Young children’s eyes are susceptible to irritation and damage from the sun’s harmful rays. Teaching your children to be sun smart and protect their eyes from the sun’s damaging rays is something they will use for the rest of their lives. It can be tough and exhausting being vigilant about shades. So how do you keep those sunnies on your fidgety child? We’ve compiled a few tips we found work a treat.
Start them early
When it comes to being comfortable wearing sunglasses, the sooner you start to get your kids used to the feeling of wearing them, the quicker and easier it will be. Not to mention the sooner their eyes will be protected and overall the less harmful rays their eyes will be exposed to. Real Kids Shades have 5 sizes to ensure the right fit can be found that will limit peripheral UV exposure and offer the best all round protection for their age and face shape.
Begin in the right environment
Start your kid’s exposure to sunglasses outside in a bright location. If they can immediately see and feel the impact and benefits that sunglasses provide they will be more inclined to want to wear them and even ask for them when heading outdoors. If a child first puts on a pair of sunglasses inside the house, they may become scared of the sudden darkness and unsure about what these strange new things are for. A positive first experience will work a treat in forming long term habits.
Wear sunglasses yourself
It really is 'monkey see, monkey do,' so set a good example and demonstrate how to wear sunglasses by always putting them on before going outside into the sun. Your kids look up to you and are always picking-up on things you do, eventually they will imitate you.
Make sun protection a routine associated with outdoor activities
Along with sunglasses incorporate sunscreen and a hat and make this a routine they know happens every time there is a beach day or pool time.
Let them choose their favourite style
Take your child sunglasses shopping and let them choose their favourite style. They are more likely to enjoy wearing their own choice! If you want to gift them, choose a gift voucher so they can pick a style themselves. Alternatively we advise that neon colours are always a sure favourite!
Buy the right style for their needs
Wrap around styles are perfect for babies and toddlers, the removable strap on our style Explorer ensures they are comfortable and stay put! Ensure the lenses are made from shatterproof polycarbonate to withstand the vigorous outdoor activities that will take place while wearing them. Flex-Fit Frames are virtually unbreakable and can be pulled, bent, twisted and generally thrown around! Phew!
Buy good quality shades
Not all shades are made equal so don’t buy toy shades as they can do more harm than good. Poorer quality shades can they enlarge the pupils allowing even more harming rays to reach the eye area. Always buy lenses that provide 100% UVA/UVB protection, are compliant with Australia and New Zealand sunglasses standards (minimum category 3), are shatterproof and lead-free!
Real Kids Shades have been the choice of children and parents around the world since 2002 providing stylish protection from the sun all whilst being durable and shatterproof! Our range is designed for children from 0-12 years of age and designed to suit a range of needs and styles. You can shop our collection online just in time for the summer and festive season ahead!
Do you have any tips that have worked for you?