The Best Humidifiers For Baby: 2018 Reviews and Top Picks

The Best Humidifiers For Baby: 2018 Reviews and Top Picks

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The Best Humidifiers For Baby: 2018 Reviews and Top Picks
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(ThankYourBaby.com) – Coughing, colds, croup, sore and dry throats, stuffy noses and all the other set of problems become part of a household with children, especially during fall and winter times. The cold that comes with winter usually gets rid of the humidity in the air and turning the heating system up worsens things.

Night hours are the best time for your baby’s immune system to fight viruses and get rid of the symptoms. That is the best time to fill up and turn on the ideal humidifier to add a little moisture back in the air in your baby’s room, in order to help soothe the coughs, dry throat and effectively fight the virus.

Finding a powerful and safe humidifier can be daunting especially if you don’t know what to look for and which are the best ones from top brands.

This article highlights 10 best humidifiers for baby 2018 along with useful information on humidifiers to help you make the best purchase and use it effectively in your home.

Reviews of Top 5 Best Humidifiers

 #1  Honeywell Germ-Free Cool Mist Humidifier

Our rating: 

Having the ability to run for 24hours thanks to its large tank of 1.5 gallons, the Honeywell Germ-free humidifier is known to kill up to 99% of any bacteria, fungus, mold, and viruses lurking around your nursery or home.

The simple and modern design is absolutely perfect for your home décor and will blend in with whatever colors or design you choose for your baby’s nursery.  It is energy friendly and if you happen to have houseplants, they will thrive not to mention that your furniture will remain nice-looking and new.

Things We Liked
  • The 1.5gallon tank with a filter.
  • All parts dishwasher safe.
  • A straightforward shape and design, making it easy to fill.
  • Can run for 24hours when running low and 9 hours when running high.
  • Quiet Operation
Things We Didn't Like
  • Filters have to be replaced because they get brown and stinky over time.
  • Short and wide in shape, therefore, taking a lot of space.
  • A self-cleaning tablet has to be used to keep the mold off the wick.

 #2  Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Our rating: 

This humidifier from pure enrichment is not big, bulky or boxy like most home appliances. It has this cool mist unit that is very safe and capable of moisturizing a room for up to 16hours. You want you and your baby to sleep well and breathe easily while at it, then this is a humidifier to consider.

It is a moderately sized humidifier that comes with a 1.5-liter tank.  It also features an adjustable mist nozzle and a speed that can also be adjustable to desired levels.  10 minutes after it starts running in your home, you will notice the difference in moisture.

Things We Liked
  • Ultrasonic cool mist technology
  • Automatic Shut off when water level is low or when tank is removed
  • An optional night light that offers this soothing glow that makes you relax more.
  • No filter to clean or replace.
  • The sleek and stylish look
Things We Didn't Like
  • The small tank with not as much moisture to supply a big room adequately as thought.
  • A beep that is too loud and occurs when using the functions; not good for adjusting settings when your baby is sleeping because he might wake up.
  • Becomes noisy after continued use.

 #3  Anypro Ultrasonic Cool Mis Humidifier

Our rating: 

This humidifier is small but, we found out that it actually outperforms other larger humidifiers in the market.  It runs an impressive 36hours if you set it to the lowest mist setting and with that, you can achieve comfortable sleep since it is also not noisy.

We also found out that even when using the setting of long mist stream, there will be no condensation on table tops and other furniture.  The air becomes clear and fresh when using it and any chances of bacterial or mold happening in a room are zero.

Things We Liked
  • A fun night light feature with various color options.
  • A deep groove design that reduces any chances of a leakage happening.
  • A 350-degree rotating nozzle to reach all corners of a room.
  • Lowest setting can go for up to 36hours.
  • Very easy to clean.
Things We Didn't Like
  • The nozzle and aromatherapy diffuser not firm and can fall off when flipping the humidifier over for filling.
  • Power light too bright.
  • A rattle noise happens after weeks of use.

