As you know, wearing face masks has become an everyday reality for all of us, including our kids. In fact, the only people exempt from mask-wearing, according to the CDC, are children under the age of 2 and those who cannot remove a mask themselves or have trouble breathing.
So, it’s important for our kiddos, over 2 years old of course, to start getting use to wearing a mask. 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 usually sized down to fit kids’ faces, though many come in a range of sizes.
Here are a few places where you can get cute, comfortable and most importantly, effective masks for your kids. All of which we own, and have tried ourselves.
In March, the founder or Swaddle Designs, who also happens to be an RN, converted her baby blanket factory to make face masks.
In July 2020, researchers tested SwaddleDesigns 3-layer Cotton Mask with a Cough Emulator to assess the efficacy of cloth masks and validated the SwaddleDesigns mask minimizes droplet leakage and provides significantly better filtration. The study shows any mask is better than no mask.
The Child size masks fit ages 2 to pre teen and are made of a Lightweight 100% cotton woven fabric, 180 thread count and includes pocket for filter (filter not included)
Swaddle Designs sent us a few masks to try out and they are our favorite masks we own. The designs are so beautiful, and they are so comfortable. We haven’t had any issues with them and they wash and dry really well. I absolutely recommend these masks for not only your kiddos but for adults as well.
Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks for Kids. One thing I really like the Old Navy masks is that they have a lot of different designs. They are also, very well made and comfortable. In our experience they do run a little big and will shrink in the dryer so be sure to air dry.
Kids’ 2pk Cloth Face Masks – Cat & Jack. The mask has two layers and a pocket for a filter (filter not included), Made of 100% cotton for a soft, washable construction, and fits most kids ages 3+. I really like that these masks are available in stores and I can just grab an extra pack while I’m out shopping for everyday items. Although I will say that they do run a little big, so we did have to tie the loops so it can fit a little more snug.