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Best Humidifiers For Your Baby

Our reviews cover the top rated brands and are sure to keep the baby cool and relieve congestion.

Humidifiers work to add moisture to the air, and can be extremely helpful in aiding in overcoming illnesses like colds or flu or combating dry skin during the winter months. But are humidifiers safe for babies? The consensus is that humidifiers can be safe and effective for all ages, but should not be overused.

The EPA states, “It is important to use a humidifier only when conditions require it, to use the correct moisture setting for existing conditions, and to clean it thoroughly.”

Your baby will not need a humidifier daily, but there will undoubtedly become a time when they are struggling with chest congestion, and you will be eager to find them some relief. Being prepared is the key, and instead of running to the drugstore to purchase whatever humidifier is on hand, it’s best to be knowledgeable and prepared on the subject. Here we’ve reviewed our favorite humidifiers for your baby.

How Humidifiers Work

Cool Mist

There are two types of cool mist humidifiers: evaporative and ultrasonic. Evaporative cool mist humidifiers use a wick filter to press water up through a fan and blow a fine mist into the air. Ultrasonic cool mist humidifiers use high-frequency sound vibrations to create a cool mist. Don’t worry though; you won’t be bothered (or even able to hear) these tiny vibrations.

Warm Mist

Warm mist humidifiers are generally not recommended for use around babies because of the obvious safety concern with burns if the baby were to get too close. However, warm mist humidifiers can still be used with caution, and some doctors even recommend them over their cool mist counterparts.

According to Dr. Sears, “Warm air is cleaner and warm, moist air equals easier breathing.” Undoubtedly, warm-mist humidifiers are better at killing any bacteria that may be residing in the water. These humidifiers work to vaporize water into the air with steam.

Whole House

Whole House humidifiers are generally large console units or units attached to your HVAC system that will provide a consistent level of humidity to your entire house. These units are usually found in places where the winters cause very dry air, or in homes with asthma or allergy sufferers. For our full review on best whole house humidifiers, click here.

Humidifiers with Diffusers

Some humidifiers have a built-in diffuser tray that allows you to diffuse essential oils or other inhalants, such as Vick’s VapoSteam. It’s important to only use these products in the humidifiers that they are meant for. Adding them to other humidifiers without the diffusing elements will not only potentially destroy your appliance, but could also make you sick and void your warranty.

Benefits of Humidifiers in the Nursery

Even though you likely won’t need to use your humidifier every single day, there are several benefits to keeping one on hand in your baby’s nursery. Many parents even opt to add a humidifier to their baby registry so that they will be prepared. So why should you have a humidifier in your nursery? Here are our top three reasons:

  1. Temperature and weather changes can significantly affect the humidity in the air. Furnaces also naturally dry out a home’s air. When the moisture in your home falls below 30%, our nasal passages can become very dry, and our throats can become scratchy. Humidifiers help a room keep an optimal level of moisture in the air.
  2. Humidifiers can help babies with incredibly dry skin and eczema. According to KidSpot, as many as 1 in 4 babies will develop eczema, which can cause very painful, itchy skin. Using a humidifier can help naturally heal your baby’s skin.
  3. Humidifiers are known for helping to clear chest congestion. There is nothing worse than listening to a baby cry because they have mucus in their chest. Using cold medicines and expectorants in infants is not recommended or safe, but a humidifier can genuinely help naturally.

What to Look For: Humidifiers for Babies

Humidifier Type

We have mentioned the types of humidifiers and how they work above, and below in the section Cool Mist Vs. Warm Mist Vaporizer for Babies we detail why there isn’t a clear-cut winner when it comes to type. Ultimately up to your preference and lifestyle, you will choose between cool mist, warm mist, whole house, or humidifier with a diffuser.

Safe & Clean Materials

When purchasing a humidifier for your baby, you will want to make sure that the materials are both safe (not too hot to the touch, no sharp edges, tip-over protection) and clean/easy-to-clean. Some of this is the manufacturer’s responsibility, but it will ultimately be up to you to control the environment your child is in by using the humidifier in a safe space and cleaning it regularly.

