Best Baby Humidifiers for your Nursery

We’ll help you understand the different types of humidifiers, and choose the best one for your little love!

What is a Humidifier?

A humidifier is a machine that emits a steady stream of vaporized moisture into the air in order to add humidity to a room or to your home and combat dry air.  Dry air can become more of a problem for your home during the winter months, when your heating systems may cause a major decrease in the natural moisture levels in your home.

Dry air can lead to dry skin or chapped lips and can worsen symptoms of common colds or the flu.  This is bad news for all members of the household, but for babies, this can cause even more issues.  A baby’s immune system can cause him or her to be more susceptible to the effects of dry air, and bacteria, germs, and illnesses that manifest themselves in the winter.  This is why a humidifier is an important part of your baby’s nursery.

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What Type of Humidifier Should You Have?

There are two types of humidifiers: cool mist and warm mist (or steam).  Obviously, they differ by emitting either cool or warm moisture.  So which one is best?

A few years ago, pediatricians began to recommend cool mist humidifiers over warm mist humidifiers for nurseries.  This is because warm mist units become very hot, and it was common to see little ones, especially toddlers, injured from placing their hands or faces near the steam or from burning themselves on the unit.

Another thing to consider is that a steam humidifier will typically raise the temperature of the room.  While this is only slightly, this could become an overheating concern for little ones with fever due to cold or flu.

In truth, steam humidifiers have one advantage over cool mist humidifiers: the heating process kills over 95% of bacteria and germs, making these units more ideal when it comes to sanitary concerns.  For some parents, especially those whose children have serious allergies or immunodeficiencies, this may be a great reason to choose a steam humidifier over a cool mist humidifier.

In general, humidifier units should always be out of reach of your little one, but if a steam humidifier is your preference, be sure to pay special attention that the unit and any attachments (like a power cord) are completely inaccessible to wandering little hands,  and be sure that whatever surface you place the unit on (dresser, shelves, etc.) are sturdy and anchored.

The Benefits of Using a Humidifier

Dry air can negatively affect many areas of your baby’s health.  Using a humidifier in your nursery can help combat these effects, and benefit your little one by:

  • Alleviating the symptoms of cold and flu such as coughing, sore throat, mucous build up, and difficulty breathing.
  • Moisturizing dry skin or chapped lips, or soothing irritated skin from existing chronic conditions such as eczema.
  • Providing a “white noise” effect to soothe baby to sleep (not all units will do this, some are designed to be completely quiet)
  • Preventing nosebleeds by moistening nasal passages.

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Things to Consider when Choosing a Humidifier

Several factors should be considered when choosing a humidifier for your baby’s nursery.

  • Do you want to use a warm mist or cool mist humidifier?  Is there a safe place in the nursery to put a unit out of baby’s reach?
  • Do you want a filter-free unit?  Filters help to eliminate the number of bacteria, germs, and allergens that are emitted into the air from the unit but need constant cleaning or replacement.
  • Speaking of cleaning, keep in mind that a humidifier needs to be cleaned very frequently.  You may want to check into how easily a unit can be cleaned before purchasing it.
  • How big is the room you where you are going to be using the humidifier?  Always read the product description to ensure the unit is suitable for the size of your baby’s nursery.
  • If you want to add essential oils like lavender or mint to your humidifier, make sure that the unit includes a diffuser.

Now that we’ve given you the rundown on the different types of units that are available, the functionality of humidifiers, and what to look for, take a look at our list of the best baby humidifiers to help you choose the right one for your little love!

Here are the Best Baby Humidifiers!

Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off

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If you’re opting for a warm mist humidifier, this one from Vicks is a great option.  It is compatible with the Vicks VapoSteam inhalant to give that extra relief of congestion and cough.  VapoSteam is much like the Vicks Ointment that is applied to the chest or throat to soothe cold symptoms.

This humidifier is filter free and has a clear water tank for easier evaluation of water levels.  No need to worry if the water runs out before you get to it, this humidifier has an automatic shut-off feature.  Easily adjust the humidity level and output settings, and don’t worry about waking baby in the night.  WhisperQuiet technology keeps this unit from disturbing your little one’s sleep.

This unit is easy to clean and maintain, easy to use, and very affordable!

Pros
  • Filter Free
  • Easy to clean
  • 95% germ free due to heat proccess
Cons
  • Only has 2 fixed output settings, high or low.


TaoTronics Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier

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An ultrasonic humidifier is one that uses vibrations at an ultrasonic frequency to produce an extra fine mist or fog.  These units tend to be a bit quieter as they do not require the use of a fan.  This ultrasonic cool mist humidifier from TaoTronics offers several convenient features.

This unit has two modes of operation: normal and sleeping mode.  To switch to sleeping mode, simply long-press the power mode button.  Sleeping mode eliminates the use of LED lights around the power mode button and beeps when the button is pressed.

Auto-shut off when the tank runs out provides worry-free operation.  The 360-degree nozzle allows you to direct the flow of the mist in any direction. Two output modes allow you to adjust the moisture levels emitted by this unit, and in low output mode, this unit can run for up to 24 hours.

Pros
  • No-disturb sleep mode
  • Filter free
  • Auto shut-off
Cons
  • No diffuser, not compatilbe with essential oils
  • Only 2 fixed output settings; high or low.


