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If you're going somewhere with your baby and expect high noise levels - such as Fireworks night, a party, or festival - it's wise to invest in a pair of baby ear defenders for your baby's comfort and safety.
The best baby ear defenders to buy
Alpine Muffy Baby Ear Protection
Edz Kidz Ear Defenders
Ems For Kids Baby Ear Defenders
Snug Safe n Sound Kids Ear Protectors
3M Peltor Kids Ear Muffs
Ear Lugz Ear Defenders
Zohan Kids Ear Defenders
Iwinna Ear Defenders
Banz baby ear defenders
Even as adults, extreme noise can be really uncomfortable so you don't want your little one getting scared or upset, or even experience ear damage, by loud noises. You'll be able to use them at family parties, fireworks displays, summer festivals, concerts or cinema trips.
How to choose baby ear defenders
Ear defenders for babies need to be designed specifically for them – you can’t use adult earplugs or any other ear protection designed for adults. When buying baby ear defenders, one of the most important factors is the fit. Your children need to able to move their heads when using them without the protectors slipping or falling off. Also, you should make sure that they don't put too much pressure on their heads.
Before using baby ear defenders and protectors make sure you read all the use instructions and recommendations and bear in mind that most of these products are not supposed to be used for long periods at a time.
How we test products
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The best ear defenders for babies and kids
With a variety of choices currently on the market, finding the right ear defenders might seem like a chore but that's where we come in. Here are the best baby ear defenders that we've found for you to choose from.
These baby ear defenders are designed not to put any pressure on baby's head; they're made without any metal or hard parts, so they're extremely soft to use. They come with a spare headband, plus a matching carry bag to keep them safe while storing or travelling.
Can be used from 3 months to 3 years
Are really comfy because of their elastic headband, which is available in either pink or blue
These ear defenders are sturdy and durable; they're available in a wide range of colours - if your little one is old enough, it'll be fun to let them choose which colour they'd like. They're lightweight and fold up easily, making them great for taking out and about.
Suitable from 6 months
Available in 9 colour options
Can be used for older kids as well
Comes as a customizable set with carrying bags, replacement pads, and mix and match end caps
These baby ear defenders claim to be the smallest in the world - not that it matters, as long as they are effective. They've been Certified by the American National Standards Institute for ear protection. Being small, they're suitable for babies from birth to about 18 months old - unlike others in our list, which can be used by older kids too - worth thinking about as their lifespan is shorter than others.
Can be used from newborn to 18 months old
Exclusively designed for babies
Has adjustable head straps in a variety of prints and designs
Coming in four brightly coloured designs, these baby ear defenders are durable and well-made with low profile ear cups and no protruding parts. The ear muffs are thin, plus it's great that you can replace the cushions and inserts should they become dirty.
These colourful ear defenders are made from high-quality skin-sensitive ABS ear cups and foam filled cushions to ensure safety and durability while enhancing sound blocking ability. They come in pink or blue - it's a shame other colours aren't available. They're suitable from birth to 18 months - again, not as long-lasting as some others on our list that are suitable for older children too.
These Banz earmuffs are virtually indestructible, apparently (we'd like to test that claim). They feature soft cushioned ear cups. We've linked to the pink version, but they do come in a range of bright colours.
Available in a range of bright colours
Suitable up to 3 years old
What decibels are safe for children?
Your baby is more sensitive to loud noises compared to you because her ear canal is smaller so the sound pressure that is generated in the ears is much more. According to babyhearing.org, "noises softer than 80 dB will not damage hearing unless the exposure lasts for several hours."
Digital Editor Maria Martin's son Parker in his Iwinna ear defenders:
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