Even if you’re practicing safe social distancing and doing your part to self quarantine, you might still feel the need to have a mask for your child. You may want your kiddo to wear one on your daily walks through the neighborhood (to keep them safe from that neighbor who forgets to maintain six feet of space between the two of you). Or you might have to make a run to the pharmacy, and there’s absolutely no other option than to take your child along with you. So you’ll need to know where to buy kids' face masks that are made from cloth and aren’t, you know, scary looking.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that people wear cloth facial masks when they’re outside, particularly in areas where it might be difficult to maintain social distancing (read: the TP aisle at the grocery store). But before you begin purchasing masks for every character in your casa, note that the CDC also states that toddlers under the age of two shouldn’t wear a mask. "Babies have smaller airways by nature, and masks make inhaling and exhaling more difficult. You might never know that your infant is struggling to breath because she doesn’t have the ability to tell you," Parents magazine explained. "Babies also aren’t strong enough to adjust or remove the masks themselves, which could lead to suffocation."
Of course, you could always craft your own mask. There are tons of DIY tutorials available now online (even the CDC has its own instructions). But if you’re unsure of how to do it, (or you have so-so sewing skills), look to these places to buy your kids’ face masks — and keep them safe.
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