Wearing face masks everywhere we go is the ‘new normal’ that most of us have adjusted to, but are your kids coping with them?
As much as it is easier for adults to understand the need and importance of wearing face masks, it is not as easy with kids. The best way to get them to feel comfortable with wearing them is to get them face masks which will protect them but also excite them at the same time.
Following are some of the best options to keep your child both safe and stylish
Accessories brand Elizabeth Summer comes with a solution of fun face screens for kids to keep your child safe without putting up a fight. They’re embellished with ears and snouts to make the wearer look like all sorts of animals including lions, bunny rabbits, giraffes and even unicorns. Available in different sizes for kids aged 1 to 3, 4 to 8 and 9 to 12, they’re priced at R250 each.
Cape Town accessories company Wren Design has created masks for kids with a fun twist: they can be personalised with drawings done in permanent marker. At R120 you can get your kids the masks made from a combination of cloth and packaging paper that’s been treated with water-repellent and antimicrobial coatings.
Another positive thing is that a percentage of the proceeds of all mask sales goes to Unicef’s Little Hands Matter campaign to build handwashing stations for SA’s underprivileged communities.
KIDDIES BUCKET HAT WITH SHIELD
You keep on buying masks every now and then, but your kids continue to lose them. Lovu has the best solution: a cute fabric bucket hat with a built-in face shield. Priced at R150 for the little kid’s version, and R180 for the bigger children’s one, they’re available in an ever-changing array of colours and trims.
If you’re looking for fresh African-inspired fashion, Dr Pachanga in Joburg is the place to go. With just R78.25 you can get your child one of their range of cotton face masks, which includes a size for children aged 3 to 11, are available in an array of eye-catching African prints.
Adding to the feel-good factor is the fact that for each mask sold a donation will be made to FeedSA, a charity that helps feed those in need.
PEAK A BOO
SA’s favourite milliner Crystal Birch has created stylish visors with protective plastic shields attached for kids aged 3 to 9. Priced at R330 each, they’re available in black and white some options also sport colourful trims.