Sunday, February 17, 2013

Real Kids Shades Review & {Giveaway}

As a parent, we do everything in our power to keep our children safe. We use car seats to protect them while driving. We slather them up in the summer time with sunscreen to protect them from the suns harsh rays - the list goes on and on. One thing I am totally guilty of, is not making James wear sunglasses. He has his "cool dudes" and does occasionally wear them, but not every time we go outside. Heck I don't wear my sunglasses all the time either.

What I didn't know, was that only 32% of parents actually have their children wear sunglasses and that a study found that 40% of Americans don't know that UV protection is an important thing to consider.

When I was contacted by Real Kids Shades, I quickly jumped on the offer to do a review. I knew that James was an iffy test subject, but knew that I could make Graham wear a pair of sunglasses.

About Real Kids Shades:

Founded in 2002 - their mission was to protect as many children's eyes as possible from harmful UV radiation. When they launched Real Kids Shades, their goal was to offer affordable sunglasses designed for infants and children, that not only looked good, but provided 100% protection from the sun harmful rays.

When I received the boys package of glasses I was shocked to find not one or two pairs of Real Kids Shades, but FOUR! Two pairs for each boy.



Graham received a pair of 0-36 month Xtreme Element in Navy. As well as a pair of 0-24 month My First Shades in Green Frogs.

Xtreme Element: Navy ($19.99)
  • 100% UV protection (UVA & UVB) to 400 nanometers clearly indicated on each individual package
  • Stay Put Power
  • Professional grade polycarbonate frames and lenses
  • Shatterproof and Impact Resistant
  • Comfortable foam padding
  • Wrap style design for a close fit that minimizes peripheral light
  • Adjustable neoprene® band that comfortably and securely keeps the glasses in place
  • No pointy temple arms or metal hinges
  • Waterproof Rustproof
  • Includes Microfiber bag which is also a cleaning cloth
  • Fun to wear! Our sunglasses come in a variety of fashionable colors. Kids just love to wear them and parents can feel good about putting them on their kids
 
What I love most about these glasses is the foam rim. I feel that for Graham it's super comfortable to wear. And they look so gosh darn cute! The frames are very durable and the neoprene® band keeps the glasses in place - even while in the car seat. PLUS is comes with a super handy microfiber bag!
 
 
  • 100% UV protection (UVA & UVB) to 400 nanometers clearly indicated on each individual package
  • Stay Put Power
  • Professional grade polycarbonate frames and lenses
  • Shatterproof and Impact Resistant
  • Rx Capable: A vision care professional can fit all styles of MyFirstShades® sunglasses with prescription lenses
  • Wrap style design for a close, comfortable fit that minimizes peripheral light
  • Adjustable neoprene® band that comfortably and securely keeps the glasses in place
  • No pointy temple arms or metal hinges
  • Waterproof Rustproof
  • Fun to wear! Our sunglasses come in a variety of fashion colors and fun patterns. Kids just love to wear them and parents can feel good about putting them on their kids

Graham's MyFirstShades® glasses are really his first pair of sunglasses - and the print is super cute! Again the frames are very durable, and stay put on his face. The neoprene® is soft and adjusts to fit his rather large head. I like using these on him when we go for walks with the Ergo or when he is in the stroller. *He was VERY tired while I was taking this picture!*

Overall - these are great glasses for him. They fit very well, seem comfortable for him to wear and I have the peace of mind knowing his fragile little eyes are protected!

James also received two pairs of sunglasses. A pair of Flex Black (size 3-7) and also a pair of the Flex Duo Black Red (also 3-7) When I first opened the package James wanted NOTHING to do with the glasses - but I knew if I left a pair out long enough he would take to them. Boy was I right. He loves his 'cool dudes'!

Flex: Black ($14.99)
  • 100% UV protection (UVA & UVB) to 400 nanometers clearly indicated on each individual package
  • Flexible unbreakable rubber frames
  • Professional grade polycarbonate lenses
  • Shatterproof and Impact Resistant
  • Wrap style design for a close, comfortable fit that minimizes peripheral light
  • Removable neoprene® strap
  • Waterproof Rustproof
  • Fun to wear! Our sunglasses come in a variety of fashion colors and fun patterns. Kids just love to wear them and parents can feel good about putting them on their kids

Right off the bat I knew these glasses were different from his other glasses. James' other glasses were made with hard plastic, that he found uncomfortable. He wouldn't wear them long while in the car and complained about them hurting his ears. The Flex Sunglasses from real Kids Shades are made with flexible unbreakable rubber. I love how they bend - they again like Graham's glasses are VERY durable. The lenses are shatterproof and impact resistant which is a must for us as James tends to be a rough little man! We tried using the neoprene® strap but that quickly was tossed aside!

Flex Duo: Black Red ($14.99)
  • 100% UV protection (UVA & UVB) to 400 nanometers clearly indicated on each individual package
  • Flexible unbreakable rubber frames
  • Professional grade polycarbonate lenses
  • Shatterproof and Impact Resistant
  • Wrap style design for a close, comfortable fit that minimizes peripheral light
  • Removable neoprene® strap
  • Waterproof Rustproof
  • Fun to wear! Our sunglasses come in a variety of fashion colors and fun patterns. Kids just love to wear them and parents can feel good about putting them on their kids
Like the Flex sunglasses, the Flex Duo glasses are made with the same flexible rubber frames and shatterproof and impact resistant lenses. But these have a two tone effect. James likes these glasses just as much as his Black cool dudes. I keep both pairs on me - just in case he can't make his mind up!



I am SO SO SO pleased with these glasses. Their prices are so affordable, & the selection is amazing! They have some super cute Jackie O-esque glasses for little girls as well! The color selection is great and the BEST part about them is they keep your little ones eyes fully protected. No worries about the UV rays!

Be sure to check out Real Kids Shades - I know your little one will find a pair that he/she loves!

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HUGE thank you to Liz at Real Kids Shades for allowing my boys to review your wonderful sunglasses. James thinks he is super cool wearing his 'cool dudes'. Also I just wanted to say thank you for making a product that protects my children from the UV rays. You have really opened my eyes (no pun intended) to good eye care! 
 
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