Our Top 7 Humidifiers For Kid
For mothers and fathers that are expecting children, taking every precaution necessary to keep your child healthy, happy and safe is paramount. Many parents wonder whether they should use a humidifier in their baby’s room and what the advantages and disadvantages of this may be.
Young children are susceptible to illness and many suffer throat infections or colds several times a year. For a while now, humidifiers have been recommended as a solution to this problem since increased air humidity can help children breathe easier when they have a stuffy nose. During winter especially your heating system will dry out the air and potentially cause problems for you baby’s sinuses and respiratory tracts. A humidifier can help with this, and even protect your child from allergies and dry skin.
Buying a humidifier for your child’s room can have many advantages. The humid air will reduce the risk of illness, soothe cold and flu symptoms (including irritated nasal passages, congestion, sinusitis, irritated bronchial tubes, irritated throat and more), protect your child’s skin and provide warmth to the baby. Yes, even your bills could go down with a humidifier in your child’s room since moist air will increase the heat in the room. For example, if the temperature of the air in a room 70 degrees, and the room has very low humidity, the room will feel like it is, say, 67 degrees. If you turn up the humidity to 50 percent then the air will feel like 69 degrees.
Humidifiers also have the added benefit of preventing asthma and staving off allergies. On top of that, humidifiers are also known to help combat irritants and pollutants in the air and you can therefore feel confident that your child is breathing healthy, clean air.
As well as the health of your baby, with a humidifier you can also look forward to more sleep yourself, too. It’s a fact that a comfortable baby sleeps better. Many new parents think that a humidifier is only necessary if their child is suffering from a cold, but that fact is that a humidifier will help your child sleep much better since dry air is uncomfortable, and the heating from your central heating system just makes it worse. With a humidifier your child will be breathing much more comfortable air, and should have less trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep at night. Phew.
Which type of humidifier should you buy for your child’s room?
There are thre main types of humidifiers: cold mist humidifiers, warm mist humidifiers and ultrasonic humidifiers. There are advantages to both different kinds. Let’s take a look at them.
Cold mist humidifiers
Cold mist humidifiers work by bringing in untreated air into the system and then pushing it past a wick filter with a fan. As it passes the filter the air absorbs moisture and is emitted through the unit.
Since this appliance does not heat water, there is little concern about safety in terms of your child burning itself. These machines can be noisy, but are usually preferred for children as they are basic, easy to use and safe.
Warm mist humidifiers
With warm mist humidifiers, heat is used to vaporize the water and push it out into the room as a warm steam. With this type of humidifier, there is the risk of your child touching the unit or the mist and burning themselves. If you do opt for this type of humidifier, be sure to keep it well out of reach.
The advantages of a warm mist humidifier are that it helps with colds as the warm mist is better to breathe, and also germs and bacteria are killed when the water is boiled, so the air is definitely healthy once it leaves the machine.
The quietest of the three, ultrasonic humidifiers use a plate that vibrates at ultrasonic speeds to break apart the water in the tank. It is then pushed out into the room. These humidifiers can be more sophisticated and adjustable than the other kinds, and use very little energy.
Which humidifier to buy for my child?
Humidifiers come in various different designs, and for your kid’s room no doubt you’ll want a unit that is safe, cute and reliable. We’ve picked out our top 5.
- Crane Adorable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
If you’re looking for a humidifier for your child’s room, this adorable range of humidifiers could be exactly what you need. Coming in a range of different shapes, including animals such as pandas, pigs, dragons, tigers, frogs, penguins and elephants, these humidifiers are perfect for your little bundle of joy.
The mist is emitted from the animal’s ears. These humidifiers are ultrasonic, which means they use a vibrating plate that runs at a high frequency and breaks the water in the tank to vapor. Unlike other types of humidifiers. These humidifiers come with a 1 gallon tank that offer a 2.1 gallon output. This makes them suitable for smaller rooms of up to 250 square feet. They also have a demineralization filter cartridge that helps to reduce white dust, which can be bothersome for both adults and children.
These humidifiers really cater to the needs of children. Their simple, safe design is perfect for a kid’s room. They’re quick and easy to set up and very easy to adjust using the big knob at the front of the humidifier. These humidifiers can run for around 12 hours, which means you can be sure of a decent night’s sleep.
Perfect for a child, this humidifier scores high on price, reliability, design and ease of use.
- Vicks Vul520 Filter-Free Cool-Mist Humidifier
The Vicks Vul520 Filter-Free Cool-Mist Humidifier may not look as adorable as the Crane model above, but since it comes recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, you know it is going to be a solid, useful humidifier for your child.
