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Do kids need face masks? Yes, and here are the 8 best options we found

These masks are comfortable, washable, and come in adorable prints your kids might actually want to wear

Do kids need face masks? Yes, and here are the 8 best options we found
[Photo: courtesy Vistaprint]

Masks are an incredibly easy way to help prevent the spread of disease (namely, COVID-19)—but it’s not always easy to get everyone in your household to wear one. We’re looking at you, kiddos. The CDC advises that children over the age of 2 wear a mask when they cannot maintain adequate distance from another person—because even if your child isn’t ill, they can still transmit viruses. That’s why we’ve found eight different (fun) face masks made specifically for kids that make it just that much easier to get them on board with face coverings. Each of these kids masks is reusable, well-fitting, and perfectly printed and colored to your kids’ liking. 

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[Photo: courtesy Vistaprint]
Vistaprint Kids Face Masks
Made for kids aged four and up, these contoured face masks are meant to fit perfectly, and feature adjustable ear loops and a filter pocket. They cover chins (so no more gaps!) and come in a huge array of solid colors, stripes, and prints (hello, daisies and planets).

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Uncommon Goods Children’s Rainbow Face Coverings
The print on these two-layered, cotton masks is so freaking cute—but what’s even cuter is that 12 kids from around the world created the rainbow art that became the print. These masks are washable and are made for children ages 4-10. And even though they are a little bit on the pricier side, it’s for a good cause: 100% of profits from sales of these masks go to NYC’s public hospitals.

Sanctuary Kids PPE Masks
These washable, unisex masks are scaled to fit ages 2-10 and come in a pack of five that features four different fun prints (dinosaur, leopard, pink camo, and regular camo). And while most kids’ masks you’ll find are simple fabric face coverings, these Sanctuary masks are made with 100% double-layer cotton muslin with an inner 100% polypropylene melt-blown filter.

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Billie Blooms x Karolina Kurkova Maisonette Doodle Mask
Two mothers—Billie Blooms founder Ashley Liemerand and supermodel Karolina Kurkova—joined forces to create this incredibly cute cotton mask for little ones. Each purchase comes with three masks, which are made in two sizes: Kid or Toddler. And to sweeten the deal, one mask and the proceeds of each sale will be donated to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization.

[Photo: courtesy The Gap]
The Gap Kids’ Face Mask
If your kid is picky about prints, chances are they will be quite pleased with at least one of the 10 colors and prints that The Gap offers. These masks feature an adjustable nose piece (a component notoriously missing from most kids’ masks) and are made from 100% cotton poplin.

Snapfish Custom Face Masks
Have a little animal lover in the family? Snapfish has them covered (literally) with adorable masks that cover their noses and mouths with that of a Tiger, Bear, Bunny, or Seal (there are also nonanimal prints, if you wish). Each mask is made with a layer of cotton, and then beefed up with another layer of polyester. The masks also feature a filter pocket and come with a two-pack of carbon filter inserts for added protection.

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[Photo: courtesy Caraa]
Caraa Universal Kids Masks
If you’re looking for cute, solid color masks that will match everything your kid wears, Caraa’s masks are perfect. Each pack of masks comes in five assorted colors, whether you prefer pastels, warm colors, or cool colors. Each of the masks is washable, features an adjustable nose piece for a better fit, and has (very smart!) adjustable ear loops.

Official NBA Team Masks
If you’ve got a basketball-obsessed kid who is eagerly waiting for the season to resume, who not kit her out with her favorite team’s mask? The NBA store is selling packs of three polyester masks emblazoned with team logos for $25.

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