Room Coverage/Capacity

In general, unless you have a whole-house humidifier, you can expect your humidifier to cover one medium-to-large room. The nice thing about these humidifiers is that they are easily transported from room-to-room, so especially when you’re not feeling well, you can keep it right with you. Tank capacity will also vary from model to model. Some humidifiers are very large with 5-liter tanks, and some are very small. The tank size and level of outputted mist will determine how long your humidifier will run.

Ease of Cleaning

All humidifiers should have their water changed daily, and be deep cleaned every few days, regardless of which model you choose. Some humidifiers are easier to clean than others. We especially recommend models that have dishwasher safe pieces, as this will ensure complete sanitation. Many of the reviews for humidifiers detail precisely how long the unit should take to clean. Even when not in use, make sure not to like water sit in your humidifier, as it can become stagnant. 

Noise Level

While all humidifiers will create at least some sound, there is quite a range of what types of sounds you can expect. Traditional evaporative humidifiers generally create more noise and can be compared with the low hum of a running computer or a small fan. These models also sometimes make small “bubbling” sounds as the water levels change. Ultrasonic humidifiers are known for being extremely quiet. This is because their output is created by tiny high-frequency vibrations.

Daily Humidity Output

Daily humidity output generally refers to whole-house humidifiers, and you can expect this reading to be marked by GPD or Gallons Per Day. For the humidifiers in this post, the daily humidity output will depend on what setting you have your humidifier at but will be far lower than what you would expect from a whole-house humidifier.

Weight and Dimensions

You’ll want to ensure that you have space to place your new humidifier properly. All of the humidifiers on this list for baby’s nursery will fit nicely on top of a dresser or on the floor in your baby’s room. Some of the models are ultra-small. For curious toddlers, we recommend purchasing a humidifier that will sit up high where a toddler cannot reach, and that you unplug the cord and secure it to the base when not in use so that the child doesn’t pull the device on top of them.

Filter or No Filter

Some humidifiers have a filter that needs to be cleaned periodically. While the filters are great for catching any microorganisms from dispersing into the air, units with filters are known for being much more difficult to clean. Generally, only cool-mist humidifiers will have filters, as warm mist units will heat up enough to kill any microorganisms.


Most humidifiers come with at least a 1-year warranty, and honestly, I would be wary of purchasing one that didn’t come with some kind of guarantee. The warranty is usually meant to cover any part that is broken on arrival, or any major flaw (like a total loss of power after only two months). But in general, you won’t find warranties for humidifiers lasting longer than three years or so. The average life of a humidifier is about 2-5 years, and given their low cost, you’re  better off purchasing a new product than jumping through hoops with the manufacturer.

Extra Features

Many humidifiers offer additional features that add to the function and ambiance of having a humidifier. Some extra features to look for are a built-in diffuser for essential oils, a timer feature that will automatically run the humidifier at your command, overflow or tip-over protection, and auto-shutoff. Especially for babies, we like humidifiers that have a built-in nightlight.

10 Best Humidifiers for Babies Reviewed


Best Cool Mist Humidifier for Baby

Type Cool Mist Humidifier
Water Tank Capacity 4 Liters
Room Coverage (sq. ft) 106-322 Square Feet
Run Time on Full Tank 12-30 Hours
Dimensions 8.1 x 5.3 x 11.8 inches
Warranty Yes – 18 Month Warranty

When it comes to babies and small children, cool mist humidifiers are greatly preferred because they are by far the safest design around curious little hands. We have found that the best cool mist humidifier for baby is the TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier.

With a 4-liter tank, this humidifier has the capability to run all night long, or even up to 30 hours on the lowest setting. Not only that, but the humidifier is whisper-quiet at just 38 decibels, so it won’t in any way disrupt your little one’s sleep. (38 decibels is comparable to the sound of a computer.)

