Let’s say it again: Wearing masks in public has actually been shown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It’s time to face the facts: These accessories are our new normal — yes, that goes for our kids, too (age two and up, at least). The suggestion to wear them came so quickly that it’s been pretty difficult for many of us to find the right non-medical-grade kids’ face masks. Luckily, some retailers responded at record speeds, and we’ve found the cutest and most comfortable kids’ masks you can actually buy right now.
Choosing the right masks for children is important — possibly more important than choosing one for yourself, because as adults, most of us can intellectually understand why we’re doing it. Our kids, on the other hand, might not fully grasp the concept of public health (kinda like certain politicians?). So we need their masks to be comfortable, fit right without having to be adjusted (because face-touching), and also have really fun, appealing designs — if only in hopes of motivating them to wear them.
And just a reminder, the official word is that you should not be trying to find medical-grade N95 masks for kids to wear. The recommendation is to wear disposable or reusable cloth masks that will keep you and your children from inadvertently spraying the virus on others, not masks that can protect you from others’ spray.
While we’re still indefinitely stuck at home, we’d also like to mention that shopping for masks for ourselves and our kids is oddly fun. There doesn’t always seem to be much of a point to buying new clothing these days, so we’re excited to have an excuse to purchase anything new. Thanks to all these clothing designers and retailers for giving us attractive, playful mask options that we hope will mean we can one day rejoin a world similar to the one we once knew.
A version of this article was originally published on May 6, 2020.
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