The best baby humidifiers are safe, easy to use, and effectively keep baby comfy as he or she slumbers. Some even serve multiple purposes by moistening the air, illuminating as a nightlight, and diffusing essential oils to help with sleep (calming lavender or sinus-clearing vapor drops, anyone?). But before we get ahead of ourselves, you may be wondering: Do babies really need humidifiers? The short answer is yes if you’re looking for a gentle, effective way to enhance sleep and overall health.
While it may not be as high on the priority list as nontoxic diapers and baby bottles, a cool mist baby humidifier definitely deserves a spot on your virtual baby shower registry or holiday gift list. Humidifier benefits for babies include moistening skin, hair, and airways, especially during dry seasons or if they have allergies or a cold (and remember, they can’t blow their little noses themselves). Because it’s 2020, the best humidifiers for Baby and Kid’s rooms are built with technology that can multitask; all that’s left to do is decide which features are best for your family.
Below, we’ve rounded up the best baby humidifiers for the nursery, kids’ rooms, and heck, your room, too. From easy top-fill units, to those with rainbow LED lights, to the vapor-diffusing Vicks’ humidifier, the right pick will help Baby breathe easy … which means you will, too.
Cutest Kids’ Humidifiers
Crane’s kid-friendly humidifiers are as fun as they are functional. Choose from 17 options, including a cow, a train, a pig, and (gasp!) a unicorn, and your little will be delighted to keep it in their room. Despite their toy-like appearance, these cool misters offer plenty of features: mist control for speed and direction; a “whisper quiet” noise level; and 24-hour run time for all night (or day) comfort. Further, these easy-clean tanks are made with anti-microbial material that reduces mold and bacterial growth by 99.96 percent. (One thing to note, though: There is no nightlight.) There’s even a spot for Crane’s humidifier filter, which is optional but not necessary for operation. It’s these reasons Crane’s humidifiers have thousands of 5-star reviews.
“When my son was little, he had breathing/skin problems that necessitated a humidifier in his room all year,” explains one happy customer. “After going through MANY brands/versions (some would leak, some would get gunked up, some needed constant filter replacements, some were horribly difficult to clean), this one was the gold standard in humidifiers. Quiet, easy to direct stream, easy to clean, no parts requiring replacement.”
This sweet cloud will infuse the air with moisture while adding a touch of whimsy to your baby or kiddo’s room. In addition to offering puffs of cool mist (at adjustable levels) and simple functionality, this unit’s defining feature is its colorful glow. One setting lights it up in your favorite of 8 colors, or you can set it so the hues rotate through the rainbow. You’ll also love how this device is exceptionally portable; simply remove the water tank for easy cleaning and refilling.
“We have gone through at least one humidifier a year for 4 years,” shares 5-star reviewer Tiffany H Hanna. “This is actually functional and so cute! My hand fits inside the entire tank to clean it, it came with a little cleaning brush to clean the inner circle where any additional crap may build — this is amazing. Finally, a humidifier that won’t give me nightmares, isn’t an eyesore, and doesn’t need a filter every month!”
TaoTronic’s whale isn’t just adorable, it’s multitasking, too. In addition to quietly making cool, hydrating mist, it becomes a diffuser with a few drops of essential oil and is also a nightlight with adjustable illumination. Thanks to these features it soothes all the senses, which is especially helpful for little sleepers who are nervous or fitful come bedtime. And you’ll sleep better, too, knowing that this easy-to-clean tank is keeping Baby comfortable and healthy all night long.
With an average 4.7-star rating in over 1,000 reviews, this lovable whale is a fan favorite. “Just stop looking for a humidifier for your littles and yourself,” raves reviewer Misty Heagney. “This is the one! SO EASY TO CLEAN! Simple to use. Super quiet. And very cute too! These [humidifiers] I can actually take apart, scrub, and brush (the pieces that are allowed to be) and it is just so much safer and healthier for my family!”
Sleekest Baby Baby Humidifiers
With its ridiculously high reviews (an average of 4.9 stars in over 2,500 ratings), Homech’s streamlined humidifier made this list. So, why the big fan base? Maybe it’s the user-friendly features, like a simple on-off nightlight, mist level control, and a 360° rotating nozzle. Maybe it’s the easy-read blue light water level indicator. Maybe it’s the modern, minimalist design. Or maybe it’s the huge 6-liter tank that allows it to run for up to 60 hours (depending on the mist setting, of course). In any case, most buyers say it’s a purchase well worth making.