Honeywell HCM350W Germ-Free Cool Mist Humidifier

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This humidifier uses UltraViolet light to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria, mold, spores, and germs in the water within the unit before it is expelled into the air.  This makes this unit a very safe choice when it comes to health concerns, especially for those with chronic allergies or immunodeficiencies.

It is important to keep in mind that this does not mean that the unit does not need to be cleaned.  Cleaning and maintenance of the unit are just as important as with other units to ensure functionality of the unit.  Regular maintenance allows the unit to do its job correctly and continue to provide virtually germ-free humidification to your little one’s nursery.

This unit is easy to clean and refill, and it’s parts are safe for dishwashers.  The Honeywell uses Protec Antimicrobial filters, which will need to be changed regularly.  The unit features 3 adjustable fan and output settings.

This humidifier is a great choice if germ-free is a major bullet point on your checklist!

Pros
  • UV Light eliminates 99.9% of germs and bacteria expelled
  • Dishwasher safe parts
  • Easy to clean and refill
Cons
  • Does not have automatic shut-off
  • A bit louder than other units in medium or high output mode
  • No diffuser, not compatible with essential oils


Safety 1st 360 Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier

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This humidifier is a great choice for nurseries or rooms that two kiddos share!  The nozzle at the top features two output spouts that rotate 360 degrees, allowing dual vapor stream positioning!

Moisture output and power speed are easily adjusted from high to low with the turn of a knob. The tank is easy to clean and refill and is filter free.  This unit can run up to 24 hours on a full tank.  The unit shuts off automatically when the tank is empty and alerts you to a needed refill with a glowing red light.

Pros
  • Dual nozzles with 360 degree rotation
  • Auto shut-off
  • Filter free
Cons
  • No diffuser, not compatible with essential oils


Avalon Premium Cool Mist Humidifier With Aromatherapy 

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**EDITOR’S CHOICE**

This unit has two things that may be on your humidifier checklist: aromatherapy and night light!  This humidifier comes with 7 bright LED colored lights, which can be set to slowly pan through the 7 colors, or stay at one color setting continuously.  If you’re looking for a unit with a night light, this one has got it for you!

The unit comes with a large, built-in diffuser for essential oils.  Add a few drops of your favorite oil to the diffuser sponge for continuous fusion of essential oil with the cool mist emitted by this unit.  Essential oils are great for colds, upset stomach, anxiety, and insomnia.

Easily adjust the moisture output from low to high to find the most comfortable setting for your little one.  This unit employs a built-in filter to reduce bacteria and mineral build ups, which should be changed every 6 months.  The unit shuts off automatically when the tank runs out.  The nozzle rotates 360 degrees to adjust the direction of the vapor.

Pros
  • Aromatherapy
  • Auto shut-off
  • Very quiet
Cons
  • Smaller tank only allows about 8 hours of operation


Vicks Filter-free Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier 

This humidifier is simple and easy to maintain.  Ultrasonic mist production allows for quiet operation.  Moisture output is fully adjustable from high to low.  This unit can run up to 30 hours on a full tank.

This humidifier can be used with Vicks VapoPads to release soothing Vicks menthol vapors, which ease symptoms of colds and flu, like coughing and congestion.  The unit is easy to clean an maintain.

If you’re looking for simple, soothing comfort for your baby, this is the one for you!

Pros
  • Filter free
  • Easy to clean
  • Compatible with Vicks VapoPads
Cons
  • No automatic shut-off feature


Compare and Choose:

Product NameImagePriceFeaturesAmazon Rating
Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off$$WhisperQuiet operation,
Filter free,
Tank handle for easy carrying and refill,
Translucent tank shows water level,
Auto shut-off,
1 gallon capacity,
Runs for 12 hours,
Compatible with Vicks Vaposteam,
3 year warranty

TaoTronics Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier$$Noiseless operation,
No-Disturb sleep mode,
Ultrasonic vapor production,
Up to 24 hours of operation,
Auto shut-off,
360 degree swivel nozzle

Honeywell HCM350W Germ-Free Cool Mist Humidifier$$$$UltraViolet light kills up to 99.9% of bacteria and mold,
3 adjustable fan and output settings,
Protec Antimicrobial Filter,
3 year limited warranty

Safety 1st 360 Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier $$Dual nozzle with 360 degree rotation,
Auto shut-off,
Up to 24 hours of operation,
Fully adjustable moisture output settings from high to low

Avalon Premium Cool Mist Humidifier With Aromatherapy  **EDITOR'S CHOICE**$$LED colored lights,
Aromatherapy,
Ultrasonic mist production,
Auto shut-off,
360 degree nozzle rotation


Vicks Filter-free Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier$$$Quiet operation,
Ultrasonic mist production,
Filter free,
Compatible with Vicks Vapopads,
Adjustable moisture output,

Safety First!

As with any products that we recommend, we always want you and your little one to be safe!  Follow these tips for safety when using a humidifier in your baby’s room:

  • Always follow manufacturer’s recommendations for operation and use.
  • Cool or warm mist, always ensure that the humidifier and its power cord are completely out of baby’s reach.
  • Regularly clean and maintain your humidifier.  Filter or no filter, UV light or no UV light, these units NEED to be regularly cleaned.  This will not only help to reduce the number of bacteria being released into the mist or vapors but will also ensure optimal operation of the unit.
  • Closely monitor moisture levels of your baby’s room and of your home.  Too much humidity can cause dangerous molds to build up in your home, posing a serious health risk.

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