The Best Kids Sunglasses – Real Kids Shades Review

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Real Kids Shades are not toys or even scaled-down versions of adult shades. Our award-winning designs, intensive product testing, and patented construction ensure our children’s sunglasses offer the best 100% UVA/UVB sun protection available on the market today.

As you may know, I just returned from Florida on a family vacation. One of the first things on my list to pack for myself was sunglasses! I can’t leave my house without them. My eyes are very sensitive to the sunlight and if I don’t have sunglasses on it gives me a headache. I’m actually pretty addicted to sunglasses, my husband teases me because I wear them even when there is no sun. I’m unfortunately not too strict with the kids when it comes to sunglasses, so thankfully, Real Kids Shades has opened my eyes to the importance of children wearing sunglasses. They sent both of my kids some sunglasses and they were very excited to get to pick them out as well.

Sunglasses on the beach

My grandpa has suffered from eye problems as long as I can remember, he actually has almost no vision in one eye now. He is always reminding me to wear sunglasses and the kids too. Like I said though, I’m always wearing them, but I don’t know why I never thought it was so important for my kids. Here is something I found interesting.

Children’s Sunglasses are not Accessories:

You need to think about sunglasses the same way you think about bicycle helmets.  You wouldn’t let your child ride a bike without a protective helmet, right? Don’t let them play outside without protective sunglasses. Period. 

UV rays can damage your child’s eyes anytime of the year. While the harmful effects are three times greater in the summer than winter, there’s still a high risk of sustaining serious eye damage in winter months. UV rays can also do a lot of damage on cloudy or overcast days.

Blue Shades on the Beach


Knowing we’d be in Florida for a whole week I knew we’d be in the sun the whole time! We were visiting theme parks, the beach, and the hotel pool so I knew my kids needed some protection for their eyes! Each kid got to pick out their favorite pair. My son instantly liked the Extreme Elements in Blue Flame and my daughter wanted the Toddler Shades Blue Butterfly. I liked both of these because they had the neoprene bands to keep them in place, I thought this would be extremely helpful when we were playing in the ocean. The strap is also helpful for my little 2 year old who likes to touch her glasses all the time and then they fall off and she can’t get them back on, this way they stayed on the whole time.

The nice people at Real Kids Shades actually threw in 2 extra pairs which was great because anyone with little ones know how easy it is to misplace things, this way we always had at least one pair on us!

The quality of the Real Kids Shades were great! They held up wonderfully to my destructive 2 and 5 year old! The glasses we’d buy at the store in the past always were destroyed fairly quick, either the lens popped out, scratched up, or the arms would break off. Our sunglasses from Real Kids Shades still look good as new, which for my house is amazing!

The truth is, wearing cheap toy sunglasses can actually do more harm to a child’s eyes than not wearing anything at all. Shaded lenses without 100% UV-A/UV-B protection will relax pupils, causing them to dilate and let MORE harmful radiation into children’s eyes. What’s more, not all sunglasses with “100% UV” protection labels pass the test.

Knowing what I know now about the sun’s effects on our child’s eyes, I will be sure it is on my list when we head out to play. If I wear them, they should too! Don’t forget, protecting your eyes doesn’t end when summer does!

Buy: You can buy a pair of Real Kids Shades for $14.99

Connect: You can learn more about the effects of the sun on your eyes and stay current with all Real Kids Shades has to offer by following their Blog , Facebook and @RealKidsShades on Twitter.

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I received samples for the purpose of review. Opinions are my own and are not influenced by any form of compensation.


  1. eva biggs says:

    Navy orange flex duo

  2. I like the Xtreme Element in Blue Flame.

    jandplee at att dot net

  3. Jennifer Young says:

    Flex Shades in Pink

  4. I like the first shades in purple hearts.

  5. The GLIDE shades – in bue – for my son.

  6. Flex Shades in Red

  7. Anonymous says:

    I like the pink, purple or blue Flex shades. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.

  8. I really like the flex duo style in black/red

  9. I like the pink Xtreme Elements.

  10. Maegan Morin says:
  11. I like the Xtreme Gear Convertible 7 – 12 Years in black or white. Thanks!

  12. I like the Xtreme Sports for my son.

  13. Renee Walters says:

    Flex Shades in Red! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Love the flex shades in purple.

  15. Carolyn Colley says:

    I like the Xtreme Sports for Ages 3-7

  16. the infant shades in gloss black

  17. Stephanie says:

    I like the flex in pink

  18. Blade.

  19. i like the kids flex duo in black/red

  20. Flex Duo
    Tamar Swe RC/FB

  21. LOVE the Xtreme Element in Blue Flame.

    ktgonyea at

  22. Melissa Avey says:

    I like the Xtreme Sports shades:)

  23. Lisa Bolduc says:

    i like the Fabulous Shades

  24. Infant Shades in Purple Hearts 0-24 Months

  25. I like the Xtreme Elements

  26. I would like the Xtreme Element 0 – 36 Months in navy

  27. Flex Duo would be perfect for my niece!

  28. Love the Flex Duo in Black/Red

  29. flex shades in purple

  30. My favorite is the Flex Shades 3 – 7 Years in Purple

  31. Tanya Bartlett says:

    Pink Flex Shades

  32. the infant in royal

  33. cloud10277 says:

    I like the Xtreme Elements in red.

  34. Ruben Ramos says:

    Flex shades in pink

  35. Saver Sara says:

    Xtreme Element 0 – 36 Months in navy

  36. intensev5 says:

    I like the flex style

  37. corey1971 says:

    Extreme Chill (Corey Olomon)

  38. susansmoaks says:

    the fabulous are my favorite pair
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  39. Chrissy Nestor says:

    I’d choose the FABULOUS

    chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

  40. I would love the Xtreme Gear Convertible- white for my grandson.

  41. I like the Fabulous Shades for 7-12 in tortoise

  42. Flex Shades in Black

  43. i like the Blade Shades 7 – 12 Years

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  44. Michele P. says:

    the glide in hot pink!

  45. Laurielee Emerson says:

    I like the Flex shades in Pink.
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

  46. Tylerpants says:

    I’d love the Flex Duo for my son. tylerpants(at)

  47. Sarah Yurga says:

    I like the xtreme elements for babies ages 0 to 3

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