How to Choose Humidifier for Baby?

Your baby nursery is almost fully set up and your research indicates that this room must have a humidifier. Medical experts, journals, blog posts and friends all allude to the fact that this machine will improve the overall well-being of your toddler. In this post, I will discuss: How to Choose Humidifier for Baby?

You are now aware of the well-established fact that a humidifier which works by moistening the air in the nursery helps ease a cough and congestion, thereby helping your baby to sleep better. In line with best practices, you must choose a humidifier for the comfort of your little one.

How Do You Choose the Best Humidifier for Your Baby Nursery?

Broadly speaking, there are two categories of humidifiers – the cool-mist humidifier and the warm-mist humidifier.

Some medical experts advocate that you use cool mist humidifiers for children based on safety concerns. Others are of the opinion that warm air is cleaner, so they prefer the warm-mist humidifier.

How to Choose Humidifier for Baby

The safety concern is informed by the fact that hot water or steam from the warm mist humidifier might burn children if they get too close. In addition, if the warm-mist unit accidentally falls, it may spill hot water on your kids. For this reason, if you must use a warm-mist product, ensure that it is placed in a position completely out of reach of children.

While this concern for safety might be well-informed, warm-mist humidifiers have the advantage of making the room feel warmer thus helping your child sleep better.

The cool-mist humidifier, on the other hand, is designed to overcome the specific shortcoming of the warm-mist version with regards to safety. This unit does not use a heating element, and it does not pose any danger of burning your child accidentally.

Here are a few notes in comparison I’d like to share:

  1. Both categories add moisture to the air, which helps ease congestion due to a cold, thereby helping the child sleep better.
  2. Since the little one sleeps better while using these products, the parents also sleep better, are more productive the next day, and earn more income. Remember – crying babies can reduce family income by 11%. This is true for both categories.
  3. While in use, the warm-mist humidifiers are quieter than the cool-mist humidifiers.
  4. The warm-mist humidifiers are also more durable and are less likely to break compared to the cool-mist humidifiers.
  5. Warm air usually helps children sleep better.
  6. In terms of cost, the warm-mist products are generally more affordable than the cool-mist category.
  7. Both categories are equally effective in humidifying the air.
  8. By the time the air gets to the lower respiratory tract of your child, it arrives at the same temperature regardless of if it was humidified by warm-mist or cool-mist humidifiers.
  9. The cool-mist humidifier is safer since unlike the warm-air variant, it’s nozzle will not burn your kid.
  10. Cool-mist humidifiers will not accidentally spill hot water nor produce steam which may cause burns in children.
  11. The FDA does not recommend the use of drugs in treating cold and congestion in children under 2 years of age. The best form of management is to humidify the air using any of these products.
  12. A well-maintained cold-mist humidifier poses little or no risk to your little angel (Emphasis on “well-maintained”). You have to clean and air-dry the unit regularly and change the water daily. Also, replace filters and cartridges when required.

I’ll quickly mention another classification for humidifiers which is based on a design for specific living area coverage. Under this classification, we have the central humidifier which is very large and can humidify the entire home.

Secondly, there is the console of the baby humidifier which is somewhat large and can humidify a relatively large area of your home.

Thirdly, there is the single room humidifier which can increase humidity in a single room or a smaller area of your home. This is the category will focus on since this write-up considers the baby nursery for boys and girls in particular.

Things to Consider in Choosing a Humidifier for Your Baby

Here are some key features and design parameters which will show you how to choose a humidifier for your baby nursery.

  1. Ease of Use:

The equipment should have a large tank capacity to hold enough water for the night, together with an auto shut-off mechanism to avoid excessive humidity. The presence of internal hygrometers, filters, timers and night lights will give you extra control over the use of this device.

I strongly advocate that you choose a product which has four or more of these added features I listed above.

You must also put the design into consideration as you do not want to pick a device which is too complicated to operate.

  1. Effectiveness:

In our article rating how quickly different brands increase the humidity in the same room space, you can actually compare the effectiveness of various brands. This particular index should be used together with others in making your decision.

  1. Design and Ease of Cleaning:

In my view, you must choose a brand which is designed in such a way that it is easy to clean. The presence of too many hard-to-reach areas will encourage the growth of bacteria and mold, both of which pose a health hazard to your baby.

You’re going to want to buy one which is very accessible for cleaning.

  1. A Humidifier That Has Antibacterial Properties:

Most humidifier brands in the market have antibacterial and anti-pathogenic properties which are very good for your baby’s health. A little research and you will find some brands with this feature.

Other Considerations:

If you choose a cool-mist humidifier, you have a choice to make between ultrasonic products and evaporative products. Ultrasonic products are more contemporary, quiet and efficient, but need some extra care while cleaning because they may sometimes produce white dust resulting from excess minerals in tap water.

Evaporative units were once very popular and have the advantage that they do not have problems with white dust. They, however, work using a powerful fan which more often than not, is very noisy. In addition, you constantly have to change its wicking filter which is the price to pay for its efficiency in removing mineral deposits.


After reading this article, your head may be spinning with all of the things you should be considered while searching for a safe and effective humidifier for your baby nursery.

A great rule of thumb is to put safety first when it comes to choosing the best humidifier for baby nursery. While warm-mist brands are very okay for adult rooms, do not take this chance to the nursery. With this, you will narrow your choice to the cool-mist products.

For whichever product you choose eventually, the most important consideration of note is that you must maintain it by cleaning every day to avoid the buildup of mineral deposits, mold and bacteria. Filters must be changed regularly for products with filters.

Angelica Murdock

Hi, there! I'm Angelica, a mother of two cutie pie and love being a parent. I created WelcomeParenthood blog to make parenting so much easier where I aim to publish parenting tips, tricks, and guideline. I also share review of various baby gears to add a new dimension to parenting experience, especially for first-time moms!

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