As winter begins to rear its ugly head, I find myself and my family struggling with sinus issues and the dry air in our home. One of the BEST things you can be doing for your family during the winter is to use a humidifier, especially if you have a baby.
Humidifiers help replace the water (humidity) in the air that is lost with all the heaters running and the cold air outside. It can help your family (especially little ones!) avoid irritating sinus problems like getting sick or having nosebleeds due to the excessive dryness.
But you may find yourself asking (as I was!), what should I be looking for in a baby humidifier?
Here’s what you need to know, including our pick for the best baby humidifier.
What Type of Humidifier Should You Buy?
Generally, the best baby humidifier is going to use cool mist, rather than warm mist. I was raised believing that warm mist was the only way to go, but with the help of some research, and helpful articles like the one here from the Mayo Clinic, I have actually found that the cool mist ones are recommended for children.
Cool mist humidifiers are nice because I don’t have to worry about my little guy burning himself, I don’t get the mineral build up inside the heating unit (because there is no heating unit), and I find that I have less issue with my windows sweating and getting moldy.
Plus, the air is the same temperature anyway when it reaches baby’s lungs, so you might as well take advantage of the benefits a cool mister can give you!
With all that information in mind, we have put together a list of the best baby humidifiers for your home.
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The Best Baby Humidifier: TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier
First, this has by far the largest water tank of the other options on our list. At 4L (or 1.1 gallons) this thing is a machine you can set and forget. It can run 15 hours straight on a full tank! I also really like that it was designed with large spaces in mind, without being enormous and in the way.
It also comes with a reusable and easy to clean filter which helps take care of any microorganisms that may be in the water. Leaving you with peace of mind and fresh, clean water vapor going into your home. It does not require the use of distilled water, but some users recommend cleaning with vinegar if you notice some hard water build up or staining happening inside the water reservoir.
The displays are all LED and can be dimmed if necessary. It has built-in timers, sleep mode, and will both automatically turn off and display on the LED screen when it is out of water and needs refilled. It also has a 360-degree rotating nozzle, so you can send the water vapor in any direction you please. The only warning with this unit is this:
It is absolutely not compatible with essential oils, so don’t use them!
Some cool misters can be used with your essential oils, essentially making them enormous aroma diffusers, but this warning is every where on the TaoTronics humidifier. It can lead to the machine leaking or stopping entirely so please don’t put your essential oils in this one if you want it to last.
Otherwise, this is an amazing humidifier that would work great for your baby’s nursery (or your own bedroom if you want one too).
Our Stylish Pick: The VAVA Cool Mist Humidifier
The next humidifier on our list is the Vava Cool Mist Humidifier. This one is about half the price of our Taotronics option, but it has a quarter of the water capacity. Its smaller size has advantages that are worth considering if you are in the market for a new cool mister, however.
Even though the VAVA humidifier is smaller in capacity, it is great for use in one room or in an office. I like this one for the design, which makes it easier to refill and control the amount of mist you are getting. The turn dial is straightforward for controlling the intensity of the mist and the nozzle is 360-degrees, so you can aim it right where you need it.
This is one of the best options for a baby humidifier used specifically for the nursery, in my opinion. The smaller size, super quiet design and the low light LED indicator make it perfect for sleeping. So, you can set it and not worry about it overheating (like I always do with traditional vaporizers) or sputtering and making lots of noise (again a problem with traditional heat driven vaporizer/humidifiers).
And once again, if design is your thing, this is definitely the most stylish option.
There is no water filter with this unit, but it doesn’t require the use of distilled water. Similar to our first pick above, it’s not compatible with essential oils, so be mindful of that when contemplating this option!
Another Good Option: The Aennon Cool Mist Humidifier
Our third option finds itself right in the middle of the road. The Aennon Cool Mist Humidifier is middle of the road on price and water capacity, but is a great option when considering a humidifier for your baby.
This cool mist humidifier has a 2.8L capacity water reservoir, which can run up to 20 HOURS without interruption. That means you set it once a day and walk away. The house is getting proper humidity and you’re not running back and forth filling it up!
It can use regular tap water and does not require special water or cleaning. It has a stone filter inside the unit that is supposed to keep the water clean and pure as it turns into mist. I cannot see that this filter is removable for cleaning, however users did comment that the entire unit is easier to clean that other models.
The unit features a turn dial knob to control the level of mist and a 360-degree nozzle for directing the mist wherever you need. It has a 7 color LED light that you can use for ambiance, or you have the option to turn it off if you prefer it dark for sleeping (whatever helps your baby sleep better).
This is the only humidifier, in our best baby humidifier list, that has the option to be used as an aromatherapy diffuser. It has a special reservoir for your essential oil blend and can be used safely with this cool mist humidifier.
That’s it for our best baby humidifier list! All of these are great options for cool mist (so you don’t have to worry about burns). I also love that you can fill most of these and walk away without having to refill multiple times throughout the day.
And trust me – if you’re finding that your baby or toddler is getting sick often, these things are SO HELPFUL in keeping them from getting too congested, which will help them sleep better. (As always, if you have serious concerns, talk to your pediatrician.)
Do you find humidifiers to be helpful, especially with your kids? Which one do you recommend? Leave a comment below!