Spring has finally sprung and summer will be here before we know it. With the sun shining and spending time outside the sunscreen-freak in me has arrived. My girls know that we will not be going outside unless they are lathered in sunscreen and that there will be frequent reapplications if we are outside for any length of time. I’m overly cautious about their skin being exposed to the sun’s rays (which is a good thing), but what about their eyes?
Alleigh and Kaelyn both like to wear sunglasses because their eyes are sensitive to bright sunlight. They have had several pairs over the past few years, but I didn’t realize that they could actually be doing more harm than good. That’s because the majority of children’s sunglasses are sold as toys and do not protect from harmful UV radiation. The dark lenses on these toy sunglasses do not effect their ability to filter the rays and instead cause the pupils to relax which in turns allows them to dilate and let even more harmful radiation into your child’s eyes. It is important that the sunglasses you purchase for your child have 100% UV-A/UV-B protection, but the sad truth is that many children’s toy sunglasses have the 100% UV protection label on them yet they don’t actually pass the test. You wouldn’t buy pretend sunscreen to protect your child’s skin, so buying toy sunglasses to protect their eyes doesn’t make sense either. That’s why I am excited to tell you all about Real Kids Shades and explain how they are different from the toys.
Well obviously Real Kids Shades make my girls look like mini rock stars, but they do so much more than that.
When adults spend money on things like sunglasses we typically are very careful with them as to avoid breaking or scratching them, but kids on the other hand… even if they don’t mean to be destructive chances are their sunglasses are going to be put to the test. Luckily Real Kids Shades have designed their sunglasses with kids in mind. All of their lenses are made with shatterproof, impact-resistant polycarbonate that offer the best 100% UV-A/UV-B sun protection available on the market today. Plus the wrap around frames minimize exposure to harmful peripheral light.
Alleigh, Kaelyn, and Willow received a few different pairs to try out.
My big girls love their Flex sunglasses which are available in size 3 to 7 years. Just as the name suggests these rubberized frames are very flexible and will survive whatever your kiddo can throw at them. Each pair comes with a pouch to store them in as well as a removable neoprene strap though my girls prefer to leave it off so they can be like mom and dad. The Flex is available in a variety of colors as well as a slight shape difference for boys and girls. The boy Flex sunglasses are a bit more sleek while the girl frames are the Jackie-O style or as my girls would say “rock star glasses”.
The Flex sunglasses stay on their faces very well, but just like all kids my girls can be super energetic and need something that is going to stay firmly attached to their head no matter what their doing. For those times the Xtreme Sports sunglasses are perfect.
The Xtreme Sport sunglasses are available in size 3-7 years and 7-12 years. The frames are made with durable polycarbonate are foam backed for added comfort and wrap around to minimize exposure to peripheral light. These sunglasses also feature anti-fog vents and a mesh lined adjustable neoprene band. They also come with a MicroFiber sleeve which doubles as a carrying pouch and a cleaning cloth. Alleigh looks ready for anything in her Xtreme Sport sunglasses whether it be riding her bike down the street or skiing down a hill… but I’m not giving her any ideas. Hehe.
Of course we couldn’t leave Willow out of the fun! She received the Hat and Sunglass Combo Pack for 0-24 months which is available in blue and pink.
The sunglasses that come in this combo pack are very durable with polycarbonate frames and lenses plus feature an adjustable neoprene band that fit Willow’s head very well. She didn’t even attempt to pull them off! The wide brim hat shades the entire face and is made with soft polyester and cotton that offers UPF 50 protection from the sun. This combo pack also comes with a carrying pouch so you can keep everything together and be ready for any outdoor adventure.
Real Kids Shades are durable, affordable, and so stinkin cute! There are lots more styles and colors to choose from then the few I mentioned above so be sure to check out the Real Kids Shades websites for even more options. Plus many of the styles can be fit with prescription lenses if your child needs them. Now that I know the difference between toy sunglasses and Real Kids Shades I can guarantee that my girls will only be wearing the real deal. Visit their website to order some for your little munchkin and enter to win a pair below! Good luck!