I don’t know how most people get through long road trips with their kids, but for us, it is about two things: Food and movies.

Some may call that cheating; I call it doing whatever you have to do to survive.

The problem with letting Nora watch movies on road trips has been that I get easily overstimulated when there is too much going on in the car. Audio from Nora’s movie, radio on for the adults, and of course, some conversation. In the past, that has resulted in a pounding headache. Now that Nora is forward-facing, the problem is exacerbated by the fact that the iPad is now located directly behind the head of the front passenger—making the movie audio even more of a distraction. We’ve dealt with it a few times for shorter (but still long) trips to see Michael’s sister, but I knew we needed a solution before taking the eight-hour trip (ONE WAY!) to my dad’s.

The obvious solution was to set up Nora with some headphones, but this proved to be more challenging than you might think. We went to several different stores looking for headphones designed specifically for kids, but came up empty. We actually brought a couple pairs of adult sets home, but we had concerns about volume control—we want to be careful not to damage Nora’s hearing in any way—and they were clearly BIG for Nora’s little head and ears.

Enter Kidz Gear’s KidzControl Volume Limit COLOR Headphones for Kids to save the day. Seriously, they really did save the day, as the package containing the headphones—as well as a really nice quality headphone carry bag and a headphone splitter cable—arrived on our doorstep the day before our trip.

The problem with a lot of “volume limiting” headphones is that they lessen the volume so dramatically that you can’t hear the soft spoken word, or hear ANYTHING if there is a lot of background noise in your environment (so, say on a plane… or even in a car on the highway). But Kidz Gear has solved this problem by making the volume limiting easy to turn on and off. There is a little cable that comes with the headphones that you can attach to the headphones to limit the volume when needed, but in louder settings, you can attach the headphones to your child’s device without it.

I tested the headphones prior to putting them on Nora and found that the volume limiting was a bit much with the road noise, so we chose not to use it. Instead, I turned the volume all of the way up on the headphones’ volume control, then turned it down to an acceptable level on the iPad itself, which Nora couldn’t reach to mess around with. She did, however, mess around with the headphones’ volume (seen above) a few times… by turning it down. It was a quick fix once we realized why she was taking off the headphones and handing them to us. :) Although it was a little bit of a pain for us, I can see why having the volume control here is good for older kids.

The headphones themselves are great. They are designed for children ages 2 and up, and they’re highly adjustable—they fit Nora pretty perfectly on their smallest setting, but I could even wear them comfortably at their largest. Like adult headphones, there is a little “R” and an “L” on the sides to designate left and right (why that makes a difference, I don’t know—but we threw them on Nora any which way!)

And as you can see, these are CUTE. The colors are great, and we opted to get them in Nora’s absolute favorite… PURPLE!

Still, our biggest challenge—at least at first—was getting Nora to wear them. I’ll be honest and say that she was NOT a fan when I initially put them on her. She kept ripping them off and throwing them at me, even when I explained that this is how she was going to be able to hear her movie. But please don’t let this alter your impression of the headphones, because my kid is weird. With anything new like this, we have to fight with her several times until she finally realizes that we’re not trying to torture her. When summer turned to fall and we had to put on things like PANTS and SWEATSHIRTS and ohmygod REAL SHOES, Nora flipped out every time for a while. This was exactly the same thing. My girl, she’s stubborn. I don’t know where she gets it.

Anyway, I was able to eventually get her to wear them and settle in to watch her movie by distracting her with our other roadtrip survival tactic: FOOD. I gave her a cup of cereal and set her up with Toy Story 3 and she was happy to wear the headphones for a while. During the eight-hour car ride south, we had to reach back and put them back on her several times, and she went a few stretches watching her movies silently because she didn’t want to wear the headphones.

But on the eight-hour stretch back home? It was like a switch was flipped, and she was completely used to them. She wore them nearly the entire time, and when they were off, she tried to put them back on herself. It was a big change between Friday and Monday.

For those wondering what our setup looks like in the car, this is it:

(Side note: The iPad headrest mount we have is this one. It only works if you have a cover with a flap on your iPad. Your iPad can’t be “naked.”)

