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Best Baby Humidifiers | Top Humidifiers for Babies

Updated on February 4, 2012

Best Baby Humidifiers - Top Humidifier for Kids & Infants

Here are the top baby humidifiers, and a breakdown of the best warm mist, cool mist, ultrasonic, and baby vaporizer models. Most of these tabletop models are small and work well in a childs bedroom.

Popular styles of baby humidifiers include animal shapes like polar bears, owls, penguins, pigs and dragons from respected manufacturers like Crane, Sunpentown and Vicks.

Why do you need a kids humidifier? The humidifier offers many benefits, including helping to keep our homes moisture level stable, softening skin conditions such as eczema and chapped lips, and making breathing easier due to nasal congestion and colds.

First, lets discuss the different types of humidifiers.

Warm Mist Humidifiers/Vaporizers:

  • Heats Water then dispenses a warm steamy mist
  • Can include a medicine cup for nasal congestion or coughs
  • Does include a heating element
  • Children should be kept away from the unit
  • Heat prevents impurities from being released
  • Regular cleaning/maintenance is best

Cool Mist Humidifiers:

  • Ideal for children & babies because they do not produce steam
  • Release cool moist air
  • Unheated water can release impurities
  • Requires maintenance/cleaning - some require filter/wicks

Ultrasonic Humidifiers:

  • Produces cool mist with no heat
  • Very fine and less 'wet' mist
  • Unheated water can release impurities
  • Requires regular maintenance/cleaning

Overall, the consensus is that the best baby humidifier is a cool mist humidifier that will be safe for toddlers and kids of all ages. With some minor maintenance, your humidifier will be supplying moist air and healing runny noses in no time.

Below are some of the top humidifiers for babies by type and price, so you can make the best choice for your family.

Ideal Home Humidty Levels

Every home should have a humidity level of 25 to 40% for ideal and comfortable conditions!

But be careful - Too much moisture equals mold.

Cool Mist Humidifiers for Baby by Crane

Best humidifier for babies
Best humidifier for babies

How to Clean you Babies Humidifier to Keep it Germ Free

Yes, every humidifier for babies will need to be cleaned. Germs and still water are a common mix, so your cleaning prevents these germs from being released into the air. Although it is not fun, it is not hard either. Most units have a twist off top, that allows for easy inside cleaning. You can use a bottle brush or toothbrush to tackle this job.

Additionally some vinegar or bleach can be added to the tank. Do not mix them though, never mix other substances with bleach.

The best way to minimize cleaning with any unit, is always use distilled water. It is inexpensive, and can be purchased for less than a dollar a gallon in most stores.

Changing the water daily, and cleaning the tank weekly is the best way to ensure a clean humidifier. With daily use, clean the unit every 2-3 days instead.

Overall, the process is quick and painless and will provide moist air for kids while minimizing the spread of impurities into the bedroom.

Why are you buying a baby humidifier?

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      June Parker 

      6 years ago from New York

      Great job on this lens. I don't need a baby humidifier, but if I did I would buy one here. *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to My Squid Angel Blessings 2012 to the "Parenting & Kids » Baby" neighborhood.

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