As important as they are right now, face masks aren't exactly the coziest accessory. They're difficult for adults to wear, so if you expect your little one to wear theirs for longer than a few minutes, you'll want the most comfortable face masks for kids you can find. The easier it is for them to wear a mask, the less you have to worry about a public meltdown over how uncomfortable they are.
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommends kids 2 years old and up wear a face mask. Trying to get a toddler to wear a face covering is a big ask, but the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) assures parents it can be done. It might be easier to explain the situation to school-age kids, but as any parent of a strong-willed child knows, just because they understand a situation doesn't guarantee they will follow the rules without a fight.
You're going to have a much easier time convincing your child to wear their mask if it is comfortable. The fabric should be breathable, the ear loops need to be tight enough to keep it up but not so tight that they hurt, and the mask should be sized correctly so it doesn't feel suffocating but is still effective. Finding the perfect mask for your child may take a little trial and error, but here are a few to help you get started.
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