Traveling With Kids: JLab Audio JBuddies Headphones

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One of our most prized travel companions is a pair of kid-safe headphones. On road trips, they prevent the iPad and car stereo from dueling over volume settings. On planes, they enable her to watch movies without bothering other passengers.

Our well-used pair of kid-safe headphones finally needed to be replaced so we decided to give JLab Audio’s JBuddies a try. My daughter tested them out during our last trip to Mexico City and was quite pleased. JLab Audio is an Oceanside-based company, too!

Why JBuddies Are Great For Kids

JBuddies are designed for kids ages 2 and up. Features include:

  • A built-in volume limiter, which ensures a safe listening experience, limiting the volume to less than 90dB.
  • Compatibility with all portable devices that feature a standard 3.5 mm jack, including iPad, iPhone, iPod, Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, and Microsoft Surface, among others.
  • Assorted theme stickers with each pair that kids can stick on the earpiece.
  • Durable, split resistant plastic construction.
  • Four colors to choose from: purple, pink, blue and black.

JLab Jbuddies Stickers

Why We Like JBuddies

It is rare to receive a pair of headphones from an airline that fits a child’s head. I consider a pair of kid-safe headphones critical for flying with kids because in this day and age, the only gear that really keeps kids occupied on a plane is digital.

My daughter loves the color (purple) and the assorted stickers. They enable her to hear the iPad and DVD player above the hum of the engines, which wasn’t always the case with other kid-safe headphones we purchased. She can also adjust the fit and volume on her own. They fit in her purse or backpack just fine and travel with us everywhere now.

*Thanks to JLab Audio for providing La Jolla Girl with a pair of purple JBuddies to test.

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  1. AJ
    May 23, 2013 at 11:22 am — Reply

    Since I see you’ve used both, how do the Jlabs and Kidz Gear Headphones compare?

    • May 24, 2013 at 7:26 am — Reply

      My daughter reaches for the Jlabs headphones probably because of the design more than functionality. She can hear her shows well with both.

  2. Maegan
    December 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm — Reply

    Hey Katie!
    Just ran across this review as I was pondering purchasing them for my girls (5 and 3 yo) for Christmas! Thank you! I needed the info relating to the plane travel. If they can’t be heard above plane engines, even if they are volume controlled, then they probably aren’t going to be great for the car either.
    AND? Happy they are based just up the street from me!

  3. Julie Ghrist
    December 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm — Reply

    When we make the 5 hour trip to grandma and grandpas house these would be used with the DVD player

  4. coley r
    December 6, 2012 at 5:45 am — Reply

    they would be perfect for our lo for the trip home for the holidays.. she can listen to her dvd while we listen to thr [email protected]

  5. December 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm — Reply

    My granddaughter would watch cartoons and listen to music in the car.

  6. Tamar
    December 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm — Reply

    My son would do great with the headphones.

  7. Josh
    December 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm — Reply

    Ordered 2 pairs, but could always use a free one.

  8. Debbie Terry
    December 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm — Reply

    My 3 year old granddaughter is a frequent flyer. She needs a new pair of headphones. They also help with air pressure changes.

  9. Bohomama
    November 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm — Reply

    These headphones look durable and stylish. I love the options of customization and vibrant color choices. My kids will rock these while grooving to their ipod or tablet!!

  10. beth shepherd
    November 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm — Reply

    This would be wonderful for my daughter to use with her ipod. thank you

  11. Sleepyheadedmom
    November 28, 2012 at 12:46 am — Reply

    My son would most likely use them in the car with my ipad or the Leap Pad that Santa is bringing him for Christmas.

  12. Sharyn B
    November 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm — Reply

    We just traveled across the country for Thanksgiving with 3 kids – these would have come in handy – we just had regular headphones which did not work well on the plane!

  13. Monique Rizzo
    November 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm — Reply

    With the Ipad on road trips.
    Thanks for the chance.
    [email protected]

  14. Ann Fantom
    November 27, 2012 at 10:58 am — Reply

    I would give the JBuddies Headphones to my daughter to use with her DVD player in the car. She often has the audio turned up so high that we can hear it in the front of the car.

  15. Kellie
    November 27, 2012 at 8:19 am — Reply

    My little girl would use this with the Ipad and Ipod!

  16. Tamara
    November 27, 2012 at 12:46 am — Reply

    Love these & anything that helps keep the little one entertained on a plane.

  17. Jonathan Asch
    November 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm — Reply

    I was just thinking about getting a pair of these for my little buddy!

  18. Phxbne
    November 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm — Reply

    With the iPad on long plane flights

  19. Lalita Malone
    November 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm — Reply

    My 5 year old girl can use these with her Leap Pad in the car or on a plane and she wouldn’t disturb anyone.

  20. Anne N.
    November 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm — Reply

    This would be great to listen to her ipad while traveling in the car or plane.

  21. November 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm — Reply

    Anything to keep the little one quiet on the plane!

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