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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all children over the age of 2 wear a face covering while in public. However, as most parents probably know by now, that is easier said than done.
It can be tough to help kids adjust to new routines, and convincing them to wear a face mask can be particularly challenging.
"Younger children in particular, can find them frightening," Dr. Tovah Klein, director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and author of "How Toddlers Thrive," previously told Shop TODAY. "For many children, putting a mask on can feel new and intrusive, which can cause challenges."
However, Klein notes that picking up a cheery, colorful design might make wearing a mask less intimidating for young children.
"For any child who is hesitant to wear a mask, making them child-friendly could be quite attractive. It also makes masks seem less threatening to a child if they have a child motif to them," Klein told us.
With this in mind, we've rounded up 32 different kid-friendly non-medical face masks you can order online and have shipped right to your door.
Face masks for kids
Perfect for Halloween, these face masks are festive, durable and breathable. As a bonus, the soft fabric is designed to feel especially comfortable against your child's delicate skin.
Machine-washable and 100% cotton, this face mask is easy to clean after each wear. Plus, it's available in 23 colors so your little one can snag a mask in their favorite color.
With comfortable over-the-ear straps, triple-layer cotton and an adjustable nose piece, your child will feel comfortable wearing these cute masks for long periods of time. Each set includes mixed prints so your little can pick a different look each day.
These adorable masks are sure to put a smile on their face. Each design is made with two layers of cotton and has a pocket for an optional filter. The above set features Pimm the Puppy and Tomo the Tiger, though you can also pick up a two-pack featuring Kali the Kitty and Bori the Bear.
If your little one is heading back to school soon, this five-pack of masks will give them a new color to wear every day of the week! The kit even comes with a mesh laundry bag so you can safely throw them in the washing machine.
Thanks to its breathable, lightweight fabric, this face mask is meant to keep you comfortable during light activities. It features a filter pocket and comes with an adjustable head strap to alleviate pressure on your ears.
With its wrinkle-resistant fabric and adjustable ear straps, this face mask was designed with travel in mind. You can choose between cotton or bamboo designs, both of which feature an adjustable nose wire.
If you're in need of a water-resistant option, this design from Green Sprouts should do the trick. The moisture-wicking fabric is meant to keep your little ones comfortable, and customers have given it a 4.3-star average rating so far.
These masks feature a double-layer design as well as a filter pocket for optional use. Since they're machine-washable, you can easily clean and rotate through several masks at a time.
This fun design is one of many offered by Kid Dangerous. It features self-tie straps meant to provide them with the most comfortable fit possible.
Suitable for children ages 4 to 6 years old, these masks are made from a blend of polyester and spandex that is breathable and soft.
While these reusable masks from Levi's aren't solely designated for kids, the small size is suitable for younger children. Each mask is reversible and utilizes a double-layer design crafted from breathable cotton.
Each mask in this pack of three is made from a blend of cotton, zinc-infused polyester and spandex. These stretch face masks are not only designed for comfort, but also claim to offer 25% more UV protection than standard fabric.
This Etsy seller offers 44 designs in both kids' and adults' sizes. Regardless of the style you choose, each reusable mask is crafted with a double-layer design and a filter pocket.
These masks are made with two layers of cotton and flannel, but you can also opt for a style that has three layers. Each of the 69 designs available are suitable for children ages 4 to 9.
Each of these handmade masks features a triple-layer design and designated filter pocket. They also come with two replaceable filters for extra protection.
These masks are designed for younger children and are available in five different designs. Crafted from 100% cotton, they feature adjustable ear loops, an adjustable nose wire and even a filter pocket for comfortable coverage.
Gap is selling three-packs of face masks in over 10 different patterns. The triple-layer accordion design is breathable but still provides coverage. Suitable for ages 3 and up, these masks also have an adjustable nose wire that conforms to the face.
Snapfish has over a dozen designs available that can be customized with names, initials or even embellishments. Each mask is made with an inner layer of cotton and an outer layer made from polyester. There is also a built-in pocket for optional use of a filter.
Shop Disney has started offering pre-orders for masks in a variety of sizes and patterns. The company was already able to donate $1 million in profits and one million face masks to MedShare to support the medical community and those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Disney also offers its cotton and polyester blend masks in a medium size. This pack includes some of your favorite "Star Wars" characters, but you can also find them in Marvel, Disney Princess, Pixar, Mickey and Minnie, and various Disney character patterns.
These machine-washable masks come in a variety pack with different prints and colors. They feature three layers of cotton poplin and were designed according to the CDC recommendations for non-medical-grade face masks. The brand is also donating 50,000 masks to the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Caraa's kid-friendly masks come with adjustable ear straps for extra comfort and a secure fit. The masks will arrive in a five-pack of assorted colors.
If you're looking for a brightly colored option for kids over 2 years old, this face mask has over 1,000 reviews and an average 4.8-star rating.
These colorful masks come with adjustable ear straps and a 100% cotton anti-allergenic interior layer. You'll also receive a removable filter with each mask, which the brand says can be used for up to 12 hours. Vistaprint will also donate 10% of mask sales to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus.
Uncommon Goods commissioned its employees' kids to design these colorful face coverings that feature rainbow artwork. Available in adult sizes too, 100% of the proceeds go to public hospitals in New York City.
Onzie uses upcycled material from its yoga clothing to make these multi-layer masks. The designs are made in Los Angeles, and proceeds will be donated to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
Each five-pack of masks comes with a variety of prints designed for kids ages 2 through 10. The brand will donate a mask to organizations in need for every pack sold. Sanctuary also offers a family pack with a mix of adult and kid sizes.
The brand behind the popular mattress is now offering face masks featuring two layers of organic cotton canvas. They're designed with simple tie straps for an adjustable fit.
This unique design lets kids use fabric markers to color in the fun design. It's made with 100% cotton and features adjustable ear straps.
These Los Angeles-made masks feature two sets of tie straps for an adjustable fit as well as an adjustable nose bridge.
There are plenty of Etsy sellers offering reusable face masks for kids, and this one by seller ChloeGigis is currently listed as a bestseller. It features a filter pocket and is made with two layers of 100% cotton.
This article was originally published on July 27, 2020.
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