Thursday, December 17, 2015

Real Kids Shades Review

             Hey folks! I don't know about where you live, but it gets pretty gloomy here in Indiana this time of year, so eye protection from the sun isn't exactly in the forefront of my mind. As parents, most of us probably tend to forget or don't realize we're not protecting our children's eyes as well as we think either. Even if we do get sunglasses for our kids, it's easy to get caught up in the cheap, cutesy ones at stores that, more often than not, don't provide all, if any, of the protection your child's eyes need. The folks at Real Kids Shades saw a problem with this and thus “the leading innovator of children's 100% UVA/UVB eye protection” was born!

             Real Kids Shades takes protecting your children's eyes very seriously. Besides providing both UVA and UVB protection, their sunglasses contain shatterproof and impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses and they offer flexible and wrap around frames to help prevent your child from breaking them and to block out peripheral sunlight. (They also offer polarized glasses as well.) Sun damage is permanent and cumulative, so that's why they take their product so seriously!
             All of that is fine and dandy, but who's to say your kids will even wear them, right? Real Kids Shades strives to make their sunglasses appealing to children as well as parents by offering them in different sizes for different age ranges as well as different styles and colors for each group as well! You can find their shades in five different sizes, ranging from birth to teenager, a range of colors, and different styles for any lifestyle, whether they be sporty wrap-arounds or cute, girly square-framed ones like the ones we reviewed below.
             We actually reviewed a pair of the baby size Real Kids Shades when Myka was very young and really liked them. (You can read that review HERE.) Needless to say, I was happy to try out another pair for her now because she could really use some quality sunglasses. Since she has had a big noggin since she was born (I can thank my hubby for that), I decided to go with the Child 4+ size instead of the Toddler 2+. (She just turned 3 in October.) Sadly, but to be totally upfront, they did not fit correctly. 

             I don't think it's the glasses themselves to blame (the Breeze style, by the way), but if you have a kid with a large head, you may want to order a size or two up and check out the sizing diagram for whichever pair you're thinking about purchasing. In our case, the glasses seem too small, like the arms, while flexible, will not bend out far enough and essentially push themselves off her face. (For the record, I know I probably should have sent them back to try to get ones that fit, but I didn't want to be a nuisance and we can just save them for baby #2 when she's older.) Perhaps a different style with the adjustable band to help keep them on would have worked better, but I didn't think Myka would stand for it.
             Other than that, they ARE well-made. (Even my husband said so upon inspecting them. Trust me. If he says they're high quality, they are.) They are very flexible, which is great for young kids. For being a girl, I joke that Myka acts more like a boy as active as she is and as much as she likes playing outdoors and rough housing. So, flexible is good. I love the color combination we received and she did too. (Despite my better efforts, she likes pink stuff. ;) ) And for the record, I do think she would wear them if they fit. She was pretty excited about getting new sunglasses. :)
            I liked the nifty carrying case too. We have a tendency of leaving her other pair of sunglasses in one of the cars, so I like that I can put this pair in the case and remember where they are better! (And protect them from the heat and cold some if you do happen to leave them in the car, of course.)
             So, I hope I haven't put you off from checking out Real Kids Shades' products. They really are good quality and it's hard to find sunglasses that protect from both UVA and UVB rays. Hubby and I honestly just think our kid has a giant head! Also, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube to stay up-to-date with important information and special promotions.
            Speaking of promotions, Real Kids Shades is also generously giving away a pair of their sunglasses to one of my readers as well, so be sure to head over to the giveaway page for a chance to win. Winner chooses size, style, color, and all that fun stuff. :)

Disclaimer: I received product in return for my honest review. No other compensation was received. My opinions may differ from your own. 

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