 #4  Seneo Germproof Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

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This ultrasonic model from Seneo is ideal for using in your baby’s room because it is known to prevent the air from getting stuffy, dry and rids it of any lingering flu germs.  In short, the air becomes cleaner and breathable for your child, especially during the cold winter months when it is most dry.

If your child already has a sinus congestion or a cough, then running it daily will help ease the condition. Since you can run it on the highest mist setting for 12hours straight, you can run it the whole night to help baby sleep more soundly.

Remember, a good night sleep for baby makes it  easier for you the next day because the baby will less cranky and more cooperative during play time and meal times. You all know what lack of enough sleep can do to a baby.

Things We Liked
  • The antimicrobial coating for the tank to prevent mold or mildew from occurring.
  • An automatic shut off mechanism and an adjustable mist spray button.
  • A whisper quiet ultrasonic design.
  • A large 2.5liter tank to enable long hours.
  • No filters to clean or replace.
Things We Didn't Like
  • The night light is not optional and can be distracting to those who don’t like it.
  • The mist spout cannot be swiveled in certain directions.
  • A smaller capacity than other units

 #5  TaoTronics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier (4L).

Our rating: 

This humidifier goes for a higher price compared to most of the others on our list, but after buying it, you get to experience the features which are totally worth the cost. First, the tank capacity of 4 liters is impressive, because it will give you 15 hours of humidifying. That means lasting longer without refilling it compared to most humidifiers.

This humidifier is also incredibly quiet ensuring that you and your baby sleep peacefully. Never worry about cleaning it because it is bigger because the cleaning process is similar to other tanks, and that is simply cleaning out the tank and brushing off the metal ring.

Things We Liked
  • The 4-liter tank capacity.
  • Built in timer and LED display.
  • Three-speed settings of the medium, low and high.
  • A 360-degree rotatable nozzle.
  • Runs well for 5hours.
Things We Didn't Like
  • A little harder to refill compared to other brands.
  • No night light option.
  • There is a filter to clean.
  • You can’t use it with aromas or any essential oils.

 #6  Linkyo Cool Mist

Our rating: 

This ETL certified humidifier boasts a lovely-looking cool mist unit that will noticeably transform your room décor wise and also humidity wise.  A baby with sinus and allergy issues will sleep better thanks to Linkyo’s cool mist humidifier and you can run it daily without any problems.

This humidifier comfortably covers 200 square feet of space, making it ideal for nurseries which are usually not very big. Its water tank is moderately sized and can run for hours before a refill.  The night light is something else, it showcases a shooting star and lovely butterfly designs in various colors.

It is a safe humidifier to run overnight or even when you are not at home thanks to its high electrical safety standards which the manufacturers have insisted on along with their one-year warranty.

Things We Liked
  • A beautiful design that is sleek and modern enough to blend perfectly with any interior décor.
  • High electrical safety standards.
  • Quiet and efficient in removing congested air in your room.
  • Equipped with useful touch buttons for mist level, timer and night light control
  • Easy to clean.
Things We Didn't Like
  • The tank is opaque on all sides and it difficult to tell where the water level is at a glance unless you walk up to it and look from the transparent top.
  • The mist shoots straight up, it could be better if it would come out at an angle.
  • The night light is too bright.
  • Could be a little cumbersome to refill if you have a small sink.

 #7  Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Our rating: 

This beautifully designed gizmo from crane will remind you of an African calabash at first glance if you have ever seen one. It is very powerful, efficient and actually one of the best humidifying units that you can buy for your baby’s nursery.

If your child is exhibiting any flu-like symptoms and having trouble breathing, consider running this humidifier. It can run up to 24hours, can output around 2.3 gallons of water daily and it will automatically turn off when the tank is empty.

Things We Liked
  • No filter and none needed.
  • The auto-turn off function.
  • Contains anti-microbial lining at the tank preventing mold formation.
  • Easy to move around and can moisturize an averagely sized room.
Things We Didn't Like
  • Daily maintenance required for it to serve you better for a long time.
  • A little noisy not completely quiet with the water dripping and running sound.
  • Lacks a handle at the bottom of the tank to allow easy handling.

