Headphones for Toddlers? Yes!
When I first became a parent, I was certain I was going to limit my daughter’s screen time to an hour a week of highly educational programming that would stimulate and instruct. Then I remembered that I’m a television producer with a great love of garbage reality television. Truthfully, the TV is on A LOT in our house.
But even though my kids are no stranger to screens, when we fly they are immediately attracted to the seat-back entertainment. In the olden days we lugged along our portable DVD player and new DVDs, as well as a few old favourites. Nowadays, tablets definitely make our lives easier (and lighter) in terms of keeping our kids’ attention. And this bodes well for those of you who actually do rigorously limit your kids’ screen time. You’ll likely have a captive audience (pun intended) to whichever show or movie you let them watch.
Toddler tech has come a long way!
When my kids were really little, they were happy enough to just watch the screen. But the time soon comes where they want to listen as well. And not everyone, including yourself, wants to listen to Dora. Or Paw Patrol. Or Mickey. (Actually, I don’t mind Mickey, but I’m not certain my fellow passengers want to listen to the “Hot Dawg” song for the trillionth time). So you need headphones for toddlers.
We have two pairs of these adorable headphones from Califone: Panda ones and Tiger ones. They also come in Bear. They fit little heads and have a separate volume adjustment on the cord, so you can be certain the noise levels aren’t too loud for their ears. And they adjust to fit grown-up heads to watch a real movie if your kids fall asleep on the plane. (A girl can dream, can’t she?)
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When did your kids start wearing headphones. So far my son also just watches the screen for the most part or I turn the volume up so he can hear a little (sorry all fellow plane travelers!), but I am anxiously awaiting the day that I can put a pair of headphones on him and he will keep them on and stop trying to speak into them (he’s part of the iphone generation where mommy talks into her headphones when she is on the phone.)Thanks!
I think it was around 2? A trick to get them started is to wear them yourself. Chances are they’ll want to take them off your head and put them on their own!
Thank you for admitting unashamedly to the amount of TV your kids watch. I’m also a TV producer and my 3 yr old daughter is an Apple TV addict. I have no problems with it. She has a very balanced little life and is an extremey happy child.
Do you think 18 months old Bub is too young to wear headphones? I will be travelling with my daughter for almost 30 hours, changing few planes and worry she loves loud music games… Any particular headphones you would advice for this age?
I was a little concerned about damaging his hearing, which is why I made sure the headphones I bought him are volume-limiting so they can’t accidentally go too loud and hurt his hears. Hope this helps!
Went to NASCAR the other day and several of the infants and toddlers had on headphones. I’m buying them for my 4 month old grandson. We needed them at his mother’s college graduation