Raising children is tough. In their youngest years, they’re extremely sensitive to the world around them and it’s nearly impossible to completely avoid loud noises on a day-to-day basis. Noises like fireworks, loud music, and traffic can be particularly distressing for your little one.
To help your baby cope with noise on a daily basis, there are many hearing protection products on the market specifically for babies.
These products are very similar to conventional earmuffs, but are smaller, use a lighter spring on the headband, and are far lighter. These ear defenders are very useful if you’ve got a young one that doesn’t like loud noise.
It’s important to note that due to the softness of a newborn’s skull, it’s not advised to use any of these products on a children aged 0-3 months.
Anyway, to soothe your baby’s ears, we’ve rounded up a few of the best ear defenders for babies on the market.
1. Banz Baby Hearing Protection Earmuffs
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These Mini Earmuffs by Banz are designed to be put over your child’s head like a conventional pair of earmuffs. They’re recommended for use with children between three months and two years of age, though you may find that they last longer than that depending on head size.
Like most other hearing protection products available, these earmuffs are adjustable. Unfortunately, they lack individual pivoting on the ear cups. Whilst the flexibility of the headband makes up for some of this lost adaptability, some wearers may find them less comfortable than other products.
On the topic of comfort, these earmuffs are certainly comfortable enough for your little one. The ear cups are well-cushioned and the lightness of the headband reduces the amount of pressure on the ears.
These earmuffs are surprisingly effective at deadening sound. Of course, they’re not going to beat a pair of heavy-duty earmuffs, but users have reported success taking their young children to view fireworks with no discomfort thanks to these earmuffs.
Overall, these earmuffs are a solid choice. They’re comfortable and effective. If you’re looking for a way to help your child cope with unavoidable noise throughout their young lives, these earmuffs might be for you. You can get these ear defenders in either blue or pink.
The only downside is to these earmuffs is that they are slightly more expensive than the others on this list. However, they are very high quality. Prince George was pictured wearing them to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in 2016, so they’re good enough for royalty!
2. Edz Kidz Ear Defenders
These ear defenders from Edz Kidz are a very popular choice amongst parents, and for good reason. The key feature of these ear defenders is clearly the vast range of colours and styles available.
The ear defenders themselves come in a range of colours and then you can purchase additional covers that have patterns and designs printed on them. Whilst many may overlook this as a simple aesthetic feature, it can prove quite useful in convincing your little one to actually keep the ear defenders on their head.
Aesthetics aside, this product is a solid solution to the unavoidable noise that may plague your child’s early life. They’re comfortable, featuring individually adjustable cups as well as individual pivoting on the cups to ensure they fit the head of your child perfectly.
Compared to the Banz Earmuffs, these ear defenders are manufacturer recommended for a slightly higher age. These ear defenders are suggested for use on children six months and up, compared to the Banz product which can be used from three months of age.
Though three months may not seem like a huge difference, a baby’s skull is still soft in their early life and it’s highly inadvisable to put undue pressure on their head.
All-in-all, these ear defenders offer excellent relief from unavoidable loud noises. They’re comfortable and highly customisable.
3. Silverline 315357 Junior Ear Defenders
By Silverline, we have these Junior Ear Defenders. These ear defenders are the budget option of this list, coming in just under the Edz Kidz product. However, these ear defenders are still great quality considering the price.
If you’re after a no-frills hearing protection product for your child, then these might be the ear defenders for you.
These ear defenders are well-padded, featuring fairly thick padding on the ear cups as well as a comfortable head band. In fact, these ear defenders are remarkably similar in design to the Edz Kidz product, though lacking the extensive customisability.
Performance-wise, these ear defenders are fully adjustable, offering a great fit on most heads. Users have reported using them on their children at particularly noisy events, so they should be more than sufficient for day-to-day use.
In short, these are a particularly compelling budget option. If you’re looking for a plain and simple way to protect your child’s hearing on a budget, these ear defenders are ideal.
Can Baby Ear Defenders Be Worn From Birth?
If you’re taking a baby under 6 months old to a noisy event such as a wedding or music festival, you will want to protect their delicate ears. This means using some hearing protection, such as ear plugs or ear defenders.
There are several pairs of baby and children’s ear defenders on the market, but manufacturers generally only recommend them for babies aged 3 months old or more. While some people choose to use them on younger babies, you might be worried about them being too tight on your baby’s head.
So can baby ear defenders be worn from birth? After researching this question, here’s what we’ve found:
- It’s generally not advised to use ear defenders on babies under the age of 3 months as their skulls are still quite soft.
- We couldn’t find any baby ear defenders with a recommended age of less than 3 months available in the UK.
- Babies can often sleep well through noise, so unless your exposing them to very loud noise ear defenders may not be necessary.