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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.

two kids lying on grass wearing face masks

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.

hand holding two packs of Old Navy face masks

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

2 kids wearing animal face masks at the airport

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

boys wearing gaiters over their faces

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

child wearing protective face mask

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.

2 sets of face masks in adult sizes

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

2 boys wearing blue face masks

Jaanuu Reusable Antimicrobial Kids’ Face Masks – 5/$25

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

boy wearing baseball hat and gray facemask

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.

boy wearing gray face mask

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

girl wearing pink mask with rainbows

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.

little girl holding face masks

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

boys hiding behind tree wearing gaiter masks

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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  1. A

    What about for kids with glasses? My son has glasses and I am worried he will fog them up. Does anyone have a favorite mask that works great with glasses?

    • Daphneg

      Wash his glasses with shaving cream. It stops fogging. They do make antifog sprays too.

      • Melissa Ann

        Does it matter the type of shaving cream? Gel? Foam?

        • Cmom

          We own an optometry office. Avoid the shaving cream as they don’t know how it will react with different coatings on the lenses. We suggest cat crap anti dog spray. Best one on the market.

          • Christina

            I had to google this because this cracked me up. I’m assuming you mean anti-fog spray, but what you typed was highly entertaining! Side note, why would someone name an anti-fog spray Cat Crap? 😂

    • johnsbr

      Mine and our daughter’s too.. haven’t found the “magical mask” yet but having a nose piece helps (my mother in law made a few and actually used twist ties instead of a metal piece) but the biggest thing that helps is making sure our glasses sit over the edge of the mask/mask is just under the glasses. However, if you stumble across a good one, let me know 🙌🏼😂

      • KellZoll

        The plastic strips on coffee bags work really well. Ours are on bags of Peet’s coffee.
        They are very comfortable too.

    • jen13289

      Actually, if you can find it some places sell eyeglasses cleaner that is antifog, or use shaving cream, that will keep his glasses from fogging up 💕💕

      • Nmd323

        I saw a hack that medical professionals use to avoid this. They put a small strip of medical tape over the nose bridge. I haven’t tried it, but you may give it a shot and see if it helps!

    • Mrswheels

      Following this because both of my kiddos wears glasses.

      • Mrswheels


    • Jen

      We got the old
      Navy adult masks for our 10 year old and I added a metal piece in the seam for the nose and used the metal closure on a coffee bag. I also added a metal loop clip that holds both ear loops behind her head so that it is tighter and doesn’t bother her ears. Now she can wear it with her glasses and they don’t fog up.

    • Vicki

      Shaving cream I heard can hurt the lense. Someone had mentioned wash glass lense with blue dawn. I wear glasses and a mask and like others I work with have found that turning the mask upside down and having the bottom of the masks straight edge high on your face helps a great deal!

    • BECKY

      Volcom brand (a boutique by me sells them, but I think you can find online as well) work well with glasses and come in kids sizes too. They have a moldable nose piece.

    • Ann

      Gap makes them with a thin wire in it. This is good for kids that wear glasses

    • Cratesswim

      My son has glasses and we got the kids mask from vista print – it is pricey at $13 but well worth it. They are great masks – made so well – and he’s never had a problem with it fogging his glasses as there is a very good metal nose piece that is easy to pinch and stay pinched. The ears are also adjustable too.

    • Jen

      My son uses an anti fog spray for his hockey bubble mask. Works well.

    • rebeccaday

      I wear glasses too and the fogging drove me crazy. I finally found a couple of helpful videos on YouTube. One idea said to use double sided tape and stick it on the upper edge of your mask that is nearest to your glasses and then stick the mask down to your face. But that may not work for oily skin.
      The idea I use most often is to take a Kleenex tissue and fold it so that it’s one long strip about an inch wide. Since the tissue is longer than my mask I either fold the edges or tear them off. And then I put on my mask so that the tissue is under the top edge of my mask. The tissue absorbs most of the moisture from your breath so that it doesn’t fog your glasses. If you have trouble keeping it in place maybe try that double sided tape to adhere the tissue to your mask!

