7 Best Reusable Face Masks for Kids
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We’re talking about the best reusable face masks for kids.
The CDC recommends that cloth face coverings be worn in public settings and around people from other households, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. This includes children ages two and up, making reusable face masks for kids one of the must-have back-to-school essentials of 2020.
We recently asked the members of our official Facebook deal group and our own Hip team members to recommend the face masks that they’ve found work well for their kids. It turns out there are a lot of good, affordable face masks out there that kids are actually willing to wear!
Keep reading for some of our community’s best reusable face mask recommendations for kids, and a few bonus tips for making #masklife a little easier on the whole family.
Old Navy Triple Layer Cloth Face Masks – 5/$12.50 or 10/$25
Old Navy sells reusable, non-medical-grade cloth face masks for both adults and children, and they’re a favorite among Hip readers and team members alike! They come in a fun assortment of colors, prints, and patterns and are sold in sets of 5 or 10.
Designed per the CDC’s recommendations for non-medical-grade masks, they’re made with 3-ply, woven, 100% cotton poplin.
Both of my 7-year-olds say that these masks are their favorite out of all the ones we’ve tried (and we’ve tried a LOT of masks). They’re comfy and breathable, and the ear loops are made from a soft, plush elastic that hasn’t bothered their ears at all.
I really appreciate how securely these masks seem to fit too. They don’t slip off my kids’ faces, so they’re not constantly reaching up to readjust them (which means less face-touching)! At just $2.50 each, they’re really affordable, so I plan to buy two more sets so that we always have clean masks ready to go! – Hip team member Jenna
Cubcoats Kids Face Masks – 2/$14.99
This 2-pack of reusable face masks is sized for kids ages 4 years and up. They are made of two fabric layers with an inner layer of 100% cotton for super-soft comfort.
These cloth masks are durable, reusable, and can be safely machine washed. They feature elastic ear-loops, a moldable metal nose-piece, and an integrated filter pocket.
I ordered these for my kids recently. We did travel for 2 days with them and they seemed to be good! The kids didn’t mind wearing them and I like that they have a nose clip and a filter pocket. – Hip team member Erica
Genovega Cooling Neck Gaiters – 2/$14.99
This neck gaiter is made from durable, functional fabric that is both breathable and absorbent. It comes with an integrated filter pocket to provide additional protection not offered by traditional neck gaiters.
In addition to acting as a face mask and protecting your face and neck from UV rays, this neck gaiter can actually help to keep you cool during hot weather too! Just wet it thoroughly, wring out the excess water, and snap three times to activate the cooling features of this unique fabric. 🙌
We ordered these since they are a cooling mask and my oldest has to wear one all day. They loved them so much that I just ordered another set! – Hip team member Ashley
My kids prefer the youth size neck gaiters. They stay on well and they just go back around their neck when they’re not using it so they won’t get lost. – Hip reader Melissa
Petunia Pickle Bottom 100% Cotton Face Masks – 4/$20 (kids), or $35 for the 8-pc. Family Pack
These highly-rated reusable face masks come in a mix-and-match pack of pretty Petunia patterns and coordinating solids. Buy a four-pack for your kiddos, or coordinate your entire squad with the eight-piece family pack!
When you buy a set of these 100% cotton face masks, Petunia Pickle Bottom will also donate a set to Baby2Baby, a nationwide organization that works to provide basic essentials to vulnerable families across the country.
We ordered the Petunia Pickle Bottom Family Pack when it was released and we absolutely love them. The straps go all the way around the back of the head instead of over the ears, so they’re easier on me and the kiddos. Plus, my daughters like to match the one they’re wearing to mine. If I have to order more, I’m grabbing more of these! – Hip team member Stacy
Jaanuu is a brand known for its signature scrubs, and these highly-rated face masks are made from the same soft fabric that has been treated with the Silvadur antimicrobial preservative technology used in hospital scrubs.
Just like the brand’s scrubs, these masks are washable and reusable and designed for durability. They’re also reinforced with a cotton lining and feature comfortable, adjustable ear loops.
Jaanuu’s kid-sized masks work great. My daughter is 12 and she has a small face. I wouldn’t go any older than that, though. I have a friend who uses these on her 3-year-old. I would say 2 to 10 is the best age on average. – Hip reader Adrianne
Safe+Mate x Case-Mate – Reusable Face Mask – $9.99 each or 3/$24.99
Safe+Mate reusable face masks are made from a super-soft 60% cotton/40% polyester blend so the mask can retain both its shape and color through multiple washings. Although these are sized for adults, the most common complaint among reviewers is that they run small. Many families are finding that they’re actually a great fit for kids!
These masks have a pocket for replaceable filter inserts (one filter is included with your purchase). The back-of-the-head elastic strap provides relief from tension around the ears, and it also holds the mask around your neck when not in use.
These are the only masks that my 10-year-old doesn’t complain about wearing. They’re really well-designed and shaped so that the edges fit securely against his face, but the material doesn’t actually touch his nose or mouth. He feels like these masks have more “breathing room” inside than the pleated masks or neck gaiters that we’ve tried. The back-of-the-neck elastic is an awesome feature too.
I noticed that some of the reviewers have complained that the mask is too small for adults, but the Adult S/M is a perfect fit for my 10-year-old, who is big for his age. He has been wearing these masks for baseball and soccer in very hot weather and tolerating them extremely well. I bought him one just to try it, and then went back for the three-pack when I saw how well the first one was working for him! – Hip team member Jenna
Cat & Jack Cloth Face Masks – 2/$4
This two-pack of cloth face masks from Target provides kids with comfortable coverage of the nose and mouth. Made with 100% cotton, these masks are both soft and washable. They secure with two ear loops so kids can safely put on and remove their own mask.
We love that each mask also has a filter pocket (filters sold separately) and a plastic nose wire for a secure, adjustable fit. Note that these masks are known to run large, so they may work better for older children.
Target kids’ masks are great and cheap!! They have the filter pockets and the kids say they are comfortable and at 2 masks for $4 you can’t beat the price. The only thing I am doing is adding something to the front so the kids know which side goes out… because the solid ones are the same inside and out. – Hip reader Sandy
We got these and they’re way too big for my 4.5 and 9-year-old (who has a big head). I find that a bandana has worked the best for my boys. They normally wear it around their neck when skateboarding or scooting around town, and before we go into the market or a store they can easily pull them up over their face. – Hip team member Sara
Hip tips to make mask-wearing easier for your kids:
- If you’ll be sending your child back to school in a mask this fall, have them practice wearing them for long stretches of time at home so they can get used to the feeling. Show them the proper way to put on and remove a mask, and have them practice doing it independently
- If your child is bothered by the feeling of wearing ear loops all day long, try alternating days with a gaiter-style mask or using one of these ear-savers to take the pressure off their ears.
- If your child’s mask doesn’t have over-the-head or behind-the-neck elastic straps, consider attaching it to a lanyard. This way they don’t need to set their mask down and risk losing it or getting it dirty while they’re taking a “mask break” or eating lunch.
- Consider packing an extra mask or two in your child’s backpack, as masks should be changed when they become wet or soiled. Of course, you can buy cases made just for masks these days, but a simple Ziploc bag or paper bag will work too. Just make sure that your child knows to keep their dirty masks separate from their clean ones.
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