The normal back-to-school rush is going to be different this year for many students due to the coronavirus pandemic.
One item parents never had to think about before for back-to-school shopping is masks for their child.
With the beginning of the school year looming, parents now have to get a mask that will both fit their child to protect them from COVID-19, and be comfortable enough to have their child keep it on the whole day.
“Getting a child-friendly mask probably increases compliance with wearing,” Anna Davies, a research facilitator who had worked with the Infectious Diseases department at the University of Cambridge, told NBC News. “Let’s face it, looking like Spider-Man is going to be a lot more appealing than a plain mask!”
- Masks should fit snugly against the sides of the face.
- Masks should cover your nose mouth and be secured under the chin.
- Masks should be secured with ties or ear loops.
- Masks should be made of multiple fabric layers.
- Masks should all you to breathe easily.
- You should be able to wash and dry a mask without damage or losing mask’s shape.
Additionally, Davies said children need to be supervised while wearing a mask since it could pose a strangulation risk, NBC News reported.
So where do you find child-sized face masks before the school year begins?
Universal Thread has neutral colored and floral and gingham prints. The price is $2 for a single mask or $4 for a two-pack, People magazine reported.
Cat & Jack has kid-friendly prints like sharks, rainbows and dinosaurs. They are also sold as a two-pack for $4, People reported.
Disney is selling Star Wars, princesses, Marvel, Pixar or Disney character-themed masks. A four-pack costs about $20.
Gap Kids has introduced a line of kids face masks. A three-pack of masks costs $15
Etsy sellers are also creating kid-friendly masks, NBC News reported.
Vistaprint is selling masks fit for children. They cost $13, Fast Company reported.
Crayola may be known for crayons and markers, but the company is also in the mask game. Crayola partnered with School Mask Pack to create a kit that comes with five reusable, washable masks, a mesh bag for washing and a calendar card for kids and families to track their mask wear. There are three different style packs available through Crayola: solid colors, crayon faces and a striped version that mimics the crayon labels.
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