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Baby Banz – The UV Protection

Baby Banz Africa - UV Facts - Learn more here - Protect your child's skin from harmful UV Rays


  • Ultraviolet radiation is classified by wavelength into three regions:
  • UVA – is thought to contribute to premature aging and wrinkling of the skin and has recently been implicated as a cause of skin cancer.
  • UVB – more dangerous than UVA and has been implicated as the major cause of skin cancers, sun burning and cataracts.
  • UVC – is extremely dangerous but does not reach the earth’s surface due to absorption in the atmosphere.
  • Ultra Violet Protection Factor (UPF)- this rating indicates how much UVR is blocked by a material. For example, a material with a UPF rating of 20 would only allow 1/20th of the hazardous
  • UVR falling on its surface to pass through it.
  • This means that this material would reduce the UVR exposure by a factor of 20.
  • Stated another way, this material would block 95% of the UVR and transmit only 5%. UPF 50+ blocks more than 98%.
  • Sun Protection Factor (SPF)- this rating is used for sunscreens, which refers to the blocking strength of the sunscreen and the length of time it protects. For example, a SPF of 50 will allow you and your child to stay in the sun 50 times longer than the normal time it takes unprotected skin to change color (tan) or burn. If your skin burns in 10 minutes, than your protection will last up to 500 minutes (multiply 50 by 10).
  • Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before going out in the sun, because the chemicals need time to absorb into the skin. The best sunscreen to choose has broad-spectrum protection that can block out both UVA and UVB rays.

About Us and the Banz Story

Baby Banz, Inc. is the ultimate in children’s sun protection.

Baby Banz started in 2001 with the first Australian designed wrap-around sunglasses for infants and babies. The range was made available on the continent of Africa in 2003 through the Baby Brands cc agency in South Africa. Baby Banz now have a large selection of sunglasses, UV Clothing and UV Swimwear products for babies, toddlers and kids.

Baby Banz are considered industry experts in infant and child UV Sun Protective Clothing, UV Sun Protective Swimwear and other UV Sun Protective items. The UPF/SPF rated items are designed for any lifestyle and for any child – whether UV swimwear or UV clothing for infants, toddler or children. All Baby Banz Inc Protective UV clothing carries SPF Skin Protection of UPF 50+ (UPF is the SPF equivalent for UV clothing and UPF50 being the Highest rating one can get).

Baby Banz sell UPF / SPF Sun Protective Clothing and Sun Protective Swimwear including: SPF protective swim shirts, SPF swim shorts, SPF board shorts, SPF rash guards, SPF skirts, and of course SPF protective swim suits and sunhats. The Baby Banz website is very easy to use and allows our customers the ability to easily view and shop by style, product type and/or color. Baby Banz is proud to develop and offer our thousands of loyal customers the best UV products available for children and the most detailed UV apparel product information available. Please check back as we continue to add more products in our mission to bring our customers the most variety in Sun Protective UV Clothing and Sun Protective UV Swimwear for children. Items include: Baby UV Swimwear, Children’s UV Swimwear, Children’s UV Clothing, Baby UV Hats, and Children’s UV Hats. UV exposure is an ever increasing health threat for everyone.

However, Baby Banz products are designed to keep the fun in the sun alive. UV Sun Protective Clothing and UV Sun Protective Swimwear (SPF Clothing) started over a decade ago and originated from Australia, the land down under, where they really know about the risks of too much sun. Not soon after, Baby Banz Inc was founded after a dad invented the wrap-around sunglasss for his then infant son. Baby Banz Inc is the original infant and child wrap-around sunglasses company. Baby Banz Inc now carries many choices of UV clothing and UV Swimwear fabrics and styles that all provide a UPF of 50+. These new styles, and some can be very fashionable, can essentially block out all the damaging UVA and UVB rays and in turn, one needs only to apply sun block to the remaining skin areas that are exposed. To this end, Baby Banz carries UV shirts, UV shorts, UV hats, and UV swimsuits that all carry a UPF of 50+ in many styles that not only can be used for swimming, but for hiking, camping, and even just going out for a day of playing at the park or beach. SPF is for Sunscreen; UPF is for Clothing & Swimwear. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Some manufacturers and even some websites describe their clothing as SPF protective.

However, as we all know, SPF was designed for and describes a sunscreen’s protectiveness and not clothing. However, UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. To help the consumer better determine the unique protection a garment has, a UPF rating system has been developed. The UPF rating system was first developed by the Australian Government to inform and protect their citizens from the sun’s very harmful rays in the Land-Down-Under. Shoppers should only consider buying a UV garment that as a UPF rating (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) and moreover, from a reputable company and/or manufacturer that promotes the UPF rating system. Baby Banz only uses the UPF System to ensure our thousands of loyal customers that they are only getting the very best protection from their UV sun protective apparel item. Sun Tan Lotion, the most common way to prevent sun damage, can be somewhat effective if it contains the right ingredients and it’s diligently applied every hour and half and/or immediately after swimming.

Other than that, the only real precaution is to cover up and perhaps spoil the fun – even if you cover up, a regular cotton shirt only has a sun rating of 7UPF and then 4UPF when it’s wet. Baby Banz Inc offers: Sun Protective UV Clothing (UV sun protective skirts, UV sun protective pants, UV sun protective shirts, UV sun protective sun hats); Sun Protective UV Swimwear (UV sun protective swim shirts, UV sun protective swim shorts, UV sun protective swim suits, UV sun protective hats).

