Guys. I have a little reader now. She recently made a fort in the dining room, taped up a sign that says “Sienna’s Hideaway,” and now retreats in there to read books all on her own. I’m dying of the cuteness factor, but also because I am SO excited for her world to open up soon. Reading is always a luxurious escape for me. While I haven’t had as much time in the past few years to enjoy that escape, it’s still so treasured, and I am beyond excited for this little peanut to jump into it.
We got S’s eyes checked before Kindergarten, and alas, she needs reading glasses (she looks super-bummed about it in that pic though, huh?). Our doctor said it’s a good idea for her eyes, so she won’t get headaches or tire too quickly from reading, just as she’s discovering how fun it is. Not wanting to ruin my child’s whole experience with reading, I decided yeah, a big YES to the glasses. We got by for a few months of nighttime reading with small adult-sized readers, but they were too big and would slide off her face, so she didn’t want to wear them. It’s frustrating that they don’t make kid-sized readers you can pick up at any drugstore, so online searching I went. It turns out any kid-sized glasses have to be prescription, so through a recommendation from Elsie at abeautifulmess.com I checked out Jonas Paul.
Glasses: The Home Try-On
Similar to other glasses companies, you get to try on a variety of pairs from Jonas Paul (and they simply charge a $1 deposit). They offer tortoise or black home try-on kits in two size ranges, ages 4-7 and ages 8-12. But don’t worry, if you’re not into tortoise or black to keep, they offer quite a few other shades for purchase. We tried the 4-7 age tortoise kit on for size…
The glasses seem well-designed for kiddos, offering free shatterproof polycarbonate lenses (or choose from a few lens upgrade options), durable spring hinges, hypoallergenic temple arm tips that can be adjusted at home for a good fit around the ear, and extended nose pads to help the frames stay up on little nose bridges. They also offer NerdWax (adorable name) that you can apply to the nose pads for a more secure fit. I adore not having to go anywhere to make fit adjustments. Maybe I can order a pair? #glassesprobs With each glasses purchase, the company also donates Vitamin A supplements to children in low-income regions to help combat blindness. I’m stoked by the current trend of companies that give back. Let’s hope that trend only continues to grow.
The Jonas Paul Styles We Tried
There were seven styles in the handy, protective try-on box, and Sienna had a blast (at first) trying on each style (until I made her do it like five more times. Ha!) When did my girl get so grown up????!!!
Sienna’s favorite was the Elsie (I see you, foreshadowing). I loved the Paige on her, too, but this spicy five-year-old knows what she wants. And OMG. She looks so big. Give this girl a lab coat or something, and she’ll be totally profesh.
We ordered the Elsie style in tortoise, and emailed in her prescription and PD (pupillary distance) number. The try-on kit comes with a hand tool and instructions on how to measure that. The glasses came super-quickly (less than a week!) and included a nice sturdy case and lens cloth. Sienna is so proud of them — I know I’m biased, but sheesh, I think she looks adorable.
This post isn’t sponsored, by the way. We just wanted to try these out since they’re fulfilling a need we have and give you a review! After writing this up though, I reached out to them and Jonas Paul has offered you guys a lovely 15% discount using the code MOMEDIT15
Let me know what you think if you’ve tried them out. Here’s to many years of happy reading for everyone.
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