The Best Kids’ Face Masks to Protect Against Omicron and Other Variants
by Sabrina Rojas Weiss and Bethany Braun-Silva
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Masks are still one of our best tools to fight the spread of COVID-19 and keep our kids safe.
With Delta, Omicron, and whatever other letters of the COVID-19 Greek alphabet are coming next, it looks like we’ll be shopping for kids’ face masks for many months ahead. And since the new variants are reported to be more contagious than O.G. coronavirus, many parents are making the switch from cloth masks to extra protective three-, four-, and five-layer non-woven disposable masks, including KN95s for kids.
By now, your kids have probably gotten used to wearing their own face coverings and seeing them on everyone around them. But that doesn’t mean they’ll settle for any old face mask. This can be an opportunity for them to accessorize with fun prints and their favorite colors. And since we’ve been at this for a while, mask makers have figured out how to make their products fit comfortably, snugly, and effectively on kids’ faces. There are also a bunch of face mask accessories, like lanyards, that can make wearing face coverings more fun (and sanitary) for your younger family members.
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 is no easy task. To make it a little easier for you, we rounded up some of the most kid-friendly face masks and coverings you can shop online.
Parenting‘s 10 Favorite Face Masks for Kids and Toddlers
- Dr. Puri New Micro-Dust Protection KF94 Mask for Kids, amazon.com
- Evolvetogether KN95 Kids’ Masks, evolvetogether.com
- Maskc KN95 Kids’ Masks, shopmaskc.com
- WellBefore KN95 Kids’ Masks, wellbefore.com
- Vida Kids’ KF94 Masks, shopvida.com
- Powecom KN95-SM for Children, bonafidemasks.com
- Armbrust USA Child-Size Surgical Face Masks, armbrustusa.com
- Enro Solid Tech Face Mask, enro.com
- Maskc Kids Dinosaur Disposable Face Masks, shopmaskc.com
- Vida 100% Cotton Kids Protective Mask, shopvida.com
A lot of these have built-in features to make the face masks fit small faces better and more comfortably, like nose wires and ear loop adjusters, making them even more appealing for our tiny peers.
You can also shop the best kids disposable face masks for affordable bundles starting at just 30 cents per mask.
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Evolvetogether KN95 Kids' Masks (5-pack)
This brand popular with celebrities like Jennifer Garner now makes a KN95 for kids. It has a flat design and four layers: two meltblown layers that together provide a filtration level of 95 percent or more, according to the brand, surrounded by a water-resistant outer layer and a moisture-wicking inner layer. They're available in six colors and come in packs of five, each with its own travel pouch.
Maskc KN95 Kids' Masks (10-pack)
These KN95 masks have five layers: a nonwoven exterior, two filtration layers made from something called polyolefin fiber, a cotton filtration layer, and a soft interior. They come in packs of 10 and are available in some kid-pleasing colors like magenta, navy, and rose quartz.
Dr. Puri New Micro-Dust Protection KF94 Mask for Kids (20-pack)
This KF94 mask has been protecting my own 8-year-old since the fall of 2021. The four layers provide reliable filtration, while the fit is comfortable enough for a kid to wear all day at school—and the straps haven't broken once!
WellBefore KN95 Kids' Masks
Reputable PPE supplier WellBefore sells these individually wrapped four-layer KN95 masks in sizes extra small (for ages 2-4), small (age 5-8), and regular (age 9-12). They're available in three different colors, each with adjustable ear loops, and they also come in the flat KF94 form as well.
Powecom KN95-SM for Children (10-pack)
Bona Fide mask, another supplier of certified N95 masks, sells these certified KN95 masks that are small enough for children and made from non-woven polypropelene, meltblown fabric, and cotton. They ship quite quickly and are cheaper if you buy in larger quantities.
Vida Kids' KF94 Masks (10-pack)
These KF94 masks are manufactured and certified in Korea, so we can be assured they're not counterfeits (a problem that's common with KN95 masks from China). The child-sized masks are available in four colors, and best of all, if you save the envelope they arrive in, you can mail back used masks to Vida for recycling (with postage prepaid!).
Maskc Kids’ Dinosaur Face Masks 10-Pack
This disposable mask brand has tons of different prints available for kids, but we love the idea that wearing a mask makes kids superheroes for the public good. The three-layer masks filter out particles with their melt-blown fabric center layer, the non-woven fabric outer layer, and the soft, breathable inner layer. They also have an adjustable aluminum nose clip and soft ear loops.
Armbrust USA Child-Size Surgical Face Masks (50-pack)
This Texas-based company was formed during the pandemic to manufacture PPE in the U.S. Its surgical masks for children are made with high-filtration polypropylene material to block 99 percent of particles, according to the brand.
