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.

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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.

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Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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!!

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

  7. 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 radio@

  8. 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!

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