12 Pairs of Baby Sunglasses Even Cooler Than Yours

Check out these too-cool infant sunglasses that offer supreme eye protection.
ByMartina Garvey
Associate Editor
May 25, 2021
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Summer is here, so it’s time to give baby’s seasonal wardrobe a refresh—including a new pair of super-cool baby sunglasses. Of course, you know how important sun safety is, which is why you’ve probably already stocked up on kid-friendly sunscreen, UV-resistant baby swimsuits and even UV-protective swim diapers. You also know that sun safety can be totally stylish—you just have to do a little research to find the cutest, coolest products. Well, savvy shopper, you’re in for a treat: This time we’ve done the work for you to round out baby’s collection of summertime gear. Here, find the best baby sunglasses in the game. Because not only do baby’s eyes need top-notch protection from the sun’s harsh rays, but there’s also nothing more adorable than a babe dressed up in ultra-trendy shades.

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Do Babies Need Sunglasses?

Yes, babies and young children do need to wear sunglasses. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), infants and children under 10 years old are at an increased risk of retinal injury because their eyes are more susceptible to damaging blue and ultraviolet light. With this in mind, the AAP recommends that children wear sunglasses with large lenses that block UVA and UVB rays whenever they’re in the sun for long periods of time. (It’s important to note, though, that infants under 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight altogether.)

Where to Buy Baby Sunglasses

Searching for a pair of too-cool baby sunglasses that are safe to boot? Here are three of our favorite places to shop for protective baby shades. Whether you’re looking for a classic wraparound style or a funky pair of baby aviators to match your own, these online stores have sunglasses to suit every style and budget.

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Maisonette: If you’re looking for iconic baby sunglasses brands—like Babiators, WeeFarers and more—Maisonette is a great place to start your search. This online store has tons of cool, retro sunnies for baby girls and boys.

Carter’s: For cute baby sunglasses at affordable prices, head straight to Carter’s. All of the brand’s sunglasses have built-in UVA and UVB protection and prices are as low as $7—talk about cheap and cheerful!

buybuyBABY: If you’re a parent that likes to keep their options open, you’ll love buybuyBABY. This store has a wide selection of baby sunglasses, including wraparound styles for infants and flexible, shatterproof toddler shades.

The Best Baby Sunglasses

The best baby sunglasses are stylish, sturdy and most importantly, safe. Look for sunglasses that block harmful UVA and UVB sun rays, fit snugly and cover the entire eye area. Other indicators of quality include shatter-resistant lenses and flexible frames that’ll withstand wear and tear. Ready to start shopping? Here you’ll find snazzy infant sunglasses that offer all the sun protection your little one needs.

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Babiators original navigators sunglasses

We’ll kick things off with a classic style reimagined for infants. These baby sunglasses are a celeb-favorite, and we can see why. They provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection, are BPA-free and have shatter-resistant lenses. The last is especially important since—let’s face it—they’re going to end up on the floor at one point or another.

Buy it: $22,

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Banz baby boys and girls original wrap around sunglasses

We love Banz for its audiologist-approved line of baby headphones (another protective item you should definitely invest in this summer for when you’re out and about in loud settings). The brand, known for its comfortable stay-on headbands, makes baby sunglasses with straps too, in a range of bright, fun colors. Bonus: The baby sunglasses’ lenses can be replaced with prescription ones if your child wears eyeglasses.

Buy it: $17,

Image: Courtesy WeeFarers

WeeFarers polarized sunglasses in tortoise shell

How cute are these pint-size Wayfarer-style sunnies? These baby sunglasses provide 100 percent UVA and UVA protection and come with bendable frames, impact-resistant lenses and even an adjustable strap. Available in sizes for kids ages 0 to 12 years old.

Buy it: $35,

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Roshambo baby McFly shades

These baby sunglasses do it all—all while contributing to a good cause. They’re ultra-lightweight (they can float!), shatter-resistant, UV-protective, flexible, chewable (they’re made from a safe, teether-like material) and compatible with prescription lenses. Plus, a portion of Roshambo’s sales go toward autism support. Pick up a pair of the matching adult shades for a too-cute mommy and me look.

Buy it: $20,

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Hipsterkid polarized sunglasses with strap for babies

What’s even better than regular baby shades? Sunglasses with a strap, since they won’t do any good if they’re constantly falling (or being taken) off. These polarized baby sunglasses are super-sturdy for extra security.

Buy it: Starting from $20,

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Janie and Jack baby clear sunglasses

These baby boy sunglasses are simply too cool. We adore the clear rubber frame and the tinted blue lenses. And, of course, they’re durable and have protective UV lenses. Shopping for a little girl? Janie and Jack have plenty of baby girl sunglasses too.

Buy it: $14,

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Baby Solo original 2.0 baby sunglasses

We’re all for a playful print—especially this sweet love-heart style. These shades were designed by US optometrists to have 100 percent UV protection and anti-scratch lenses. Plus, the baby sunglasses are equipped with an adjustable strap for the perfect fit.

Buy it: $20,

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Carter’s baby 4th of July sunglasses

These trendy sunnies are ideal for your July fourth celebrations. Better yet, the baby sunglasses are cheap (score) but don’t skimp on protection: The shatter-proof lenses protect against 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.

Buy it: $14,

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Jan & Jul newborn sunglasses with strap

Another excellent pair of baby sunglasses with a strap, these sunnies—which are great for boys and girls alike—offer 100 percent UVA and UVB sun protection, a flexible (read: durable) frame and shatter-resistant lenses. Plus, the polarized lenses reduce glare to keep your little one extra-safe, whatever the weather.

Buy it: $20,

Image: Courtesy Babiators

Babiators the sweetheart sunglasses

Babiators makes tons of practical-but-adorable shades, earning the brand two spots on our list. These fun heart-shaped baby girl sunglasses are giving us major heart eyes thanks to their UV protection, colorful mirrored lenses and flexible rubber frames.

Buy it: $36,

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Green Sprouts i play flexible sunglasses

Searching for stylish newborn sunglasses? Check out this pair by Green Sprouts. Offering 100 percent UVA and UVB sun protection, these super-flexible shades come in four cute colors complete with scratch-resistant lenses. The best part? These cute sunnies have a removable strap that can be adjusted for a snug fit as baby grows.

Buy it: $20,

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UVeez classic band flex fit sunglasses in royal blue

The quality of these baby sunglasses with a strap is top-notch. Suitable for babies 0 to 24 months old, the wraparound lenses provide 100 percent protection from UVA and UVB rays, while the adjustable neoprene strap is soft and stretchy but still keeps the shades firmly in place. All that for only $8? What a bargain!

Buy it: $8,

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