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10 of the best kids sunglasses for summer

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.

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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.

Choosing children’s sunglasses with the right UV protection

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.

Here’s our pick of the best UV400 children’s sunglasses…

1. Julbo Looping III Kids sunglasses, from £22.99

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 and the strap should make them harder to lose, too.

Previous buyers who left reviews on Amazon complimented the flexibility of the frames and made comments including, “Lovely sunglasses. No sharp bits or hinges and can be worn either way up.”

Available from: Amazon

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.

Available from: Jojo Maman Bebe.

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3. Monkey Monkey sunglasses, from £18

This stylish sunglasses brand won bronze in our MadeForMums awards. Their range includes 16 styles for boys and girls aged 3  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.

MFM tester Rebecca, mum of 3, liked how stylish they are saying, ““The sunglasses are beautiful, and were tested by my 5-year-old little boy. He loved the colour and design! They’re really cute glasses which would be brilliant in summer. Also easy to keep clean.”

Available from: House Of Fraser

4. JBanz, £14.99

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.

Available from: Hello Baby, and Amazon.

5. Roshambo unbreakable sunglasses, £21.99

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.

While previous buyers generally rated these sunglasses highly, many mentioned that the frames were quite wide so it might be worth taking that into account when choosing the best size for your child.

Available from: Amazon.

6. Uvex Sportstyle 509 Junior sunglasses, from £11.26

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.

A parent of a 3 year old who bought these in the past commented that the, “lenses seem good quality,” and that “the elastic for the back of the head is a nice thing to have.”

Available from: Outdoor GB and Amazon.

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7. Sunnylife Sunnies, £8

Age suitable for: 5-9 years

These shell-tastic sunnies are fun for wearing on the beach and provide UV protection.

They come in a range of striking designs from unicorns, to flamingos and pineapples.

Available from: Sunnylife

Other designs: Amazon

8. Polaroid Junior 8015N sunglasses, £45

Age suitable for: 7-10 years

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

Available from: Sunglasses Shop and Amazon.

9. Boots sunglasses, from £10

Age suitable for: 3-8 years

Choose from a range of fab designs – like these purple glitter specs. There are polka dot and leopard print designs, as well as wraparound and graffiti. Full UV protection at a good price.

Available from: Boots.

10. Cebe Kanga sunglasses, from £29.61

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.

Available from: Amazon.

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