Tips For Getting Kids to Wear Sunglasses

by Charlotte Gelstharp

You put them on, they take them off, repeat 3 times then give up. We’ve all been there, the battle of trying to get your child to keep their sunglasses on is one we have all experienced. To help we have brought together our top Babiators tips for getting kids to wear sunglasses.

Kids eyes need protecting, even more so than adults. As adults most of us wear sunglasses as a comfort thing to protect our eyes from glare. But what many of us don’t realise is that our kids eyes are generally getting 3 times more sun exposure than ours, and their ocular lenses don’t cope with UV radiation as well as an adults do. So it’s really important to try to get them to keep those sunglasses on to protect their eyes from potential problems now and later in life. 

Start young

Like with most things in the baby world, the sooner you introduce them to things the quicker they get used to it and don’t know anything different. There really is no such thing as too young when it comes to getting your children to pop on their sunglasses. In fact Babiators sunglasses fit babies as small as newborns. Not only will it become natural to them to wear sunglasses when it is sunny so they will put up very little fuss as they grow up, but also the younger they are the more vulnerable their eyes are. So start them on the sunglasses trend early.

Tips For Getting Kids to Wear Sunglasses

Make sure they fit right

This is a key ingredient in hopefully making your child wear their sunglasses for longer without pulling them off. Make sure they are the right size, too tight and no one can blame them for wanting to take them off as they will be uncomfortable. But too loose they will simply fall off when they move or wiggle around. Check out our size guide to help you find the perfect fit.

Let them choose

Would you let your parents pick your sunglasses? I doubt they would pick a pair that you would like. Once your child is old enough and opinionated enough (it will happen), get them involved in the sunglasses shopping with you. By letting them pick their own pair of sunglasses you are ensuring that they like them and think they’re “cool” enough to hopefully wear with pride.

Tips for getting children to wear sunglasses

Cool kids

Tell them they look cool. Everyone loves a bit of praise especially when they are trying out a whole new look! By telling them how cool they look and awesome the sunglasses are it will embed positive thoughts in your little one related to the sunglasses. Who doesn’t want to be cool?

Get a strap

When all else fails, try using a strap. This will help those sunglasses to stay secure on their face and hopefully offer parents that extra bit of peace of mind that they will stay on long enough to get out the door.

Tips for getting children to wear sunglasses


Start slow and be patient. Even if at the beginning they are keeping them on for only a few seconds, try again and eventually they will get used to the feeling of sunglasses. Don’t force it. By forcing them to wear them when they don’t like it will only make your little one agitated and create negative feelings towards sunglasses.

Set an example

Parents are children’s idols. They look up to us for inspiration, reassurance and comfort so it is important we set a good example. Wear sunglasses yourself, and your child will learn to imitate you.

Tips for getting children to wear sunglasses

Before you know it you will have your very own Top Gun impersonator rocking their sunglasses and looking totally awesome doing it. If your child is still fussing over their new shades and trying to pull them off, try to stick with it and soon enough they will start to get used to the feeling of sunglasses on their faces. Sticking with it at the early stages will make your life so much easier later on and keep their eyes protected.

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