Well... Gram bought DD some shades, so here are a few thoughts...
Baby sunglasses and front carry babywearing = completely incompatible! Tried it once and the glasses wound up on the side of her head because they were getting bumped by my boobs each time she'd turn her head to look from one side to another.
We put them on her in the car seat on bright days and sometimes she leaves them there (often), but frequently she takes them off and chews on them.
Any other time you'd use them, a hat would probably be a better choice, anyway. (Hats end up over DD's eyes if she wears them in the car seat, though).
As for keeping the hat on, for us a chin strap is a must. By the way, I'm looking for a good floppy hat for this summer, so if anyone has any recommendations, please post!
Do they need sunglasses? I also prefer the hat option. If I were to have my dd wear sunglasses, we'd probably need a strap, and I'd want them to be "good" sunglasses, since I can't stand to wear cheap sunglasses myself.
this probably goes with out saying, but if you DO get sunglasses, make sure they have UV coating. Otherwise, the darkness with allow the pupil to dilate and possibly cause more harm to the eye than going without sunglasses (when squinting and a constricted pupil would help protect the eye from UV rays).
Chin strap for the hat..We got ours at Target. When oldest was a babe Baby Gap had a great hat. The brim was HUGE! I loved it. The sunglasses she keeps pushing and pushing till they are crooked gets mad I fix and we repeat the process.
I didn't know that about the UV coating, though DD's glasses do have it. Glad to know for future reference!
Target does have some hats with chin straps right now, though I wish the brim were a bit bigger. My baby has three hats, only one with a chin strap (the one from Target), but she doesn't pull her other ones off, which surprises me...
Hey if you're crafty, you could probably make a strap for a hat! The target hats just have velcro at the bottom of each strap to secure them easily.
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