6 of the best baby ear defenders and protectors

Protect your baby's ears from loud, noisy environments with a pair of ear defenders designed specifically for babies and toddlers. Here's our pick of the best available in the UK...

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There are SO many situations where loud noises can bother, disturb or even hurt little ones – whether it’s at a family festival, fireworks display, or cinema trip.


We also know some children with autism or other special needs become overwhelmed by lots of noise in busy places and crowds.

If any of that sounds familiar, you may want to invest in a pair of baby ear defenders. It’s worth remembering that they aren’t designed to be worn for long periods of time, and each brand has their own instructions to follow.

We’ve selected some of the best here, most of which are suitable for very young babies to 3 years of age at least.

Here’s our pick of the best ear defenders for babies…

1. Alpine Muffy Baby Earplugs, £23.95

Age: 3 months – 3 years

Why we love it: These protective muffs are comfy thanks to an elastic headband, which is available in either pink or blue. It comes with 2 bands, plus a carry bag.

It doesn’t contain any metal – which means you can also use it for things like MRI scans, not just festivals and trips away.

Alpine also says it’s the only set of baby ear defenders to have the European safety standard CE mark.

Available from: Alpine Hearing Protection and Amazon

2. Banz Baby Ear Defenders, £20

Age: 0 – 2 years. They are suitable from birth, though children under 3 months shouldn’t wear these for a long period time, as per Banz’s recommendation.

Why we love it: These Aussie protectors have foam-filled cushions around the ears, are pretty lightweight, and make a comfortable fit after a good stretch.

The design is available in a range of colours including prism (rainbow, pictured above), blue, pink and silver.

Available from: Kidly, Amazon and John Lewis

3. Edz Kidz Ear Defenders, £9.95

Age: 6 months +

Why we love it: There are plenty of colours and outer casing designs to choose from, ideal for fussy little ones. And these are great for older kids in the family, too!

Available from: Amazon and Edz Kidz

4. Safetots Children’s Ear Protector Pink, £12.95

Age: 6 months – 7 years. Can be used on babies from birth but only for a short period of time.

Why we love it: These headphones are designed to be low pressure, and comfy too, with fluid and foam filling the padding around the ears. Available in blue, and also ladybird and camo prints.

Available from: Safetots and Amazon

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5. Ems For Kids Baby Ear Defenders, £17.99

Age: 0 – 18 months

Why we love it: Ems For Kids have exclusively designed these defenders for little babies, the first company to do so. They’ve adjustable head straps in a variety of prints and designs, and the headphones themselves come in either black or white.

Available from: Ems For Kids and Special Needs Toys

6. Snug Safe n Sound Kids Ear Defenders, £17.95

Age: 6 months +

Why we love it: We love the colourful design on these ear defenders, including a unicorn and camo print. The foldable design also makes them into a compact size, handy for using when you’re out and about.

Available from: Amazon


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