As far as I remember, yes you can use regular headphones with this. We bought it last Christmas and it got dropped and broken on Christmas Day but as I recall we bought a set of over the head headphones to go with it. Good luck
The ones in the stores will not use head phones only MP3 players. I want it for an 8 yr old who does not have an MP3 player. Is there any way to positively confirm the head phone issue before I make thee order?