There’s no doubt that wearing face masks has taken a lot of getting used to. And if it’s felt odd for you, as an adult, just try and imagine how kids (especially young kids) feel about it–especially now as they’re heading back to school. If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve had some pushback from your toddler when it was time to put on a face mask, and honestly, we don’t blame them. The solution: cute toddler face masks that are comfy enough for smaller faces. After all, by making mask-wearing more comfortable and fun for your little ones, they just might feel like they’re a superhero gearing up to help save the world. And what kid doesn’t want to feel empowered like that?
Plenty of creative toddler masks have popped up to make the experience less scary, so you won’t feel the need to bribe your tot to put one on (and keep it on) while they’re out. According to the CDC, kids under 2 should not wear face masks, but everyone older who can safely put one on and take it off on their own should be masking up while indoors at school. While there are plenty of kids face masks to choose from, it can be tricky to find one that fits toddlers since they’re in that in-between phase. Luckily, many kids masks have adjustable straps and contoured nose wires — or you can easily tie a knot in the straps to make them stay in place.
And if your toddler is going to a daycare or having socially distant playdates, stocking up on the best toddler face masks is even more important. Since it’s the coolest — and kindest — accessory in 2021 (still, sigh), there’s no such thing as having too many clean ones on hand. Once you tell them how they’re protecting their friends by wearing a mask in their favorite colors or with their favorite cartoon character on the front, they just might never take it off.
We’ve rounded up the best toddler face masks that even the fussiest kiddos will be excited to put on. From Paw Patrol masks to customizable disposables that are celeb-approved and Old Navy, shopping for face masks has never been easier or more fun. And while you’re at it, make sure to snag some of these cute kids lanyards and chains so their mask is always within reach.
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