A lot of concerned parents want to make sure their children have the best shot at safety, so they are looking for quality, fun kid’s masks they don’t have to sew. Kid’s masks come in several varieties, and many are made in the USA.
No offense to the ones who love to sew, but some of us don’t have time or ability, or simply hate doing it.
There is a lot of debate about masks, we’re not going to delve into that at all. The fact is that many states are currently requiring mask use in public. Many states do have exemptions for younger kids, check with your local health department.
We’re concentrating on masks designed for children, ages 2 and up, and will break them up by ages as well as offering different styles to choose from, from neck gaiters to respirator style with a valve for easy breathing and keeping glasses clear.
What You Should Know About COVID-19 and Masks for Kids
The CDC and government have changed the recommendations on masks and now encourage everyone to use cloth face coverings. These recommendations include everyone ages two and up.
Disabled people unable to remove their own mask, or those with a condition which prevents wearing a cloth face covering should consider a face shield for kids, we’ve included one of those as well.
Though it is true the virus is too small to be stopped by a mask, the point of a mask is not to stop individual virus particles. It is to stop the droplets that exit the mouth and nose when speaking, talking, coughing and sneezing.
Those droplets contain the virus if you are infected, so masks can reduce the spread from an infected person. The healthy person is safer in a mask as well, as it stops whatever droplets are in the air.
Children are susceptible to the virus and can have some complications if they are infected. As a parent, I feel that anything that makes children safer is worth the time to teach them to use.
- Bike helmet? Check!
- Seat belt or car seat? Check!
- Mask when going into a public area, especially an enclosed one? Check!
How to Care For Masks
We went to John Hopkins for answers on how to care for your mask, and how many masks you should have per person. We have listed the highlights below, you can read their full article in the link above.
Face Mask FAQ
- You should have at least two masks per person, one in the wash and to wear.
- Masks should be worn any time you’ll be in an enclosed area like a doctors office or grocery store.
- Masks should be used with social distancing, stay 6 feet away from other people if at all possible.
How to take off a face mask
- Start with clean hands, either after washing or using hand sanitizer.
- Teach kids not to touch the mask, only the ear loops or ties
- Remove touching only the ear loops or ties (if tied, bottom first)
- Remove any filter and throw it away
- Place mask directly in the washer or a reusable or disposable laundry bag to be laundered before re-wearing
- Wash hands
If you don’t have a washer, hand washing for 20 seconds in hot soapy water will do the trick. Make sure that you aren’t using heavily perfumed detergent, as it can be overwhelming on your face.
Masks should be washed between each wearing. So, if you go out often, you may want 4-5 masks per person.
How We Chose Kid’s Masks
We looked for fun kid’s masks, so they actually want to wear them. Keeping different styles and sensory issues in mind, we also sought out a variety of styles and fasteners, so that everyone can find what they need.
As a final piece to the puzzle, all of these masks can be ordered and delivered to you, so that you do not have to go shopping for them. We’ve included links in this piece to each kid’s mask style we recommend.
We may get a small percentage back from your purchase, it does not affect the price to you. However, it does help us keep the lights on here, we appreciate your trust in our reviews.
Washable Reusable Kid Dust Cover
These fun kid’s masks by GEGCVN Kids are colorful, so they won’t show dust and dirt, but adorned with cute white decorations. Have a kitty lover? Get the kitty face!
From the word “Princess” to a “scary” face, these masks have a little ‘tude to make your kid feel cool while wearing them. As a “one size fits most” this mask is better for older kids and smaller adults too.
They even have a snarky mask with “if you can read this, you’re too close” printed on it.
Made in the USA, machine wash and tumble dry low, these are low maintenance masks suitable for many members of the family.
UV Protection Neck Gaiter
This style of kid’s face mask by meakeize has no pocket for a filter, but may work for kids that just can’t handle ties or ear loops. Worn around the neck, you simply pull them up over the face when in proximity to others or in an enclosed space.
Featuring 16 patterns, from a U.S. Flag to unicorns, camo and more, there is something for every kid’s tastes. A great fit for 4 to 12 years of age, they’re sold in pairs so you can mix and match or have two siblings wearing slightly contrasting patterns.
These are perfect for families with siblings, who are looking for a mask that a kid who can’t stand straps or loops will wear. Washable.
Inu Unicorn Kid’s Face Mask with Filter Pocket
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Talk about cute! This kid’s mask is pink and colorful, with a unicorn motif and filter pocket. Parents talking about this mask say it’s great for kids aged 4-11, at 6.3 by 4.3 inches. Rainbows, clouds, crowns and one proud unicorn.
Hand wash only, this mask needs a little more care. This item is made and ships from China.