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10 of the best baby sunglasses

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

best baby sunglasses

With summer fast approaching, it’s important to make sure even the littlest eyes are well-protected against harmful rays. Plus, with so many adorable frames and designs to choose from, baby sunglasses are just too cute not to be wearing as often as possible.

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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.

What to look for when choosing baby sunglasses

Coverage – Make sure your baby’s sunglasses cover a good proportion of the eye area, so they get the maximum protection from them.

Comfort – It is also important to invest in a pair that your baby is comfortable in, otherwise they won’t wear them. Look for enveloping designs that don’t sit directly on your baby’s ears, as well as lightweight materials.

Strap or headband – If your baby prone to taking hats off the minute they’re popped on, then look for a pair of shades with a headband or strap to keep them secure.

Durability – Try and go for flexible materials like rubber that can withstand being bent or dropped – this becomes even more important as your baby gets older and more active.

Lenses – Consider polarised lenses if your baby is going to be in bright sunshine. They help can help to increase visibility for your baby by reducing glare, also making for a comfortable experience.

Here’s our pick of the best baby sunglasses:

1. JoJo Maman Bebe Kids’ Flexible Sunglasses, £14

– Best for a secure fit

Age: 0-2 years and 3-6 years

Made with a detachable and adjustable elastic strap, these sunglasses are ideal for babies who are prone to pulling them off. MFM tester Katie, who tested the shades with her toddler, praised them for their flexible fit. She said, “They seem very comfortable with soft straps and smooth plastic and they are easy to get on and off.”

With maximum protection against UVA and UVB, you can be reassured your baby’s eyes are protected in strong sunlight. MFM tester Abi, who tested the sunglasses with her daughter, found there were “no gaps around the frames to allow sun to get into the eyes”. Though Katie did point out that if your child is sensitive to restrictive clothing or accessories, they may not get on with the strap.

Available from: JoJo Maman Bebe

2. Babiators Original Navigator Sunglasses, £22.50

– Best for durability

Age: 0-2 years, 3-5 years and 6+

These simple wayfarer-style sunglasses have been made with a flexible rubber that Babiators calls “virtually indestructible”. This means they shouldn’t break if they get bent or shatter if they get dropped according to the brand. MFM tester Kirsty found this to be the case when testing with her toddler and said, “They are very durable, as you can imagine they have been pulled about and dropped.”

The lightweight rubber also means they offer a comfy fit for your baby and as Kirsty found, “There’s nothing sharp to be concerned about, so I have no worries about him hurting himself with them. He easily takes them on and off”. Our testers were also fans of the added extras such as the drawstring bag, plus the fact that Babiators will replace your pair for free in the first year if they get lost or broken.

Available from: Natural Baby Shower, Kidly and Babiators

3. Beaba Baby Sunglasses, £19.99

– Best for comfy design

Age: 9 months-2 years

For older babies and toddlers Beaba has this stylish eyewear protect against 100% UVA/UVB rays, with an “unbreakable and bendable” frame made with hypoallergenic silicone.

The enveloping frame means that although they don’t sit on your baby’s ears, they’ll still stay secure and comfortable. The shades are also supplied with case and a microfibre wipe to keep them clean.

Available from: Amazon

4. Polarn O. Pyret Baby UV Wraparound Sunglasses, £20

– Best all-rounder

Age: 6 months-2 years

Our tester, Amy, loved how comfortable Polarn O. Pyret’s baby sunglasses were for her little boy. ” I absolutely love how the arms of the sunglasses are really soft and flexible,” she said. “A lot of sunglasses are uncomfortable because of how the arm digs in behind the ears but these are brilliant as the pressure is taken off.”

They have been made with polarised lenses, which should help to reduce glare on very sunny days. Plus they’re easy to clean as Amy found, “They’re often covered in fingerprints which just wipe off with a cloth.”

Available from: Polarn O. Pyret

5. Baby Banz See No Glare Sunglasses, from £9.99

– Best value baby sunglasses

Age: 0-2 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.

They also come with a silicone ‘Nose and Brow Piece’ embedded into the glasses for added comfort which, according to reviews on Amazon, appeared to be comfortable for little ones to wear.

Available from: Amazon

6. Babiators Blue Series Keyhole Sunglasses, £38

– Best for polarised lenses

Age suitable for: 0-2 years, 3-5 years and 6+

Babiators’ popular sunglasses also come in a version with polarised lenses, designed to reduce sun glare and improve visibility. If you go for the size that starts from birth you also get a silicone strap included to keep them secure in place.

Our MFM tester Emma, who tested the sunglasses with her daughter, rated them highly for how durable they were thanks to the flexible rubber frame. She commented, “My daughter has put them on and off herself and the glasses have not even bent out of shape.”

Available from: Natural Baby Shower, Kidly and Babiators

7. Roshambo Baby Shades, £21.99

– Best for wearing in the pool

Age: 0-2 years

As well as coming in a range of stylish colours, these Roshambo baby sunglasses are made with a lightweight, flexible frame to ensure a comfortable and secure fit for your baby. They’re designed to bend slightly inwards to keep them secure and according to Roshambo, they’ll also float if dropped in a pool.

Importantly they come with 100% UVA/B/C protection which customers liked as they felt reassured.

Available from: Amazon

8. Julbo Looping Sunglasses, £24.99

– Best for adventurers

Age: 1-2 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.

Available from: Amazon and Little Trekkers

9. KIDDUS Kids Comfort Sunglasses, £19.95

– Best for adjustability

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Age: 2+

These sunglasses come in a whole range of funky prints including flowers, sail boats and polka dots. Customers were impressed with the colourful designs as well as how adjustable the glasses were, thanks to the headband included.

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

10. Idol Eyes, £14.95

– Best for clarity

Age: 0-2 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. The sunnies were popular with previous buyers, although some did comment that they were a little big compared to other designs which is worth keeping in mind.

Available from: Amazon

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