Face masks for kids can be tricky – they all seems to be too big or too small! Here are some of our favorite kid-friendly face masks that include adjustable straps – which make a world of difference!
Masks are a part of our new normal, and that includes kids needing to wear masks in public places, too.
Masks fitting well are an important part of trying to limit the spread of viruses. It is important to find masks made for kids, plus, it is fun to find them a mask that they are excited to wear!
In the past, we have shared some great face mask patterns for kids for those who want to make their own masks. However, if sewing isn’t in your repertoire, we wanted to put together a guide to the best face masks for kids that you can buy.
I think it is important to have the right sized mask, but, additionally, I think it is important to have masks with adjustable straps. Some mask makers use adult and kids sizes, and some use small, medium, and large, and X-large as sizes.
Adjustable straps help as kids grow, fabrics shrink in the wash, or after wearing a mask for a long time. After I wore my face mask at the zoo for a few hours, recently, my ears and nose were very sore.
I felt that I needed to loosen my mask a little bit to avoid significant pain. As kids are asked to wear masks for long periods of time at school, church, or other places, they will likely find adjustable mask straps helpful.
We bought a package at Costco for $10 that came with three masks – all of which had adjustable straps. They are the best masks! But from what I understand, they are pretty hard to find. It’s a great buy, though, if you can find them!
Valves may not be helpful. I saw someone recently who was told while donating blood, that their mask with a one-way valve was not allowed.
They said that it helps the wearer, but it doesn’t allow for much filtering when breathing out.
It doesn’t provide much protection for the people around the person wearing the mask with the one-way valve.
That makes it more comfortable to wear, but only half as useful in a public safety sense – in my opinion. I am not a medical expert! This is just something to consider in my humble opinion.
Good face masks for kids have been hard to find, especially, ones they reflect their personality. Here are some sites where you can find adjustable face masks for kids. There are a lot of fun options!
Below you will find several different companies that have made masks more accessible and easy to buy. All of these include adjustable options, because we really think that’s important!
Hopefully this will help you find the right masks for your family.
They have a lot of unique styles. They have camo, tye-dye, ice cream cones, and donut patterns. Interestingly, they have customizable masks for a good price. Plus, they donate a mask for each mask that is ordered!
We recently ordered some customized masks for the whole family. My kids really enjoyed picking out some of their favorite cartoon characters to put on their mask. I picked some of the logos of my favorite sports teams, and created a pattern with them for my mask. It will be a unique design that no one else will have. I can guarantee it, haha!
I think my kids will feel more comfortable and willing to wear a mask at school, church, or other places if they are excited about how it looks. The custom Mask Market masks are flat (I imagine it is to aid in printing), but the fabric stretches to allow for a good fit. It is hard to know how long they might have to wear masks. It could be awhile.
Disney has created some masks that feature their iconic characters and images. Some of my favorite are the ones that look like Mickey’s, Pooh’s, and Stitch’s noses. They have Star Wars and princess themed designs as well.
The masks seem to have some pleats that you can use to adjust fit. Additionally, they provide a detailed measurement guide to figure out which of their four sizes would work best.
Get Away Today
We love Get Away Today for planning our Disney vacations – and now they are in the mask business, too! They have a lot of really fun and clever masks available on their website.
They are on the higher end of price ($14.99-19.99 for one mask), but they are made of good materials and are adjustable. Plus they are some of the funniest/most clever masks I’ve seen!
From what I understand of Etsy, Etsy includes more custom and homemade products, that vendors make in their homes. They could allow for an interesting and unique selection of products, styles, cuts, and shapes. It could be hit or miss. I’ve used Etsy before, and I’m glad it exists.
Amazon has an interesting variety of products. Since some products sell out and others are introduced, their stock seems to always be changing. If you are looking for disposable masks, then this might be the site to check out. Right now, I see some Levi masks that people seem to like.
I thought that this crayola set for kids looked fun!
Caraa looks to be a hand bag company that has decided to help make masks. They match each purchase with a donation. I’m not sure if that means they donate one mask per mask purchased.
Their masks are a variety of solid colors in different pallets. Interestingly, they sell little rubbery toggles by themselves that help make masks adjustable.
Mamask seems to have a more subdued and classic children’s style. They use a copper ion fabric filter (I’m not sure what that is). They seem to use a slightly different method to adjust the ear bands. The masks come with washable filters.
Jaanuu masks are made from the same material as their scrubs – that they’ve traditionally made. Their scrubs and masks are treated with an antimicrobial preservative, yet they claim that the fabric is still soft. It seems that this would be an extra safe mask for kids. It is hard to not touch your mask a lot, and then touch your eye or mouth. This could be a valuable design feature.
Vistaprint has some decent looking masks with filters. Their patterns include planets, dinosaurs, and smiley faces. Most of all, Vistaprint offers customizable masks. I haven’t used their service before, so I can’t speak to that as I can with Mask Market.
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Forrest lives in Colorado with the wonderful Katie Clark and their two sons. Forrest was raised in North Carolina, graduated from BYU with a degree in political science, and loves to dabble in lots different things. Plus, he is a big MLS fan.
Chelsea Johnson says
Thanks for the suggestions! We have yet to find a mask that fits my daughter well!