You’ve probably stocked up on plenty of kids face masks by now, but there’s a new version popping up that we need to talk about: Clear face masks for kids. Also known as communication masks, lip-reading masks, or window masks, these face masks are particularly helpful for deaf and hard-of-hearing people who rely on reading lips to communicate, according to the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center.
Wearing a face mask is absolutely necessary right now to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but traditional face masks that hide your mouth eliminate the only communication tool some people are able to use. And even if your child doesn’t read lips to communicate, wearing a clear window mask can help out their peers who may be hard of hearing. So, just like wearing a mask isn’t just about you, neither is wearing a clear face mask. It’s the nice thing to do, especially if your child’s going back to school.
You may or may not know if your kids are going back to the IRL classroom this year, but if the answer is yes, it’s not a bad idea to add some clear communication masks to your shopping list. At first they might seem strange (just like face masks were), but these accessible masks can make this unprecedented situation as normal and easy as possible for those that need to read lips. These masks also make it easier to identify people, so they might make kids feel less anxious.
We don’t know about you, but buying face masks and face shields has actually become pretty fun, thanks to all of our favorite brands launching super cute styles that make wearing them a fashionable accessory. Clear communication masks are no exception when it comes to adorable options kids will love, so getting your children to mask up won’t have to be a chore. From Disney princesses and polka dots to animal prints, they’ll be able to have fun picking out this brand new back-to-school accessory. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best clear face masks for kids to shop right now.
Our mission at SheKnows is to empower and inspire women, and we only feature products we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that if you purchase something by clicking on a link within this story, we may receive a small commission of the sale.
This double-duty mask solves two common mask problems in one. This shield comes with a transparent mouth that not only helps those who are hard of hearing or deaf continue to communicate by reading lips, but it also makes wearing a mask less frightening since they’re able to see their friends smile and laugh. It comes in a variety of colors from pink to blue.
For the Zoo Lover
This mask is so cute, we almost want to get one for ourselves if it came in our size. Adorned with friendly pandas, cows, and bunny rabbits, this kids clear face mask is something they’ll actually want to wear. You can also shop it in the car design for kids who play with their toy cars all day or the space-themed mask for your little astronaut. Fun fact: The Etsy seller is from the Ukraine.
If your little one absolutely refuses to wear a cloth face mask, then here’s your backup option. While a cloth face mask is preferred, it’s better to have them wear something rather nothing. The elastic band is lined with cushiony sponge material for a comfortable fit so they don’t have an excuse to take it off. Oh, and how cute is that little racoon face?
Your mini fashionista will love mixing up their look with these stylish communication masks. Let’s face it: Summer this year has been a complete bummer, but this cheery, floral face mask should at least get a smile out of them. And with the transparent mouth opening on this mask, you can actually see them do just that!
If we dubbed any store Mask Wonderland, this Etsy shop would get that winning title. You can choose from a whopping 71 fabric (we’re not even joking) options so you can shop for face masks to your heart’s content. Lucky for you, this seller also offers adult masks, so you can get a matching set for the entire family. If you don’t see what you need, message the seller and they’ll most likely make it happen for you.
Bring your child’s favorite Disney princess or cartoon character to life with one of these themed clear face masks that will certainly be the talk of the classroom. Choose from a flannel (thicker and better for winter) or muslin (thinner) backing so you can get the most comfortable mask for each season. You can select ties or elastics and these also come in adult sizes for a cute mommy-and-me mask moment. Who would’ve thought those words would come out of our mouth?
They’ll be on Cloud 9 when they have this whimsical cloud face mask on. The clear smile panel will let them show their friendly smile to their friends, and the elastic loops secure onto ears so the mask doesn’t fall down. The nose wire ensures that it stays snug around their nose for maximum protection. This mask is available in adult sizes too, and you can shop for plenty of other styles you’ll want — how about the “Tiger King?”
If you wear glasses, you know firsthand how annoying it is when your specks fog up. That same issue can happen with clear face masks since the transparent portion is in a high-moisture area, but this kids face mask will stay in the clear. It’s available in three basic colors for your easy-to-please kiddo and has an adjustable design.
The most cheerful part about transparent masks is that your kiddos can see people smile. These fabric window masks by Baby Jack will also put a grin on their own face thanks to the whimsical designs.
Prepsters will love these fun face masks that will match their equally classic style. This communication mask comes in a variety of colors, so they can even get one for every day of the week so there’s always a clean one on hand. And at this affordable price, it’s a steal to snag a handful.
Leave a Comment