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6 Key Points Regarding Hearing Protection

The importance of protecting children’s hearing in noisy situations with earmuffs is a recent phenomenon and 6 key points to bear in mind when looking at hearing protection.

Point 1: Is hearing protection good for my child?

  • The designers of Banz earmuffs know that if you needed to get your child’s attention urgently and they couldn’t hear you, it would be dangerous – and putting babies and children into a ‘cone of silence’ would be upsetting, especially to very young ones.
  •  As total noise cancelling is impractical, Banz earmuffs reduce loud, damaging noise to a safe level – and let softer sounds, such as speech, be heard. Sensitive Care. Sensible Choice” is Banz Carewear motto

Point 2:  Should earmuffs be worn over a beanie or hoodie?

  • We recommend adjusting your child’s earmuffs to fit correctly before putting them on over the ears, THEN put the hat or beanie over the top.    The reason is that the earmuffs can’t seal properly over the ears and there could be “sound leak”.  An opinion from David Welch, head of the Audiology Department at the University of Auckland, says: ” Make sure babies are not wearing hats when you put the earmuffs on. If the cushion cannot seal on the side of the head, the sound can get through and it is amazing how much gets in. It is a real problem we encounter often in adults who work in cold environments and wear woollen hats to keep warm, then don earmuffs on top – the sound just cuts through wool as though it wasn’t there.”

Point 3: Why do the earmuffs need to be specific to baby and kids?

  • The one need that is different from adults is size, especially babies, the other point is weight as well as the incorrect size earmuffs can’t seal property around the children’s ears so the protection factor is then gone.
  • Babies heads are softer head than adults, with the fontanelles or ‘soft spots’ yet to close. Adult-size earmuffs put an adult-force grip over the head which can be dangerous, especially for children under two years.
  • Banz earmuffs, both the Mini size for under 3 years and the Protective size for 3-10+ years, are especially designed to fit correctly – and they will keep up with your child’s growth, as they are adjustable. Importantly, the headband on the Mini Muffs is specially made with a light tension, so the earmuffs won’t put the squeeze on soft baby heads.

Point 4: What is different about Banz hearing protection.

  • The classic ‘earcups connected by an over-the-head band’ has stood the test of time as earmuffs were invented back in 1873 (for warmth, not for noise reduction).  . The specially-designed headband on Banz earmuffs won’t slip – and there’s a lot more technology in a padded Banz headband to keep soft baby heads safe than there is in a piece of stretchy material!
  • A word on using earplugs for babies and small children: Experts recommend that nothing smaller than an elbow goes into a child’s ear canal, for good reason – trying to fish out an earplug, and especially ear putty, from a super-small baby ear canal is dangerous. Also, earplugs are a choking hazard for small children.

Point 5:  What is the cleaning protocol?

  • To clean your Banz earmuffs simply wipe over the set with a cloth dampened by mild soap and water.  Recommended after each wear.

 

Point 6 : What about using the correct size for my little one?

  • Banz earmuffs give an age recommendation as a guide.     Every child is different and some will need to update their earmuffs to the larger Protective Earmuffs size a bit earlier than others. Once the earcups on the sliding adjustment of your child’s Mini Muffs are sitting at the bottom of the band, it’s time to consider upsizing for the near future – their age doesn’t matter.

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How Quality Sunglasses Can Help Your
Child Develop a Lifetime of Sun
Protection Habits

Banz Sunglasses for Kids & Babies Quality Sunglasses - How Quality Sunglasses Can Help Your Child Develop a Lifetime of Sun Protection Habits - visit www.banzworld.co.za
Banz Sunglasses for Kids & Babies Quality Sunglasses - How Quality Sunglasses Can Help Your Child Develop a Lifetime of Sun Protection Habits - visit www.banzworld.co.za

How Quality Sunglasses Can Help Your Child Develop a Lifetime of Sun Protection Habits

A nice post by Banz which talks about highlighting the one thing we overlook when protecting our little ones from the harmful rays of the sun and that is …. the eyes.

