Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tips for Choosing Sunglasses - RKS Review & Giveaway

As moms, we do everything we can to protect our children. We baby proof our homes and put helmets on them when they ride their bikes.  We watch what they eat and limit their screen time.  We bundle them in the winter with hats, coats, scarves, and mittens. We put sunscreen on their skin and hats on their heads in the summer, but we often neglect protecting their sensitive eyes.  I know I'm guilty of letting my kids out in those party favor sunglasses that really don't protect them from anything!

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under 10 years of age are at an increased risk for permanent retinal damage from sunlight.  That means that the same sunlight that we're all worried about slathering on sunscreen for is also damaging our children's eyes.  And it's not just a summer concern, either.  Even though the harmful effects are three times greater in the summer months, children's eyes can still be effected in the winter, even on overcast and cloudy days.  In addition, unlike skin cells, our eyes cannot repair themselves.  Once the damage is done, it's permanent.

When choosing sunglasses for your child, make sure you:
  1. Only purchase sunglasses that are proven to block 100% of both types of ultraviolet rays (UV-A and UV-B).  
  2. Check the lenses for scratches and bubbles.  This can cause children to squint or develop headaches.
  3. Take into account your child's active lifestyle.  Consider impact-resistant frames that are bendable and unbreakable.
  4. Look for sunglasses with polycarbonate lenses.  This is the most impact resistant material (often used in eyeglasses for children)
  5. Consider wrap-around designs to help protect again peripheral UV rays.
  6. Make sure the sunglasses have a snug, comfortable fit.  For babies and super active  kids, banded solutions that fit under hats and helmets are best.
Real Kids Shades is dedicated to providing the very best protection available with their 100% UVA/UVB rated lenses.  They offer fun styles, adjustable comfort bands and innovative features to ensure a great fit for kids of all ages.  I was lucky enough to receive several pairs of Real Kids Shades to try out with my children.  We received:

 My First Shades Green Frogs for 0-24 months for Baby C $14.99- These had a handy velcro adjustable strap that was super soft.  (I apologize.  The baby has been sick and cried every time I tried to put these on him.  I'm pretty sure the cold is giving him a sore nose so he isn't happy with Mommy messing with his face.  I'll update with a picture of his shades soon!)

The Flex Duo in Black and Red for ages 3-7 for Baby E $14.99 - My 2-year-old immediately wanted to bend and play with his shades and they stood up beautiful to his rough-and-tumble ways.  They come with a detachable wrap-around band and the rubber frames were virtually indestructible!  (BTW - My 2-year-old wouldn't slow down for a picture, so I grabbed one of my Daycare kids.  Isn't he a cutie?)

The Xtreme Sport Shades in Black and Blue for ages 3-7 for Middle Brother $19.99 - I was surprised at how much my 4-year-old loved these!  They don't look like "traditional" sunglasses because they have the elastic band instead of the regular frames, but they couldn't be more perfect for our most active child!  They will certainly come in handy during soccer season this Spring.

and The Glide Graphite Shades for ages 7-12 for Big Brother $14.99- These also came with the detachable strap and are quite stylish for your tween.

I can not say enough good things about these products.  My kids loved them.  They were comfortable and extremely durable.  As a mom, I feel great knowing that I'm protecting their sensitive eyes and giving them something that they enjoy wearing.

Now, for the fun part!  Real Kids Shades is offering a pair of shades of your choice to one lucky reader.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  You can also check out all their great styles on their website and keep up with all the latest deals by friending them on Facebook or checking them out on Twitter

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68 comments:

  1. I really like the Flex Duo Shades! They are cute and I bet they will last a lot longer than the cheapies I bought last summer that are already broken!

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  2. Great post, Tina. I'm good about making sure the kids have decent sunglasses, but bad about making sure they actually wear them! Thanks for the reminder. :-)

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  3. Id pick the pink Flex shades. Thanks for a great giveaway!!

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  4. The Xtreme Sport Shades would be great for my 4 year old!

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  5. I'd go with the first shades in the green frogs for my little man.