My favorite feature is the built-in humidistat, which tells you your current room’s humidity percentage, and will help you reach the desired humidity of 40-60%. The nightlight and sleep mode are also excellent additions to an already jam-packed list of features. Purchased should be aware that this particular model is not suitable for use with essential oils. We have other products down our list that are a better choice for aromatherapy lovers.


  • Whisper-quiet function
  • Built-in humidistat
  • Large 4-liter tank with the capacity to run up to 30 hours
  • Comes with microporous cartridge filters to filter the water from microorganisms and bad odors


  • Not for use with essential oils
  • Some users have complained that this unit is very difficult to clean

Vicks 1-Gallon

Best Warm Mist Humidifier for Baby

Type Warm Mist Humidifier
Water Tank Capacity 3.8 Liters
Room Coverage (sq. ft) Not Specified – Small to Medium
Run Time on Full Tank 12 Hours
Dimensions 12″ x 7.9″ x 14.2″
Warranty Yes – 3 Year Warranty

As we mentioned above in our buying guide, warm mist humidifiers can still be used with extreme care and caution around babies and can provide many benefits. The best warm mist humidifier for baby is this Vick’s 1-Gallon. It can run all night long (up to 12 hours) while creating a comfortable environment and minimizing chest congestion.

What I love about this Vick’s Brand model is that it runs without a filter, and is incredibly easy to clean. Some of the pieces are even top-rack dishwasher safe, which gives parents a peace of mind knowing the unit is getting a deep, sanitized clean.

On the Target website, user MommaBear414925 tells us that, “This is the best warm air humidifier that I have ever used! Both of my daughters were sick with strep throat, and this was immensely helpful in their treatment! Also, you can use Vick’s patch things so the humidifier puts out soothing Vick’s menthol scent. It’s a spectacular product and I would recommend it to anyone, especially when you use it to treat a cold or flu!”

It should be noted that this Vick’s Warm Mist Humidifier does have a medicine cup for diffusing Vick’s VapoSteam. However, Vick’s VapoSteam is never recommended for children under the age of 2 years, as the vapors are considered much too strong.


  • A large tank can run all through the night
  • Warm mist is highly recommended for chest congestion
  • 3-year warranty
  • Filter-free model
  • Some parts are top-rack dishwasher safe


  • Cannot use VapoSteam function on children under 2

Winjoy Villsure

Quietest Humidifier for Baby

Type Cool Mist Humidifier w/Diffuser
Water Tank Capacity 5 Liters
Room Coverage (sq. ft) Up to 550 Square Feet
Run Time on Full Tank 20 Hours
Dimensions 12.8 x 8.8 x 8.7 inches
Warranty Yes – 2 Year Warranty

The Winjoy brand isn’t necessarily a household name, but they are gaining credibility with products like their clothes steamers, grow lights for plants, and now their cool mist humidifiers.

In fact, the Villsure Cool Mist Humidifier by Winjoy was given 5 stars by over 95% of customers on Amazon. Customer Muna says, “I absolutely love this humidifier. It has larger capacity of 5L which is more than enough for a whole night. It doesn’t make any noise. It is so quiet. The mist level setting works perfectly from minimum to maximum. It is easy to use no any special instruction to follow. Just open the water filling nozzle and fill the water then plugin and set the mist level and we are all set to go.”

Our findings show that this model is the quietest humidifier for baby. The manufacturer specifications state that it produces less than 36 dba of noise and we found that it is as quiet it claims. For obvious reasons, this low level of sound is excellent for sleeping babies.

I personally wish that the water tank on this model was transparent, but it does come with a handy gauge that shows you how much water is remaining. It is also one of the few cool mist humidifiers to have a diffuser and be compatible with essential oils.