Andy & Evan Youth Coloring Face Masks (4-pack)
Each of these triple-layer reusable cotton masks have a filter pocket for better protection, but what kids will love more is that they come in black-and-white patterns with a pack of markers for maximum customization.
Rafi Nova Patterned Kids Smile Mask With Ear Loops
Kids who need to communicate with others with hearing loss—as well as those who just really want to smile at others—will appreciate the clear BPA-free plastic panel on these masks that lets everyone see the wearer's mouth. We also like that the cloth around those panels is available in some very attractive prints. They have adjustable ear loops and a bendable nose bridge.
Primary Rainbow Masks and Filters (3-pack)
We can’t get enough of Primary’s rainbow print. Each set of these soft, 100 percent cotton masks comes with reusable anti-microbial filters. The around-the-head straps will give kids’ ears a break, too.
Evolvetogether NYC Kids Mask (30 Pack)
The coordinates under the logo of this disposable mask will lead you straight to NYC. These white masks also come with decal stickers, so kids can custom-decorate the thing that will be covering their face all day. Underneath that decor is a three-ply mask with upwards of 98 percent filtration, per the brand.
Baggu Fabric Mask Set (3 Pack)
Of course the maker of a favorite reusable grocery bag is also great at making reusable face masks. These are made with 100 percent organic quilter’s cotton, which has a tight weave and thick thread for maximum droplet blockage. The ear loops and nose wire are adjustable.
Enro Solid Tech Face Mask
With lightweight fabric, adjustable ear loops, and plenty of space in front of the mouth and nose, this is reportedly a very comfortable mask for kids. It also features a very effective, removable PM0.1 filter that can be machine-washed along with the mask. This mask comes in a variety of colors, prints, and sizes for kids and adults. They sell out fast, but if one color isn’t available in the size you want, keep on clicking.
Zazzle Face Masks for Kids
Zazzle has thousands of face masks for kids with prints and designs they will absolutely love. From ferocious dinosaurs and toothy sharks to magical unicorns and whimsical tie-dye, these cool masks will make dealing with coronavirus a bit less scary. Kids can also customize some of the masks by uploading their own pictures and adding their names.
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 wire that can be adjusted to your child's face for a secure fit. The masks are reusable and washable, with coordinating sweatshirts sold separately. You can choose between two packs of two, with either Kali the Kitty and Bori the Bear in purple and pink or Pimm the Puppy and Tomo the Tiger in gray and orange.
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 fill in the cheetahs, rainbows, hearts, lightning bolts, and more. The kids' mask also comes already in color if your little one isn't the DIY type.
Old Navy Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks for Kids
For just under $13, you can get a five-pack of kids face masks from one of your favorite retailers: Old Navy. The reusable masks are made from three-ply cotton poplin and are machine-washable. You can pick between several three- and five-packs featuring different designs. These are made from excess fabric from Old Navy's apparel, so we know they'll be super cute!
Children's Rainbow Face Coverings, Set of 2
These face masks were created by kids, for kids, and are inspired by the rainbows children have been painting on windows to uplift their communities. The masks come in sets of two and, in addition to the beautiful hand-painted rainbows, each contains a positive message like “lift others up” and “keep smiling.” The kids masks have elastic ear straps, are made of 100 percent cotton and are also reusable and machine-washable.
Vistaprint Kids' Masks
These reusable kids masks feature a replaceable filter system and cotton inner layer with a bendable nose bridge to ensure a snug fit, even on small faces. The ear straps can be adjusted for max comfort as well, and the mask is machine-washable for easy care. Vistaprint recently rolled out the option to design your own mask, so you can get totally creative, too.
Athleta Girls 5-Pack Non Medical Face Masks
These children's face masks have a three-layer design using breathable cotton. The machine-washable coverings come in a variety pack of different solids and prints. You can also shop Athleta's new Made to Move kids masks, which are made with a lightweight outer layer and mesh interior.
Vida 99% Filtration Cotton Masks
This kids mask is crafted out of two layers of 100 percent cotton, and the adjustable ear straps provide a fit that's both secure and comfortable. The bendable nose piece provides added customized protection, and you can choose between nine styles of depending on what your kid would like best. There's a removable filter included, but be sure to replace it every seven days.
Sanctuary Face Masks, 5-Pack
These masks for kids come in assorted packs, with fabrics showcasing patterns, like pink and blue leopard spots and a collage of dinosaurs. They're made for toddlers and children ages 2-10 and feature two layers of 100 percent cotton muslin. A replaceable filter comes with your purchase, and hand-washing is recommended every few wears.
