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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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