 #8  Vick’s Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier

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From its name, this humidifier is lovely to look at and indeed showcases a starry night in the form of star patterns on the walls and ceiling of your baby’s room. The humidifier also doubles up as a soothing night light thanks to its showcasing of star patterns.

With this humidifier you can take advantage of the scent pad heater that can actually come in handy when you need to clear up your baby’s breathing passages with scents like menthol or lavender; or when you simply want your child to sleep while breathing in soothing scents.

It also caters well for medium-sized room and with its one-gallon tank, you can run it for a day or two before refilling it with water.

Things We Liked
  • Two-speed settings.
  • A lovely showcase of star patterns from the night light.
  • A self-regulating evaporative system.
  • Comes with a scent pad heater with soothing menthol and lavender vapors.
Things We Didn't Like
  • Has a filter which has to be cleaned and should be replaced after prolonged use.
  • No manual selection of night-light colors, the lights automatically change.
  • Runs out of the water quickly when set at high.

 #9  InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

Our rating: 

This is one great multitasking device that doubles up as a humidifier and an aromatherapy device. You baby will definitely love this device in their room because they will not only breathe better but also enjoy soothing fragrances that can help him settle down more peacefully when they want to nap.

Its modern design is absolutely lovely and its efficiency is totally top notch because it will not only provide you with cleaner and moisturized air but better fragrances to cover up any unpleasant odors

Things We Liked
  • The automatic shut-off mechanism when the tank goes empty.
  • Quiet operation.
  • Three working modes comprising of, Intermittent Mist, Continuous Mist and lights only.
  • Fun nightlight with different colors to help babies who are scared of the dark.
  • The use of essential oils.
Things We Didn't Like
  • You can’t use essential oils that have citrus because it can pull off toxins from the plastic.
  • You have to purchase the oils separately.
  • The annoying loud beep of the power button.

 #10  Vornadobaby Huey Evaporative Humidifier.

Our rating: 

This is a humidifier built for baby to ensure his comfort during sleep. Even though it comes with a small tank, on the bright side is that you can refill and clean it easily. It has this striking and very convenient little handle to help you easily pull the tank out when you need to refill and clean.

It comes with a filter which you will have to replace after a couple of months, for continued clean air. To top it all Vornado is known for its signature vortex action to help evenly distribute clean air in the room in a gentle manner.

Things We Liked
  • The convenient little handle for better handling.
  • 12-16 hour run time per day.
  • Vornado’s vortex action for moisture distribution.
  • Easy cleaning and refilling.
  • Cheap Price.
Things We Didn't Like
  • The tank is too small.
  • Not quiet compared to other ultrasonic humidifiers.
  • No solution for mold contraption in the filter.
  • Super bright night light.

How Nursery Humidifiers Can Benefit Your Baby

For a long time now humidifiers have topped the list of the must-have baby items and this is because they indeed offer various baby-friendly benefits. A good humidifier will go a long way in terms of making your baby less cranky and more comfortable always especially when they want to sleep.

Some of the benefits of humidifiers for your baby are as follows:

  1. Keeps The Tiny Nose Happy

Dry air usually irritates the little noses because it dries out the sinuses and causes that uncomfortable, stuffed nose feeling. The tiny nasal passages are usually very easily congested and often it becomes difficult for the baby to breathe comfortably.

When the air the baby breathes lacks appropriate moisture levels, the result is usually sore nasal passages which eventually cause cracking of the skin and sometimes even bleeding.

Using a humidifier to add moisture to the air creates better breathing conditions for your baby, therefore keeping the tiny nose happy.

  1. Eases Baby’s Cold Symptoms

Every parent suffers a long with their child when they watch them suffer from a nasty cold. Major medical authorities discourage parents from giving cold medication to children younger than 2 years. This keeps your hands tied as a parent as hope the cold will be over soon.

Using a humidifier can go a long way toward easing your baby’s suffering. The warm, moist air that the humidifier produces allows the nasal secretions to thin out and flow out, keeping your little one’s nasal passages clear.

