Whether your toddler is allowed to use technology or you have a screen-free household, headphones while travelling are a handy accessory to have.
It’s natural that on a trip, your toddler’s routine changes and they experience an unusual amount of external stimulants such as busy airports, train stations, aeroplane humming,etc., so having the option of putting on your toddler’s favourite Disney song for them to relax is useful and sometimes necessary.
For your toddler to actually want to use the headphones and feel soothed, it’s important they like them. For that to happen, only headphones designed specifically for children will work.
Headphones have to feel comfortable, look nice, and most importantly, have a volume limitation.
This article offers seven best headphones suitable for toddlers with substantial information to decide which ones are the most suitable for you.
Firstly, take notice of the most important features to consider while browsing. Then you’ll find each of the seven best headphones discussed separately. Finally, there is a comparison table at the end.
What features to consider before buying headphones for your toddler?
Most important features:
- Volume limitation
Extra features that are an advantage:
- Noise Cancellation
- Share Ports (great for a family with more than one child)
It’s important to understand that adult headphones and in-ear headphones are not advised to be used by toddlers. The safest volume limit for a toddler is 70-75dB, which is what most kids’ headphones can be set on. Anything above 85dB may cause damage to your child’s ears.
If you want the headphones to grow with the toddler, you can opt for headphones that have optional volume limitations. Just remember to check if your little smartypants haven’t figured out how to change the setting themselves.
Next, the comfort of headphones is extremely important. If you have the opportunity, have your toddler try out the headphones before buying.
Wireless headphones are more comfortable, especially on the go, however, you must consider that these headphones can die in the middle of your long-haul flight if they’re not charged. A good option is wireless headphones that come with a wired cord for backup.
ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) or at least passive noise reduction are great features to have while travelling through busy airports and large cities, especially if your toddler is sensitive to noise. It grounds the child and gives them an opportunity to calm down by diving back into their mini world free of outside distractions.
These are seven best headphones for toddlers in 2023:
- Puro Sound Labs BT2200
- Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet
- Onanoff BuddyPhones Explore+
- CozyPhones Headband Headphones for Toddlers
- LilGadgets Connect+ PRO
- BuddyPhones Cosmos+
- iClever TransNova BTH16
Comparison table of 7 best toddler headphones of 2023
|Puro Sound Labs BT2200
|Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet
|Onanoff BuddyPhones Explore+
|LilGadgets Connect+ PRO
|iClever TransNova BTH16
|ANC (Active Noise Cancelling)
|85% ambient noise isolation
|Passive noise isolation
|Passive noise reduction
|Up to 35h
|Up to 45h
|✓ + wired
|BuddyCable for sharing
|1 year, 30-day guarantee
|1 year, 30-day guarantee
|Life time Support
|2-year limited warranty
|Approx. Price (Euros)
Now we take a close look at the features of different sets of children’s over ear headphones and provide you with the pros and cons of each to help you make an informed decision. From comfort levels to sound quality, we cover the details you need to know when making your purchase.
- Stylish design
- Wireless + Cable for the non-Bluetooth device provided
- Comes with a travel case
- Solid bass depth within the volume limit of 85db
- Earpads prone to break down or get dirty (fortunately, earpads are replaceable)
- Built-in mic offers poor intelligibility
Pure specialises in headphones on the high end. Just like their other models, the BT2200 kids’ headphones are stylish, have quality sound, and give you the options of both wireless and using the cord.
Unfortunately, all the sweet features mean that BT2200 are expensive and might not feel worth the pay if the toddler can break them quite easily.
- Active Noise cancellation – great for toddlers sensitive to low-frequency sounds
- Durable build
- Easy-to-use controls
- Wireless and wired options available
- Significantly pricier than competitors
Another great product from Puro are PuroQuiet kids’ headphones that feature Active Noise Cancellation.
Great while travelling with a toddler on busy traffic, loud airports or even for the toddler, who is sensitive to low-frequency sounds.
The headphones are also easy to use and sturdy, which is every parent’s dream.
- Excellent mic clarity
- Comfortable and durable
- Comes with stickers for stylization
- Won’t run out of battery
- Perfect size for toddlers
- Only wired option
- Earcups may be too small for older kids
- Dull and muffled sound quality
Onanoff offers affordable BuddyPhones Explore+ headphones suitable for the little heads of toddlers. They are sturdy, yet with soft fabric and quality foam.
