The best sunglasses for babies

Here are the best sunglasses for even very young babies 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.

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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…

And don’t miss our 12 of the best sunglasses for children

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Beaba Newborn Clip Strap Sunglasses, £17

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 Amazon

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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.

Available from 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.

Availble from from Little Trekkers 

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Jojo Maman Bebe Baby Sunglasses, £7

Age suitable for: Birth 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.

You can also buy the adjustable neoprene straps separately for £3.50.

Available from Jojo Maman Bebe

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KIDDUS Kids Comfort Sunglasses, £17.45

Age suitable for: 2 to 6 years

These sunglasses come in a whole range of funky prints including flowers, sail boats and polka dots.

As well as providing UVA, UVB and UV 400 protection, the frame and legs are completely flexible so you don’t have to worry about them breaking.

Available from: Amazon

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Goggle Tiger Sunglasses, £7.99

Age suitable for: Birth to 2 years

Perfect for summer, these cute as a button sunnies have 100% 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.

Available from Foster Grant

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Junior Babiators Sunglasses, £22.50

Age suitable for: 0 to 5 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 pink, 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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Idol Eyes, £14.95

Age suitable for: Birth to 2 years

Idol Eyes sunglasses are made from a durable rubber soft rubber frame and adjustable head strap so they stay secure on your little one’s head.

As well as 4 cute designs, they provide 100% UV protection and come with a lens specially designed for its clarity.

Available from: Amazon

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Monkey Monkey Sunglasses, £18

Age suitable for: 3 months to 11 years

This stylish sunglasses brand won bronze in our MadeForMums awards. Their range 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.

Available from House of Fraser

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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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