  2. jen13289

    Amazon has tons of antifog cleaners for glasses that fog up, also if you wash the eyeglasses with shaving cream, that will prevent them from fogging up💕💕

  3. ML

    Anyone have reviews on the ones from Carter’s?

    • Chris

      I bought my daughter one from Carter’s and so far that is my favorite. She is 8 and it fits her perfect. The Target ones were too big as well as the one I bought from someone local.

  4. Jackie

    Love this article now I vote for another one like this but for adults masks!!!! We personally like the Target ones for my kids

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the suggestion, Jackie! I’ll pass that along to the team! You can also see more face masks here.

  5. Sla1981

    The neck gaitors say 2/14 I see $14 each

  6. Sla1981

    Never mind. Its a 2 pack 🙂

  7. Ncy

    Cubcoats kids face mask really sucked. The part that does on top of the nose just went straight up instead of “molding” to the kids nose. I really hated them and bought the ones at Target the worked great and they were cheaper.

  8. Sara

    Mine love the Adidas masks.

    • obler

      My son and husband both like the Adidas masks. My son wears his upside down for a better fit. He doesn’t seem to move his jaw around messing with it.

  9. Amber Lytle

    The new printed style cat & jack from Target now have nose pieces to adjust the fit in them.

  10. brooker-freeze

    I am a school teacher and I have three kids in school so we’ve been trying lots of different masks. My favorite have been the Old Navy ones.

  11. Leslie Cross

    Get 30% off SafeMate order plus free shipping using code SAFEMATE30 at checkout. Coupon code is good on their website. Not sure if it will work on Amazon link? I ordered one 3pack of small/medium and one 3pack large/xlarge. Coupon code took off $15. Total cost $35 for two 3packs. If you shop their website through couponcabin you can earn an extra 10% cash back on your purchase.

  12. Meagan

    What are people using as filter inserts for the Cat and Jack masks? I clicked on the link within the post, but those look like they may be too big and don’t look like they can be cut? Thanks for any advice!

  13. Robyn

    My daughter wears the one from target she loves them

  14. Stupondo

    Crayola has kids masks too with some fun prints in kids and adult sizes

  15. Kerri

    I just got my 3 year old a mask from carters after trying from other places and then being too big. Carters seems to work well!

  16. Lpmousse

    The Target ones were too big for my 4&6 year olds. They slip down their noses. The metal nose bridge piece wasn’t helpful at all.

    • KellZoll

      If there is an opening, switch out the bridge for a folded over pipe cleaner (twist the ends over so no sharp edge).

  17. Lpmousse

    Val’s creations on Etsy made some very small ones (youth size)for my son (4). They work perfectly. I got in touch with her about Thomas trains on the masks, and she fully customized them for me. Now we’ve decided to not send him to preschool, but I’m glad to have a few extra masks around.

  18. Melissa Murphy Bradshaw

    our favorites are by Hanna Anderson

  19. Catherine Gatton

    I ordered face masks from old navy and returned them. The description said they were 3 layer cloth but the ones that i received were only 1 layer fabric. I didn’t consider them to be safe at only 1 layer for my grand kids so I returned them and cancelled another order that I had placed but hadn’t received yet.

  20. jennifer

    Difficult to get the Target ones; they’re not available for pu OR delivery, & I’m **rarely** going in to stores!!

    • Meagan

      Hi Jennifer. I had trouble finding the Target masks available for delivery at first. I checked the box to “Notify me when it’s back in stock” and was able to get several sets. Strangely, upon receipt of notifications, they were already showing as out of stock on the app, but I could get them through the website. Now, if I could just figure out what to use as a filter. Good luck!

      • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

        Megan, we really appreciate you helping out fellow readers! This is awesome!

  21. JZ

    Don’t forget about Kickee Pants face masks. They have them for children and adults as well.

