12 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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  • If 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 sunnies...

  • Ray Ban - Junior Wayfarer, £42.95

    Definitely one for the style conscious tot – these designer sunglasses are pricier than some but are also the originators of the Wayfarer style. If your child likes them, they can be worn for years to come and kept as a collector’s item just like the adult originals.

    Suitable for: 5-10 years

    Ray-Ban Junior sunglasses, available at SmartBuyGlasses

  • JoJo Maman Bebe, £6

    Available in a range of colours - fuschia (pictured), black, blue and red - these good value sunglasses have rigid frames for a firmer fit. You can also buy a strap for £2.50 extra to secure them on your toddler's head if your child has a habit of taking them off.

    Suitable for: 0-2 years, 2-4 years and 4-6 years

    Baby & toddler sunglasses, £6, available at JoJo Maman Bebe

  • Julbo Looping III Kids sunglasses, £23

    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.

    Suitable for: 2-4 years

    Julbo Looping III Kids sunglasses, available from Amazon

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  • JBanz, £15

    From the makers of BabyBanz, the innovative baby sunglasses, JBanz offer a wraparound style with polarised lenses, offering high sun glare reduction as well as full UV protection. They come in many colours to suit boys and girls.

    Suitable for: 4-10 years

    JBanz, available from BabyBanz

  • Bolle Kids – Anaconda Junior, £25

    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.

    Suitable for: 4-7 years

    Bolle Anaconda Jr sunglasses, available at Select Specs

  • Wayfarer sunglasses, £4.99

    We love the funky frames on these sunnies - they come in a great range of colour and have 100% UV protection. Plus - they're a really good price too.

    Suitable for: 3-10 years

    Wayfarer sunglasses, available at World of Glasses

  • Bloc Junior, from £24

    These sunglasses are based on the Bloc adult sunnies, and fit closely to your child's head. This helps to provide protection from the wind as well as the sun, plus the glasses offer strong sports hinges to make them more durable in small hands.

    Suitable from: 7-10 years

    Bloc Junior, available from Outdoor GB

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  • Zoobug – Bluebell blue, £50

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

    They are designed to stay on with and come with paediatric curly arms and come with a funky Zoobug case and personalised name tag.

    Suitable for: 2-5 years

    Bluebell blue Zoobug glasses, £49.95, available at Zoobug

  • Police Junior 528, £30 reduced from £71

    Classic silver Aviator style sunglasses from '80s bestsellers Police. Super stylish, full protection, but with a matching price tag.

    Suitable for: 7-10 years

    Police Junior 528, available from Sunglasses Shop

  • Uvex Sporty Junior, £16

    These Uvex SGL 501s have a really distinctive and cool design and come in a range of colours.

    They're really lightweight and have ear adjustments for a really snug fit.

    Suitable for: 4-8 years

    Uvex SGL 501s, available from Outdoor GB

  • Boots sunglasses for girls and boys, £12

    Choose from a range of fab designs - like these Spiderman specs. There are Frozen ones too. Full UV protection at a good price.

    Suitable for: 3-8 years

    Boots sunglasses available from Boots

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  • Cebe Kanga sunglasses, £18.74

    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

    Suitable for: 1-3 years

    Cebe Kanga, available from Outdoor GB


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