I must admit that I was sceptical about babies wearing shades, assuming it was just an affectation on the part of the parents, until I read a feature about the importance of protecting eyes from the sun from an early age.
Baby Banz are probably the best-known children’s sunglasses and for good reason. Â Designed in Australia, they have to meet the mega-strict UV regulations Down Under, so are more than adequate for our less-than-perfect weather.
They have recently launched the new, improved Adventure Banz for under-2s, so we thought we’d try them out. We received a super-stylish black pair courtesy of our lovely friends at Little Sunflowers and, once Alfie finally conceded it was a good idea to wear them (I had to walk around the house in my sunglasses for a good few hours), they have proved a big success.
Made from polycarbonate, they are tough enough to cope with the most brutal toddler bashing and have a soft, stretchy, adjustable neoprene band to keep them firmly in place. Â The difference between these and the traditional Baby Banz is a silicone brow and nose piece to make them even more comfortable. Another bonus is that, should you need to, you can pop out the lenses and insert prescription ones, so your short-sighted shortie needn’t sacrifice style for substance.
I really like the fashionista black, but you can choose from an array of colours and even polka dots, gingham or camouflage. Now that the weather’s starting to perk up, I recommend you pop over to Little Sunflowers and purchase a pair asap – it’ll be Â£12.99 well spent. They also have a selection of funÂ cases to complement the glasses, costing from Â£3.45Â – the orange tiger is majorly cute and has been duly added to my shopping list.