You can even consult your doctor and see if you can add several drops of symptom-soothing inhalant such as natural eucalyptus oil or menthol.

  1. Prevents Baby’s Skin From Drying

When the climate is dry, the baby’s sensitive skin can become parched and irritated resulting to itchiness. It gets worse when your baby is suffering from a chronic skin condition like eczema.

The humidifier adds moisture to the air, allowing the skin to maintain the natural moistness and prevent aggravating any existing skin conditions.

  1. Promotes Better Sleep For Baby

When your baby has a stuffy nose, sleeping comfortably is out of the question. They will toss and turn and wake up crying because they can’t breathe properly. Humidifiers allow your little one’s congested nasal passages to clear, resulting in better breathing and better sleep for them and the whole household.

Besides, the gentle humming of most humidifiers can actually lull a baby to sleep quicker than a lullaby.

Humidifier Facts That You Should Know

With so many types, models and brands to choose from, knowing the right humidifier for your nursery can be a great challenge. You will find many types of humidifiers in the market from hi-tech ultrasonic models to traditional no-fuss vaporizers.

A few humidifier facts to help you better understand are as follows:

  1. Warm Mist Versus Cool Mist Humidifiers

Both warm and cool mist humidifiers do their job well and choosing between the two will depend on what you really want. Also known as vaporizers, warm mist humidifiers heat water to boil and produce steam.

Most warm mist models are usually quieter, less expensive and durable compared to their cool mist counterparts. They also increase the room’s temperature and in such a case there is no need to turn up the thermostat and risk the dryness usually associated with artificial heating.

The biggest disadvantage with warm-mist models is that there is the risk of burning thanks to the hot water. In case the unit spills or falls, your baby could suffer serious scalding.  When the baby reaches for the steam nozzle they are highly likely to get burnt.

If you are going to be using a warm-mist vaporizer, it is important to take precautions and keep it off limits for your baby.  Keep the cord inaccessible because the baby can pull it on himself and get burnt.

Cool mist humidifiers, on the other hand, have addressed the safety issue since they only use cold water and. The burning risks associated with warm-mist models are non-existent in these cool-mist ones.

However, the cold-mist models pose their own risks. If they are not properly cleaned and well maintained, they become the perfect breeding grounds for mold and other harmful microorganisms.

When such harmful bacteria is released into the air, your child breathes in and falls sick. Many pediatricians recommend warm-mist because they claim warm air is cleaner and that vaporizers successfully kills any bacteria lurking in the air.

To get the best of a cold-mist humidifier, make sure you clean and air-dry it regularly not forgetting about changing the filters and cartridges as soon as it is required. With good maintenance, a cool –mist humidifier will pose little risk to your baby.

  1. Ultrasonic Versus Evaporative Humidifiers

Cool-mist humidifiers are very popular and many parents have actually decided to dedicate their time to maintain them in order to have clean air circulating in their nurseries.

When deciding that you are sticking with cool-mist humidifiers, you will have to choose between ultrasonic and evaporative.

Ultrasonic humidifiers are known to operate using high-frequency sound vibrations for breaking the water particles into this cool hydrating mist. Most of them are usually quiet and efficient and have also been compactly built to take as little space as possible.

Ultrasonic units are also prone to breakage compared to evaporative models and they are actually more expensive. With their lack of filters, ultrasonic units have sometimes been known to produce this fine white dust that coats the machine and surrounding furniture as well.

The fine white dust might not hurt your baby but it can be a nuisance because you will keep wiping it off especially if you are using hard water.

Evaporative humidifiers on the other hand never produce this white dust but they will still require more space and consume more energy than the ultrasonic ones. They are also known to be noisier and for babies who love the quiet, that could be a problem.

Evaporative humidifiers generate cool moist air through evaporation caused by a rotating fan. They operate by sucking air through a filter that is water saturated and the end result is humidity in the air and other minerals and impurities found in water are retained.

Weigh the pros and cons of each and make a decision based on whatever you feel is convenient for you.

