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Wearing glasses at 18 months

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longdistancegran Tue 27-Mar-12 09:40:21

Following on from my previous thread about crossed eyes, small granddaughter now has to wear glasses (hopefully only for the short term). Does anyone have any recommendations/suggestions for toddler books about wearing glasses, relevant toys or any helpful tips about getting her to keep the specs on!

Mishap Tue 27-Mar-12 12:07:45

This is a subject about which I know lots! Middle D wore glasses from a much younger age than 18 months and had them fixed with elastic round her head.

One good thing nowadays is that lots of children wear glasses and they are a real fashion item - so do not worry of she has to continue to wear them.

Here's a tip - make sure you have a spare pair all the time; and buy a specs repair kit so that you can do running repairs yourselves. We live in the middle of nowhere and I spent a very great deal of time trecking back and forth to town on the bus with two children and pushchairs etc. getting specs repaired - sometimes more than once a week!! - so insist on a spair pair and get used to doing some repairs yourselves - they will get broken, I promise you!

And they will get lost..... in the sea; in the middle of a field of long grass ("where are your glasses?" - "over there" - points to acre of knee high vegetation! - we never did find them!); in fact just about anywhere!

And they will take some battering - or should I say "buttering". My D was once buttering her bread (very messy) and buttered her glasses too and could not understand why she could not see where she was going!

A sense of humour is required, and it is very important to keep it light-hearted and not get annoyed when they go missing or whatever - if they become a bone of contention then the trouble will start! Make sure she knows that you all think she looks lovely in them; and point out any children in books who have them ("Oh look, X has smart glasses, just like you!"). Also, if any other family members wear specs, you can do matey conversations about them, and clean them together etc. - I am a specs wearer and we used to have a sort of matey conspiracy going.

Hunt Tue 27-Mar-12 17:15:10

Mishap, what a lovely reply.These gransnetters are a helpful lot!

Carol Tue 27-Mar-12 18:08:13

Mishap your helpful information should be put on a leaflet and given to the parents of every child who brings home new specs! Fabulous!

glammanana Tue 27-Mar-12 18:18:24

mishap what a fab reply and invaluable information,we have learnt from experience now always to have a spare pair on hand for the super sonic accident prone bicycle riding football playing DGS known as Luke,he is 8 yrs old now and has been the owner of countless pairs of really cool spec's,he has gone through all the trends and we are now on all black frames ie Harry Potter and we all agree he suits his spec's,he and some of his friends in school who are also wearers have a competition as to who can pick the best frames.

longdistancegran Wed 28-Mar-12 15:45:45

Thank you, mishap, for a lovely, supportive reply. The tip about a spec repair kit is really useful. I'm sure it will be an interesting time for all of us!

numberplease Sun 01-Apr-12 18:31:35

My youngest grandson, almost 4, started wearing specs in December. Thjere`ve been no problems in getting him to wear them, but he will fool around putting them on sideways on, makes him look like Benny Hill!

Ladyinred Thu 19-Apr-12 23:13:18

My grandson had to wear glasses from being a baby - he's now 6. The fact that he can actually see better with his glasses on, means that he actually likes wearing them.

vampirequeen Fri 20-Apr-12 17:03:10

I have worn glasses since being tiny (remember the horrible pink nhs ones) and my favourite hiding/getting rid of place was down the back of the sofa so if you're in the living room and you've looked everywhere it's worth a look down there lol.

nelliedeane Fri 20-Apr-12 21:01:56

I have worn glasses since the age of 8months they had ribbons on the arms and tied round my ears with a bow on top of my head,apparently I cut my teeth on them by pulling them of and biting them...hmm