The minute I read about BuddyPhones WAVE, I knew it would be a lifesaver with my boys. We do noise really well in our house, and tend to drive each other crazy with it. Even the baby matches the pitch and volume of whatever sound his brothers happen to be making at any given moment so we basically have a human parrot—sometimes adorable, sometimes not so much. With three loud and busy boys I’m always looking for something to either grab their attention or distract and calm them. Well friends, these great headphones do both!
Music, stories, movies, educational games, podcasts—you name it. I’ve especially appreciated that my little wiggle-machines are not bound by a cord (though they do have a plug-in option as well); free to dance, play with Legos, sit buckled in their car seat or shopping cart. The secure fit manages to stay put without causing discomfort like many headphones do. The sturdy, low-profile design is great while out and about, and the ability to fold and store them in the convenient travel bag is handy for throwing them into the diaper bag or center console of the car. It’s nice to not worry about hearing-damage with the volume settings designed for any age. They’re even waterproof, so I’ve got no qualms about sending my boys outside with them on, even in rainy Portland.
Besides the visual appeal (my 5 year old adored the color and cool art), they’re extremely easy to use. I’m one of those Millennials who never quite caught on to the technology wave so I can get overwhelmed when having to figure out new electronics. Unlike my husband, I just don’t have common-sense with gadgets and HATE reading user manuals just to use a new device that’s supposed to add convenience and simplicity to my life! I made an audible sigh of relief when I opened the box to find a single folded piece of paper with ALL necessary info. How complicated can it get when you only have to figure out three buttons! Considering what I just told you about myself, I felt comfortable and well informed on the item within five minutes of opening it. That says a lot. Honestly, I give credit to the simple diagrams!
It just so happened that my kindergartner was having a particularly challenging time transitioning home from school when I had my first opportunity to test them. He was temperamental and needing space from the two year old. Unfortunately I needed to cook dinner and work with the baby, so providing that space while he could still be near me was difficult. I popped the headphones on him, handed him his bucket of Legos, and quickly got his favorite music going on my phone, paired via Bluetooth. As the noisy boys were drowned out, He calmed immediately and slipped into a content, focused state of building colorful creations. Well that was just the beginning of discovering what magical, boy-taming powers these headphones have!
Beyond the product itself, BuddyPhones really impressed me as a company with the excellent customer service they provided when our first pair had an issue. They replaced the product promptly and the second set has worked great. I’ve even found my husband with them on from time to time, as the adjustable sizing allows him to get some use out of them. We’re all a little saner thanks to the Buddyphones Wave, especially now that the toddler’s “wheels on the bus” song is stuck on repeat through headphones rather than through the speakers in our house.