Your eyes, and baby’s eyes, need protection from the sun, too. Simply squinting or wearing a hat won’t cut it. That’s why it’s important to start teaching your child the importance of
wearing sunglasses early on in life.

Not only will it protect their eyes from harmful UV rays, but it can also help develop a lifetime of sun protection habits.

We know that getting children to wear anything they don’t want to wear can be a real challenge. But with the right approach and the right sunglasses, it can be done. Let’s take a look at how quality sunglasses can help your child develop a lifetime of sun protection habits.

First and foremost, it’s important to choose the right sunglasses for your child. Not all sunglasses are created equal, and some may even do more harm than good. Cheap sunglasses
may not offer adequate protection from UV rays and could actually cause more harm than good by dilating the pupils and allowing more UV light in.

That’s why we recommend looking for brands like Banz Australia for quality sunglasses that are specifically designed for children. Banz Australia is known for their line of Banz Baby
products, including, Banz Baby Swimwear, Banz UPF 50+ bucket hats, and Banz Kids Hearing Protection Earmuffs, to name a few.

These products are made with the highest quality materials and provide superior protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

Once you have the right sunglasses for your child, it’s time to start using them as part of your daily routine.

Make it a habit to always wear sunglasses when you’re outside, and make sure your child does the same. It may take some coaxing at first, but over time, wearing sunglasses
will become second nature to your child.

Another way to help your child develop a lifetime of sun protection habits is to lead by example. Children model their behavior after their parents, so if they see you wearing sunglasses and taking sun protection seriously, they will be more likely to do the same.

It’s also important to make wearing sunglasses fun for your child. Let them pick out their own pair of sunglasses and make a big deal out of it. Encourage them to wear their sunglasses by pointing out how cool they look. You can even make a game out of it by seeing who can keep their sunglasses on the longest or spotting other people wearing sunglasses.

In addition to protecting your child’s eyes from UV rays, wearing quality sunglasses can also prevent other eye problems like cataracts and macular degeneration later in life. By starting early and instilling good sun protection habits in your child, you’re setting them up for a lifetime of healthy eyes.

In conclusion, protecting your child’s eyes from the harmful rays of the sun is crucial. By choosing quality sunglasses from brands like Banz Australia and making it a part of your daily routine, you can help your child develop a lifetime of sun protection habits. So the next time you head outside, don’t forget to grab your sunglasses – and make sure your child does too!

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Kids Winter Sun Protection is a Must! Make Banz Sun Safety a Habit Year Round!

Banz Blog Kids Winter Sun Protection is a Must! Make Sun Safety a Habit Year Round
Banz Blog Kids Winter Sun Protection is a Must! Make Sun Safety a Habit Year Round

Kids Winter Sun Protection is a Must!
Make Sun Safety a Habit Year Round

Sun Safety is something that we all think about during the summer months, but what about the autumn and winter?

The sun’s damaging rays are around us all year round, and just because it’s overcast outside does not mean your children are safe from the same potential UV damage they would receive in full sunlight. Too often the sunscreen and sunglasses get packed away in autumn leaving kids squinting and exposed during colder weather.

Make sun safety a habit year round, your kids will thank you for it when they are older!

Some good year-round sun prevention tips:
  1. Wear a wide-brimmed hat that is large enough to allow for plenty of air flow.
  2. Avoid a lot of activity or stay in the shade during the hottest time of the day (between 10 AM and 2 PM).
  3. Avoid lengthy exposure to the sun.
  4. Apply a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher anytime kids are in direct sunlight (talk to your pediatrician about using sunscreen on any child younger than 6 months of age).
  5. Wear sunglasses that are UVA/UVB CSA certified and block out 100% of UVA/B rays.

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BANZ F.A.Q.

  • 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: info@babybanz.co.za
  • 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 DadLabs.com for great information on protecting little eyes!
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