Finding headphones that properly fit your toddler or small child can be a little tricky. First of all, those nice ear buds that come with Apple products, just fall out of their poor little ears, leading to tears and frustration. Many other headsets, although adjustable, are still not small enough for young children. Our friend pint sized pilot has gathered a list of a few headphones that work well with the littler set.

Kidz Gear Wired Headphones for Kids ($19.99)

Pros:
– Great amazon reviews (4.5 stars )
– Suitable for children 2 – 10 years
– Built-in volume control knob
– Noise reducing ear cups
– Free independent volume limit cable

Cons:

– Somewhat, but not completely, compact

Where to Get Them: amazon.com

 

 

Califone 2810-ti Kids Stereo and PC Headphones ($14)

Pros:
– Great amazon reviews (4.5 stars)
– Suitable for kids 2-10 years
– Also available in a panda
– Built in volume control
– Ambient noise-reducing ear cups

Cons:

– Not very compact

Where to Get Them:  amazon.com

Editor’s Note:
While the company description suggests that these headphones are great up to the age of ten, these headphones run a bit on the snug side.

 

 

Panasonic RP-HT21 Lightweight Headphones ($4.99)

Pros:
– Great amazon reviews (4.5 stars)
– Very inexpensive price
– Built for adults, but very adjustable
– Lightweight, open-air headphones
– Very compact for travel
– Wide headband and cushioned earphones for comfort

Cons:
– As they are built for adults primarily, they do not have built in volume control

Where to Get Them: amazon.com

 

 

Sony MDR-222kd Childrens Headphones ($9)

Pros:
– Good amazon reviews (4 stars)
– Very compact for travel
– Suitable for kids 8 years and up (reviews suggest younger)
– High impedance allows for low volume headphones
– Lightweight for comfortable long time listening
– Small, lightweight design with foam ear cushions
– Volume-limiting resistor cable

Cons:
– Some reviewers say that the noise reducing headphones (without ear cups) can make it hard to hear in some environments (such as on an airplane)

Where to Get Them: amazon.com

Tara Cannon is a mother of two and avid family traveler. Her website and blog, pint size pilot, includes helpful tips, packing lists, a vacation babysitter and baby gear directory, product suggestions and other resources allowing parents to not only survive, but actually enjoy travel with kids.