11 of the best children's sunglasses

Designer and high street brands, styles for girls, boys and unisex, we pick the finest shades for toddlers, pre-schoolers and primary schoolers

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  • Whether you're heading abroad or having a staycation this summer, be sure to invest in a decent pair of sunglasses for your child - and even for your baby (See our 10 of the best sunglasses for babies).

    Recent research has shown that it's vital to keep your little ones' eyes protected more than ever. According to the American Optometric Association, children as young as 3 should be wearing sunglasses when playing outside - as up to 80% of exposure to the sun’s rays takes place before the age of 18.

    We've picked out some great sunnies to shield your child's eyes from the harmful rays.

    Here comes the science bit

    Sunglasses for children should provide virtually 100% UVA protection and conform to European safety standards, EN 1836:2005. Look out for those marked as UV400, which means they block a minimum of 99.9% UVB and 99% UVA.

    Another important factor is to make sure your child’s sunglasses cover a good proportion of the eye area. That said, it is also important to invest in a pair that your child actually likes, otherwise they won’t wear them at all.

    We present our favourite UV400 children's sunglasses...

  • 1. Julbo Looping III Kids sunglasses, £27.95

    Age suitable for: 2-4 years 

    Julbo first designed innovative glasses in the 19th century to protect eyes from bright mountain light.

    The company become renowned for ski and sports glasses, and over 20 years ago branched into sunnies for children. The Looping glasses offer protection with style.

    You can buy Julbo Looping III kids sunglasses from Amazon, and Alpine Trek.

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  • 2. JoJo Maman Bebe sunglasses, £7

    Age suitable for: 0-2 years, 2-4 years and 4-6 years

    Available in a range of colours - fuchsia, black, blue, pink and red - these good value sunglasses have rigid frames for a firmer fit. You can also buy a strap for £3.50 extra to secure them on your toddler's head if your child has a habit of taking them off.

    You can buy these sunglasses from Jojo Maman Bebe.

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  • 3. Monkey Monkey sunglasses, MadeForMums Awards bronze winner, £10-20

    Age suitable for: 3 months to 11 years

    This stylish sunglasses brand includes 16 styles for boys and girls aged 3 months to 11 years, ranging from cool aviators to mirrored sports wrap-around frames, with some funky patterns thrown in the mix.

    Most importantly, the lenses provide 100% protection against UVA and UVB rays, and they are light yet strong. 

    What our MadeForMums judges say about Monkey Monkey sunglasses for kids:

    “Very cute, very durable and robust, which is important with destructive little hands around!” Broadcaster and Mum of 2 Sarah Cawood

    “My 4.5-year-old is completely in love with these glasses. She feels like a grown-up girl in them. As a parent, I'm pretty impressed with them too. They're sturdy, stylish and protect her eyes. All in all, very impressed with this high-quality product and delighted to have a pair.” Mum of 2, Alex

    You can buy Monkey Monkey sunglasses from: AmazonBoots and House Of Fraser

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  • 4. JBanz, £17

    Age suitable for: 4-10 years

    From the makers of BabyBanz, the innovative baby sunglasses, JBanz offer a range of styles with polarised lenses, offering high sun glare reduction as well as full UV protection. They come in many colours to suit boys and girls and we particularly love the classic Wayfarer-style colour-changing sunnies.

    You can buy these sunglasses from JBanz, Little Trekkers, and Amazon.

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  • 5. Bolle Kids Anaconda Junior sunglasses, £25

    Age suitable for: 4-7 years

    Perfect for sporty children on the go, the Anaconda Jr is a mini version of the adult favourite. With an ultra-light nylon frame, they're designed to be impact resistant and feature nosepad and temple tips to stop them slipping.

    Buy the Bolle Anaconda Jr sunglasses from Select Specs, Shadestation, and Amazon.

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  • 6. Roshambo unbreakable sunglasses, £24.99

    Suitable for ages: 5-12 years

    We love these funky sunnies - they have 100% UV protection, are super lightweight, prescription-friendly and come in loads of colours, like the Free Willy colourway pictured.

    But the best part has got to be their amazing flexibility and durability - we put their virtual unbreakability to the test and these sunnies can take it all! Roshambo even offers a full damage and lens replacement guarantee.

    You can buy the Roshambo unbreakable sunglasses from Kids Happy House, and Amazon.  

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  • 7. Uvex Sportstyle 509 Junior sunglasses, from £12.50

    Age suitable for: 7-10 years

    These sunglasses are based on the adult Uvex sunnies, and fit closely to your child's head.

    This helps to provide protection from the wind as well as the sun, plus mirror lenses provide  high anti-glare protection against bright sunlight.  It has 100% UVA, UVB, UVC protection, lite mirror lenses and a headband.

    You can buy the Uvex Sportstyle 509 sunglasses from Outdoor GB, and Amazon.

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  • 8. Zoobug Daisy sunglasses, £60

    Age suitable for: 5-9 years

    These flower-tastic gems provide the maximum UV protection and are fun for wearing on the beach.

    They are designed to stay on and come with optional plug-in silicone nose grips. They are also available for 0-3 years, with paediatric curly ear grips, plus Zoobug has other styles including Wayfarer, pilot, and wraparound. 

    You can buy Zoobug sunglasses from Zoobug, Trouva, and Amazon.

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  • 9. Polaroid Junior 8015N sunglasses, £37.49

    Age suitable for: 7-10 years

    Classic silver Aviator style sunglasses from iconic camera company Polaroid. These glasses are super stylish, have UV400 lenses and come with a one-year warranty.

    Buy the Polaroid Junior 8015N sunglasses from Sunglasses Shop, Boots, and Amazon.

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  • 10. Boots sunglasses, £12

    Age suitable for: 3-8 years

    Choose from a range of fab designs - like these Toy Story specs. There are Frozen ones and Disney Princesses too, as well as wraparound and glitter heart designs. Full UV protection at a good price.

    Buy these children's sunglasses from Boots.

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  • 11. Cebe Kanga sunglasses, £25

    Age suitable for: 1-3 years

    A sleek ultra-wrapped style, with brown lenses to protect young eyes from powerful sun, these Manga sunnies are flexible and robust enough for toddlers and pre-schoolers

    Buy the Cebe Kanga sunglasses from Outdoor GB and Amazon.

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