  1. Consider The Hidden Costs

Since it lacks the heating element to power, a cool-mist humidifier is actually energy efficient but requires a lot in terms of maintenance. However, the warm- mist unit consumes energy but it requires very little in maintenance.

The maintenance demands of a cool-mist unit can be very costly. Think about the regular filter replacements required for evaporative humidifiers and how ultrasonic models need store-bought distilled water in order to prevent residue from building up.

You will also need to buy demineralization cartridges with some ultrasonic models which help in the prevention of the chalky build-up but such cartridges also have to be replaced regularly.  Replacing cartridges and filters can be quite costly and might lead to a considerable amount annually.

While there are pros and cons of each type of humidifiers, keep in mind that most humidifiers are safe and very efficient when well-maintained.  Just decide what works best for your home and nursery.

  1. Is Quiet Operation A Fact or Myth?

Manufacturers will label their humidifiers as “whisper quiet” or “quiet operation” but is this true? There are indeed humidifiers that are really quiet compared to others. Ultrasonic models are known to be the quietest compared to others.

However, there is no such thing as a totally quiet humidifier unless it is not turned on.

  1. Deciding On Humidifier Size

When deciding on size, consider the area where you want the moisture circulated and not the capacity of the humidifier. All humidifiers are designed to cater for an area in square footage, so read carefully and find out which humidifier will work best with the size of your nursery.

Be careful not to oversize your unit because you definitely don’t want moisture problems, which are also many. It is actually better to get a smaller size which will do just fine. With a smaller size, you won’t be risking damage to your furniture and walls because of moisture.

  1. The Best Place To Put A Portable Humidifier

Since you are mainly buying this humidifier for baby, consider placing it in the nursery. However, if your baby doesn’t spend much time in the nursery, consider placing the humidifier in the living room where you hang out with the baby a lot.

If you will use it at night only, then the baby’s room will be most convenient because that is where he will sleep.

  1. Capacity Has No Relation To Water tank Size

Contrary to the misconception by many buyers that capacity is referring to water tank size, capacity actually refers to the level of moisture output over a period of 24hours.

Some humidifiers might have a smaller tank and require filling more than once for the stated output to be achieved. So next time you check capacity, veer away from tank size.

  1. The Number Of Filling Times

You will have to fill any humidifier that you buy every single day. A 1.5 liter unit for example that runs for 12 hours on a low will have to be filled daily same as a 4-gallon one that runs for 16hours. Filling it up daily is easier and more convenient compared to when it is completely empty.

However, if you are using a portable unit, the tank should be completely empty before you put in fresh water. You will, therefore, have to pour out any water remaining because you don’t want bacteria to breed in the stagnant water.

  1. Is Built- In Moisture Control Helpful?

You will find some humidifiers boasting of the built-in humidistat. That is appealing, but be careful even after you set your preferred moisture level. You can’t fully rely on it because most of them are usually faulty and actually never reach the desired moisture level.

As much as such a feature helps, just to be on the safe side, simply avoid humidifying your home too much and resulting in that wrong moisture balance. You can invest in an affordable hygrometer to help you monitor your humidity levels.

  1. All Humidifiers have To be Maintained

Failing to maintain your humidifier is planning to fail in keeping your home safe from disease causing bacteria. It is simply a way of putting your baby at risk of falling sick. Take time and maintain your humidifier or don’t buy it in the first place if you aren’t planning to give it some attention.

When you don’t maintain your humidifier, you are creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. You will spreading the bacteria through the air for your baby and yourself to breathe it in.

Cleaning the humidifier with vinegar or disinfecting it with bleach every month can work, but some parents find that they have to do this every week. The frequency of cleaning will usually depend on the mineral content in your water or your room air quality and other factors.

  1. Bacterial or Germ Control Features

There are units with built-in germ control features to prevent the chances of bacteria forming inside the water tank and being spewed out as moisture. You will find humidifiers with nano or silver eon technology which is perfect for inhibiting bacterial growth in the tank.

You will, of course, dig deeper in your pocket to get such units but they will, in the end, prove to be worth every extra dollar.  However never assume that with such bacteria preventive technology you have escaped cleaning your humidifier, simply maintain your regular cleaning on it.

