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Gear Girl: Best Headphones for Kids

We're hitting the road this summer with our three kids, and while we love belting out Disney songs together, having deep conversation about living on Mars, and playing competitive rounds of the Alphabet game as a family, my husband and I also cherish a little occasional thing called silence. A thing that blissfully appears when we allow our brood a chance to play on their electronic gadget of choice - along with a handy pair of headphones, of course.

Kid headphones are not all created equal which is why we've rounded up some of our favorites. So here's to getting out and adventuring in plane, trains and cars - and also, of course, to a little peace and quiet.

Best Headphones for Kids
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Lil Gadgets - These wireless Bluetooth-compatible headphones are kid-cool and super comfy. Available in black, blue, pink or white, I LOVE that they are wireless, but also come with a cord if you run out of power or don't want to use the Bluetooth to connect. The headphones have a range of 30 feet (not an issue when you're in the car, but nice for home), offer 10 hours of listening per charge and have super clear sound. The headphones have amazingly crisp sound, but also have a built-in volume limiter to protect tiny ears. The headphones are sized to fit kids aged 4+ (but they fit me too) and come with a cozy travel bag. ($49.95)

Buddy Phone Headphones - Buddy Phone headphones are geared for kids 3+ and do have a smaller frame and ear pads (aka - I couldn't comfortably wear them). But my favorite feature of these headphones are the BuddyCable, an audio splitter built-into the headphone cord making it a breeze to connect two or more pairs together for kids to listen to the same movie, song or game. Brilliant - especially since we've purchased 3-4 of those little splitters over the years and always manage to lose them. BuddyPhones have an safe audio cap of 85 db, come in blue or pink and include a set of five decal to personalize your pair. There are no controls or buttons on the headphones making them simple for younger kids to use - especially siblings who want to listen to the same thing. ($24.95)

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JVC Tiny Phones Kids Headphones - Another pair we love are TinyPhones from JVC. Available in four bold color combinations (pink/purple, red/yellow, purple/green and yellow/blue), kids will love the included sticker pack with letters and pictures for them to decorate their headphones. The on-ear design is on the small sized, designed to fit children 3+, but comfortable thanks to the wide headband and soft ear pads. Tiny Phones also has a built-in volume limiter to keep "Let It Go" from being blasted too loudly. As for your child's singing, well, you're on your own. ($29.95)

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Kidz Gear Wired Headphones - Another pair we love are these from Kidz Gear. Available in five new bold colors (pink, orange, green, blue and purple), these headphones are lightweight and easy to use with even very young children - perfect for that first long plane flight or car ride. Kidz Gear says they are designed for kids 2+, but we've even heard of them fitting children as young as one. The are adjustable, durable and have a volume limiting cable to keep audio levels safe. ($21.99)

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