The Best Breathable Face Masks to Protect Your Kids Against COVID-19, RSV, and Influenza This Winter

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Best Face Masks for Kids N95 KN95 KF94

With the winter season officially here, now is the perfect time to start stocking up on breathable face masks to keep your kids protected during the school year, travel and beyond, especially with new variants of the coronavirus, RSV, and Influenza circulating. There are tons of options, including both disposable and cloth masks, that will provide your kids with comfort, protection, and will look stylish too.

Many retailers offer cloth face masks that are an alternative to true personal protective equipment (PPE), but with Omicron and other variants spreading fast, a lot of people are trading in their cloth reusable face mask for disposable KN95, KF94 and N95 mask options for better protection.

Certain school districts are updating their mask mandates as the school year is approaching. Los Angeles Unified School District has required students to wear "well-fitted, non-cloth masks with a nose wire" indoors and outdoors. Surgical mask or higher-grade mask options are acceptable. These masks would be available to students upon request.

Whether you're dealing with an adult mask or a kids mask, make sure it fits snugly but comfortably against both sides of the face. This can be achieved by securing the ear loop, adjustable ear loops or ties, and ensuring it includes multiple layers of fabric (most have two or three), while allowing unrestricted breathing.

Browse ET's picks for the best kids face mask options below, including fabric mask and non-cloth mask styles for winter 2023.

Non-Cloth N95, KN95 and KF94 Masks for Kids: 

Upgrade your child's face masks with these FDA approved children's KN95 face masks with better breathability from Bona Fide Masks. 


A 4-layer woven disposable face mask perfect for kids during in-person learning.


Boost up your child's protection with these Vida Kn95 face masks. 


These kids' KF94 masks have cute patterns on top of four-layer protection. 


Airpop face masks are made of 4 layers of ultra-durable nonwoven materials. This garment has a fluid-resistant outer layer, an electrostatically charged interior "melt-blown" layer, and a soft inner layer to absorb moisture and keep your children comfortable.


Some find the KF94 masks with 94% filtration efficiency to have a more comfortable design than KN95 masks.


Cloth Masks for Kids:

These adorable washable face masks are crafted with a 3-D face design, adjustable ear straps, and a nose clip for a secure fit.


100% of profits from sales of these kid-designed cotton masks go to New York City's public hospitals via NYC Health + Hospitals.


This two-pack of Cubcoats kids' face masks, featuring Kali the Kitty and Bori the Bear, are reusable and can be hand washed and dried. They are made with two layers of cotton and elastic ear loops and have a metal nose clip for a protective fit. These masks are recommended for kids age four and up.


Each pack of these Sanctuary masks comes with two Dino prints, one camo print, one pink camo print and one baby leopard print. With every mask purchase, the company will provide masks to hospitals and organizations in need (learn more via the brand's Instagram Live). 


These double-layer cotton face masks are designed to fit a child's face and are made in Los Angeles and being restocked daily. You can order individual masks, family four-packs or a "Mommy and me" set.


These cute masks are specially designed for kids ages 5-12. Each cloth mask comes with two filters with a five-layer filtration system made of activated carbon, non-woven, and melt-blown filter cloth.


These reversible two-layer cotton masks come in assorted packs of five -- they're also available in two-packs and combo packs with kids' sizes.

$55 $35

Face masks from Manhattan-based clothing site Rocks Off via Threadless are made in the U.S. and can be washed and reused. They are also reversible, unisex and made with a two-ply cotton poly blend. Kids' masks cost $13, with proceeds going to MedShare to help provide medical supplies and equipment to people in need all over the world.


For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the World Health Organization website.


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