2014′s best volume limiting headphones for toddlers and kids

best toddler headphones- reviewsLooking for information and reviews on 2014′s best volume limiting headphones for toddlers and kids?  Look no further. Pint Size Pilot has researched the best kids headphone options available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada.

Yes, we all want to limit the amount of screen time our children have, but if you occasionally want to allow them to plug in, make sure you have them in the right kind of headphones, designed specifically with protecting their little ears in mind.

Before we start, here are a couple of things to be aware of when selecting children’s headphones:

volume: The general consensus among medical professionals is that children’s headphones should not be set above 85 decibles (dB).  While some of the options listed below do exceed this threshold, all of them have some kind of volume control via either a control on the device or through an additional volume limiting cable.

size of headband:  Generally, despite the fact that most adult size headphones have an adjustable headband, it often does not go small enough for little noggins. You want to find a set of headphones that fit securely on your child’s head.

ear cup size: Those little earbuds that come with many devices and are offered on airplanes, do not fit well in young children’s ears, becoming a huge source of frustration for parents and kids alike. Headphones specifically designed for toddlers and kids have ear cups that are much smaller than the adult ones. They come in two types:

on the ear: These ones go on the outside of the ear and are quite comfortable, but also tend to let in more background noise (meaning a child may need to increase the volume to hear through them).

around the ear: These kind cup the whole ear, providing a better sound experience by blocking out background noise and allowing for a lower volume setting. The one caveat being that without much air circulation little ears can get warm.

Without further ado, here are our top picks for kids headphones: 

reviews best kids headphones canada and u.s.a.1.califone listening first kids stereo and pc headphones


  • adjustable headband
  • volume control on cord
  • great reviews (4/5 stars on amazon.com)
  • permanently attached with reinforced “strain” connection resists accidental pull out
  • extra long 6 foot cord with angled 3.5mm plug to reduces accidental pull-out
  • around-ear ambient noise-reducing earcups protecting against exterior sounds reducing the need to increase the volume

worth mentioning:

  • does not have a separate volume limiting cable attachment and can go as high as 98db (you will want to make sure you child does not regularly have it set at the top setting)

where to buy: 

buy califone kids headphones in the u.s.a.    buy in the u.s.a. from $19.99 on amazon

buy califone headphones in canada        buy in canada from $25.99 on amazon (free shipping)

2. kidz gear wired headphones

best headphones for toddlers and kids


  • great amazon.com reviews (4.5/5 stars)
  • designed for children 2 years and up
  • volume control on cord
  • cord length  4.5 feet (1.5 meters)
  • volume limit of 108dB
  • comes with volume limiting cable to further reduce max. volume to 80% (86dB)

worth mentioning:

One of the issues I ran into with my children was that in some environments with a lot of background noise ( a noisy airplane or restaurant), they could not hear with the volume limiting cable attached.  In these rare situations I would remove the cable and let them turn it up a bit (always double checking the volume myself first).

best toddler headphones

where to buy kidz gear wired headphones in the u.s.a. and canada: 

buy califone kids headphones in the u.s.a.    buy in the u.s.a. from $19.99 on amazon

buy califone headphones in canada        buy in canada from $19.99 on amazon


3. jlab jbuddies kids volume limiting headphones

best kids volume limiting headphonesfeatures:

  • great amazon reviews (4.5/5 stars)
  • suitable for kids  2+
  • 4 fun colors to choose from
  • 4 different sticker choices for the ear cups
  • built in volume limiting feature < 90 db
  • hypoallergenic ear cups for sensitive skin

worth mentioning:

  • Although the built in maximum volume limiting feature is a great idea, in an environment with a lot of background noise, your child may find it hard to hear.

where to buy jlab kids volume limiting headphones in the u.s.a. and canada

buy jlab kids headphones in the u.s.a.    buy in the u.s.a. from $24.95 on amazon

buy jlab kids headphones in canada        buy in canada from $31.95 on amazon (free shipping)


belkin rockstar headphone splitter4. belkin rockstar headphone splitter

Also useful when traveling with kids is a headphone splitter.  This allows you to connect more than one set of headphones to a device.  Our favorite is the well reviewed  Belkin Rockstar Splitter (4.5/5 stars on amazon).

where to buy belkin rockstar splitter

buy belkin rockstar splitter u.s.a.    buy in the u.s.a. from $11.95 on amazon

buy jlab kids headphones in canada        buy in canada from $16.49 on amazon

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10 thoughts on “2014′s best volume limiting headphones for toddlers and kids

  1. Angela

    Just stumbled across this thanks so much! I was wondering if the califone 2810-ti kids are compatible with the iPhone/ipad?

    1. Tara Post author

      Hi Angela,

      Yes, the Caliphone headphones work perfectly with an Apple iPad or iPhone. That one model of Kidz Gear headphones just has an extra feature with Apple products. Thank you for your comment.

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