  • High-quality, inexpensive cool mist humidifier
  • Has a diffuser tray for essential oils
  • Huge 5-liter tank capacity
  • No filters needed, easy to clean design


  • The brand is not as well-known as some others
  • Opening for water is very small


Best Humidifier + Diffuser for Baby

Type Cool Mist Humidifier w/Diffuser
Water Tank Capacity 0.7 Liters
Room Coverage (sq. ft) Small to Medium
Run Time on Full Tank 20+ Hours
Dimensions 6.5 x 6.3 x 5.7 inches
Warranty Yes – 1 Year Warranty

The URPOWER Square is admittedly more of a diffuser than an actual humidifier, but it will release some moisture into the air as will any diffuser and is perfect for use with essential oils. When using essential oils around your baby, it’s important to do your research and make sure that you’re only using therapeutic grade essential oils that are safe for babies. (You should never use essential oils around babies under three months of age.)

What I love about the URPOWER Square is that it can also safely be used without essential oils to provide the gentlest mist throughout your baby’s nursery, and it also acts as a calming nightlight. An LED light glows in seven different colors that can be rotated, or fixed on a particular color. The brightness can also be adjusted.

The URPOWER Square is relatively inexpensive, but if you’re new to diffusers or looking for a different style, this URPOWER model is an even cheaper alternative with a vase-shaped look. With over 33,000 reviews on Amazon, this mini-version is super popular.


  • Inexpensive diffuser
  • Works as a nightlight with 7 different colors
  • The small model will fit almost anywhere
  • Auto shut-off


  • Only has a 0.7 L tank
  • More of a diffuser than an actual humidifier

Pure Enrichment MistAire

Best Small Humidifier for Baby

Type Cool Mist Humidifier
Water Tank Capacity 1.5 Liters
Room Coverage (sq. ft) 250 Square Feet
Run Time on Full Tank 16+ Hours
Dimensions 10.9 x 9.2 x 6.9 inches
Warranty Yes – 2 Year Warranty

The Pure Enrichment MistAire Cool Mist Humidifier is a fantastic choice is you’re looking for a small humidifier for your baby. It doesn’t have a huge tank-like some of the others that we’ve looked at, but it still holds 1.5 liters – enough to keep it running for upwards of 16 hours.

The sleek design of this humidifier makes it an ideal bedside companion, and with the completely transparent water tank, you’ll know exactly what your water level is and how clean the inside is too. Not only that, but it is whisper quiet. This humidifier is an ultrasonic model, meaning that it runs on high-frequency vibrations.

Users seem to love this humidifier. Mianly because of the relatively inexpensive price tag and the value for money it offers. With over 10 thousand reviews on Amazon alone, this brand is one of the most popular on the market.

This particular model is a little more difficult to clean than other humidifiers we’ve looked at, but it does come with a handy little brush for helping to reach the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.


  • Ultra-quiet operation
  • Night light feature is optional
  • 2-year warranty


  • More difficult to clean than other humidifiers
  • Beeps when you turn it on/off

Everlasting Comfort

Best Humidifier for Baby with Night Light

Type Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier w/ Diffuser
Water Tank Capacity 6 Liters
Room Coverage (sq. ft) 400 Square Feet
Run Time on Full Tank 50 Hours
Dimensions 14.3 x 12.4 x 7.9 inches
Warranty Yes – 2 Year Warranty

The Everlasting Comfort Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is a model with what you might call “all the bells and whistles.” It’s a little bit pricier than other models we’ve looked at, but that its additional features are worth it. For one thing, the holding tank on this humidifier is 6 liters! At the lowest setting, the Everlasting Comfort can run for over 50 hours. (If you do plan to run your humidifier for several days without cleaning, I recommend adding one of these Aquasticks to help prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.)

Several humidifiers come with built-in night lights, but I think that the Everlasting Comfort is the best humidifier for baby with a night light because the light here is an extremely subtle blue LED light. There is also an essential oils tray for easy diffusing.

Ultrasonic devices are known for being super quiet, and this humidifier is no exception.

On the Everlasting Comfort website, Kim says, “This is beyond whisper quiet. You don’t know it’s there. It puts out the perfect amount of moisture. Compared with previous humidifiers, this one is remarkable.”

