Under the latest public health orders from Mayor Michael Hancock that went into effect on May 6, a face covering is now required for all Denverites over the age of three while inside of—or waiting in line to enter—public spaces. While some cities in the metro area, including Boulder, Lone Tree, and Wheat Ridge, instituted similar mask requirements, other cities are taking a “strongly requested” approach instead. No matter which approach cities take, businesses throughout the metro area are requiring face coverings in order to enter. Although masks are not required while walking, recreating, or exercising outside, they are still encouraged anytime you’re out and about from your home.
To help normalize mask-wearing for your child, it’s important to lead by example by letting them see you wearing a mask anytime you leave the house. If you’re having trouble getting little ones to follow along, let them pick out their own mask—they may be more inclined to wear a mask with their favorite superhero or a cute animal on it.
We rounded up a few kid-friendly masks that kids will be excited to wear. Take a look.
Disney recently released a line of reusable, machine-washable cloth face masks for kids featuring beloved characters from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars. Masks are currently available for preorder—in sizes small, medium, and large—and will begin shipping in June. All proceeds (up to $1 million) will be donated to MedShare. $20 for a four-pack.
Cubcoats—the creators of the 2-in-1 stuffed animal turned cozy hoodie—is now making protective masks for kids in adorable animal designs including a puppy, tiger, kitty, and bear. The durable, two-layer cotton masks have a shapeable metal nose piece for a secure fit and are machine washable for easy cleaning. Ten percent of proceeds will be donated to Feeding America. $13 for a two-pack.
Billie Blooms’ 100% cotton, reusable, non-medical cloths masks are machine washable and include a pouch for a filter insert. Kids sizes range from toddler to 10 years, with matching masks available for adults. For each mask sold, a mask is donated to someone in need through Feeding America. $20 each.
In March, SwaddleDesigns swapped their Seattle-based baby blanket production for non-medical mask making, and they recently launched masks for kids (ages two to preteen). Made of two-layer baby-soft cotton flannel to enhance particle filtration, the kids masks are available in five cute patterns. $10 each.
Little Goodall’s child-size face masks (designed to fit ages two to seven) are made of 100% organic cotton and feature adjustable ear loops. For every mask purchased they are donating an adult or child mask to a mother or child in need. $33 for a three-pack.
Made from leftover “deadstock” cotton, Christy Dawn children’s face masks (for ages two and up) are reusable and washable by hand, and come in assorted colors and floral prints. For each five-pack of masks sold, a five-pack is donated to those in need. $30 for a five-pack.