At ten-months-old, Mazzy is too young for headphones but I imagine as soon as she hits the age when she's interested in things like Dora the Explorer and Yo Gabba Gabba and whatever else is positioned to destroy all signs of intelligent adult life in my household, I will want to throw a pair of headphones on her PRONTO to keep my sanity in check. Also, headphones seem like just the thing that might make long car trips bareable or come in handy during extreme restaurant emergencies, i.e. Mazzy's done eating and ready to hurl herself out of her booster seat but I've spent the better part of dinner making sure she was properly fed so I've only just begun eating. Pop Shrek XVI: Happily Ever After Life in the DVD player, put on her headphones, and VOILA! I am now free to enjoy my cold crabcake appetizer.

Griffin-myphones All of this is why a bunch of parents, who also happened to be audio engineers at Griffin (the same company that brought us The Woogie), invented MyPhones, a premium set of over-the-ear headphones designed specifically for kids. The most distinctive feature of MyPhones is that they have a built-in volume control which won't rise above 85 decibels, the sound level limit that pediatric safety agencies deem most ideal to keep young ears free from damage. It's because of this safety feature that MyPhones can be used by kids as young as 3 years old. Cue fantasy road trip!

Another great feature is that they come with interchangeable and customizable ear shell caps so your child can use the provided templates to create their own designs and have a totally unique pair of cans. Everything comes packed in a reuseable carrying case which is also customizable for a value of $39.99.

Now for the really exciting part. You can potentially have a brand new MyPhones headset for free, if you enter my first ever giveaway! Just leave a comment in the comment section below for a chance to win. The winner will be selected at random and announced next Monday. Be sure to check back here, join the Mommy Shorts facebook fanpage or follow Mommy Shorts on twitter to find out if that lucky sonofabitch is YOU! (Provided you don't live in Mongolia. U.S. and Canada entrants only please.)

If your child is Veruca Salt and she needs to have her pair of MyPhones NOW, click on the link below.

UPDATE: The winner is Bueno Baby. Congratulations— your child(ren) will be rockin' the coolest and safest headpones around! Please email me at with your name and adress so I can get your prize over to you ASAP.

Be sure to come back next Monday when I will be giving away a "Diva Diaper Bag".