable straps in the price.   

    Available from Jojo Maman Bebe

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  • Foster Grant Green Monster Sunglasses, £7

    Age suitable for: 2 years +

    These funky sunglasses may not look as serious as other baby sun shades, but don't let the fun monster motif fool you, they are just as protective.

    In fact they provide total sun protection in the form of UV 400, UVA and UVB which means they should stop light rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers and block even the tiniest UV rays.

    Green Monster sunglasses are available from Foster Grant.

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  • Goggle Tiger Sunglasses, £7

    Age suitable for: Birth to 2 years

    Perfect for summer, these cute as a button sunnies have100% UVA/UVB protection and an adjustable strap to make sure they stay on, and can even be popped in the washing machine to keep them looking clean.

    Baby spotty sunglasses are available from Foster Grant

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  • Junior Babiators Sunglasses, £19.99

    Age suitable for: 6 months to 2 years

    These super-cool baby sunglasses are safe, durable and are based on the classic Aviator style. Available in black, white, silver, navy, lime and black with pink arms, there's a colour for everyone.

    Not only do they look great, they're made from flexible rubber so they can be twisted, bent and sat upon and still keep their shape.

    Babiators are available from Natural baby Shower 

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  • Lytot sunglasses with pacifier, £35.50

    Age suitable for: Birth to 3 years

    You’ll either love these Lytot sunglasses or hate them. If you’re not a fan of dummies it’s likely to be the latter as the sunglasses are connected to a dummy, so babies can suck on a pacifier and wear sunglasses at the same time. 

    It eliminates the need for any arms (aka temples) or adjustable strap on the glasses, so your little one should be comfortable.  And as your little one will be busy sucking the dummy they shouldn’t want to take off the sunglasses – so says Lytot.

    Safety-wise the lenses are blue blockers, meaning they stop 90% of blue light and 90% of UV rays, are Bisphenol A free and they are also comply to the EN71-x standard.

    Suitable from birth to 36 month the Lytot sunglasses with pacifier is available from Lytot 

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  • Paw Patrol sunglasses, £4

    Age suitable for: 1 year to 3 years

    These cute little shades will keep any little Paw Patrol fan happy, and probably make them want to wear sunglasses. 

    It's worth nothing that they are a category 3 rating, which isn't the highest and they have no band round the back of the head to keep them on, so they're probably more suited to toddlers.  

    Available from Asda

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  • Uveez, £15

    Age suitable for: Birth to 2 years

    These baby sunglasses are great for babies at just a few months old. They have a flexible fit, and the nice extra wide band at the back means they'll stay on securely.

    They're designed to protect little eyes from 100% UVA and UVB rays, too.

    Available from Kidly

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  • Beaba Baby Sunglasses, £20

    Age suitable for: 9 months to 2 years

    For older babies and toddlers Beaba has this stylish eyewear.  Suitable from 9 months upwards, these baby sunglasses protect against 100% UVA/UVB rays, have an "unbreakable and bendable" frame and are made with hypoallergenic silicone.  They are also supplied with case and a microfibre wipe.

    Available from Beaba

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