A couple of weeks ago, when the sun finally started shining again, I began my quest for my new perfect pair of sunglasses.
But after spending a gorgeously sunny afternoon exploring a new park with Minnie, I’ve realised I need to add sunglasses for kids to my shopping list.
We’ve had a pair of Baby Banz passed on from a friend of mine – cleverly designed for babies and toddlers with a Velcro strap around the head, shatter-resistant frame and some impressive category 3 lenses (offering about the best protection out there).
Needless to say Minnie, who resists any kind of hat and only vaguely tolerates hoods, wasn’t a fan of something over her face. The last time we tried them, in the Caribbean, she put up with them for about a millisecond before pulling them off.
A combination of hat, buggy hood and muslin kept most of the glare off her then – now she yells if the hood goes up even an inch and is usually running around anyway.
But today the ‘bright light’ of the spring sun finally convinced her to leave them on. Except as they’re designed for ages 0-2, she’ll have grown out of them fairly soon.
So if I can persuade her to keep normal style sunglasses on, there’s some very cute ones out there.
John Lewis Ditsy Floral Wayfarers, £6, are girly without being too pink – for ages two to 12.
Or they also have some pastel polkadot sunglasses, £6, which make me think of eating ice-cream on a beach.
Accessorize Kids has some Tropical Wayfarers, also £6, which are one size – so without seeing them in real life, I’m not sure how well they’d work on a toddler.
For something simpler, Marks & Spencer’s Opaque frame sunglasses in Coral, £4, are bright but not too fussy – plus have 100% UV protection. Available in one size.
And at House of Fraser, the Pumpkin Patch Spliced Aviator sunglasses, £7.50, might say they’re for boys but I love the colours.
If you do want something girlier, the Daisy Frame sunglasses, also £7.50 from the same range, are a fun sunny yellow.
Debenhams has a similar pair in navy from BlueZoo for £4.50 – labelled as for 36 months and above due to choking hazard, so best for older kids.
Inevitably Mini Boden has a couple of very cute designs – a white pair with green polkadot arms for £12.
And most unusual of all, a pair of tortoiseshell shades, also £12, which look like a shrunken version of an adult style – perfect if you’ve got someone dying to copy Mummy… or have had as many primary colours as you can take!
Images: Joni Bouma/Flickr. All product images courtesy of the retailer, Baby Banz image courtesy of John Lewis.