The Best Baby and Toddler Sunglasses 2018
Best Baby and Toddler Sunglasses 2018
Last Updated: After researching, reviewing and testing a dozen baby and toddler sunglasses, we pick the Baby Banz Adventure BANZ as the Best Baby and Toddler Sunglasses 2018. .
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New to shopping for kids’ sunglasses? Read our 7 Things No One Tells You About Buying Sunglasses.
Baby Banz sunglasses come with all the sun protection you need from a pair of sunglasses, plus a baby friendly velcroed strap to keep them secure. The strap is made from comfy neoprene while the frame and lenses are polycarbonate and shatter resistant. Baby Banz offers a one year replacement guarantee on the lenses, frame and strap.
Our tests and reader feedback concur: Baby Banz Adventure BANZ are the winner here.
When we look for quality in sunglasses, we want shatter resistant polycarbonate lenses that block 99% to 100% of ultraviolet rays. Lenses should be gray or “very, very dark gray” (credit: Lego Batman).
To test the contenders, we purchased a variety of baby/toddler sunglasses and check for warped lenses and flexible frames. The best designs are elongated (wraparound) to avoid seeping sunlight from the sides.
Baby Banz Adventure BANZ checked all the right boxes. We loved Baby Banz’s breathable neoprene strap which keep the glasses on even when baby tries to remove them (a gripe from many parents). The strap also adjusts with velcro, so it can accommodate different head sizes and growth. Included with the Adventure BANZ are an embedded rubber nose and brow piece to make the frames more comfortable.
Baby Banz are well priced. They also make a Toddler Kids’ Adventure BANZ (size 2-5) for $9.90, and a polarized version for $15.95. Polarized lenses aren’t a necessity in our opinion, just a nice option. Polarized lenses are great at cutting glare, so they may be good for a water environment, say at the beach.
Another plus, Adventure BANZ come in around twenty colors and styles. Check out the popular Purple Crush version below:
Flaws but not deal breakers
The Adventure BANZ sunglasses aren’t perfect. In our tests, a few parents complained that the lenses are too close to baby’s eyes. But the biggest issue appears to be the sizing. There are two options: 0-2 years and 2-5 years. The bulk of complaints we see from our testers and online reviewers are folks who picked the wrong size—it’s confusing because the product description online doesn’t clearly delineate the baby versus toddler sizes. The toddler size is called Kid’s Adventure BANZ while the baby version is just called BANZ. Only by looking at the description can you tell if it is for 0-2 or 2-5.
Also: a few people with very small babies noted the baby version was still too big for their babies. One parent solved the problem by sewing it to be smaller.
Overall, once they had the right size, parents were very happy with the quality of Adventure BANZ by Baby Banz. There are a few different styles from this company, but we liked the wraparound styling of the Adventure BANZ best.
Why Trust Us
We’ve been rating and reviewing baby products since 1994. To be objective, we don’t take money from the brands we review. Also, we don’t take any free products from manufacturers; we have no sponsors or “partnerships.” And we buy all our own samples for testing.
We also pay for our own travel when we visit factories and trade shows. After selling two million copies of our book on baby gear, our reader feedback to give us a real world perspective on baby products. In addition to our in-house testing, we also evaluate consumer reviews posted on sites like Amazon and elsewhere..
Baby Bargains is your independent and unbiased source for expert baby gear reviews. We’ve been writing and reviewing baby gear since 1994. Yes, that long!
How we picked a winner
We evaluated sunglasses first with hands on inspections to check for warped or scratched lenses, durable frames and comfortable fit. Then we handed them over to actual babies and toddlers. And they weren’t shy about what they liked and didn’t like! We also gather significant reader feedback, tracking quality and durability. Besides interviewing parents, we also talk with pediatricians for advice on protecting baby’s eyes from the sun.
7 Things No One Tells You About Buying a Baby and Toddler Sunglasses!
1. Sunglasses should be rated to block 100% of UV light.
Look for a tag on the sunglasses calling out the UV blockage rating. Sometimes you might see a label stating the lenses are rated UV400. This is the same as a 100% rating.
2. All baby and kid sunglass lenses are made of plastic, but not all plastic is created equal.
The best lenses are polycarbonate (for durability and shatter resistance) with a scratch resistant coating.
3. Avoid colored lenses.
Gray and dark gray are your best choice, not because gray helps with the glare. Rather, colored lenses (like the RIVBOS yellow lenses, pictured) can distort the natural colors your baby sees. Gray lenses allow baby to see the natural world in living color.
4. Because babies’ eyes are still developing, don’t over use sunglasses.
Sunglasses make it hard for kids to see contrast, so only use them in full sun.
5. Make sure the fit is snug but doesn’t force the lenses too close to the eyelashes and eyes.
Babies may try to remove sunglasses, so versions with adjustable Velcro straps may be a best bet. Toddlers, however, will want “grown up” looking glasses, so they may not be excited by the straps.
6. When trying sunglasses on your child, do it outside so she can see the difference.
This will keep her interested in wearing them. Model good behavior yourself: always wear your sunglasses outside. And take lots of pictures of kids with sunglasses on, praising them for wearing them. If you make it a habit today, your child will grow up with healthier eyes.
7. Sunglasses aren’t just for summer.
That’s right, winter can be just as hard on the eyes. Take it from folks who know what a Colorado winter looks like, snow reflects up to 80% of the sun’s rays—reflected glare from snow can be intense.
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