Get Kids to Wear Sunglasses (and Keep them On!)

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Yes, sunglasses are adorable on kids and protect their little eyes from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. But getting them to stay on their faces for longer than five seconds is easier said than done!

The sensation of having something perched on your face doesn’t exactly come naturally. So it’s completely normal for babies and young kids to want to knock the shades off, see them at a different angle, or turn them into their next teething toy.

Here’s a parent-tested tip: be persistent. A lot of parents give up after a few tries and lament that their child just doesn’t like to wear sunglasses. Remember, none of them really do…at first. Starting at around 5 months, introduce your child to her new shades and encourage her to keep them on by putting them back on every time she takes them off (within reason, of course—there’s no reason to set off a meltdown if she’s really not having it). Eventually, she’ll get used to the sensation and won’t try to knock them off anymore.

baby banz bandThe American Cancer Society recommends using sunglasses with at least 99% UV absorption for the best protection. Our California Baby Designer Baby Banz Sunglasses exceed that standard, providing 100% UVA and UVB protection, and are super comfy and cute. The shatter-resistant sunglasses, $19.99, have an added feature to keep sunglasses on: a handy neoprene elastic strap. Useful and stylish? Sign us up!

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