COZYPHONES DEMO AND PRODUCT REVIEW
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I first heard about Cozyphones from one of my very first guests, Judy Yirsa. Prior to recording our first episode I asked if she had any favorite travel gadgets she wanted to plug. Cozyphones, I thought a novelty at the time, was her choice. We recorded, posted the episode and had other moms tell me they had purchased and also loved these kid friendly headphones.
FAST FORWARD 18 MONTHS ------>
I started planning our family transatlantic flight from the UK to southern USA. I could only find one of the kids headphones, my husband spent too much on, in our travel gear. Shopping around the local stores I did not find anything I thought would work. The hunt for new kids headphones was on!
CHALLENGES IN FINDING KIDS HEADPHONES:
- Adult sizing - TOO BIG, I don't want them to a.) be unusable or b.) create more work for myself trying to constantly refit them during flight or road trip
- Adult volume control - my kids will turn it up to 11 and burn their earballs out
- Appearing breakable - I could just imagine my son getting frustrated and pulling or twisting the headband apart - or just sitting or standing on them!
- Price - the ones that I thought were a fair price seemed flimsy and non-volume controlled. The expensive ones just looked too huge and I didn't want to weigh my kids backpacks down.
BING BONG - "You've got mail..."
Judy emailed about an unrelated matter and triggered my memory! Cozyphones are the product I need for this 10 hr flight with my kids!
I searched on both Amazon and directly on the Cozyphones website. Due to time constraints I ordered from Amazon. I ordered the unicorn and fox children's options. Other options in PAW PATROL characters! Two days later they arrived and despite my efforts to hide them, for a travel surprise, the kids found them and pleaded to put them on. No lies here, they PLEADED and were allowed to use them with our old iPods (recently discovered and brought back to life).
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE COZYPHONES:
- They are so SOFT
- The characters are DARLING
- They STAY PUT!
- Washable (take speakers out)
- Volume limited
- Metal braided cord cover for durability
- Lightweight and compact to carry
A couple things to note - we realy tested these out! My kids put these on and off about a million times in the car and on the plane. My son pulled the speakers out several times but we were able to insert them again no problem. This is not a design flaw, this is my curious son wanting "to do this his own self".
We also had a "LICE ON A PLANE" scare. On arrivng at our destination we recieved an email from the school that lice was going around. I had a proper mom FREAK OUT and treated everyone despite not having found any knits or lice. This included washing and drying EVERYTHING, including the new adorbale Cozyphones. I slid the speakers out and tossed the headbands into the washing machine. I can report that they wash up beautifully and the speakers go back in easily. My trouble is the kids wanting the wear them at all times with or without the speakers in (we will loose parts). I have reunited speakers and eadbands for storage now and look forward to taking them on our road trip next week.
When assembling the headphones for the first time (inserting the speakers into headband) the directions say to use a piece of tape to mark where your child's ears are. The downside is, once you are traveling, if they come undone, you may not have tape with you. So, what I might ask for in future editions is perhaps some thread markers on the hem. To be clear, I'm thinking little three hashmarks for the edge of the speaker to line up with. Then you just have to remember which hash mark to insert the speaker to.
The last is a small storage bag. I happen to have some on hand because I susbscribe to a makeup program that includes them. This way the cord isn't getting kinked or knotted in my kids backpacks, squashed under books, etc. It would also keep them clean from the cheerios and other funkies lurking in backpacks and purses.
Now, I also saw on the Cozyphones website that they are now offering adult versions for both sleep aids and athletic wear. They also had an option to contact them for product demonstration and giveaways. I wrote and told them about the podcast. We came to an agreement that my audience was right for their products. Shortly I will recieve an athletic, mesh band set and demo with review. They are also giving away one pair to a lucky Travel Radio Podcast listener (open to US residents). To enter simply sign up for the newsletter in the month of April.