The only negative about this humidifier is that it can get extremely heavy and difficult to carry when filled. If possible, I would put into place and then fill with distilled water so that you don’t have to carry it when full.


  • Comes in both black and white
  • Built-in nightlight for baby
  • Extremely quiet
  • Huge 6-liter tank


  • More expensive than other models
  • A full tank is very heavy and difficult to move

TaoTronics TT-AH002

Best Humidifier for Small-Medium Sized Rooms

Type Cool Mist Humidifier
Water Tank Capacity 3.5 Liters
Room Coverage (sq. ft) 107-322 Square Feet
Run Time on Full Tank 10 Hours
Dimensions 8.7 x 8 x 12.2 inches
Warranty Yes – 1 Year Warranty

Finding the right size humidifier can be a little tricky, especially when you’re trying to cover an entire room like a nursery or bedroom in which you still want to keep the humidifier out of the child’s reach. The TaoTronics TT-AH002 is the best humidifier for small-medium sized rooms because it effectively works with two 360-degree spouts so that you can direct airflow to the entire room. In my opinion, this dual-nozzle feature greatly increases the amount of space the humidifier can cover, without the need to purchase a larger unit.

This TaoTronics cool mist humidifier is also, in my opinion, the most stylish humidifier on our list. It does come in the classic blue/white model if that is your preference, but it is also available in a brown/faux wood finish that gives it a retro-vibe, or a darling purple color as well.

This model has a built-in ceramic filter that “filters out water impurity, harmful bacteria, and bad odor at a molecular level, leaving you with clean and pure water vapor,” according to the company.

Simply fill the tank, and it will run all night while remaining quiet. This, combined with amount of mist is bellows out, make the ToaTronic a fantastic choice for infants. Dial it up or down depending on how much mist you want and the climate you live in.


  • Budget-friendly humidifier for small-medium rooms
  • Has two 360-degree nozzles for maximum mist coverage
  • Comes in three beautiful designs


  • Cannot be used with essential oils
  • Difficult to clean

Elechomes UC5501

Best Dual Mist Humidifier

Type Cool Mist and Warm Mist Humidifier w/ Diffuser
Water Tank Capacity 6 Liters
Room Coverage (sq. ft) 750 Square Feet
Run Time on Full Tank 40 Hours
Dimensions 11.6 x 7.7 x 11 inches
Warranty Yes – 1 Year Warranty

The Elechomes UC5501 is what we call a dual mist humidifier, meaning that it has both a cool mist function and a warm mist component. If you’re on the fence about what type of humidifier is best for your home, a dual mist option is a great choice. However, you can expect to pay a premium for both options. This one tops our list for best dual mist humidifier.

For one this, this Elechomes model can cover an enormous area. With a 6-liter tank, this humidifier can work in rooms up to 750 square feet.  It has a very modern LED screen with light-up buttons on the front, but in sleep mode, you will hardly know the humidifier is there at all. It also comes with a diffuser tray for essential oils and a handy remote control, so this model really is an all-in-one humidifier. Elechomes models are sold exclusively on Amazon through the company, so you can rest assured that you’re getting the product that you expected when purchasing.


  • Cool Mist, Warm Mist and Diffuser Functions
  • Can humidify rooms up to 750 square feet
  • Comes with remote control and easy to read LED screen
  • Large-mouth opening for easy access to the tank (very easy to clean)


  • More expensive than other humidifier models

Venta LW25 Airwasher 2-in-1

Best Humidifier + Air Purifier for Babies

Type Cool Mist Humidifier w/ Air Purifier
Water Tank Capacity 7.571 Liters
Room Coverage (sq. ft) 400 Square Feet
Run Time on Full Tank Gallons per day
Dimensions 11.8 x 13 x 11.8 inches

The Venta LW25 Airwasher has a very fitting name, because not only will it help your child breath better during the dry months, but it will also literally wash the air in your home. The filter-less design of the Venta LW25 will help to remove dust, pollen, pet dander, and other microorganisms from the air. The basin is also very easy to clean. The idea with evaporative models like this one is that only water can evaporate, not minerals, etc. So, you will likely see some sediment with each cleaning on the bottom, but this is normal.