The Kidz Gear headphones are precisely what I had been looking for all along. Something that could get the job done—giving us peace in the car while helping to entertain my child—and was MADE for a person her size. And now that she is sold on the idea of the headphones, Nora LOVES that they are purple. :)

We can’t wait to use them again when we head to the west coast (via airplane) in January. When we flew to Boston for my birthday in August, we tried to occupy Nora with the iPad but were unable to hold her interest because even with the external volume all of the way up, she couldn’t hear it—and we couldn’t get her to wear our headphones. Now, we don’t have to worry about that since she’ll have her own personal set.

At home, we’ll let her use them when we occasionally give her the iPad for some quiet time. The girl loves her apps as well as her movies, and the headphones will come in handy there as well. The headphones work on all of your standard devices—tablets, computers, iPhones, iPods, etc.

Now, Kidz Gear is giving all of you a chance to win a pair of KidControl Volume Limit COLOR Headphones of your own (or rather, for a child in your life). The headphones retail for a price of $19.99 at www.gearforkidz.com, as well as through Amazon.

NOTE: The giveaway is available to U.S. residents only. My apologies to the rest of the world—I love you, I promise!

Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget embedded in this post. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: Kidz Gear provided Nora’s headphones, carry bag, and splitter cable for free in exchange for my review. However, opinions expressed within this post are my own. (I hope you know me well enough by now to know that I wouldn’t positively review a product that I wouldn’t back anyway, whether I paid for it or not!). Kidz Gear is also sponsoring the associated giveaway.


63 Responses to Kidz Gear Headphones Review & Giveaway

  1. Lucci says:

    Awesome! We have our first airplane ride in a few months and headphones are a great idea for our 2 year old too.

  2. Amanda Smith says:

    love the giveaway! my son would love some of these! :)

  3. It will be a couple years before our little one can use them, (I’m due in Dec.) but hubby and I travel A LOT and I know these will come in handy!

  4. Heather says:

    These are so cute! I love the colors and the option to turn on/off the volume limiting. My neice would love them!

  5. lisa j says:

    We live in NE PA and make the drive to Rochester at least four times a year to visit my family. It is about a 4 hour car ride. My son is the same age as Nora so rhese would be perfect so i wouldn’t have to listen to his movie too whether its on the ipad or the portable dvd player.

  6. Kristen says:

    We’d love this for Aubrey (purple is her favorite too!), especially with holiday-related travel coming up. :)

  7. Caren says:

    These are adorable. I wouldn’t be able to use them for a little bit but I have twins on the way so anything I can avoid buying two of, is super helpful!

  8. tara says:

    This is so great! Kira is very picky too with new things as well- took her an entire week for the girl to realize that the winter hat we were trying to get her to wear in NY in JANUARY was really to keep her head warm. So silly!

  9. Those are so great! We plan on visiting family in FL soon, so those headphones would come in handy!

  10. Melissa Ann says:

    I so want to win these! Neither my husband or my families live in the same state as us so we always have to travel to see them. These would definitely help our son (and us) on these long car rides!

  11. Michelle says:

    These will be great for summer road trips next year! I can’t decide if I like the orange or green better.

  12. Rachel P says:

    Our dvd player in our van has been a lifesaver. These would be a great addition I’m sure.

  13. Krystle says:

    We are going to FL for Christmas to visit my mother and I’ve been contemplating getting some headphones for my daughter. So these would be perfect!

  14. domestic diva says:

    These would be perfect for my little one.

  15. Morrigan says:

    Just what I have been looking for for our trip to CA and FL!

  16. Kerri says:

    Those are great. My little one is just like Nora and didn’t want to leave it on. Seems content to watch without volume. Perhaps she will get used to headphones soon : )

  17. Jamie says:

    We haven’t gone on a long trip yet, but would love these for my daughter. She also loves purple so we would choose those for sure. Great review!

  18. Missi says:

    We’ll be taking a long road trip with a one year old next summer. Gosh that seems so far away! I wonder if she’ll be too little to wear them or be interested?

  19. Melissa E. says:

    Our little one is just 8 months but hope to take some family vacations/road trips when he is older and these would come in very handy!

