When my son was only a little more than a week old, he acquired a cold. Try as I might to keep viruses and bacteria away from him, I can’t do it on my own, especially when visitors keep frequenting our house to get a first look at our newborn. Although I ask every single person who held my son to wash their hands first and use hand sanitizers or alcohol, I can’t very well be sure they are not carrying viruses.
As we know, you can’t give babies less than 3 months old any sort of medicine, so you will have to make-do with non-medicinal approaches to getting rid of the cold. One is of course giving your little one breast milk since it has antibiotic properties. Another one is to look for the best humidifier for nursery rooms.
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Why a Humidifier?
A humidifier, as its name implies, helps increase the humidity of an area. According to recent studies, higher relative humidity (around 40% to 60%) reduces the survival rate of flu viruses in the air. Furthermore, the special essential oils mix used in humidifiers clear the air of bacteria and even dust. Once diffused, the essential oils are easily absorbed by the body, decongesting blockages caused by cold, making it easier for one to breathe. The diffusion process combined with the aroma of the oils have several other benefits such as:
- purifies the air
- helps you sleep well
- reduces stress and anxiety
However, you should not just use any essential oils that you have, else you might actually break the machine. Most essential oils ruin plastic, which can cause your machine to break down. Use only aroma and essential oil mixes made specially for humidifiers.
So yeah, when my baby had a cold, I rushed to find a humidifier in the mall, which was actually a mistake. In my haste, I just bought the first one the sales person offered me, and it was the most expensive. Little did I know that the same humidifier was available online for almost half the mall price!
There are several types of humidifiers available, but if your purpose is to help your child breathe properly when he has a cold, choose one that does not emit steam. Heat can destroy the essential oils, rendering them useless. Now, before rushing into buying a humidifier for your baby, take a look at my list of top humidifiers for babies based on my own and other moms’ experiences.
What is the Best Humidifier for Babies?
When choosing a humidifier for your baby, keep in mind that the ones that are best for nursery rooms are basic cool mist humidifiers and the ultrasonic humidifiers. Cool mist humidifiers make use of a high speed fan to convert water to vapor without heating it. As we mentioned previously, heat can destroy essential oils so we don’t want the types that makes use of heat.
Ultrasonic humidifiers, on the other hand, use an ultrasonic wave vibration board which emits a high-pitched sound which is inaudible to us humans. The vibration the sound creates shakes water into fine mist and blasts it into the air. With a basic cool mist humidifier, you can hear the whirring sound of the fan or oscillator, while with an ultrasonic humidifier, you can virtually hear nothing. The biggest difference between the two is of course the price; cool mist humidifiers are much cheaper than ultrasonic ones.
Here are my choices for best humidifier for nursery:
This machine can run for 16 hours straight, which is great especially since my little one now sleeps 13 hours straight from evening to morning. It has this 360 degree nozzle which can emit the water vapor into any direction, which is good so you won’t have to turn the machine every time if you want it to face a different part of the room. This humidifier has a two-speed mist control so you can adjust how much it emits at a time.
Like other humidifiers, it has a soothing night light which you can turn off or on. It also has an auto power off feature for when the water goes below minimum level. It comes with a small brush that you can use for cleanings, specially for hard to reach areas (mainly at the bottom). You can also detach the power cord; one less thing to worry about when cleaning the unit. It runs quietly, as if it wasn’t there. One thing I didn’t like is that it makes this loud beep when “pressing” the button, which can be a hassle when your baby is already sleeping. The beep is to confirm the “press” action because there really is no button in place, but a sensor.
This is one of the biggest humidifiers I’ve seen, which means it can contain more water and function longer than other. Continuously on the lowest setting, this humidifier can run for up to 36 hours! It has a night light which can cycle to different colors, or go steady on a color of your choice (you can also turn it off if you want). Its material is said to prevent mold growth, which is awesome since you’ll be using it in your little one’s room. It has a dial knob so you can adjust the humidity level you want. However, you would have to use distilled water as tap water is not recommended for this machine. Unlike other humidifiers, this machine has a special drawer for placing essential oils. Use this drawer if you want to add essential oils; NEVER add the oil directly to the water because it can cause issues with some components of the machine.
There are two versions of Mokoqi: one is 100 mL and another is for 300 mL. The smaller one can last up to six hours of continued use. If you want it to work longer, you can use the intermittent mist option. But what I really like about this product is that it is BPA-free. Yes! I think this is the only one with such feature. I’m sure health conscious moms like you and me would understand.
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Anyway, aside from being BPA-free, it also has a night light whose brightness can be adjusted. Unlike other humidifiers with night lights that you can only change color or turn off, this one you can adjust the brightness based on your (or your baby’s) needs. What I hate though is like Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic Humidifier, it emits a very loud sound when turning on or off. I like the smaller one because it’s great for traveling so you won’t have to bring a bulky humidifier every time, plus it’s easier to clean.
Our humidifier helped a lot in easing my baby’s congestion and preventing him from getting really dry skin during cold days. Plus it helps maintain cleaner and healthier air.
How about you, what humidifiers have you tried? Post your comment below!