Whether your kids are setting aside their best toddler books in exchange for a video game or cartoon movie or listening to an audiobook, having the best toddler headphones is a must for little, developing ears.
These clever audio accessories limit volume while protecting your child's delicate ears. And the best ones are as durable as the best toddler travel beds—which means you can totally pack them for your next big all-inclusive family vacation.
"When it comes to headphones for toddlers, it is important to consider the decibel levels," says Dr. James Walker of Welzo, an online health resource.
"Exposure to loud noises can cause permanent hearing damage, especially in young children whose ears are still developing."
When shopping for headphones for the best toddler headphones, Dr. Walker says there are a few things to keep in mind beyond just design and colors.
"Look for models that have a built-in volume limiter or a volume control feature that allows you to set the maximum volume," Walker says of the best headphones for toddlers. "Use a sound level meter app on your phone to check the decibel level of the headphones before allowing your child to use them."
"Also, be sure to supervise your toddler while they are using headphones and limit their use to no more than one hour per day. Regular breaks should also be taken to give their ears a rest."
For the price under-$25 price and functionality, these Snug Play+ headphones for toddlers are a steal. This set offers a sharing port that connects from one side to a media source with the option to connect the other side to a second set of headphones. This way, no one's left out!
These lightweight, comfortable headphones automatically limit volume to protect little ears. With 25,000 ratings and a 4.5-star average, Snug Play+ is our favorite toddler headphones pick overall thanks to sound quality and built-to-last construction.
Plus, these come in 25 cool, kid-friendly designs that are popular for in-school use once your toddler reaches, pre-k, kindergarten and beyond.
Good news for budget-minded parents—some of the best toddler headphones are easy on the wallet. These portable, durable, no-tangle headphones have an adjustable band for comfort and fold-up to take wherever your child goes.
Complete with stereo sound that'll have your kid sitting happy, this multicolor, adjustable pair rings in under $10. At that price, you can buy a few backups of these headphones safe for kids and teens. One for their to-go bag, one for home, one for the car and all the other places they'll go.
Taking kids on an airplane can be difficult, but not with these clever, durable headphones for toddlers. With $11.99 Nenos Headphones, even the longest trips are way easier. Great for both smaller heads and older kids thanks to an adjustable band, they'll keep this set for years to come.
Volume-limiting for protection, these lightweight headphones are foldable and made for prolonged periods of use (like flying). It's no wonder Nenos has more than 11,000 ratings and a nearly-perfect 4.6-star average. The best part? No splitters are required to share audio. Simply plug right into the Nenos and let the fun begin.
The best toddler headphones for your audio-obsessed littles are these handsome Belkin kids' Bluetooth headphones that provide cushioned ear pads. A Bluetooth range of up to 30 feet and a max listening volume is 85 decibels to keep ears safe makes them an impressive find for any age or stage.
Priced from below $40, these investment pieces are worth every penny—especially because the 28 to30 hour battery life keeps kids busy for hours. Plus, with simple touch controls, they can navigate without you. These are also excellent at eliminating background noise.
This brand also makes some of the most sought-after and reliable adult headphones.
Parents of 2-year-olds love these adorable Kidrox Volume-Limiting Headphones. Kids love them for their irresistible designs. Made from durable materials, there's no skimping on sound quality. These doctor-recommended headphones are compatible with all devices through a 3.5 mm AUX jack port.
This is a great first pair of wired headphones as your two-year-old begins discovering the glory of tablets, audiobooks and Bluey on demand.
"Children with autism tend to be hypersensitive to sounds, so noise-canceling or sound-reducing headphones can be beneficial for reducing sensory overload," says Ashleigh Evans, BCBA and content creator at Blue ABA Indiana.
"Noise-canceling headphones can be dangerous in certain situations, as the child may not hear important information like a fire alarm or a caregiver calling their name. However, noise-reducing headphones reduce the level of noise, but only to a safe level."
Even the best toddler headphones may need to be modified for a toddler with autism.
"As long as the headphones are not impeding the toddler’s ability to take in environmental stimuli and communicate with those around them, they are safe to use throughout the day, Evans says.
"Try out a few different types of headphones to find the best fit and type for the child, as sensory challenges may also result in them finding headphones (or anything on their ears or head) aversive."
Looking for more sensory soothers? These weighted blankets for kids with ADHD, autism and anxiety work wonders.
"The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children's headphones should have a volume limit of 85 decibels or less," Walker adds.
"This is the same as the maximum volume level recommended for adults to listen to for no more than eight hours per day."
Little listeners need over-the-head-and-ear headphones rather than earbuds. Earbuds are simply too small (and potentially dangerous as they're choking hazards) for little ones.
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