Warm or Cool Mist Humidifier

Which Humidifier is Best For Baby?

Looking for the Best Humidifiers for Baby’s room? When your baby gets a stuffy nose, a cough or dry itchy skin, many Moms and medical professionals recommend a humidifier for their room.

In winter months, it is not uncommon for babies to get what appears to be a cold, or they seem to scratch at their skin more often than they do in summer months.

Why is this?

Quite simply the air in your home is dried out due to the use of your home heating system.  Cold air outside and the dry heat inside does not keep baby’s sensitive skin as hydrated, and causes the mucous in their little noses to dry out and stops them up as well.  One of the most recommended solutions to this to place a humidifier in the baby’s room to bring the humidity level to a healthier, more comfortable level.

So should you get a Cool Mist Humidifier or Warm Mist Humidifier? Which is better for baby in the nursery? Does it really matter?

Choosing the Best Humidifiers for Baby’s Room

When it comes to an infants room, when a stuffy nose and chest congestion could be an issue, adding moisture to the air can help your little one to breathe easier.  Then you too will breathe easier knowing they are getting relief from the congestion.  I personally prefer the cool mist, but the warm mist is quite popular too.

I went looking for a more reliable opinion than my own on the cool vs. warm mist humidifier question, and found this article by Rod Moser, PA, Phd on WebMd.com.  The article states that either cool or warm is fine to use in baby’s room, but care must be taken to use both options properly.

The cool mist humidifier should not be placed too close to baby’s face, but should be placed at a safe distance from the crib or bassinet.  It can tend to make the room feel more chilly than the rest of the house, and be sure you don’t place it too close to furniture or walls that are susceptible to moisture.

The same holds true for the warm mist humidifiers or vaporizers, as the steam emitted from the unit if placed too close can potentially burn baby’s sensitive skin if they are curious and  can reach the unit from the crib.  The warm steam style humidifier or vaporizer as they are also known, may not make the room feel quite so chilly as the cool mist does.

Humidifiers can also grow mold, so they need to be cleaned thoroughly and often to ensure you are not spreading spores that can lead to other health problems.

Advanced Humidifier with LED Display, TaoTronics Ultrasonic Humidifier Cool Mist (with Constant Humidity Mode, Mist Level Control, Timing Settings, Built-in Water Purifier, LED Nightlight, Zero Noise)

 

TaoTronics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

The best rated ultrasonic humidifier we found in our research was this TaoTronics Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier. It features an LED display and constant humidity mode as well as other features like a night light and 360 degree nozzle to direct the mist in the optimal direction for your baby’s room.

The unit has a microporous ceramic cartridge which filters the water of micro-organisms, calcium, and magnesium ions, reported to provide a healthier mist for your home.

Suitable for rooms up to 538 sq. ft., this TaoTronics Ultrasonic humidifier silently adds the needed humidity to your home environment for easier breathing. This advanced humidifier allows you to set the level of humidity you desire, from 40 up to 95%, and the unit will maintain that setting at a constant level. You can also choose the amount of mist it emits, from low, medium or high depending on your preferences.

There is a sleep timer, and the LED display conveniently shows you the current humidity level as well as other settings you have programmed it to run.

It can run for up to 15 hrs on its one gallon capacity reservoir, so you can rest assured that it will not run out in the middle of the night.

The manufacturer does NOT recommend using this humidifier with any essential oils or aromatherapy products as some may have corrosive properties that can damage the unit and potentially lead to leaks.

Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier

Another popular Cool Mist Humidifier is this very modern looking teardrop shaped unit from Crane.  With its sleek good looks and performance you can count on, Crane delivers a nursery humidifier that can grow with your baby.  (Or it can be used in any room of the house, when a little moisture in the air is needed).

 

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Features of the Crane Teardrop Cool Mist Humidifier:

  • Increases air moisture for easier breathing to relieve symptoms of cough, cold, and flu.
  • Ultrasonic operation does not require a filter to run, but a demineralization filter is available.
  • One Gallon Capacity allows for up to 24 hrs. of operation between refills.
  • Auto shutoff safety sensor
  • 360° swivel output nozzle for directional misting
  • Produces up to 2.3 gallon moisture output per day
  • Whisper-quite ultrasonic operation runs up to 24 hours

5 Reasons to use Humidifier in Babys Room

Crane Character Humidifier Styles

If you would like a cuter look or something to fit in better with your nursery decor, they offer a lot of character style humidifiers as well.

No matter what your nursery theme, you can probably find an adorable cool mist humidifier that will look great while serving to help your child breath easier through the night. You can check them out below.

Crane 1gal Cool Mist
Frog
Crane 1gal Cool Mist
Hello Kitty
Crane 1gal Cool Mist
Cow
Crane 1gal Cool Mist ElephantCrane 1gal Cool Mist
Train
Crane 1gal Cool Mist
Dog
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Duck
Crane 1gal Cool Mist HippoCrane 1gal Cool Mist
Tiger
Crane 1gal Cool Mist
Owl

Best Warm Mist Humidifiers

If the warm mist style humidifier is more to your liking, then you may want to check out these units – they are the top rated according to Amazon.com customers. The Most popular and best rated warm mist humidifier we found was the Vicks

VicksHoneywellHolmesKeystoneCraneSPT Dual-Mist Warm/Cool

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