Five Tips to Successful Mask Wearing for Kids

Published on August 29, 2020 - Updated on October 15, 2020

Increase Mask Effectiveness and Make Mask Life Easier on Your Family.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought new challenges for caregivers and parents who want to leave the house with kids. Wearing a mask is a new experience for most children, but we hope that with these tips and a little preparation, we can help you to make the experience a bit easier for everyone. We don’t claim to have all the answers but these tips and tricks have helped in our personal experience.  

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We always recommend in matters of science and public health that you consult the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or other appropriate official organizations or resources to clarify why wearing a mask, social distancing, and following other guidelines are acts of kindness and compassion towards the entire community. The CDC offers clear guidelines on why it’s important to wear a face mask and how to wear one properly.

Buy The Correct Size

This one is obvious, but if you have a small child, make sure to order masks specifically sized for small children.  Some masks that we have tried and liked are from Cub Coats and the school mask pack from Crayola.  The Crayola school mask packs come with five masks, in five different colors, one for each day of the school week. They also come with a zippered mesh pouch to keep them all together.  

For older children, you may have to try both children’s masks and adult masks to find which one fits correctly.  We did find at least one source that also sells tween size masks.

Label Your Child’s Masks

We recommend labeling your child’s masks, especially if your child is attending in-person school or camp. In fact, while you’re at it, it’s probably not a bad idea to label everything that your child will take to school. We ordered simple, rectangular stickers from Mabel’s Labels, but Etsy is full of other affordable options.

Adjust The Mask’s Fit

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The elastic on some of the children’s masks that we purchased were still a little loose.  We found these little rubber adjustors on Amazon and they help to ensure that the masks aren’t too loose. 

Buy a Mesh Laundry Bag

Let’s face it…we are going to be washing a lot of masks for the foreseeable future.  To keep the masks together and prevent them from getting lost and tangled in the wash, we recommend purchasing a set of mesh laundry bags.  

Keep Masks Clean

We watched our five-year-old’s mask hit the ground several times before we decided to find a solution. We went with a pack of old school pacifier clips from Amazon which we could clip to her shirt and loop around the elastic on the mask but there are other great options.  If you’re crafty, you could buy some beads (including some with your child’s initials or letters to spell their name), and make a personalized mask chain. Crayola also sells sets of mask straps.

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As a bonus tip, consider setting up an area near the entrance to your home where your kids can grab clean masks from a labeled bin and also place dirty/used ones directly into the laundry bag when they return home.

We hope these tips help. If you have other great tips and tricks, please share with us at

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Elizabeth Regard
Co-founder of happyly, Liz Regard was raised in Pottstown, PA and first came to DC for college. After a four-year stint in New York City in the buying office of Bloomingdales after graduating, she returned to the DC area for law school and never left. It’s been 19 years and counting! She lives in Dupont Circle with her husband, Dan, their girls, Amelia and Felicity, and dog, Rugby. She works part-time for an international trade law firm. While Liz always liked exploring the city before the girls came on the scene, having kids opened up a whole new world of adventure. Everyone is happier when they are outside, so Liz spent a lot of time online researching fun activities and destinations. She really needed Happy Active Family. Now, she’s just excited to be creating this amazing resource for families across the nation with her friend, Caitlin. In their free time, Liz and her family love to travel and are slowly trying to visit every playground in the DMV area.
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