The modern baby is a traveling baby. No longer content to stay within the confines of the nursery, your baby is out experiencing parks, museums, and festivals firsthand. Parents come prepared with plenty of diapers and snacks, but how many give a thought to protecting their child’s developing ears? Baby noise cancelling headphones are a must-have for any conscientious parent on the go.
The fact is that babies are far more sensitive to sound than adults. Without the right protection, parents risk exposing their child to long-term hearing loss. Even casual family trips can have unexpected noise: whether it’s construction next to the park, trips on clattering trains, or music blaring in the store.
To help you prepare your baby for his or her next adventure, we’ve assembled reviews of some of the top baby noise cancelling headphones on the market.
Treat Your Baby to the Ergonomic Design of BEBE’s Mnuff Hearing Baby Ear Protectors
These noise reduction baby earmuffs are designed for infants from 3 months to 24 months. They come with a ten inch headband that can be easily adjusted to grow with your baby. One major advantage of this brand versus other baby noise cancelling headphones is that they come certified to meet U.S. standards for noise reduction. At 4.8oz, they are lighter than most brands on the market and extremely portable. They are made from durable PVA for the headband and ABS muff caps. Their ergonomic design and many options for adjusting the muffs ensure that they will fit your baby just right.
The Quiet but Stylish Baby Banz Baby Hearing Protection Earmuff
These adorable baby noise cancelling headphones intended for ages 0 to 3+ months come in a variety of festive solid colors along with a confetti-like “Geo Print.” More importantly, though, they have a respectable Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 25 decibels. At just over 6oz, they are light enough to sit comfortably on your baby’s head. Foam-filled cushions with a leather-like make for a fairly luxurious quiet time. This brand is imported and meets safety standards for both the United States and Europe.
Em’s 4 Bubs Hearing and Noise Protection Baby Earmuffs – Tiny by Design!
These muffs claim to be the world’s smallest baby noise cancelling headphones and are designed specifically for infants. Unlike other brands, Em’s uses smooth Velcro on the adjustable headband that is designed to prevent any discomfort. Although they are designed in Australia, they come certified by the American National Standards Institute for ear protection with an NRR of 22 decibels. Treat your baby to all 6oz of these adjustable headbands free of elastic or metal.
Try Out Little Llama Earmuffs for Your Littlest of Llamas
These 6.4oz baby noise cancelling headphones are designed for ages 6 months up to four years old. They also feature a curved plastic headband that is free of any wires or metal. The lightweight plastic reduce pressure on baby’s skull to avoid any developmental issues or headaches. They boast an impressive NRR rating of 28 decibels – higher than most brands which top out around 25 decibels.
iGee Kid Safety Ear Muffs
These are a mid-range pair of baby noise cancelling headphones that can be folded easily. These baby earmuffs have an NRR of 25 decibels and can be used in a variety of day-to-day situations like walking through crowds or blocking out construction noise. One of the interesting features of this brand is the 360 degree rotatable cups which can be easily cleaned with soap and warm water. The adjustable band can be expanded farther to accommodate young children as well as infants.
Ascend to New Heights of Ear Protection with the Alpine Muffy Ear Muffs
Alpine offers four chic color options for these baby earmuffs: blue, pink, white, and black – all offset with white or contrasting stripes. This brand is intended for children ages two and older and are slightly heavier than infant-focused brands at 9.6oz. Like other brands, they feature noise reducing foam that pads and creates a gentle seal against noise. As an added bonus, they come with their own Protect & Go storage bag. With a Sound-to-Noise ratio of 25 decibels, parents of young children can be assured of high quality hearing protection.
Our last two reviews consider great options that can be used for older infants and young toddlers.
Armor Up Against Auditory Assaults with Peltor Ear Defenders
These muffs are intended for toddlers up to age 7 and come in a variety of fun neon colors that make a statement. You’ll notice a few key differences from the models designed for infants. First of all, they feature a lightly padded metal headband as opposed to plastic or foam. Another interesting feature is that the sealing rings are filled with a combination of fluid and foam designed to be comfortable and seal out noise more effectively. These muffs with reduce noise levels by 27 decibels.
Get Serious with Walker’s Game Ear Youth and Baby Protective Folding Earmuffs
Like all baby noise cancelling headphones, these ear muffs promise to reduce noise levels significantly. Designed for babies aged 6 months up to 8 years old, parents can rely on years of high-quality protection. They feature a noise reduction rating of 23 decibels and are designed to reduce loud noises without completely cutting out ambient noise. Beyond this functionality, they are lightweight with plenty of padding. All three colors (green, pink, and blue) feature the same padded and adjustable headband with gentle foam ear pads.
Alongside pacifiers and diapers, baby noise cancelling headphones can be a lifesaver for parents. Beyond blocking out harmful noise that could damage your baby’s hearing, muffs can help calm your baby during thunder storms or lull them to sleep after an overstimulating day.
For parents of children with Autism or ADHD, a high-quality pair of earmuffs is an absolute necessity. These brands offer interesting options to give all babies the break they deserve every now and then from the hum of everyday life.