“”The latest growing addition to the product range are the Banz Noise Defenders  which meet all the stringent testing requirements and are also available on””



Baby Banz are protected by
US patent number No. D466,543
Australian/NZ patent No. 2002100166
UK/EU patent No. 3007802


  • Are Baby Banz adjustable?
    Baby Banz headbands adjust and secure with a hook and loop closure system(Velcro®). This allows parents/children to loosen and tighten the glasses as they take them off and on and prolongs the use of the Banz as they “grow” with the child.
  • Can Baby and Kidz Banz be fitted with prescription lenses?
    Yes! Our Baby and Kidz Banz sunglasses are Rx-able and are capable of being cold fitted with a prescription lens up to +/ – 8 diopters. You will need to purchase the Baby or Kidz Banz of your choice and take them to your optician to be fitted with the lenses.
  • How do I teach my child to wear Baby Banz?
    Wearing sunglasses, just like wearing sunscreen or fastening a seat belt, is a learned phenomenon. Kids learn fast, but if you don’t teach them to wear sunglasses, they will never learn. Here are some of our suggestions on how you can get your child to love wearing Baby Banz.

    1. When you first put Baby Banz on your child they should be in the sun – not indoors.
    2. Make sure the polycarbonate lenses on the sunglasses are clean. If not, clean them with a lens cleaner and soft cloth. If you don’t have lens cleaner, soap and water will do. Just don’t dry them with an abrasive paper towel.
    3. Center the sunglasses so the nose piece rests on the tiny bridge of the nose and the straps above the ears. Adjust the neoprene strap to be just tight enough so that they don’t slip down, but not tighter. If they are too snug they will not want to wear them.
    4. It is normal, especially for infants, to try to pull the glasses off at first. But the more you put them back on and encourage them to wear them, the easier it gets. Start your child as young as possible. Remember that wearing sunglasses for 5 minutes the first time is wonderful. It’s a new experience so build the time up gradually.
  • What are Polarized Sunglasses?
    Polarized sunglasses are designed to reduce the glare from surfaces like water, snow, and glass. They can be highly useful for sports, driving, and fishing by helping the participant in these activities to see more clearly, allowing for the avoidance of potential hazards. While they may be somewhat more expensive than conventional sunglasses, some consumers prefer polarized sunglasses because they selectively block out glare, rather than making the whole field of vision dimmer.
    Light has many interesting properties, especially when reflected from another surface. Polarized sunglasses take advantage of one of these properties, known as polarization. Normally, a light source produces waves which go in all directions. When light is bounced from a surface like glass, water, or snow, the light waves polarize, meaning that they orient along an axis, which is usually horizontally. A vertical polarizing lens can reduce the brightness of these light waves while still allowing optical information through.
    Because of their vertical polarizing orientation, polarized sunglasses are ideal for dealing with reflective glare conditions, depending on the angle. Experimentation with polarized sunglasses can yield an angle at which no light is filtered out, because the glasses are horizontally aligned along with the glare. At other angles, polarized sunglasses will filter out some or all of the glare, allowing the wearer to see with comfort and without potential eye strain. Polarized sunglasses are unfortunately not as useful when the sun is directly overhead or low to the horizon, because the angle of the reflected light waves changes from this horizontal configuration.
  • What are the straps made from?
    Baby Banz headbands are made from Neoprene. Neoprene is the same material used to make wetsuits; it is stretchy and easy to clean with warm soap and water. The material is very soft and comfortable on the little heads; it also keeps the glasses where they are supposed to be – OVER the child’s eyes. An added bonus is that it floats in water to avoid loss at the pool or beach.
  • What are the Sunglasses made from?
    Baby Banz frames and lenses made from polycarbonate material. This material makes Baby Banz virtually shatterproof and ensures that they stand up to wear and tear.
  • What are the swimsuits made of, how do they fit and what amount of UV protection do they offer?
    The swimwear is made of a nylon spandex blend similar to the material used to make most swimwear, but, unlike most swimsuits, Banz swimwear is specially made with a built-in UV protection factor for extra protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Banz swimwear is designed to be loose fitting for your child’s comfort.  All swimwear has been clinically tested to a rating of UPF 50+. Baby Banz swimwear is CHEMICAL FREE! The UPF factor comes from the tightness of the weave of the materials we use. The UPF will never wash or wear out!
  • What is the UV protection of Baby Banz and Kidz Banz?
    The lenses are a UV400 lens. These lenses block out the entire spectrum of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays from the sun. UVA rays are thought to be more harmful to the skin – they cause sunburn and get below the outer layer of skin. UVB rays are the rays thought to be the worst on the eye and causing damage to the retina and lens with overexposure and under-protection. UVC rays are extremely dangerous but do not reach the earth’s surface due to absorption in the atmosphere.
  • What is the UV protection of Banz Sun Hatz?
    Baby Banz Sun Hatz are the best in the market for protection and breathability. Our Hatz are made of 100% Cotton/100% Polyester and offer UPF protection of 50+. Others’ hats made of synthetic materials do a good job of keeping the sun off, but make the head hot because they don’t let air in and under the hat. And as most parents know, if the hat is comfortable, it is more likely to stay on little heads!
  • Where can I buy Baby Banz products?
    Baby Banz products are sold in a variety of outlets nationwide including optical and specialty baby stores. For more information on where to purchase Baby Banz products in a store near you, please contact customer service. You can also purchase through our easy to use shopping cart.
  • Where do I fill out online warranty?
    Please send us your warranty registration:
  • Why does my child need to wear Sunglasses?
    Baby Banz are a necessity to cover infant and toddler eyes from the harmful rays of UV (ultra violet) light. Until approx 8-9 yrs old a child has no filters in the eye to block out UV light. You can actually do MORE harm to the eye if you put an inferior lens in front of the eye! Behind tinted lenses, the iris opens to allow more light into the eye; if the lens doesn’t protect properly, and more UV light gets into the eye potentially damaging the child’s eye.Check out this video on Baby Banz from for great information on protecting little eyes!
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