This Venta 2-in-1 comes in several sizes so that you can ensure the proper fit for your baby’s nursery. There are options for 200 square feet, 400 square feet, and 800 square feet. It also comes in a black or white design.

Venta’s website is full of raving testimonials from your average Joe to movie stars and musicians. Everyone agrees that the Venta Airwasher is the best humidifier and air purifier combo.


  • Works as a humidifier + air purifier
  • No filter needed / easy cleaning
  • Comes in several sizes for the perfect fit
  • Model for 400 square feet holds 7.571 liters


  • More expensive than a typical humidifier
  • Some complaints on the boring, box-like design

Honeywell HCM350W

Best Germ-Free Humidifier for Baby

Type Cool Mist Humidifier with UV Light
Water Tank Capacity 3.8 Liters
Room Coverage (sq. ft) In square feet
Run Time on Full Tank 24 Hours
Dimensions 17.5 x 9.4 x 11.8 inches

The Honeywell brand is known especially for their air filters (which there is a pretty good chance you’re already using in your home). They also have their hand in other products like humidifiers and smart home devices. For best germ-free humidifier for baby, we have the Honeywell HCM350W. This humidifier uses a special UV light to kill up to 99.99% bacteria and germs in the water without having to create heat, which makes it especially useful around a baby. The diagram below shows how this technology works.

how humidifier worksThe humidifier’s scientifically proven process uses patented Ultra-Violet light technology to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria, mold, fungus, and virus in the unit’s water. This provides the assurance that the moisture the humidifier emits is virtually free of germs.

  1. Untreated tap water flows from the water tank into the UV water path where it is exposed to ultra-violet light, which kills mold, bacteria, fungus, and virus.
  2. The sanitized water enters the base where it is absorbed by the wicking filter.
  3. Dry indoor air is drawn through the filter absorbing the moisture.
  4. Up to 99.9% Germ Free moisture is emitted into the air as a fine visible mist.

Personally, I find this option from Honeywell not only perfect for your nursery but the ideal cool mist humidifier for anyone who is worried about their humidifier harboring germs.

The only downside of this humidifier is that the filter will need to be replaced every 30-60 days, and at around $12 per filter, this can become a little costly over time. For the germ protection though, we think it’s worth it!

Why Should You Use a Humidifier for your Baby

Your baby likely won’t need a humidifier on a daily basis, but they can be extremely handy when used under special circumstances, such as:

  1. Your baby is suffering from the common cold with chest congestion. Humidifiers can loosen any chest congestion and help your baby breathe easier.
  2. The air in your home is very dry. This usually happens in the winter, and some tell-tale signs are static electricity and dry, chapped skin. Humidifiers can bring your home’s humidity levels up to healthier levels.
  3. Your baby is suffering from a skin condition like eczema. Adding moisture to the air can help aid in the healing process.

Cool Mist Vs. Warm Mist Vaporizer for Babies

Cool mist humidifiers work to create a cold, fine mist into the air and humidify a room, whereas warm mist vaporizers heat the water up significantly to create and release hot steam into the air.

There is some disagreement with which is better for your baby, so when it comes down to it, it will really be based on your own family’s circumstances. The Mayo Clinic, for example, preaches that cool mist humidifiers should always be used around young babies and children, primarily for the concerns of burns. However, Dr. Sears would argue that warm air from vaporizers is actually cleaner and more effective. We recommend that no matter which option you choose, the humidifier needs to be kept safely out of reach of your child, and the child should never be left alone with the machine (unless they are contained in a crib, for instance).

