7 Best Ear Defenders For Babies In 2021

Best Ear Defenders For Babies
Best Ear Defenders For Babies

For this post, I have put together a collection of the best baby ear defenders currently available. For all top picks and buying guides, see my huge list of recommended baby things.

You can and should protect your little ones ears when at noisy places such as loud parties, fireworks displays or concerts with a pair of ear defenders designed specifically for babies and toddlers.

We’ve selected some of the best on the market, most of which are suitable for babies and toddlers.

Let’s get started!

Best Ear Defenders For Babies

Alpine Muffy Baby Ear Defenders
Protective ear muffs with an elasticated band for additional comfort. Innovative design which contains no metal so can be used during MRI scans as well as in environments where there is loud noise. These ones come with a handy carry bag for when they're not in use. Suitable for babies from 3 months to 3 years of age. Reviewers recommend them for helping babies sleep through noise.
Ems for Kids Baby Ear Defenders
These are designed specifically for babies and have adjustable velcro fastening head straps in a variety of funky prints and designs. As well as being lightweight and compact, they provide industrial grade hearing protection for the littlest ears. Suitable from 0-18 months. Perfect for even newborn babies.
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Banz Baby Earmuffs
These come in a large variety of colours and designs. The lightweight headband with well-cushioned ear cups reduce the amount of pressure on babies ears. The ear cups slide up and down on the headband in order for the earmuffs to fit a child from 3 months to 3 years of age. Reviewers highly recommend these and say they're well worth the money.
Ear Lugz Ear Defenders
These come in a wide variety of colours and are foldable and compact with a free carry bag. They are perfect for going on your travels and have a cushioned headband and soft ear muffs. Suitable from 6 months to 16 years. Reviewers recommend them for children with autism as they help to reduce sensory levels to noise.
KOBWA Baby Ear Defenders
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KOBWA Baby Ear Defenders
Affordable ear defenders suitable for babies and toddlers over 6 months of age. Lightweight, soft and easy to wear and effectively keep out noise. The adjustable headband can be made bigger as your child grows. Positive ratings from reviewers who have used them at air shows.
Snug Safe n Sound Kids Ear Defenders
These come with a five year warranty and fold into a compact size that is perfect for travel. They are adjustable with a soft headband and can be worn by kids from 6 months to toddler. They also appear a popular choice for parents of kids who have autism as they help reduce sensory levels to noise. Available in a variety of colours and patterns.
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Safetots Childrens Ear Protector, Union Jack
These funky Union Jack ear defenders wouldn't look out of place at a festival or gig. They are easy to wear with adjustable headband to fit young babies and kids up to approximately 7 years of age. If the ear defenders are to be used by babies under six months of age, recommended only to use for very brief periods of time, with intervals in between each use.

Why Make Babies Wear Ear Defenders?

Medical experts agree that protecting your babies ears from loud noise is very important for the health of their hearing. A child has a much smaller ear canal than an adult therefore there is a greater pressure as sound enters their ears.

Protecting ears while they are young can help them in the future.

Can Loud Noise Hurt Babies Ears?

Your child’s inner ears may be damaged if he or she is around extremely loud noises or around loud noises for long periods of time so it’s important to protect them where you can.

Anyone can go deaf from loud noises but babies, due to their thinner skulls, are more at risk. Prolonged exposure to loud music can cause irreversible damage so better to be safe than sorry.

Where Should Babies Wear Ear Defenders?

We have listed some of the places or situations where ear defenders are commonly used.

  • Concerts or festivals
  • Firework displays
  • Air Shows
  • Weddings
  • Cinema
  • Sporting Events
  • Near loud machinery
  • At home when vacuuming or mowing lawn, drilling etc.
  • Children with autism or sensory disorders
  • Children with noise-related stress 

How Do Ear Defenders Work?

Ear defenders are cushioned muffs that can be worn over ears that muffle or block out loud noises. The protection is provided by acoustic foam, which absorbs sound waves and stops noise reaching the eardrum. 

How To Choose The Best Ear Defenders

There are plenty of ear defenders on the market so choosing the right ones for your baby or child can be tricky if you’re not sure where to start. We’ve listed some of the things to consider below;-

Fit

Make sure you buy ear defenders which are suitable for your child’s age. Some are suitable for new babies while others are designed with older kids in mind. The fit should be snug, but not too tight so that they successfully block out any noise.

Comfort

Choose ear defenders which are padded or soft and comfortable, especially for new babies with delicate heads. Look for lightweight materials and good quality products.

SNR Value

The single number rating or SNR is the system used by ISO or the International Organisation for Standardisation’s. A higher SNR means less noise for your baby and better protection for their ears.

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