Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones Babies and Toddlers, According to an Ear Doctor

Hudson Lindenberger

Babies and kids need to be armed with noise-cancelling headphones. Why, you ask? It’s simple.

We live in a noisy world — one that’s growing noisier by the day. Infants and young children have particularly delicate eardrums that can easily be damaged by repeated exposure to loud sounds (anything louder than 70 decibels), which can lead to hearing problems. A common rule of thumb that the American Academy of Audiology follows is that if you have to shout to be heard you should walk away from the loud noise to protect your little one’s ears.

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The best thing you can do for your young one, then, is to invest in some hearing protection to break out whenever things get loud — at music festivals, restaurants, subways, airports, and so on. “Wearing hearing protection makes all of the sounds softer and can offer vital protection to ears that are still developing,” says Dr. Hanna Page, a doctor of audiology.

Bear in mind that normal conversation is usually about 60 decibels, and decibel levels of 80-90 are considered safe. Anything at 90 or above, such as a subway or motorcycle, can damage hearing or cause hearing loss.

The best ear protective devices for toddlers and infants are large contractor-style over-the-ear headphones or ear muffs. These are easy to put on, and simple for parents to monitor. Bonus: Your kid looks like a cool roadie when they wear them. The most important thing to look for when shopping for a pair is that they have a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 20 or better. Here are the best noise-cancelling headphones.

LilGadgets Untangled PRO Kids Premium Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

These are meant for older kids, with a volume limit of 93 decibels, and come in a slew of great colors for every taste.

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These headphones have 12 hours of battery life while listening to music or movies, and 180 hours on standby. They also have passive noise reduction. These headphones feature the integrated SharePort technology, where you can connect multiple headphones to one device. It’s like one big musical buddy system.

Ems for Kids Baby Earmuffs - White with Pink/White

Founded by a couple of professional musicians looking to take their new baby to concerts EM’s was the first company in the world to design earmuffs specifically for babies.

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Their baby muffs are lightweight and are certified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) with an NRR rating of 22. Their stretchy headband fits around the head and is adjustable allowing parents to custom fit them to their own babies head size. They come in two colors and you can interchange headbands to fit your mood. Recommended for newborn to 18 months of age.

Ems for Kids Earmuffs

Once your child has moved on to toddler these earmuffs from EMs will continue offering them protection for many more years. With an NRR rating of 21, they will keep ears protected at a variety of events.

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They come in many different colors, telescope to fit their growing heads, and only weigh 6.5 ounces. What parents will love about them, besides the fact that they are protecting their kid’s ears, is the fact that they fold up small enough to fit in your palm — easy for packing along. Recommended for kids six months and older

Baby Banz Earmuffs

From a company that makes a variety of protective items for children—sunglasses, sun hats and earmuffs these infant earmuffs offer an excellent NRR rating of 31.

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These noise-cancelling headphones fold up small for easy storage, come in a variety of styles, and cradle your baby’s noggin in a soft cushion to ensure comfort. Weighing in at only five ounces they are sure to not weigh down a little one’s head and are ANSI certified. Recommended for newborn to 2 years old.

AmazonBasics Kids Ear Protection Safety Noise Earmuffs, Blue

Amazon isn't messing around with its house-brand baby headphones. These noise-cancelling earmuffs help protect ears from loud noise and are ANSI-certified.

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These earmuffs weigh just over seven ounces, are made with noise-dampening sponge material and have 20dB noise reduction rating.

Puro Sound Labs BT2200 Kids Volume-Limiting Over-Ear Wireless Headphones

These noise-cancelling headphones have a volume limit of 85 decibels. They're lightweight, with comfortable ear cups and a cushioned headband. And they provide 82 percent ambient noise isolation.

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Not only do these headphones have a pre-set volume limit, but they also work for 18 hours on a single charge. They have one-touch Bluetooth pairing with Apple and Android devices.

ONANOFF BuddyPhones

Not only do these noise-cancelling headphones look pretty dope, but they have a built-in audio limit of 85 decibels. They're great for kids ages three to ten. The attached three foot cable is flat, so there won't be any annoying tangles or knots.

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These headphones are kid-friendly because they come with decorative stickers, and they fold up for easy travel. Plus, they’re hella comfortable.

peace and quiet.

LilGadgets Connect+ PRO Kids Premium Volume Limited Wired Headphones

These headphones are meant for kids six and older. They're built to last, and due to their shareport, there's no need for a splitter. Meaning, kids can share audio 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.

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You get everything you need with these kids’ headphones, meant for grade schoolers. There’s solid volume control, plus the ability for kids to hang out and listen to DJ Marshmellow together. Note that these are not wireless and not Bluetooth.

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