As they are wired, BuddyPhones Explore+ won’t run out of battery and leave your toddler hanging.
However, as they are suitable for smaller heads and ears, the toddler will grow out of them pretty quickly.
- Unconventional shape, may be more comfortable than overhead headphones
- Doubles as a sleeping mask if pulled over your toddler’s eyes
- Fun designs
- Flat design prevents (headphone) ear pain
- Lightweight, compact
- Earphones move out of place, need regular adjustment
- Muffled sound
- Difficult to get on
- Can get hot
CozyPhones Headband Headphones is a great alternative to the usual headphones. Your toddler will be excited to put on a headband that looks like a unicorn, panda, or even a fox. It’s a game in and of itself.
You can wash the headband and adjust the earphones when needed.
Unfortunately, the headband is not adjustable according to your toddler’s head size and not suitable for warmer weather.
- Integrated SharePort technology
- Comfortable and easy to use
- Neat design, light, and padded with SoftTouch Fabric
- Passive noise reduction
- Includes inline mic
- Folding mechanism isn’t very strong
- Only wired option
- Volume limit is higher than optimal for a toddler
LilGadgets Connect+ PRO do not only offer a number of neat designs and colours for your toddler to choose from, but the LilGadgets Connect+ PRO come with features such as SharePort.
Daisy chain connection between multiple headphones and one gadget is perfect for when you have more then one child and they enjoy spending time together.
The passive noise reduction and light, comfortable design make LilGadgets Connect+ PRO headphones a desirable purchase.
- Stylish design
- Sturdy, foldable construction
- 3 volume limiting modes: 75, 85, 94dB
- Detachable boom microphone
- Massive battery life of over 30h
- BuddyLink function
- Comes with hard case
- ANC (Active Noise Cancellation)
- The fit isn’t tight for a toddler’s head
- Earpieces might be too large
- Wired listening only possible with 94dB limit
BuddyPhones Cosmos+ has so many pros it will be hard to resist these headphones. Besides the cool design, it is important to know that these headphones would grow with your toddler as they have three different volume limits.
The headphones itself might be too big for a smaller toddler’s head, however, the earpieces will still hold tightly. Your toddler can even use the headphones for learning or talking to their relatives with an input mic.
- Bass-forward, clear sound signature
- Cute, customizable earpieces with multicoloured LEDs
- Light and comfortable
- Reasonably priced
- Easy to bypass volume limit settings
- Volume limit resets each time headphones are powered up
- Passive listening mode disables volume controls
Your toddler will be the cool kid on the block wearing iClever TransNove BTH16 headphones that have detachable earpieces with multi-coloured LEDs. The headband is adjustable, however the volume limit is only 85dB (the recommended for a toddler is 70dB). The great thing about these awesome-looking headphones is that they are both wireless and wired.
Which headphones to choose for my toddler?
As headphones are one of the gadgets that seem like a life could not be lived without, it was the obvious purchase for our toddlers to invest in before travelling.
Because ANC is our favourite invention ever, we prioritised that, and a possibility for our toddlers to watch or listen to something together is important so it’s important they have a share port. Therefore, we decided to own PuroQuiet headphones that have both of these features.
The battery lasts the whole air travel journey when fully charged and the toddlers are learning how to use the simple buttons themselves. It seems like these headphones will last a long time as they are adjustable and the earpieces should fit the kids even when they grow bigger.
ARE HEADPHONES SAFE FOR TODDLERS?
If they have the volume limit of 70dB (recommended for toddlers), then YES. A child should not listen to anything above 85dB which runs the risk of damaging their ears.
ARE NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES NECESSARY FOR TODDLERS?
Not necessary, however, if your toddler is sensitive to low-frequency noises, then ANC is useful to have.
WHAT IS A SHAREPORT OR BUDDYCABLE?
It is a cable and the inbuilt system that allows to connect several headphones in a daisy chain to one gadget.
SHOULD I GET WIRELESS OR WIRED?
This depends on what kind of travelling you do and how often you will get access to an electric outlet. If that won’t happen often, you are at risk of the wireless headphones’ battery dying and having no way to charge them.