I know what you're thinking: "So, tell us the latest about your very interesting mask situation!" OK, thanks for asking. I will.
As I'm sure you'll recall from my previous post, I was thinking / panicking about getting some extra masks for my children. I also wanted to try some that were just one piece i.e. not pleated, to see if they found them easier to breathe through. I decided to try my luck with some "neck gaiter" style ones that they could wear around their necks and just pull up to cover their noses as needed. I went with a 5-pack from SA Company via a Facebook ad for suckers which cost $26.93 including postage and packing.according to a study, these type of masks are worse than not using a mask at all! On a possible flip side, I also saw that only one example was tested so I'm sure different materials act differently.
My ultimate goal has been to find some good quality masks that my kids will wear and that are easy to breathe through. The Old Navy masks are our go-tos but my daughter still frequently complains about finding it hard to breathe. I started looking about for some one-piece masks and via another Facebook ad (how do they know?), I found these from an obviously pivoting Starks Vacuum's. And bingo! They tick all the boxes! I got 2 to start with in case they were a disaster (see face shields above) and spent $25.90. They have adjustable bands and a sticking-up nose bit which means they can sit a little lower on the face and not be so close to the mouth. The only downside is that with the nosepiece, they are a little fiddly for my kids to put on themselves but I'm sure they'll figure it out. Well, they'd better!
I will probably get some more of these in the future and it seems like there are deals on the site to make them more wallet-friendly.
And so ends my quest! Although, when I went to Old Navy's website to get the links for this post, I found they are now doing one-piece masks for kids too! $9.50 for 3? I'll see you there!