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  6. I like the Flex Duo in the navy/orange color.

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  7. It's really hard to get my son to wear sunglasses, but he LOVED the look of the Flex Duo. With how hard and fast my kids play, these durable glasses would be perfect!

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  8. I was just thinking about getting some sunglasses for my son when this post came.

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    1. I like the Glide Shades in blue.

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  9. I'd pick xtreme chill in white.
    http://www.realkidshades.com/xtreme_chill_712.html

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  10. I'd pick the Flex Duo shades for my son.
    hschonrock at yahoo dot com

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  11. I'd pick the Flex Shades in hot pink!
    mcfallsk8er(at)aim(dot)com

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  12. Carter is just turning 3 soon, so I think I would pick the Xtreme Element 3 - 7 Years in Silver! These would be so great to protect Carters eyes while we float around in the pool!
    landfjacobson @ charter.net

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  13. I'd go with the light blue My First Shades
    sara(dot)rowe1013(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. My first shades in blue. Cantonbrandy@yahoo.com

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  15. I like the Xtreme Gear Chill in Blue!
    http://store.realkidshades.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=EXTCHILL712

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  16. I like the Flex Duo. These would be perfect for my grandson.(who is kind of rough and tumble lol)
    maggietucker10 at yahoo dot com

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  17. toddler shades...blue flame...perfect for my little ball of fire

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  18. I would choose Glide Shades in Black 7-12 Years.

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  19. I'd pick my first shades in gloss black : )

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  20. I think my son would love the Blade style.

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  21. I would pick the Xtreme Elements for 0-36 months in the color Navy.

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  22. My daughter would like the flex duo in pink and orange!

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  23. Styrene element or streamed chill
    Lilhottemomma@yahoo.com

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  24. The XTREME Element shades are very cool!

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  25. would love to win the kids 3-7 flex duo for my son
    cabriolian@yahoo.com

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  26. I think my son would love the Blade style.

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  27. the flex duo shade are cool

    LeRoy

    http://daddywaddyweeviews.blogspot.com/

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  28. I'd go with the my first shades either pink for my daughter or something more neutral for the baby on the way.

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  29. I like the My First Shades in the pink

    greenday14fan@yahoo.com

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  30. Fabulous Shades 7 - 12 Years in Black.

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  31. Wow... I really like them all. I've been looking for something like these for a while. My daughter would gush over the Pink and Purple Flex Duos

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  32. My son wants the Xtereme Sports. (Corey Olomon)

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  33. Xtreme Element 0 - 36 Months in Navy

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  34. I like My First Shades in blue for my lil' guy!

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  35. I'd pick the xtreme chill for my son

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  36. I would choose the Fabulous Shades (Black) for 7 - 12 years

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  37. fabulous
    trixie420247 at yahoo dot com

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  38. Probably Flex in black

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  39. I like the extreme convertable for my son

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  40. I liked the Extreme Chill glasses!
    oregonrockmom@gmail.com

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  41. I like the 3-7 years pink/orange flex duo glasses :)

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  42. I would choose the Flex sunglasses in the lavendar color.

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  43. imnot sure, i would either choose the my first shades in blue for the expected baby or the flex duo for the toddler

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  44. I like the flex in pink for 3-7 year olds

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  45. Like the pink flex

    Hebb dot Julie at gmail dot com

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  46. I would choose the Xtreme Convertible for my son who plays tennis and runs track for his school. These would come in very handy. Thanks! hstorm799{at}gmail{dot}com

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  47. I like the xtrememe chill (ages 7-12). Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. Thanks. I would have to go for the pink or purple flex. Love that they are size 3-7 years. My 3 year old has a very large head.

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  49. probably the Glide ages 7-12 in red

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  50. I want the flex shades in pink for 3-7 year olds.

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  51. michelle gilliland mcafeeFebruary 14, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    I love these. I'd pick the blade, black 7 to 12. ml_mcafee@yahoo.com

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  52. i like to my first shades :) senior06chs@aol.com

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  53. I would go with the Flex Duo Shades 3 - 7 Years in the purple / pink combination.

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