“This humidifier is super quiet and efficient,” explains reviewer Arthur. “I mean efficient because after a couple of days of it being on, there was still a lot of water left! My old humidifier was loud and I had to consistently refill the water every day. It’s also very compact and looks good! It fits almost anywhere in the house. I have it in my nursery and it’s perfect!”
In the realm of smart products for Baby, Fridababy is tops. So, is it any wonder that their 3-in-1 humidifier is popular among parents? Operating as a humidifier, essential oil diffuser, and color-changing nightlight with candy-colored shades, your sick sweetheart will be especially grateful if you add a few drops of Breathefrida Vapor Drops to the tank (they can be used in the tub, too). But even if they’re not stuffed up, the moist air and sorbet lights will make bedtime much more pleasant.
“Fridababy always comes up with the most creative and useful products,” says brand fan Nowienono. “The 3-in-1 humidifier, diffuser, nightlight is no exception. I love that I only need to use one appliance as my humidifier, diffuser, and nightlight. It runs quietly, it’s easy to clean, the diffuser works great, and it’s competitively priced. This will be my ‘go-to’ baby shower gift.”
This little sphere is especially suited for kiddos who are cold-prone. While most of its features are basic, it has a special compartment for Vicks VapoPads, which releases soothing vapors all night long, or about 8 hours. You can adjust the level of cool mist it emits and the small tank is easy to fill and replace. Keep in mind, this one does not have a controllable nightlight (the indicator light on the dial gives a soft glow), but you can get it in different tank colors: pink, lime green, and blue. Although it has no frills, over 2,200 reviewers are happy to shell out 5 stars for its performance.
“This adorable little humidifier is just perfect for a bedroom or nursery,” says Miss Alex. “So quiet and puts out a soft invisible mist that keeps the room just moisturized enough for aiding dry noses, throats and skin. Living in the southern hemisphere I run mine all winter long as electric heat dries out the house something awful. Not to mention, the pink color is too cute and doesn’t light up like some of the newfangled ones.”
If you’re a “let’s just get the job done” kind of person, this Amazon bestseller is simple, functional, and has a whopping 29,000 reviews! It’s on the smaller side with a 1.5-liter tank, but that makes it perfect for a small nursery or if you plan on taking it from room to room. And, it has the essential features you want like high and low mist settings for up to 16 hours of continuous use, a swiveling mist nozzle, and a blue nightlight than can be turned on and off. It also comes with a brush for easy cleaning.
Shares AliAmazon, “We have two of these — one in the baby’s room and one in our toddler’s room. It is whisper-quiet, which is great. It’s also easy to use — just one button controls the power function as well as the light and hi/low mist settings. The blue light is optional but we use it as a night light in the toddler’s room and don’t use it at all in the baby’s room. We run it all night on the high setting and it tends to run out of water just as morning is hitting which I think is a good amount of time.”
Best Top-Fill Baby Humidifiers
If schlepping a drippy water tank from sink to base (then back again) feels like a chore, then you’ll love this. AirExpect’s humidifier is top-fill, so you only have to remove the cover, pour water in, and you’re good to go — no sloshing necessary. That said, when it’s time to clean, the tank is removable, and the wide opening means it’s easy to wipe down. Other features you’ll love include gentle-touch control buttons, a digital screen, a mist timer, a 7-color LED nightlight, 3 mist levels, quiet operation, and it’s essential oil safe … all for an unbeatable price.
“My old humidifier would build up mold and spill water every time you had to take the container off to fill it,” explains buyer Ria. “NOT THIS ONE! This one has yet to show ANY signs of molding after over a month’s use! The top is super easy to take off and fill. We keep a jug in the bathroom to fill up and pour it into the top of the humidifier.”
Another excellent top-fill choice, Homàsy’s humidifier also has diffuser and nightlight capabilities. Compared to the AirExpect, it has a smaller tank (2.5-liter capacity as opposed to 3.5 liters), two mist levels, and touch-button control, but no timer or LED screen. It, too, has 7 colored light options, but the big difference here is that the entire water tank becomes illuminated, not just a circle around the base. The differences are small, and it all comes down to a matter of preference for you and your kid.
Most of the Homàsy’s 700-plus reviewers have awarded it with 5-stars. “Okay, so my daughter literally LOVES this thing,” says mom Michaela Cassulo. “Filling it up is part of our nighttime routine and she loves the colors. Also, it’s not clunky and an eyesore for a crazy aesthetic mom like myself.” Adds parent Asia, “We needed a humidifier for our 4-month-old and this one is very quiet, effective, and has changing color lights with our son enjoys!”
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