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March 13, 2014

Toddler Style: Durable & Fashionable Toddler Sunnies from Paxley

I received a sample to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are my own.

It’s hard to believe that in a 48 hour time period, the weather here in the Midwest has turned from mild and 50 to freezing and blizzard-like. Luckily, on that mild day just hours ago, we enjoyed some time outside. Bonus – it was sunny enough to test out Bear’s latest fashion accessory – oversized sunnies just like her mommy.

Paxley Toddler Sunnies

I’ve always had a thing for oversized sunglasses. Well, not always. My love for them began when I purchased a pair for $9.99 at Walgreens after seeing Mary-Kate Olsen grace the pages of Us Weekly in a pair back in my college days (2004, I believe). At that time, they weren’t readily available at every department store or big box store. Rather, I had to buy a pair from the rounder near the pharmacy that I’m pretty sure only grandmas frequented.

Oversized Sunnies

Circa 2007 studying in Germany

It’s no surprise that I would pass my love for fashion along to my daughter one day. And since she was born, I’ve done just that. Paxley (if you haven’t heard of them, go check them out) recently sent Bear a pair of the stylish Larchmont sunglasses in Plum (at 18 months old, we opted for size 1-3 years). Why do I love these toddler sunglasses? For multiple reasons.

Paxley Sunglasses - Toddler Fashion 2

For one, they are super cute and stylish for a mini fashionista (they are handcrafted in Italy after all). But equally importantly, they are safe and health conscious. They feature the unique, patent-pending SafeBend™ pinchless hinge that won’t pinch small hands or catch on clothing.

Paxley Sunglasses - Toddler Fashion 1

And when your toddler does this with them, they don’t snap (phew). And they’re what I like to call “sit on” proof.

Durable Toddler Sunglasses from Paxley

They also have enhanced rubber nose pads that gently rest on flatter, growing bridges without the frames overwhelming the chipmunk cheeks.

And guess what? They are BPA-free, lead-free, latex-free, PVC-free and phthalate-free. They are also hypoallergenic and don’t contain paint or glue. So if when Bear decides to start chewing on them, no harm, no foul.

Paxley Sunglasses - Toddler Fashion

I’ve always said that my favorite accessory (and wrinkle prevention) is a good pair of sunglasses. Crows feet don’t stand a chance thanks to my daily wear of sunnies, even when it’s cloudy outside.

And research shows that eye protection should begin in early childhood. While adults are advised to protect their eyes, it’s even more crucial for children. The skin around the eyes is one of the most delicate areas of the body, and even more so with infants and young children. Without protection in the form of truly protective sunscreens and eyewear, the sun’s harmful rays can cause premature aging symptoms over time. Plus, little developing eyes aren’t able to filter out UV rays as easily.

Striking a pose - Paxley sunglasses

I know – she’s a ham!

So while we may have entered a new fashion phase of childhood (bye bye bibs and sock hats), I don’t anticipate the accessory bin in her closet to clear out any time soon. In fact, we’ll probably need to get another bin thanks to the mom she inherited.

Sorry about that, Bear. You’re in for a long life of designer bags, too many shoes, vintage jewelry, and outlet mall shopping. Also, sorry to my husband in advance.

Ashley traded Prada for pacis in 2012 when she became a member of the elite club of motherhood. She is married to her high school sweetheart of nearly 15 years and together they have two toddlers – “Bear” and “Little Man.” She spends her days as a marketing professional and nights writing this blog. In her [not so] spare time, she enjoys reading trashy tabloids, large glasses of buttery chardonnay, and shopping clearance racks.
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  • Reply Sarah Richmond

    The nose protector looks great.

    October 6, 2014 at 1:09 am
  • Reply Bianca Munoz

    I love these! They are so cute! My little girl or boy would love them!

    October 7, 2014 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Kelly F

    This are adorable! I would love a pair for my niece…and myself of course! Love the fact that they are handcrafted in Italy! Such stylish glasses.

    October 13, 2014 at 12:13 am
  • Reply Janna

    So cute 😉 !

    October 17, 2014 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Jeanine Hall

    These are so durable love them

    October 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Brandy White Buneta

    I Love Love Love Those Glasses….Too Cute!!

    October 21, 2014 at 12:50 am
  • Reply Amy Smith Homhouane

    I like the idea of the nose protector. My kids like their sunglasses, but the area around the nose is always a bit of an issue. The extra padding there would make it so much more comfortable for them.

    October 21, 2014 at 8:21 am
  • Reply Tammy

    So cute!! love that they are so durable!

    October 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Susan Broughton

    I think this is such a good idea to have sunglasses for little ones. I mean their eyes are just as sensitive to bright sunlight as ours is, if not more so. I think you should start protecting your eyes at a early age

    October 25, 2014 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Nicole Deardorf

    I love that these are so durable. those hinges are amazing. 🙂

    October 25, 2014 at 10:45 pm
  • Reply maryann grace

    these are super important and very stylish.

    October 25, 2014 at 11:42 pm
  • Reply Jodi Armstrong

    love that they can withstand a toddler pulling at them. we’ve had a few pairs break from that exact action.

    October 26, 2014 at 12:07 am
  • Reply Yvette Figueroa

    I love how durable they are!

    October 27, 2014 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Michele Ash

    I enjoyed reading your review and the pictures! Your daughter sure loves to have her picture taken! She’s a cutie! The Sun Glasses that you got for your daughter are adorable! It’s terrific that they are free of all the “bad stuff” so that if she does put them in her mouth it will not harm her. I love how durable they are and fashionable! These Toddler Sun Glasses are terrific! I couldn’t keep my kids with sunglasses on! They would take them off as soon as I put them on! Thanks so much for the Wonderful review and all the terrific information on these Sun Glasses!!! I truly do appreciate it! Thanks again, Michele 🙂

    October 29, 2014 at 11:37 pm
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