This Vicks® humidifier comes in pink or blue and is perfect for a baby or child’s room. What’s great about this humidifier is that it has no filter. That means you never have to replace the filters or worry about them clogging up with bacteria that your child could breathe. The Vicks Vul520 Filter-Free Cool-Mist Humidifier also has an integrated Scent Pad Heater, which uses Vicks VapoPads. You can use this for extra relief.
The tank on the Vicks Vul520 Filter-Free Cool-Mist Humidifier will operate for 10 hours and holds half a gallon of water. When the tank is empty the machine automatically shuts off, which is great since it means it won’t burn out or get damaged. It’s also very easy to clean and extremely easy to move around.
- ReMEDies Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
While not a humidifier designed specifically for children, there is no doubt that the ReMEDies Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is one of the best in the price range. What makes it great for your child is the fact that it comes with a seven-color changing nightlight and the option of using soothing essential oils.
Unlike other humidifiers in its price range, the ReMEDies humidifier’s adjustable pressure setting is very useful. The ReMEDies humidifier has a number of pressure settings available on the easy-to-turn dial which is found in the front of the humidifier. The location of this knob also makes it very easy to use. Because of its size and weight, the humidifier is also easy to clean and move around, so if your little one wants to sleep in your room for the night that’s no problem – you just bring the humidifier to where you are.
- Enviracaire Germ Free Warm Mist Humidifier
If your child is susceptible to getting colds, the winter season can be very frustrating, uncomfortable and unhappy. The Germ Free Warm Mist Humidifier from Enviracaire is extremely useful in battling colds. It kills almost all germs and bacteria in the area when it runs, and boasts an ultraviolet light antimicrobial chamber which is used for sterilization. The vaporization of the mineral dust in the air helps to ensure a healthy environment in your child’s room.
The Germ Free Warm Mist Humidifier from Enviracaire also features a medicine cup which allows the unit to release a soothing steam that will help your child’s throat, sniffly nose and much more. This is a very quiet humidifier, which is great for your child when they fall asleep. The Germ Free Warm Mist Humidifier can hold water for 24 hours before it needs refilling, which is a decent amount of time.
While the unit is good for children if they have colds, you should also be very careful since it can be hot to touch and, like all warm air humidifiers, could be dangerous if it is knocked over. Be sure to keep it well out of reach of children, and make sure it cannot be knocked over.
- Air O Swiss U200 Ultrasonic Humidifier
If you are looking for a humidifier to put in your baby’s bedroom the Air O Swiss U200 Ultrasonic Humidifier features an array of safety features, is well priced and suits a smaller sized bedroom. It is easily portable, and thanks to ultrasonic technology it is quiet and does not require heat to run, which can be an issue with warm mist humidifiers.
The Air O Swiss U200 Ultrasonic Humidifier works in areas up to 430 square feet, which is plenty for most children’s rooms. It’s an extremely easy to use humidifier with manual controls that allows you to set and adjust the levels of humidity based on some pre-set settings. The Air O Swiss U200 Ultrasonic Humidifier is almost silent when it runs, so you don’t have to worry about noise. As an extra safety feature for your child, the Hydro Cell and demineralization cartridge ensure that only safe mist is dispersed. This is essential because children can be sensitive to white mist and bacteria that can be promoted with some humidifiers.
This humidifier must be elevated 2 feet off the ground to run properly. As a small, light model that does not cause too much of a problem, but it is something to keep in mind. The Air O Swiss U200 Ultrasonic Humidifier is geared towards people that aren’t looking for the most expensive humidifier out there, but one that works in a reliable way, is easy to use and is safe.
- SPT Polar Bear Ultrasonic Humidifier
Like the Crane Adorable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, the SPT Polar Bear Ultrasonic Humidifier is truly adorable, and will look great in your child’s room.
With a cute polar bear design, this ultrasonic, cool mist humidifier has an adjustable mist intensity, a 2-liter tank capacity and is designed for rooms up to 450 square feet.
If you’re looking to relieve your baby from the discomfort that nighttime in winter brings, or just add some moisture back to its skin, this humidifier will do a great job of looking great for your child, and giving you peace of mind.
- PowerPure 2000 Ultrasonic Humidifier
We love the way the PowerPure 2000 Ultrasonic Humidifier looks. It has a unique design and is very compact which makes it easy to carry around. It can emit up to 1.75 gallons of moisture a day and humidifies rooms of up to 300 square feet. It comes with a hygrometer and so you simply have to decide upon your preferred level of humidity on the LCD screen and the PowerPure 2000 Ultrasonic Humidifier will do the rest for you. That makes it somewhat more sophisticated than some of the other humidifiers on this list, but you will be paying for the difference.
You don’t need a filter with this humidifie as the PowerPure 2000 Ultrasonic Humidifier has a permanent ceramic filter that softens and cleans the water before it is emitted. It also comes with a timer and a nightlight which makes it great for your child’s room.