20 Humidifiers to Get Baby Through Their First Cold

Mandy Velez | May 23, 2019 Baby
20 Humidifiers to Get Baby Through Their First Cold
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Augi - Pannathorn Narksook
Augi - Pannathorn Narksook/Wild Sky Media

Humidifiers look like simple contraptions, but they can sure pack a punch when it comes to alleviating cold and flu symptoms. Anyone with a baby knows that when littles ones are sick, it's painful for them but mom, too. They can't express themselves and adults are left trying to help them feel better with a guess and check system -- the check being "are they crying still?" or "have they fell asleep yet?" There are a bunch of ways to survive baby's first cold, and humidifiers are one of those ways. 

Humidifiers, for those who aren't sure, spray or filter moisture into the air to help clear sinuses alleviate dry, itchy skin or filter out dust or other tiny debris. When baby's symptoms are relieved, the more likely baby is to sleep. And well, that's always the goal isn't it? Besides helping them to feel better of course, but being able to sleep is a sign he or she is feeling a little better. All of it is a relief for mamas. 

But here's the thing about humidifiers: there's a bunch of different versions of them out there and each have different or varying functions. Some are small, some are big, some don't need filters changed while others do. Some can humidify a larger room, while others work in smaller spaces.

Now, with the onset of essential oils alleviating many cold symptoms as well, many humidifiers have aromatherapy functions, too. Many here even have nightlight or calming LED lights built-in! Some are made just for babies, but others can work for any member of the family. After all, it'll come in handy should mom get sick, too. Because the sooner she feels better, the happier baby will be, too.

So where does a mom start? Well, she can check this list out and see some of the humidifies currently out there that will help baby sleep as peacefully as possible. 

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  • Bell Howell Ultrasonic Humidifier


    This Bell Howell Humidifier comes come with a vapor-mist control button for mom to find the perfect level for baby. It doubles as a nightlight that can put put on the floor, but don't worry, it won't spill or get anything wet.

    Bell Howell Ultrasonic Humidifier (sale $56, Wayfair)

  • Sunpentown Cool Mist Tabletop Humidifier


    Not only will baby be able to breathe better, but they'll be entertained and/or relaxed, too, with this humidifier. It's LED-lit glow provides calming effects while at the same time dispensing aromas and breathable air.

    Sunpentown Cool Mist Tabletop Humidifier ($64, Wayfair)

  • Space Saver 6 Gal. Evaporative Tower Humidifier


    The Space Saver humidifier promises to leave no stone unturned, or in its case, too many noses stuffed. It comes with its own filter and tank and, wait for it, wheels! so that taking it wherever baby goes isn't too difficult. There's also a pour-in door at the top of the unit.

    Space Saver 6 Gal. Evaporative Tower Humidifier ($130, Wayfair)

  • Aroma 0.08 Gal. Ultrasonic Humidifier


    Chic enough for any room, the iPM 300ML aroma diffuser wood humidifier also adds mist, and mood lighting, to the air. It also has automatic shutoff for when mom has to leave the room before (or after) baby falls asleep. 

    Aroma 0.08 Gal. Ultrasonic Humidifier (sale $56, Wayfair)

  • PureSpa XL Aroma Cool Mist Ultrasonic Tabletop Humidifier


    The PureSpa has spa in its name for a reason. It's a tabletop humidifier that doubles as a aroma diffuser and mood light -- a quality family humidifier that both mom and baby will benefit from. Per the description, it "operates quietly in the background without interfering with work, sleep or relaxation." 

    PureSpa XL Aroma Cool Mist Ultrasonic Tabletop Humidifier (sale $31, Wayfair)

  • 2.15 Gallon Cool Mist Tower Humidifier


    Go big or go home with this ultrasonic 2.15 gal. humidifier. It runs a full 120 hours on low and adds humidity to larger rooms. There's a built-in filter as well to eliminate impurities from the water.  

    Cool Mist Tower Humidifier (sale $96, Wayfair)

  • Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer Humidifier


    Vicks is known among some moms for clearing sinuses and the company must have caught on. The company created the Warm Steam Humidifier, which operates using Vapor pads. It also has a nightlight.

    Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer Humidifier ($16, Target)

  • Safety 1st 360 Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier


    The Safety 1st 360 cool mist humidifier does exactly that: Uses two mist outlets to cover 360 degrees around the room. The tank will last up to 24 hours and includes "an auto shut-off function and an indicator light that notifies you when it's time to refill the tank."

    Safety 1st 360 Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier ($30, Amazon)

  • Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier


    The Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier can last up to 16 hours, which is a plus for a baby who is sick and sleepy throughout the day. It also doubles as a nightlight as it gives off a low glow. 

    Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier ($40, Amazon)

  • EARY Mini Humidifier


    The EARY Mini Humidifier doubles as a cute little piece of decor for baby's room, but it's also functional. It shuts off on its own after two hours and is extremely quiet, operating below 30 decibels. 

    EARY Mini Humidifier ($16, Amazon)

  • Honeywell MistMate Humidifier


    The Honeywell Mist is a solid option for a baby humidifier because it doesn't require too much work as no filter is necessary. It's also super quiet and works best in small spaces.

    Honeywell MistMate ($42, Lowe's)

  • Crane Filter-Free Cool Mist Humidifier


    Humidifiers don't have to be boring. Make the Crane humidifier a nursery staple with the cute animal design made especially for kids. It has automatic shut-off, no filter, and "reduces mold and bacteria growth by up to 99.96%."

    Crane Filter-Free Cool Mist Humidifiers for Kids ($50, Amazon)

  • MADETEC Cool Mist Humidifier


    This cool mist humidifier doubles as an aromatherapy diffuser made just for baby. The rotating nozzle makes it easy to direct the mist in the right direction and has three different mist modes. Bonus: Can be controlled by a remote!

    MADETEC Cool Mist Humidifier ($34, Amazon)

  • Vornadobaby Huey Evaporative Nursery Humidifier


    No heated water is necessary for the Varnababy humidifier. It evenly distributes humidified air using 1 gallon of output per day. There's even a "5-year Happy Parent Guarantee," which in itself makes parents happy.

    Vornadobaby Huey Nursery Humidifier ($70, Amazon)

  • Tekjoy Cool Mist Humidifier


    Good design is one of the perks of the Tetkjoy Cool Mist Humidifier -- along with its timer and light settings. It's 360-degree nozzle allows an an entire room to feel the effects of the air (a big plus for mamas of multiples or babies sharing a room) and it's "Swiss-style tank lifting handle guarantees you a true pleasant refill" and clean.

    Tekjoy Cool Mist Humidifiers ($39, Amazon)

  • URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser and Humidifier


    When it comes to having the power to humidify the air, moms will have it with the URPOWER. It produces more mist than its first version and will also diffuse essential oils. And yes, it does work as a light.

    URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser and Humidifier ($15, Amazon)

  • TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier


    The TaoTronics Humidifier knows babies need quiet, or rather, mamas need quiet for themselves and baby -- and it claims to deliver on that front. It also has an optional nightlight mode that can be turned on and off at mom's discretion.

    TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier ($39, Amazon)

  • FridaBaby 3-in-1 Humidifier


    The sleek and simple FridaBaby humidifier will make a seamless part of baby's life. It's mister transitions from "gentle mist to tropical rainforest" depending on what works best for LO's needs. There's also an essential oil option. 

    FridaBaby 3-in-1 Humidifier ($50, Amazon)

  • Blue and White Drop Humidifier 


    This Crane humidifier is optimal for baby as its quiet and is more energy efficient than a household light bulb -- up to 45 watts. But that doesn't mean it won't last: it'll run for up to 24 hours. And when that's up, the removable 1-gallon tank fits under most bathroom faucets.

    Blue and White Drop Humidifier ($55, Crane)

  • Vornado Element Steam Humidifier With Aromatherapy


    The Vornado Element uses a steam system and can humidify an area up to 1,000 square feet. It has a large tank and will really crank that steam out to keep LO's sinuses from drying out. This one also measures the humidity in the room and can adjust output as needed.

    Vornado Element Steam Humidifier With Aromatherapy ($90, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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