  22. Jennifer

    Th kids and I like the ones from Vista Print a lot. Adjustable ear loops for kids. Comfy and you can use a filter it you want. Cute designs. They just came out with an option to upload custom photo / design, too.

    • devonmcdonnell

      We’re loving our Vistaprint masks too. Very comfortable and once you fit the ear loops properly for you face it never needs adjusting.

  23. Melissa

    Thank you for all your comments! I also have been having trouble wearing masks with glasses fogging up in the family. Definitely the nose piece helps, but shaving cream is not the greatest option for expensive bifocal lenses. I’ll definitely check out Amazon & try Old Navy brand too… A hybrid is probably the best model of learning of what we’re looking at here in New England with majority of online learning & no more snow days, But masks have been mandatory here since March & although I’ve made many & donated many more, they are not medical grade & it does get hot wearing them for extended periods of time. It’s almost impossible to find elastic now too. Some of the masks we donated even used rubber bands. But I’m really worried how my daughter is going to make it through a school day without her glasses fogging up – she needs to be able to read!

    • Ms

      Have you tried Starks face mask? They are more expensive $12.95 each (buy 4 get 1 free) but has a nose guard to prevent fogging on glasses and has adjustable ear loops.

  24. Court!

    Does anyone have a recommendation for kids neck gaiters similar to the ones here but made in USA? Thanks! 🙂

  25. mthorpe6515

    Any recommendations on masks for a tiny 2 year old? Every kid mask I have tried is too big for her..

    • Ms

      Maybe Disney face mask size small? If only the ear loops are too long, you can either tie a loop or use pony beads to make them tighter.

  26. Suzanne

    We bought a lot of them from Carter’s. We love them because the elastic that goes behind the ears is super soft and it doesn’t bother them. The masks from target are way too big on my kids.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the review, Suzanne! Good to know what has been working best for your family!

  27. Renee

    Hip2save team is would be great if you would do adult face mask post. I have a smaller face, but not to small and finding a fit has been awful and a waist of money. Any recommendations of good quality mask that stay in place would be great. Thank you for all of your post!

  28. mackyjane

    This lady I follow on Instagram showed using a pacifier clip attached to the mask and the collar of her shirt as being a great way to not lose your mask. This may be a good idea for kiddos who have to wear them at school.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, mackyjane!

  29. obler

    I just ordered a pack of 100 aluminum adhesive nose strips from Amazon. They have good reviews to keep the mask secure on the nose and possibly from fogging up glasses. They’re even supposed to last in the wash, yet to be determined here. Lots of options!! Thanks H2S and loyal readers.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are welcome! Thanks for the tip on the nose strips, obler!

  30. Nickelle Stoll

    We have had luck with tying a small loop in the end of the ear loops. It helps the straps tighten the mask on their face. Also amazon has small clips you can add to the loops to tighten them.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for the helpful tip! Good to know!

  31. Catherine

    It would be great if y’all found some small businesses to support at times. There are many struggling and masks are a perfect example of something where you can find many smaller businesses to support. Perhaps urge people to shop local. Talk about deals they are offering. 🥰

    No promotional emails please. Thank you.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks a bunch for your suggestion, Catherine! I have passed this along to the team!

  32. Cassie

    Is this 2 layers of fabric when pulled up over the face?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Cassie! Which mask are you looking at?

  33. Ginger

    Any recs for gaiters that are actually cotton and 3 layers? The only thing I can find is to add a filter and they are all made of polyester (for stretch).

  34. KellZoll

    When looking at You Tube videos, one person bobby pinned the elastic ear loops into her hair to keep the elastic from bothering her ears. Barrettes would probably work for younger kids. You can also sew two buttons on a stretchy headband and loop the elastic over that.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh cool! Thanks for the helpful tip! Good to know about those options too!

  35. Tracy

    FYI – in a recent study, the neck gaiters actually increased the rate of transmission by breaking larger particles into smaller particles 😬

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