If you’re pregnant or a new parent, you may be overwhelmed with all the baby gadgets and products. It seems like there’s a product for everything a baby does! But let me tell you, from one parent to anther, a good humidifier is something all parents should have. We never want to think about our baby getting sick, but it will eventually happen. The main purpose of a humidifier is to relieve chest congestion and other cold symptoms by moisturizing the air. But did you know humidifiers can also relive baby’s skin ailments as well? It’s true!
7 Things to Look for When Buying a Baby Humidifier
Many parents will tell you, an uncomfortable baby means a tired mom and dad. Keeping baby cozy and comfy is a top priority, and having a good baby humidifier can help. But how do you know which humidifer to buy? There are so many choices, you can get lost in a sea of humidifiers. But there are a few key things to look for when you’re shopping. Let’s talk about 7 Things to Look for When Buying a Baby Humidifier.
1. Noise Capacity
It’s important to create a soothing, comforting environment for you and your baby. Peace and quiet is important for a good night rest, which both you and your baby need. So don’t forget to look at the noise capacity of humidifiers when you’re shopping around.
You want to find a humidifier, which creates a gentle hum rather than a roar. One with a roar may protect your baby from irritations and a clogged chest, but it will distort your baby’s sleeping patterns. A humidifier with a hum sound creates a similar environment to sounds in the womb, which will help baby relax and sleep.
2. Anti-bacterial and Anti-microbial Capabilities
Some humidifiers use UV light or silver ions to kill germs and prevent the growth of mold and mildew. These types of humidifiers don’t require as much cleaning and maintenance, which is great for busy parents.You should also look for a humidifer with a washable or changeable filter. Another option is one with a replaceable cartridge.
3. Adjustable Humidistat
A humidistat measures the moisture levels in the nursery. It’s important to have the ability to adjust the humidity level in order to keep baby comfortable. Most manufacturers recommended a humidity between 30-50 percent.
4. Auto Shut-off
An auto shut-off feature not only saves energy, but makes it easier for tired and busy parents. Parents are obviously exhausted after a long day of work and the introduction of a newborn in the home. So chances are, you might forget to turn the unit off and it could be running on empty.
An auto shut-off feature will automatically switch off the humidifier when the required humidity levels are obtained. It also retains your humidity preferences.
5. Ease of Maintenance
You want to find a unit that’s easy to clean and fill. Ideally, the humidifier will be lightweight for easy handling, especially when moving from one room to another. The easier it is, the more likely you are to use it when needed. I found it was easiest to keep on the dresser and readily accessible. I kept an absorbant towel under the humidifier in my baby’s room.
6. Replaceable Filters
Select humidifiers with replaceable filters or wicks. They make it easier to use your humidifier when needed. Units with replaceable filters may cost more, but it’s worth the extra buck.
7. Ultrasonic vs. Impeller
- Ultra-sonic humidifiers meet their functionality by using high frequency sound waves for mist production.
- Impellers use a fan for mist production. Most people prefer ultrasonic humidifiers as they are more efficient and perform better overall.
Having a good humidifier in your baby’s nursery can really make a difference in the quality of the air they breathe, how much sleep they get, and generally how healthy they are. So, it’s a pretty big deal to choose the right one. I hope the tips above help you make the right choice for your baby’s humidifier. Feel free to leave me a comment and feedback. I would love to know which humidifier you use.
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