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Too Cute: Baby with Sunglasses

A baby with sunglasses looks so cute, but there are more important reasons to buy your baby sunglasses. Sunglasses block ultraviolet rays (UVR) and high-energy visible (HEV) light rays or blue light. UVR and HEV damage to the eyes can build up over time and lead to macular degeneration and cataracts later in life. So, encouraging your baby to wear sunglasses is not just a fun and cool thing to do. It is a healthy habit that lowers the risk of future vision problems.

Eye Development in Children

Babies under six months should not be in the sun, and after six months, they should wear sunglasses when they are outside. A baby's eyelids and the skin around their eyes is more susceptible to UVR damage than an adult's skin. Also, up to the age of ten, the lenses of children's eyes are clear, allowing more sunlight into their eyes, and that can cause damage to their eyes. Outfitting your baby with sunglasses is about protection and not just looks.

Selecting Sunglasses for Your Baby

• Sunglasses should block 99 to 100 prevent of UVA and UVB rays.
• The sunglasses should be labeled with the percentage of UVR protection provided.
• Look for larger lenses that also protect more skin around the eyes.
• Choose sunglasses with plastic lenses and flexible frames.
• Baby sunglasses should not break while your child is playing, and should have scratch-proof, impact-resistant lenses that do not fall out.
• Sunglasses should fit snugly.

Lens Color

The color of the lenses can be a personal choice although amber or copper colored lenses block HEV rays better and enhance contrast. However, at six months, babies start seeing colors. So, you might want to consider gray lenses because they absorb all color equally reducing the negative effect that sunglasses could have on your baby's ability to distinguish different colors.

Additional Tips for Your Baby with Sunglasses

A wide-brimmed hat alone will not protect your baby's eyes from sunlight at all angles including light reflecting off of surfaces. The best protection for your baby's eyes and skin is a combination of sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. In addition, sunglasses are not just for summer. Your baby's eyes need protection from sunlight reflecting off of snow. Furthermore, sunglasses can also protect your baby's eyes from dust, sand, and other particles.

Babies learn by watching others, especially their parents. So if they see you wearing sunglasses, they are more likely to be willing to wear them also. Babies like to look at themselves in mirrors. Letting them see themselves in sunglasses should help make them decide to wear the sunglasses. Check your baby's sunglasses often for scratched or warped lenses that will distort your child's vision.

Dk Wittle Ones children's boutique offers these cute, stylish, sun-safe, Kids' Sunfarer Sunglasses in black and leopard skin designs. These sunglasses have gray lenses, so they will not interfere with your baby's newfound ability to distinguish colors. The lenses are also large enough to protect the skin around your baby's eyes. So, pick a pair to protect your baby with sunglasses and have the added benefit of your baby looking cute and cool. Actually, a really good idea is to get a spare pair in case one pair gets lost or broken. You can also get cords for sunglasses to help prevent some instances of lost sunglasses. Outfitting a baby with sunglasses may not seem as important as applying sunscreen, but it is an equally important protection for your baby's future health.


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