Humidifiers and Aromatherapy

Essential oils have been around for hundreds of years, but are recently gaining popularity due to their natural healing properties. Aromatherapy is essentially how our brains perceive these essential oils through smell.

Not all humidifiers are able to diffuse essential oils, but there are many on the market that come with components specifically for aromatherapy, including some on our list like the Winjoy Villsure Cool Mist Humidifier. We recommend reading the user manual to any humidifier completely before using with essential oils, as we would hate for you to break your machine or void your warranty inadvertently.

Likewise, not all essential oils are safe for baby, but many can be used with extreme care and caution. This blog post from Healthline details seven essential oils that are safe for baby, and how to use them effectively.

Other Safety Concerns

Burn Risk

The primary concern with safety and humidifiers for babies is the burn risk. Warm mist (or steam) humidifiers can create very hot water. They should never be used around babies who are mobile and might have the ability to knock it over or get too close.

Bacteria and Molds

Failure to clean your humidifier properly and often can lead to the growth of bacteria and molds in your home. This article from TIME Magazine details some of the more specific hazards, and how to avoid them in your home.


The ideal humidity level for a home is between 40-60%. If you use your humidifier too often, or you are using the settings at a very high-level, you risk increasing the humidity to unsafe levels. Over-moisturizing your home can lead to condensation on the windows, peeling paint, wet surfaces, mold, and more. It’s all about a fine balance when it comes to using your humidifier.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do babies need humidifiers?

Babies do not need humidifiers on a daily basis, but most parents choose to purchase a humidifier for instances when the air is extremely dry, or the baby is suffering from a cold/chest congestion. Humidifiers can greatly help in these situations.

Are humidifiers good for newborn babies?

Everyone gets colds and chest congestion from time to time, and a humidifier can be very helpful. However, if your infant is under three months old, it is always best to check with your pediatrician before using a humidifier. Humidifiers are never intended to replace medical help from a professional – only to be used in conjunction as an aid.

How close should a humidifier be to a baby?

Your baby’s humidifier should be on a stable surface at least two feet off the ground, and completely out of reach from your baby. Many parents choose to keep their humidifier on a dresser or shelf several feet away from the baby’s crib. Most parents use a baby monitor these days so you can always check for any issues or malfunctions.

What type of water should I use?

Humidifiers should always be used with distilled water, as tap water can cause the humidifier to release minerals from the water into the air. For more information on why you should use distilled water in humidifiers, check out this article from Quora.

Is it safe to use essential oils in a humidifier for babies?

There is still a lot of research to be done when it comes to essential oils and the safety of babies, but some have been shown to have benefits. We recommend thoroughly researching each essential oil before you use around your baby or toddler. Some great starting points are this article by Medical News Today and the book, Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants and Young Children.

Can you put Vick’s in a humidifier for a baby?

Vick’s Vapors should never be used in humidifiers around babies who are under two years old because the vapors are too strong. Instead, you can use a product like Vick’s Baby Rub on your infant’s chest, which is specifically made as a gentle formula for your infant age 3+ months.

Is it safe to put eucalyptus oil in a baby humidifier?

According to Healthline, when it comes to eucalyptus, there are two main varieties: eucalyptus globulus and eucalyptus radiata. Eucalyptus radiata is safe for babies and children and works as a natural expectorant, whereas eucalyptus globulus should only be used for adults.

How often do I need to clean my baby’s humidifier?

We recommend changing the water in your baby’s humidifier daily and performing a deep clean (with mild detergent, no harsh chemicals) every three days.

Which time of the day should I use this device?

When you use a humidifier is generally up to preference. However, most people choose to run theirs overnight while they are sleeping to help aid with breathing. Some parents also choose to run their baby’s humidifier at naptime.


Humidifiers can provide a lot of benefits to babies, and your nursery should be prepared for the day you’ll inevitably need one. With a little care and research, you can find the perfect humidifier for your needs. If you’re in a pinch and need a humidifier ASAP, let me recommend this cool mist humidifier by TaoTronics.

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