Wireless headphones are a bit of a revelation when it comes to getting headphones for your child.
Free from the physical connection to the device your child is free to dance to music, jump up and down and stomp around like a dinosaur.
All the things that a toddler might like to do when watching their favourite programme or listening to some music.
Just without the trip hazards and iPads flying across the room that you would get with wired headphones.
Originally we bought our toddler normal wired headphones, but it didn’t take long before the wires had been twisted and chewed to the point that they had stopped working.
So we needed some new ones. We decided that some Bluetooth toddler headphones would be the way forward, so we embarked on a quest to find the best wireless headphones for toddlers and little kids.
In this review, we will rate the best wireless kids headphones that we could find so that you can make the best choice when buying headphones for a toddler.
What to consider when buying headphones for a toddler
Safe Volume Levels
One of the most important things to consider when buying headphones for a preschool child is the volume that the toddler will be playing their music or videos or games.
The easiest way to achieve this is to find some toddler safe headphones that have a built-in volume limit.
It is recommended that volume levels are restricted to 85db to reduce the risk of long term hearing loss (adult headphones usually reach to between 108 and 118db, so be wary of lending them your own ones, even if they do go small enough).
For this reason, you should also only be looking at over the ear headphones rather than earphones that go inside the ear as the close proximity to their delicate eardrums is more likely to cause an issue.
Size, Adjustability and Folding
It pretty much goes without saying that toddler headphones will need to be smaller than adult ones.
The earcups should be smaller and, importantly, the band must adjust to be small enough that it stays on your toddlers head. You also want it to be adjustable so that it can still fit your child as they grow.
We think it is important to get kids wireless headphones that fold up small so that they can be stored more easily and it comes in handy for travelling.
We mainly use ours when we travel, headphones combined with a tablet really helps to make life easier when flying with a toddler.
Battery Life and Wired Option
Although we are writing this post about toddler wireless headphones, we actually think that it is a great idea to get some headphones that have the option to use a wire when you need to.
Bluetooth headphones need to be charged, and although you should be able to get around 9 to 20 hours use out of the ones in this list, it is great to have the back-up option of being able to plug the headphones in the old fashioned way – no battery life required.
Best Bluetooth Headphones for Toddlers and Kids
14 hr Battery Life | Volume limited to 75/85/94db | Bluetooth range 30ft
The BuddyPhones Play wireless headphones have been specifically designed for children from toddler age upwards. The adjustable headband allows them to grow with your child.
One of the best features of the headphones is the ability to set 3 different maximum volumes. There is a nice low 75dB for toddlers and very young kids and this can be moved up to 85dB when they get older or 94dB for noisy environments like an airplane.
The 14-hour battery life will give you about a week’s worth of use without charging (if using a couple of hours per day) or will last for most long journeys.
You get a 3.5mm cable included so you can always use them as wired headphones if the battery goes flat or you can’t use bluetooth.
The cable can also be used to string headphones together so that up to 4 headphones can be used to listen to one device.
The headphones have an integrated microphone that can be used for calls but it is more likely that kids will make use of this when playing games, many of which feature voice integration.
We love that the Buddyphones come with stickers so that you can customize the look of your headphones (our girls love stickers!).
As people that travel a lot we appreciate that these headphones fold down pretty small and you also get a handy travel bag to keep them safe.
The manufacturers of these headphones stand by the quality of their product and provide a free 2 year warranty if they do no live up to your expectations.
All in all, these are one of the top wireless headphones for kids of all ages. Click here to find out more and to read customer reviews
6hr + Battery Life | Volume limited to 85db |
These wireless headphones from Riwbox offer something a little bit different that your kids are sure to love. Not only do they have cat ears, but they also light up thanks to the embedded LED lights.
The red, blue and green lights can blink and change colour in time with the music, and there is a glowing cat cartoon on the side to further give these kids headphones a look of their own.
Don’t worry, the lights can easily be switched off if you need to save battery or if it all gets a bit too much!
One extra thing we like about the lights is that it makes it really obvious when the headphones have been left on. This helps your little one know when to turn them off to save battery when they are found lying around with the lights on.
These headphones for kids are foldable so they can easily be slipped into a kids backpack, or taken away travelling without taking up too much room. We also like folding headphones as it generally makes them a bit more robust and less likely to get damaged in transit.
The Riwbox CT-7S (I think they need to work on their catchy names for kids headphones!) come with that all important cable for wired use when the battery goes flat. The controls on the side of the ear cups on these headphones make it really easy to change the volume or skip to the next song when using the Bluetooth mode.
The sound quality is good with strong bass and the volume is limited to the recommended safe volume level of 85Db.
