Disclosure: I received a pair of Babiators in exchange for this post. The Babiators information, product and additional gift pack have been provided by Babiators.
We live in Arizona and summer time is not only hot, but that sun is awful. One step outside and you feel like you are melting. Everything on you burns. While winter may be cooler, we still have constant sunshine. Not only do we have to constantly worry about the kids and their skin, but we need to keep their eyes safe and keep them hydrated.
Outdoor Needs for Kids
Note that I used the word “needs”. These items really should not be an optional item when it comes to your child and the outdoors. They really are needs. Must haves.
1. Sunscreen. Even if it’s cloudy, you can get a sunburn. (I think at this stage in my life, I might be an expert on sunburn!) Hubby, the kids, and I are iridescent white. For real. Less than 5 minutes in the sun and I burn. Sunscreen is a huge must have before heading outdoors.
2. Water. Each of us have at least one (if not multiple) water bottles – reusable water bottles – that we take with us so we can stay hydrated. (A) It’s so hot that water is constantly leaving our body and (B) should something happen and we end up stranded, we have water with us.
3. Sunglasses. I have prescription sunglasses and daddy has always been partial to his Oakleys, but sunglasses for the kids wasn’t high on our list until recently.
Did you know that UV damage is cumulative and irreversible? And kids receive 3 times more annual UV exposure than adults, yet less than 30% of parents are currently protecting their children’s eyes with sunglasses. Children’s eyes are more susceptible to sun damage because they have larger pupils and clearer lenses, allowing more UV to penetrate and reach the back of the eyes. (You can find more information at The Vision Council’s UV Damage and Children Report; The Vision Council’s 2015 UV Protection Report; and The Vision Council’s 2016 UV Protection Report.
When choosing sunglasses for your kids, always look for:
o 100% UVA/UVB protection
o high-quality, durable frames
o A comfortable fit and a great style your kids will love
We have used different sunglasses before and the kids each have their own favorite, except Addy. She has never found a pair that she really likes and will wear longer than a few seconds. Since receiving a pair of Babiators, she has worn her sunglasses every time we have left the house! (I’m shocked!)
One thing I have noticed with them (that I am sure one of the reasons she likes them) is how they fit. They are smaller so they are better sized for her face and they are comfortably snug; allowing for no sun sneaking through. The lenses are also super dark which helps.
Safe: Babiators have UV400 lenses that offer 100% UVA and UVB protection and undergo rigorous testing to ensure they’re safe for your child – whether they’re on your child’s face or end up in your child’s mouth.
Durable: The sunglasses feature flexible rubber frames, and impact and shatter-resistant lenses that won’t break when you bend, twist, or step on them. Trust us, we’ve tried!
Awesome: Classic aviator sunglasses make sure your little one is the coolest kid around.
Guaranteed: The best part? Babiators are backed by the Lost & Found Guarantee™ – if you lose or break your shades in the first year, Babiators will replace them for free. All you pay is shipping.
Fit: Babiators are made of a soft material that is comfortable and lightweight. They are designed to fit kids’ faces and don’t pinch the temples or nose. They are available in two sizes: Junior Babiators sunglasses fit most babies 6 months to 3 years and Classic Babiators sunglasses fit most children 3 to 7 years. (We received the classic fit for Addy who is 3.)
The next time we go outdoors, you will see us sporting our sunscreen, water bottles, sunglasses, and Babiators.