  20. Ashley D. says:

    My husband is a band director and very concerned about our daughter’s ears/hearing. These headphones would be perfect for her! :)

  21. Nicole says:

    I would love to try these with my daughter!

  22. SarahB816 says:

    These look awesome!

  23. These would be perfect for my one-year-old daughter. All our family lives 7-10 hours away and we make lots of long car trips. I hope I can get her to leave them on her head. :)

  24. These look great! I think my son Nick would like them. We have taken the ipad on a few plane rides and its always too loud on the plane for him to hear it. Something like this would really help.

  25. kerri says:

    These would be perfect for my daughter! So cute and perfect for little ones.

  26. Nicole says:

    These look awesome! My little one loves to play on the IPad. They would be perfect!

  27. Catherine says:

    Thanks so much for the review! I was hoping you would post the picture of your setup. Very helpful!

  28. Sara says:

    I didn’t know they made kid sized headphones! My twin boys are two days younger than Nora, so I love to read about what she is up to! my boys would totally go for the orange ones, in fact, they would fight over them (gotta love toddlers!)

  29. andrea p says:

    I would love these headphones for my daughter because she is almost toddler age & we travel a lot! Thanks :)

  30. Megan says:

    I would love the lime green ones for baby Jackson!

  31. Brittanny Miller says:

    OMG my 2 yrs old daughter would love these. We are planning a road trip to Florida in the spring and we could definitely use them!!!

  32. My girl Natalie would love these! Purple is her favorite color too!

  33. Erin Lepsch says:

    I would love a pair for my 4 year old princess, or maybe my baby boy…..hmmmmm

  34. Danielle says:

    My daughter (who is just 3 days younger than Nora) would LOVE these, she loves purple and has to watch her shows on car trips :)

  35. Kylie Villalva says:

    I would love a pair for my daughters! The purple would be perfect for either of them, and we have many holiday adventures coming up!

  36. Kristin Miller says:

    The orange ones would be fantastic for my little boy! We have a 13 hour car trip for Christmas coming up and these would be great to have!

  37. Stephanie A says:

    My daughter is only a few months younger than Nora and I’d love to have them for car trips for her to use with our iPad. I need to get one of the holders for it like you have!

  38. Tania W says:

    These look so awesome!! Of course, I love anything pink for my little lady!

  39. Melina says:

    The purple ones look awesome!

  40. Lauren says:

    How cute! These would be perfect for our road trips to DC 4-5x a year!

  41. Linds says:

    Evan would love these in blue while watching dinosaur train during road trips! They are just the cutest thing

  42. Laura J says:

    they’d be amazing for my daughter next summer

  43. kelly from boston :) says:

    I’d love to try these with my son. He’s only 13 months now but maybe he’d leave them on in a few months!

  44. Grace says:

    We are planning a drive to NC from NJ in the summer with an 18 month old. I am hoping these will fit his little head or its going to be a long/loud drive!

  45. Jennifer says:

    I would love the purple pair for our daughter. Or the pink!

  46. Maureen says:

    I love the purple ones!

  47. Laurel says:

    Those would be a great for my nephews!

  48. Loni says:

    These sound awesome and perfect for my 20-month-old son – especially with holiday car travel coming up! Love all of the color choices!

  49. Melissa says:

    Headphones + Elmo = happy mom because I don’t have to hear it

  50. Jenn says:

    I would love a pair of these for our girl! {not sure how to enter because the rafflecopter won’t load}

    • heatherdriveblog says:

      Hi Jenn, I just checked, and your entry did go through with Rafflecopter. Sorry for any trouble you had with it.

  51. Jennifer says:

    We travel lots….these would be perfect!

  52. Susan says:

    So cute! I make the two hour trek from Rochester to Gramma’s house with my 2 year old daughter once a month. These would be great when Momma needs a break from the Jake and the Neverland Pirates soundtrack!

  53. Emily H. says:

    These would be awesome for my son! I love the colors too!

  54. Erin says:

    Love the orange!!!

  55. Andrea says:

    These would be great for my toddler – and her favorite color is blue!

  56. Tricia L says:

    This is a great idea! I’m sure we’ll be needing this for upcoming road trips to visit Grammy and Pop Pop.

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