Summer is officially upon us and, a a moms, you have a lot more on your plate than in the colder months. Along with the warmer weather comes long days spent in the sun, which leads to sun burns, swim suit rashes, bug bites, and all of the quintessential summertime ailments. (Seriously. Winter is so much safer.) To make sure your baby is as protected (and, lets be honest, adorable) as possible, you'll probably want to invest in some baby sunglasses to ensure their eyes are as safe as they are and stylish.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, children under the age of 10 are at high risk for skin and eye damage due to UV rays. Not only is there skin more delicate, but "the lens of a child's eye is clear, allowing greater solar penetration and thus greater UVR-induced ocular changes." Knowing all this, it's easy to fall into a panic about whether or not your baby's shades are safe. Luckily, there are tons of adorable and safe sunglasses out there made specifically for your littlest one's eyes. When searching for shades, the SCF says you should look for ones that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.
Of course, since you'll be taking a lot of photos this summer, you'll want to find shades that are just as stylish as they are safe. And, thankfully, there are plenty available. Even better — they're usually much more affordable than the adult versions. So this summer, amid your beach days and picnics and backyard grill outs, don't forget about keeping your baby's eyes safe. And, honestly, I can't think of anything cuter than a baby in some well styled sunnies.
1. Retro Baby
These adorably retro baby sunglasses ($10) from H&M would be perfect for any little one with an old soul.
2. 'Star Wars' Shades
If your kid needs to have Star Wars-themed everything, these Star Wars sunglasses ($10) from Foster Grant will fit right in.
3. Aviators With Bling
If your kiddo loves a little sparkle, these studded aviators ($3) from The Children's Place will flow seamlessly into their bedazzled wardrobe.
4. Classic And Durable
These orange aviators ($5) from The Children's Place are made of hard plastic and, according to parent's reviews, are very durable.
5. Monochromatic Dots
If simple and black and white is your go-to, opt for these cat-eyed shades ($2) from Baby's R Us.
Babiators ($20), with their virtually indestructable sunnies for babies and kids, will be your go-to brand for baby shades.
7. Flower Child
For the flower child in your life, these Calla white sunglasses ($7) from Foster Grant will be her newest addiction.
8. Tortoise Shell Wayfarers
For a classic look that even you will probably be jealous of, snag these tortoise shell wayfarers ($8) from Carters.
9. Baby Banz
If your baby won't keep their glasses on, Baby Banz just made your life a lot easier. With their adorable sunglasses with straps ($15), they'll stay put and your baby will look as stylish as ever.
10. Ro Sham Bo Baby
Ro Sham Bo Baby's glasses ($20) are designed with babies in mind. Their plastic is safe for baby mouths, and they're durable enough to withstand being dropped, chewed on and twisted. Plus, they're made in Italy, just like your designer shades (or the designer shades you dream about).
11. Honey And Pink Sunnies
Paxley's sunglasses for babies and children and as protective as their are adorable. These honey and pink sunglasses ($39) are just one of the many color options available.