The Best Face Masks for Kids Now That the CDC Urges Everyone to Wear One

by Bethany Braun-Silva

The Best Face Masks for Kids Now That the CDC Urges Everyone to Wear One
Shop Story

We found the best face masks for kids!


While many families are sheltering in place at home to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, there are times when going outside is unavoidable, whether it’s for essential items or to get some fresh air with your kids. While it’s important to remain a safe distance of six feet from others, more recently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) also recommended that everyone wear a face mask when going outside, even children. 


Wearing a mask can be scary for some kids, especially those who don’t understand what’s going on. If your child is hesitant to wear a medical mask, the CDC says cloth covering works just as well. They even provide step-by-step instructions to make your own sewn or non-sewn face-covering using cotton fabric from items like a t-shirt or bandana.


Please note that the CDC does not recommend face masks or cloth coverings on children under the age of 2 and suggests cleaning your mask in the washing machine frequently. We know these times are challenging, and getting your kids to cover their faces outside, in the springtime no less, is no easy task. To make it a little easier for you, we rounded up some kid-friendly face masks, coverings and scarves you can shop online.


Here are our top 15 picks for the best face coverings and masks for kids including:

1 of 15 Image Credits: Etsy

Organic Cotton Face Masks for Children


This mask features adjustable ear loops so children can get a comfortable fit. The cotton fabric is breathable and safe for kids' skin, and the mask is also machine washable.

2 of 15 Image Credits: Etsy

Cotton Face Mask


If you suspect cute prints will be the selling point to getting your kids to wear a face mask, we suggest this one. You can choose from cute bunnies, fish or kiwis.

3 of 15 Image Credits: Target

Girls' Fleece Neck Warmer


This fleece scarf comes in basic black or white or hot pink. The fleece fabric is soft, but won’t slip down off your child’s face.

4 of 15 Image Credits: Zazzle

Zazzle Face Masks for Kids


Zazzle has hundreds of face masks for kids with prints and designs they will absolutely love. From ferocious dinosaurs to magical unicorns, these masks will make dealing with coronavirus a bit less scary. Kids can also customize the masks by uploading their own pictures and adding text.

5 of 15 Image Credits: Cubcoats

Cubcoats Face Masks


These adorable cotton face masks are made with two layers of fabric and feature elastic over-the-ear straps and a metal "nose" that can be adjusted to your child's face for a secure fit. The masks are reusable and washable and coordinating plush/sweatshirts can be purchased separately. They come in a pack of two of either Kali the Kitty & Bori the Bear in purple and pink or Pimm the Puppy & Tomo the Tiger in gray and orange.

6 of 15 Image Credits: The Sis Kiss

Color Me Face Mask


Kids can customize their very own face mask with this Color Me Face Mask by The Sis Kiss. The print includes a black and white "coloring-page" across the mask and kids can use fabric markers to color in the cheetahs, rainbows, hearts, lightning bolts and more. The mask also comes in color if your little one is not the DIY type.

7 of 15 Image Credits: Old Navy

Old Navy Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks for Kids


For just under $13 you can get a 5-pack of masks from one of your favorite retailers. The masks are made from three-ply cotton poplin and are machine-washable and reusable. The masks come in "surprise packs" so you aren't able to choose your design but since they are made from excess fabric from Old Navy's lineup of apparel, we know they will all be super cute!

8 of 15 Image Credits: Uncommon Goods

Children's Rainbow Face Coverings


These face masks were created by kids, for kids and are inspired by the rainbows that children are painting on windows to uplift their communities. The masks come in sets of two and in addition to the beautiful hand-painted rainbows, each mask contains a positive message like, “lift others up,” and “keep smiling.” The masks have elastic ear straps, are made with 100 percent cotton. They are also reusable and machine-washable.

9 of 15 Image Credits: Dick's Sporting Goods

Seirus Junior Microfleece Neck-Up


This fleece scarf comes in fun colors and prints and can be pulled up to cover your child’s mouth and nose when outside.

10 of 15 Image Credits: Visataprint

Vistaprint Kids' Masks


These reusable masks feature a replaceable filter system and are made with 100 percent cotton. The inner layer is also non-allergenic and a bendable nose bridge. The ear straps can be adjusted by length for a custom fit and the mask is machine-washable.

11 of 15 Image Credits: BuyBuyBaby

NYGB Fisherman Cable Infinity Scarf in Navy


This comfortable scarf is super soft and made from cotton and polyester. You can even get additional use out of it in the winter.

12 of 15 Image Credits: Onzie

Onzie Mindful Masks for Kids 2 pack


These quick-drying masks are breathable and comfortable for kids. They are made from multiple layers of fabric and elastic ear straps. They come in packs of two and fit snuggly to your child's face for a safe fit.

13 of 15 Image Credits: Athleta

Girls 5 Pack Non Medical Face Masks


These masks are made with three layers of breathable cotton and are machine-washable. They come in a variety pack of different prints and designs and feature elastic ear hoops.

14 of 15 Image Credits: Vida

Vida Masks


Two layers of 100 percent cotton were used to make this mask. The adjustable ear straps provide a secure fit and a bendable nose piece bends down for added protection. The masks also come with a removable filter that needs to be replaced every 7 days.

15 of 15 Image Credits: Sanctuary

Sanctuary Face Masks 5-pack


These masks are made for children ages 2-10 and are made with two layers of 100 percent cotton muslin. They include a replaceable filter and hand washing is recommended.