Face masks, whether for adults or kids, are one of the easiest and most effective ways to help end the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s simple: We all know by now that the coronavirus is spread through droplets and aerosols, and face masks provide a barrier to help stop them from careening from one person to the next. The hard part is getting kids to wear face masks. Which is why the best kid’s face masks are comfortable, adjustable, and most of all, appealing to kids thanks to bright colors and child-friendly patterns.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the only people exempt from mask-wearing are those under the age of 2, those who have trouble breathing, or those who cannot remove a mask themselves. Luckily, by this point most kids older than 2 have gotten used to wearing a mask, and their parents have gotten used to pulling it up over their face when they inevitably pull it down in public. A good, kid-friendly, comfortable mask in a breathable fabric can help.
The CDC recommends face masks that have multiple layers, fit snugly around the face, are secured with ties or ear loops, are breathable, and can withstand machine-washing. These masks are sized down to fit kids’ faces, though many come in a range of sizes. If a kid will be wearing the face mask for an extended period of time, a mask with ties may be more comfortable than one with ear loops.
Each of these face masks has a nose clip for a better fit. They also have a water-resistant outer layer and wicking lining.
Thanks to an activated carbon layer, these masks keep fresh air flowing.
Crayola got into the mask game with this set of five, one for each school day. Each one has a name tag, so you can keep track of which kid has worn it. They have a 3D face design, secure fit adjustable ear straps, and a nose clip.
Pete is one cool cat and these are three very cool masks. Each one is double-layered, with stretchy elastic ear straps.
Cute and comfortable, these masks are pleated and made from double layer cotton poplin.
This five-pack of masks is another great choice. Each mask has adjustable elastic loops and embedded nose wire for an ideal fit. We like that the toggles are silicone, which instantly makes the masks more wearable.
Kids lose masks all the time. So this one has a strap that hangs around your kid's neck, meaning less lost property when he or she slips off the mask outdoors.
Made from super-soft jersey cotton, these masks are great for preschoolers because they're so light. They have adjustable over-the-ear straps and the prints are kid-friendly to the max.
One of our go-tos, this mask is ultra comfortable. It has soft elastic ear loops, a slot for replaceable filters, and the smaller size is great for older kids.
Jessica Alba's lifestyle brand now has masks, and these are made with a double layer of cotton. They have adjustable silicone sliders on stretchy round elastic for a great fit around the area. There's an interior pocket for a filter.
Fun prints make these cloth cotton masks more appealing to kids, and the two elastic ear straps keep them in place.
Great for active kids, this mask has a unique 3D shape that helps you breathe easier.
These cute cotton face masks come in a set of two. They're soft, washable, and whimsical. They're also on the smaller side, so best-suited for kids 6 and younger.
These two-layer cotton masks have a elastic under the chin to keep them in place, and an interior lining made from a blend of tencel and jersey cotton to be extra soft.
Breathable and lightweight, these masks wick away moisture, so they're great for kids who tend to overheat or who complain about wearing masks on hot summer days. The straps are adjustable, and have room for extra filters. Note that they take 2-3 weeks to ship.
These washable cloth masks with ear loops and a nose shaping flex-wire come in a variety of bright colors and are shaped for full coverage.
Each face mask in this five-piece set has been treated with Silvadur antimicrobial technology to keep things a little more fresh. The masks are also moisture-wicking, for less face sweat.
If you're not into cutesy patterns, these masks are calling your name. They have a great snug fit, a pocket for filters, and a contoured fabric panel that wraps securely around the bridge of the nose.
Nature lovers can wear their favorite scenes with these National Geographic masks. They have two layers of polyester and elastic ear straps.
It's 100 percent cotton, double-layered, and has an insert for a filter.
These washable masks have stoppers for ear loops. They're contoured, which is a good thing, because there's less margin for error.
If you'd rather go the disposable route, this brand lets you ship the masks back to be recycled. Each mask has a five-layer filtration system of non-woven breathable fibers.
Vistaprint's DC Comics series features a slew of superheroes from Batman to Wonder Woman. If that's not convincing enough, the masks wick away moisture and are machine washable.
The structured shape of this mask keeps it up off the face for extra comfort. It has a filter, nose wire, and adjustable ear straps too. 10% of proceeds go to the the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, which works to combat anti-Asian harassment and violence against women.
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