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Why a baby humidifier is a must-have for your nursery

Babies get sick a lot.  A baby humidifier is essential when dealing with coughing and congestion.


A baby humidifier might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about dealing with infant illness.


But baby humidifiers are a key tool in ensuring your baby can breathe easy, especially when dealing with those first few colds.


Some things to keep in mind for your baby’s humidifier: size, price, ease of use, and durability.

Humidifier benefits


Humidifiers have uses and benefits for everyone – not just babies.


But they are especially great for helping your baby breathe if they have a congested nose or a cough.


Humidifiers add moisture to dry air.  They also alleviate dry skin or dry sinuses and nose bleeds.


They can also reduce the amount of static electricity in your baby’s nursery.


What to look for


Humidifiers vary based on how they operate.


Ultrasonic: Best for creating a warm or cool mist through ultrasonic sound vibrations.


Evaporative: Dry air is blown through a wet filter to moisten the air in the nursery.


Warm mist humidifiers or vaporizers are not recommended for use with infants due to burn concerns.  Additionally, they can cause scalding if misused.


Choosing the right baby humidifier


Cool mist: Unlike warm mist, cool mist humidifiers are fine for households with kids.  There is no burn or scald risk with a cool mist humidifier.


Germ control and cleaning: Improper cleaning of a humidifier can lead to mold.  Make sure to choose a unit you can clean easily.


Humidity output: The larger the humidifier, the greater the output.  Smaller rooms like nurseries don’t require as large of an output.


Sound: Sleep is paramount for newborns.  The hum of a humidifier can be a soothing noise that actually helps your baby sleep.  But make sure the unit won’t be too loud.


Lights: Some units come with night lights, while others don’t.  We’d recommend a unit without a light.  Lights can be a distraction when everything else in the nursery is dark.


Other functions: Some units also come auto “sleep” functions, tools to measure humidity output, and controls for the amount of steam produced.


Humidifiers We Recommend


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Animal-Shaped Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifiers



Why we recommend: Cuteness and functionality


These units come in a variety of cute animal designs.  But they’re not toys, they actually work really well!


The designs fit well into nursery themes, especially if there are zoo animals involved.  And the cool mist functionality means there aren’t concerns about burning.


The units turn off automatically whenever water levels are too low.


The unit is quiet.  But reviewers have also noted that there is no nozzle that you can use to control where the air flows.


Price: $30 and up at Amazon


Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier



Why we recommend: Cleanable and robust


Ease of cleaning is vital for avoiding germs and mold.  This evaporative Honeywell unit is 100% dishwasher-safe.  It also contains a filter that traps minerals that can cause germ build up.


This unit is leakproof and doesn’t over-humidfy.  Over-humidification can lead to condensation puddles or mold.


The Honeywell unit does require you to clean a filter regularly.  It’s also on the more expensive side.


Price: $51 on Amazon


Urpower Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier



Why we recommend: Quiet, sleek, and affordable


If you’re looking for a nearly silent humidifier with a modern look you will like this model.


The Urpower model features a pretty large 5-liter tank.  It also includes a “sleep” mode, auto-shut-down mode, and mist adjustment options.


There are no distracting lights on this unit, and at only $30 it is a great value.


Price: $30 on Amazon