The best kids headphones and toddler headphones have one very basic but crucial job: To serve as parental tools that help protect children’s hearing, while also letting them listen to their favorite music or shows without further fraying what’s left of adult sanity. But beyond having Imagine Dragons or Frozen 2 on repeat, there are also major safety issues at play.
The World Health Organization recommends that when using headphones, kids listen to SpongeBob at a volume no greater than 85 decibels, for no more than 60 minutes at a time. So when choosing headphones for your toddlers and older children, keep a few factors in mind.
Decide on the volume control you want: Some cap it at 85 decibels, while others go up to 93 decibels. Ambient noise reduction is another solid feature if your kids will be using these in loud places like restaurants. And choose whether you want wired headphones, or Bluetooth ones. That’s purely an issue of preference.
These wired headphones cap volume at 85 dB and connect to an iPad, iPhone, Android device, or a regular laptop. There are in-Line controls allow to choose songs and reduce volume, and a microphone for taking calls or being in class for remote learning.
The standout feature on these wired kids headphones is the shareport. Meaning, kids can share audio without a splitter and watch a movie together. The max volume on these kids' headphones is set at 93db with internal 40mm drivers and a range of 20Hz to 20kHz. The cable is 4 feet long.
So lightweight your kid might forget she's wearing them, these headphones are colorful, wired, and have a volume cap of 85 dB. These are solid plug and play headphones with no microphone or tracking features.
If you have a young gamer on your hands, he or she needs this headset. Why? It has a volume limit of 85 decibels. It's compatible with PC, Xbox, PlayStation and mobile devices, plus kids can just use it to listen to podcasts or music. Bonus: You get a noise-cancelling and anti-interference detachable microphone.
The Best Kids Bluetooth Headphones
If you have a toddler, you'll want these earmuffs slash headphones. The volume is limited to 75 decibels, and parents control it via an app. The noise reduction rating is 31dB. So, if you're going for a drive and want your 2-year-old to listen to a (quiet) movie or an audio book, you're in business.
You already know that JBL makes some pretty dope headphones for adults. This kiddie model weighs as much as a deck of cards, has a wireless connection up to 15 meters away, and caps the volume at 85 decibels. The cushions are ultra-padded and sized for little ears. As an added aesthetic bonus, these come in a slew of great colors.
If you'd rather go Bluetooth, this is a fantastic set, with up to 22 hours of battery life. The volume is capped at 85 decibels. The headphones have one-touch Bluetooth pairing with iPhone, Android, and devices, and a 30-foot range of movement.
These wireless headphones are ideal for even louder environments, like airplanes, because they block out 82 percent of ambient noise. They have a decibel limit of 85, plus 18 hours of battery life. Of course, there's one-touch Bluetooth pairing with iPhone and Android. The 30-foot wireless range is pretty solid, too.
These wireless headphones also have a shareport and are especially ideal for loud spaces, because they have passive noise reduction, which reduces outside noise levels by 13db. The volume is limited to 93 decibels and the headphones have 12 hours of listening time.
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