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15 Face Masks For Kids That Are Cute, Comfortable, & Get The Job Done

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It’s hard to believe that masks have been a part of life for over a year now. Chances are your kid has either outgrown or lost (or some combination of both) many of the face coverings they wore at the onset of the pandemic, so if you're looking for some new face masks for kids, you'll find them on this list.

The CDC continues to recommend that children ages 2 and up wear face masks in public (in addition to avoiding close contact and washing hands). The good news is that after Pfizer found 100% efficacy and a strong antibody response in a phase 3 trial of kids ages 12-15, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in kids 12 and up. But even with vaccinations, it’s still likely that we’ll be wearing masks for the long-haul as Dr. Fauci recently told CNN it’s possible that masks will be recommended through 2022 (though mercifully he also added that there will be a “a significant degree of normality" by then).

A mask should have at least two layers of fabric or paper, which you’ll know it does if you can pull the two sides apart. If you're not sure if your kids' mask is effective enough, you can try the candle test as suggested by NPR (assuming they're old enough). All you need to do is light a candle and have your child wear their mask and try to blow it out; they should not be able to. Read on for the best comfy but protective masks for kids at a range of price points.

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A 3-Pack of Solid Masks

This trio of kids’ masks from Primary is so affordable, especially because they come with filters. Made of 100% cotton these are soft and light, and they’re adjustable and can be worn either around the ears or around the heads, which some kids find more comfortable.

A Dinosaur Mask

Getting your kid to wear a mask doesn’t have to be a struggle when it has a fun print like these dinosaurs. They were tested to have over 99.9% filtration against viruses, bacteria, smoke, and other pollutants, plus their trademarked “parrot beak” design means more room between the nose and fabric for easy breathing.

A Mask with Cooling Technology

Perfect for hot, summer days, the H_llo Friend mask is lined with 100% recycled polyester knit with coolmax technology so your kids’ face stays cool. These have filter pockets, tons of cool colors to choose from, and the XS is designed to fit older kids.

A Kid’s Face Mask in Fun Prints

If your kid loves a fun print, Scout & Indiana masks are your new go-to. They come in tons of fun patterns like pretzels, lightning bolts, mermaids, or construction vehicles and it’s made using two layers of 100% quality cotton.

A Eco-Friendly Fabric Mask

Made of soft and eco-friendly modal cotton (which also happens to be antibacterial), this double-layer mask is stretchy and comfortable. The mask is available in a wide-range of kid-friendly colors and this price listed above is for one mask (though they also come in sets of up to 125).

A Pack Of Five Kids Masks

Made of three-ply cotton, these masks are soft, light, and adjustable thanks to the pleats and the earstrap bead. These come in tons of cute patterns and prints, too.

A Personalized Mask

If your child has ever mixed up their mask with a friend's (the horror) then it may be time to get them a personalized mask. This one from Little Navy comes in a lot of cute prints, and you can also get a set of five masks that come in a customized pouch. Now if they drop it on the playground, it may not be gone forever.

A Three Pack Of Printed Masks

From maker of natural household staples, Grove Co., comes this set of three masks for kids. These are designed for kids ages 7-12 and are made of organic cotton.

A Set Of Pixar masks

Your kid may not be able to watch their favorite movie on-the-go, but they can wear it thanks to these masks from Disney. Representing popular Pixar movies (Up, Coco, and two from Toy Story), the four-pack is made of a light and breathable fabric (just note that the ear straps are not adjustable).

Masks With A Message

The masks deliver a message, plus you can feel good supporting the brand as Athleta is donating masks to healthcare organizations, per their website. These five-packs come in assorted colors plus an all-black pack for the kid who likes to keep it simple.

A Superhero Kids Mask

Handmade from 100% pre-shrunk cotton, these masks will make kids feel like superheroes. And for each mask purchased, the Etsy seller will donate another one to a healthcare facility or essential employee.

A Silver Mask

From the handcrafted, sustainable brand Minibrook, this silver mask is comfy and your kid won’t complain about it falling off all the time.

A Super Protective Mask

The “Better Mask” from Inex is made with three layers of protection, embedded nanofilter technology, and antimicrobial treatment.

Toggle Masks

Made of 95% cotton and with two layers of fabric, these masks have toggles to make getting the right fit easier and they’re machine-washable, too.

Disposable Masks

No washing required with a disposable mask, just wear, toss, and grab a new one. Can’t beat that convenience (or protection).

If you think you’re showing symptoms of coronavirus, which include fever, shortness of breath, and cough, call your doctor before going to get tested. If you’re anxious about the virus’s spread in your community, visit the CDC for up-to-date information and resources, or seek out mental health support. You can find all of Romper’s parents + coronavirus coverage here.