Gap Kids' Face Mask, 3-Pack
The Gap has tons of three-pack options for your little ones, made up of kids face masks with triple-layer cotton and elastic ear straps for a reliable fit. The masks have an adjustable nose bridge that fits securely on your child's face, and come in over 30 prints and patterns, from plaid and polka dot to superheroes and cartoons. They're machine-washable, a.k.a. easy to disinfect regularly.
Lanier Cotton Mask with Breath Valves, 3-Pack
These masks for kids feature built-in breathing valves and come with removable filters so you don't need to make a separate purchase. Made of a material the brand calls "space cotton," the machine-washable kids' masks are soft, breathable, and lightweight.
Target Kids' 2-Pack Face Masks — Cat & Jack
These affordable cloth kids masks from Target's line Cat & Jack come in packs of two and feature two layers of fabric and a pocket for a removable filter. The masks are also contoured with a nose wire to ensure a secure fit.
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 Etsy bestseller. You can choose from 15 prints, including cute bunnies, fish, and kiwis.
NxTSTOP Face Masks for Kids
These masks come in cotton or bamboo and offer two layers of protection for kids. They're also lightweight and breathable and have adjustable ear straps to reduce any pressure or pinching.
Green Sprouts Face Masks for Kids
These cloth, reusable face masks for kids from Green Sprouts come with a built-in carbon filter to help clean the air your child breathes. The fabric is moisture-wicking, and the mask features a water-resistant outer layer for added protection from incoming droplets.
Macy's Society of Threads Kids' Face Mask Floral 6-Pack
These floral kids' masks are made from lightweight, breathable cotton and have a filter pocket, adjustable ear loops, and a nose bridge wire for added protection.
BaubleBar For Your Mini Adjustable Face Masks
These stylish face masks from celeb-loved accessories brand Baublebar come in packs of two, in either a stars and stripes print or polka dot. The masks are made from cotton and are hypoallergenic. The brand also created a super-stylish sequin face mask, if that's more your kid's look.
Maisonette Mino Kids' Face Mask Bundle
These three-ply kids' masks have a pocket for an added filter. They're made from soft, breathable fabric, meaning they're comfortable enough for extended wear. Plus, the artistic prints are so gorgeous!
Honest Kids Cotton Face Masks
Honest is known for its adorable patterns, and its new face masks for kids are no exception. The 100-percent cotton face masks come in two-packs of different prints, including a black-and-white geometric pattern, pretty floral, and a cactus theme.
Hatch Collection Face Mask Littles Set
These 100-percent cotton kids masks are made from up-cycled materials from Hatch's pretty collection of maternity clothes. They feature cotton ear straps and three layers of protection. You can even buy a matching adult mask.
Redbubble Face Masks for Kids
There are so many fun prints and patterns to choose from in Redbubble's expansive kids face mask collection. This ice cream-laden mask features two layers of fabric, elastic ear straps, and comes in two different sizes for kids. Right now, you can even score 20 percent off on Redbubble when you pick up any four mask styles.
Crayola Kids Face Mask Pack
These kids masks come in packs of five — one for each day of the school week. They also come with a handy mesh bag for washing and in three different vibrant prints kids will love. You can shop these babies in adult sizes, too.
Kids' Single Use Disposable Face Mask 50-pack
These disposable face masks for kids are comfortable and great to have as back up in your bag or in the car. They come in several fun kid-friendly prints.
Lele Sadoughi Set Of 2 Leopard Kid’s Face Masks
These masks are made from soft jersey and have a contoured fit and adjustable ear straps. The stylish prints are perfect for your fashion-forward kid.
Cratejoy Face Mask Subscription Box
Each month two new face masks are delivered right to your door. They are made with three layers and have an Oeko-Tex antibacterial certified lining.
Caraa Kids Universal Face Masks 5-Pack
These washable and breathable face masks come in five-packs of assorted colors, that are sized specifically for kids' faces.
Los Angeles Apparel Face Masks for Kids
These face masks feature and adjustable nose bridge and two straps to be worn around the head and neck to avoid pulling on your kids' ears.
Levi's Re-Usable Reversible Face Mask
You can choose from several reversible prints that feature either elastic ear straps or tie-straps that go around your child's head.
Subzero Kids' Face Masks
These masks for made with 95-percent cotton and have a four-way stretch that makes for all-day comfort. It comes in dozen of kid-friendly prints.
Brave New Look Jungle Buddies Printed Face Mask 3 Pack
This adorable face mask was created especially for Parenting readers and features three layers of protection and a pocket for an additional filter. It has adjustable ear straps and a contoured nose bridge and comes in a 3-, 5-, or 7-pack.
Grove Collaborative Triple Layered Organic Cotton Face Masks
These masks are made from certified organic cotton and are machine washable. They also feature an antimicrobial coating on the inner layer for added protection.