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Julbo Kid’s Eyewear: I Gotta Wear Shades…

Everybody knows that kids need lots of healthy doses of sunshine, right?  Well, yes and no.  Sunshine, yes!  Harmful UV rays, no.  Most of us in this day and age are aware of the damaging effects of the sun, (probably due to lessons learned the hard way back in our younger years…).  However, while a lot of parents are religious about lathering up the sunscreen on the kiddos before sending them outside, I’d wager that many of those same parents don’t think twice about protecting their child’s eyes from the sun.

Did you know that children under the age of 10 are at a much higher risk for both skin and eye damage from UV rays than their older counterparts?  According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, not only is the skin on their eyelids more delicate than adult skin, but until age 10, “the lens of a child’s eye is clear, allowing greater solar penetration and greater UV ray induced ocular changes.”  Sometime around the age of 10 the lens becomes more opaque, which provides better protection.

Scoping out chicks incognito in the grocery store...

But easier said than done though right?  As a family that spends the majority of our free time outdoors, we are all too well aware of just how impossible keeping a hat and sunglasses on a full throttle toddler can be.  While Cragbaby could usually be counted on to keep his hat on (which was good since he was pretty much bald well past his first birthday…), I must be honest and say that we’ve been pretty hit or miss with the sunglasses.  Aside from a few short-lived spurts here and there, C’s willingness to throw on his shades has been sporadic at best…until recently!

To be honest, I never imagined that C wouldn’t be into his shades.  My husband and I are both really good about donning our own defensive eyewear – and toddlers are monkey see, monkey do right?  Besides, they were just so darn cute on him!  We didn’t push, but always made sure fashionable eyewear was available at all times on the freak chance that he would keep them on.  We tried a couple of pairs but the ones that have finally stuck are made by Julbo.

Though slowly but surely C has become more tolerant of wearing his shades, I think a lot of the recent zeal can strangely enough be contributed to the laser treatments I’ve been getting for my fractured ankle (Mommy, the doctor, and “big boys” all wear their special glasses in the treatment room…), C’s Julbo glasses (we have the Looping 3) do have a lot going for them that I think make them superior over the other brands we’ve tried.

Perfect peeper-protection in the sun!

...and easy to keep track of in the shade!

Here’s what we liked:

    • INDESTRUCTABLE – These glasses have certainly taken quite the licking and somehow they keep on ticking.  The frames are ridiculously flexible, which means they can withstand endless amounts of yanking and stretching and still stay in one piece.
    • REVERSIBLE - The frames are reversible, meaning regardless of how big boy C puts them on all by himself, they won’t be upside down!
    • STAY PUT STRAP – Though we’ve found that these glasses stay on pretty well even without the strap, the strap adds a peace of mind.  Even when C decides mid-hike that he’s “all done,” he can just take them off and wear them around his neck, so we don’t have to worry about keeping track of them.
    • GENEROUS SIZING – Just like most kid’s fashion, these glasses aren’t what I would call cheap (although at $32 they aren’t unreasonable).  However, unlike your child’s shirts and pants, these glasses should definitely last long enough to get your money’s worth out of them (provided your tyke doesn’t lose them!)  We ordered the 2-4 year size when C was around 16 months – they fit great then, and at 23 months, he’s still far from growing out of them.

Shades for everyone!

TRADE!

Here’s what we didn’t like:
      • SCRATCHES – I would have expected that glasses made for free-spirited (and often teething…) babies and toddlers would have been a little more resistant to scratches. I was disappointed when C got a few decent size scratches initially, but now that he’s older (and not chomping on them), the scratching is now at a minimum.  Thankfully the scratches aren’t too bad, and don’t seem to bother him at all.
Overall we’ve been really happy with Cragbaby’s eyewear choice (and thrilled with his newfound enthusiasm for them!).  I’m hoping that now that he’s getting used to wearing them, they’ll be a permanent fixture at the crag in a few weeks when I’m hopefully cleared to climb again.  What about your family – are some family members more psyched than others on keeping their shades on?  What strategies have you found that worked (or didn’t work) for encouraging little ones to jump on the shades bandwagon?

 

 

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6 Responses to “Julbo Kid’s Eyewear: I Gotta Wear Shades…”

  1. Big Boy C makes those shades look GOOD! Great post!

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  2. Julbo Kid’s Eyewear: I Gotta Wear Shades… http://t.co/P3pzzvQb via @cragmama

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  3. Funny, I just bought a pair of these exact same glasses for our G-baby a week or two ago after a disastrous attempt at snowshoeing on a sunny day. I think the poor kid might have been slightly snow blind, or it just hurt too much to look anywhere but into his blanket. :( We’ve never been able to keep sunglasses on him, and the julbo’s aren’t faring too much better. But, he did wear them for 10 or so minutes on a walk last weekend, so maybe persistence will pay off? Or, maybe I should break my ankle? :)

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  4. I just ordered our third pair of julbo’s. I think he was about 4 months when i started putting the first pair on him and now at 25 months he wears his shades (or did until they were just too small for his giant head) and puts the too-small ones on his stuffed animals. I think our success was a combo of starting so young and, like you said, “monkey see – monkey do.”

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    • Kate – Maybe you don’t need to go so far as to break your ankle, but perhaps a staged laser session would be in order? :)

      Emily – I vote we take advantage of the “monkey see – monkey do” years while we can. Soon enough we’ll be dropping them off at school a block away so they aren’t seen with us…:)

  5. Thank you for this review/experience. I struggle to keep a hat on my little, and sunglasses don’t get half a second. I bought some baby banz glasses, and my little immediately tried pulling them off and ended up with the fram going across his eye – not at all comfy.

    Do you have some suggestions for getting them to wear a hat or suggestions of some good hats? My son is ten and a half months old and will pull off the hat quicker than I can get it tied on!

    I love your blog. We are not a climbing family but we are a running and cycling family still working out how to include our gorgeous boy in activities safely. I love reading about your experiences and am storing away little tidbits for later reference!

    I hope that you’re in less pain now and that you are healing well.

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