These are a very high-quality product that is built to last. The light up feature is sure to delight your kids and makes them one of the best headphones for kids.
If you aren’t so keen on the cat design you can also get this version, which still lights up but doesn’t come with the ears.
Owners fo these headphones absolutely love the, Click here to read hundreds of amazing customer reviews for these headphones
Eco Duzzly Kids Headphones
Battery Life – 6-8 hours | Volume limited to 85db |
These Eco Duzzly kids headphones are a decent option if you are looking for some cheap toddler headphones. The top features include:
– 6-8 hour battery life
– Adjustable headband designed for 3-16 year olds!
– Foldable design
– SD card slot
– 3.5mm cable for wired use
– 3 month 100% money back guarantee
These kids headphones aren’t quite up to the spec of most of the ones we have featured in this review but they will do a good job for a low cost.
There are plenty of satisfied customers, have a look at these owner reviews to find out more.
SoundPEATS Kids Bluetooth Headphones
Battery Life – 20 hours | Volume limited to 85db | 115 grams
The SoundPEATS over-ear children’s wireless headphones look really stylish and we think they are one of the best-looking kids headphones in this review.
They are designed to protect your children’s ears with built-in volume-limiting circuitry that keeps the sound pressure to 85db. One of our favourite features with these headphones is that the ear muffs are detachable and washable to make for easy cleaning. The materials used are hypoallergenic so you can be sure that your child’s delicate skin will be looked after.
These wireless headphones are great for young children and toddlers as they are very lightweight (only 115 grams) so they won’t put too much strain on their head and neck even after long listening sessions.
The battery life on these headphones is 20 hours so the second best of the headphones that we have reviewed. This extra battery life really does come in handy on long journeys or just to reduce the frequency that you have to charge them up.
The charging time is 3 hours to give the full 20 hours of playback. If you do forget to charge them up you get a 3.5 mm cable to allow them to be used as wired headphones.
These headphones are equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 that allows the SoundPEATS Kids Bluetooth Headphones to pair faster and feature a more stable transmission than older versions of Bluetooth.
LilGadgets Untangled Pro Wireless Headphones
12 hr Battery Life | Volume limited to 93db | Bluetooth range 30ft
The LilGadgets Untangled Pro wireless headphones have the look and feel of a premium product. Made from high-quality polycarbonate and reinforced stainless steel, these fell like a product that will withstand the test of time (and toddlers!).
They claim to be the first wireless headphones for kids and they have certainly covered all the bases in this quality product. The headphones give a really clear and crisp sound with the volume limited to 93db (note this is higher than the 85db recommended for very young children).
You can tell that care has gone into the design of these with little things like the well designed and easy to access volume and skip track buttons that are perfectly designed for small fingers.
Similarly, the ear cups have nice padding on and are comfy on the ear. They do a good job of blocking out background noises so that your child can still hear well when in a noisy environment like an aeroplane. They leak a bit of noise so you can tell if your little one has the volume cranked up full.
These headphones come in a nice soft bag (great for cleaning your tablet screen) and they also come with a 4 ft long cable that can be used to turn these into wired headphones.
This is great for when the battery goes flat or when you aren’t able to use Bluetooth. It also allows you to plug 2 sets of headphones together if more than one child wants to listen/watch at the same time.
The 30ft Bluetooth range should be more than enough for your child to dance around to their favourite tunes. Overall these are great toddler headphones and one of the best we have found, which we feel justifies the slightly higher price tag.
Puro Sound Labs JuniorJams
22 hr Battery Life | Volume limited to 85db | Bluetooth range 30ft
The Puro Sound Labs JuniorJams is another fantastic premium choice of headphones for a toddler. They are fully adjustable and come up smaller than the LilGadgets headphones so are ideal as first headphones for young toddlers from as young as 15 months.
The JuniorJams have 87% noise cancellation combined with a volume that is limited to 85dB. These means that the volume is kept to a safe level, but with the noise cancellation, your little one should still be able to hear.
These headphones have a very impressive 22 hours of battery life which is great for a long journey or just for not having to charge them up that often. When we travel now we have soooo many things that need charging so having to do the kids’ headphones less often is fantastic.
Another feature that sets these headphones apart is the folding mechanism that allows you to fold them flat and place them inside the hard carry case that they come in. This does a good job of keeping them protected from any knock and bumps that might come their way.
Have you Chosen Your Wireless Toddler Headphones?
We hope that this post has helped you to find a great pair of headphones for your child. They really are a lifesaver when you don’t want to listen to Baby Shark for the three thousandth time!
Our girls mainly use their headphones with their tablet. If you are you looking for a new tablet for your little one, be sure to check out our review of the Best Tablets for Toddlers