  1. Do You Have Excessive Moisture?

After experiencing the benefits of adding humidity in your dry air, it is tempting to overdo it and find yourself dealing with the effects of excessive moisture.

If you notice your windows looking misty and water dripping on the inside, same with your mirrors, a coating of moisture on your furniture and formation of mold or mildew in the corners of your wall, then you do have excessive moisture.

You don’t have to wait for all those signs, invest in a hygrometer which will warn you when your moisture levels are getting higher.

  1. Changing Your Filters

Some manufacturers may recommend changing filters on their units every three months. Usually, the filters will have to be changed earlier than the stipulated time. This happens especially if you are using water with high levels of mineral content.

You might also need to change your filter even if you changed it last month if your room is often exposed to smoke, pet dander or if the water has stayed in the unit for a long time. In the event that you detect any foul odors, do not wait for the time to change to come, change your filter immediately.

  1. Easy To Change Wick Filters

You can hand wash wick filters but they are usually a lot of work and time for them to be totally clean. Most of them are affordable and easy to change. Every time you change your wick filter, clean the whole humidifier and do the disinfecting as well for best results.

  1. Cool-mist for Summer and Warm-Mist For Winter- Not really

It might seem obvious to use a cool-mist humidifier on hot summer and a warm-mist one on winters. The truth is that that isn’t always the case, the choice of cool or warm is always dependent on what benefits you most when it comes to breathing and easing cold or flu symptoms.

Some people might find it difficult breathing in warm moisture and prefer the cool-mist one. It is all a matter of preferences because both types will successfully add moisture in your room and keep the air from being dry.

  1. Warm-mist and Cool Mist Which Is Safer?

Naturally, both units can be safe when the necessary safety precautions have been taken. Some think warm mist is better with babies but poses the risk of scalding thanks to the hot heating element and hot water.

Others think cold mist is safe but also poses the risk of spreading bacteria in the air when the necessary maintenance is disregarded.

  1. Are There Downsides To Humidifiers?

From all the information above, it is obvious that humidifiers have more advantages than disadvantages. As long as you clean and maintain your unit properly, it will serve you well. Lack of regular care promotes mold and bacterial growth and you don’t want your baby breathing that in.

Also be sure not to make your nursery or home too humid, monitor your humidity levels and make sure you keep your humidity at appropriate levels.

And The Best Humidifier For Baby Is….

Many humidifiers in the market are good, but the one that continuously tops the reviews of best humidifiers for baby 2018 is Honeywell Germ-Free  Cool Mist Humidifier.

It has the ability to run for 24hours thanks to its large tank of 1.5 gallons. This Germ-free humidifier is known to kill up to 99% of any bacteria, fungus, mold, and viruses lurking around your nursery or home that you definitely want to be gotten rid of.

The simple and modern design is absolutely perfect for your home décor and will blend in with whatever colors or design you choose for your baby’s nursery.  It is energy friendly and if you happen to have houseplants, they will thrive not to mention that your furniture will remain nice-looking and new.

Compared to other humidifiers this one is sold as germ-free and will cost you a lot more, but the cost is worth keeping your baby in a germ-free environment. As a parent that must be your goal every single day.

And lastly, anything Germ-Free is definitely the best for your baby, because it is germs that we fight every day when we keep our homes clean, cook clean food, our daily personal hygiene routines and so on.  Germ-free is the way to go to avoid spending on hospitals and medication because of diseases caused by germs.

Conclusion

As outdoor temperatures plummet with winter approaching, the moisture and humidity inside your home can drastically drop. This can result to dry air which can cause many major problems for your baby.

Adding moisture through warm or cool mist humidifiers will prevent your baby from having to go through various physical discomforts such as allergy irritations, chapped skin, congestion and other cold or flu-related symptoms.

Maintain the right balance of humidity in your home during winter or when you need to; and it all begins with choosing the best humidifier for baby. The above review and humidifier facts should influence you to make the right purchase.


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