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Best Face Masks for Kids
June 2, 2022

Best Face Masks for Kids

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Best Face Masks for Kids

Life looks a little bit different now than it did before Covid-19 arrived, and face masks have become a part of everyday life for many—even kids.

To reduce the spread of Covid-19, the Centers for Disease Control recommends people two years and older wear masks in indoor public places (and larger outdoor crowds), regardless of vaccination status—particularly if your family is comprised of both vaccinated and unvaccinated members.

It can be tough to convince your toddler to do much of anything, let alone wear a face mask. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Lots of toddlers struggle with mask-wearing for an extended period of time. Prioritize masks when it’s especially difficult to maintain a distance of six feet from others (like when standing in line at school or during carpool drop off or pick up).
  • Be sure your child’s mask fits properly. (Here’s the CDC’s guidance on how to safely wear cloth face coverings.)
  • Provide kids with lots of reminders and education around the importance of cloth face coverings and how to to wear them properly.
  • Model good behavior and wear your own mask when you’re out and about with your toddler. (And even when you’re not, of course!)

Remember, the best face mask for a child is one that they will keep on. A cute, comfortable mask can go a long way in helping your little one feel relaxed and confident when they’re rocking a face covering. Here are 15 of our favorite face masks for kids.

Joah Love’s childrens’ masks are designed for kids ages two to six. They’re made from super soft cotton—they feel like that t-shirt you’ve washed 100 times—and feature adjustable straps to get the fit just right. They’re also reversible and come in a huge selection of fun prints.

If you think a favorite character is going to motivate your little one to wear a mask, then Disney masks are a great choice. From Forky to R2-D2, there’s someone here for every kid (and every adult). The masks are made from cotton and polyester and come in packs of four in sizes youth small through adult extra large. Keep in mind: Lots of reviews say these masks run small, so consider sizing up after you measure.

Just like their clothing, Old Navy’s masks are fun, easy to wear and affordable. Each pack comes with five masks made from three layers of 100% cotton poplin and are designed according to the CDC’s recommendations for non-medical grade masks. They tend to come in and out of stock quickly, so keep checking back if they’re unavailable the first time you look.

Turns out Crayola is a go-to for more than just art supplies. Their kids’ mask packs are perfect for preschool, daycare and beyond and come with one mask for each day of the week in a selection of fun colors and prints. Each mask has adjustable straps and a nose clip, a name tag and a mesh laundry bag for easy washing.

Briar makes some of our favorite baby bonnets of all time, and their signature fabrics are now available in face masks. They’re made from tightly woven cotton and feature straps that tie around the back rather than loop over the ears. They fit children from ages three to seven, and each mask features a pocket for a filter if you’d like to add one in.

These reusable cloth face masks have a water-resistant outer layer to help block particles from the nose and mouth, a wicking lining for comfort and an activated carbon inner layer that helps absorb impurities and help fresh air flowing through the mask. Each comes in its own storage bag, and the masks are available in child sizes all the way through adult large.

These masks may not be the most flashy, but they are some of the most comfortable. Available in either bamboo or cotton, they’re super soft against your skin and feature a built-in wire nose fitting and adjustable ear loops so you can get the right fit. The child size is recommended for kids eight and under, and they tend to go in and out of stock quickly, so keep checking back.

Etsy is packed with tons of options for toddler face masks, and Good Day are some of our favorites. Their masks are made to fit most kids from ages four to about 10. The kids’ masks are made from a thinner type of cotton for maximum breathability. They’re available in lots of bright solids, some prints and even mommy-and-me matching styles.

Scaled to fit toddlers from age two through bigger kids up to age 10, these gender-neutral masks come in packs of five and are made from cotton muslin. The accordion folds help the masks stay in place even when your kiddo is talking (which is probably often), and there are elastic ear loops for a custom fit.

Vistaprint now makes more than just business cards. Their kids’ face masks are lightweight and stretchy and made with material that wicks away moisture so they’re extra comfortable for little ones. The straps are adjustable, and there’s a spot to insert a replaceable filter into the mask if you’d like. The masks come in tons of different styles, and they even offer a fully customizable design option.

The slightly shiny fabric of these dual-layer masks gives them a different look from many of the other kid masks on the market. Each mask features an embedded nose wire and adjustable straps. They come in packs of five in three different color families.

If you’re looking for the efficiency of a KN95, these are made to fit smaller faces (think school-aged kids through teens) and are FDA registered. The masks are made from five layers of a non-woven fabric offering great protection while still being soft and comfortable to wear.

These KN95 masks for kids offer an updated shape to fit the facial features of a child snugly, leading to a better seal around the face.

Wovenx updated their design recently, upping the layers in their kids’ masks from four to five. They recommend these for kids from 3-13 years of age.

Cat & Jack is known for its adorable, affordable fashion and that now goes for face masks, too. These simple fabric face coverings are made from 100% cotton for a comfortable feel and the adjustable ear loops ensure a snug fit. Since these are lightweight, the filter pocket comes in handy for an added layer of protection. The larger size of these makes this a better option for older toddlers or preschoolers.

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