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You know what thrives in itchy, dry air? Viruses and bacteria.
Sounds pretty gross, right?
Now here’s what’s really gross: these are the causes of infections and sickness, especially in infants and young children.
So, what do we do about this? A nursery humidifier is the answer, and luckily they’re both very affordable and effective.
Not everyone uses a humidifier, but I think everyone with young children should be aware of the humidity level of their home, particularly the nursery. Having the air too dry isn’t good for anyone, and it’s very common in the winter or in particularly dry climates.
Have I convinced you yet? I would highly recommend getting a humidifier!
My favorite humidifier and the one we use in the house is the Honeywell Germ Free Humidifier (click here to check price on Amazon).
There are many reasons to love it:
I would recommend this humidifier for anyone looking for a great nursery humidifier. Here’s my full review:
One of my favorite things about this humidifier is how easy it is to refill. Unlike other humidifiers at this price point, the reservoir is removable.
It’s small enough that you can most likely fill it up in the kitchen sink, but if not, the tub works too. The filling hole is pretty big, so it’s easy to fill without making a mess, too.
Or, you can even just have extra water on hand in bottles or similar containers to dump in on the spot, saving you a trip to the bathroom with the reservoir.
Regardless, it’s MUCH easier to refill than similar humidifiers, because typically the reservoir isn’t even removable, so you have to carry the entire machine to fill it. Either that, or you end up spilling water everywhere, because of the tiny filling hole.
When the reservoir is completely filled, it’s not very heavy to carry, either. I couldn’t weight it exactly, but I’m guessing it’s about 10 pounds when totally filled.
The bottom screws on very tightly, and I see no reason why it should ever leak, and it’s never happened to ours.
The Honeywell (click here to check price on Amazon) really scores points here for me compared to the competition.
I remember having a similar style of humidifier as a kid, and my parents absolutely hated cleaning it. Many similar humidifiers have electronics baked into the whole machine, making it a major pain to clean.
The great thing about this one is that every part that comes into contact with the water (meaning, the parts that can accumulate bacteria or mold) is fully submergeable in water.
The reservoir and water tray are even top-rack dishwasher safe! Although I don’t personally put it in the dishwasher, it’s an option.
The water tray is very basic with no areas that water/bacteria/mold can be trapped, and it’s very easy to just dunk and wash in the tub once in a while.
The reservoir has a huge filling hole, meaning you can fit your entire arm inside to clean it. Compare that to similar humidifiers where many times you can barely fit a few fingers inside.
The Honeywell uses replaceable filters that are cheap and easy to replace. Honeywell recommends replacing them every 1 to 3 months, but you should really be able to get the 3 months out of them, meaning you’ll go through about 2 filters per winter.
They’re very easy to replace; they simply drop-in and away you go.
It will become brown over time, but that’s perfectly normal and no reason for concern. It’s just mineral build up and nothing dangerous. You will probably notice it turning brown from one end, and if so, flip it over the next time you put it back in.
It’s simple to tell when you should replace the filter: if you notice that the humidifier isn’t as efficient as it used to be, it’s probably time to replace it. If you notice more water in the tank when you go to refill it, or that it doesn’t seem to be as humid in the room as it used to be, that’s a good sign you should replace it. Another sign that it should be replaced is if the filter is starting to get stiff.
You may have experienced moldy filters in your humidifier before. And yes, it CAN happen with this one – however, there is a simple way to avoid it from happening.
You see, the reason why mold grows is because the filter is always wet. To avoid mold from happening, you need to let it dry out once in a while.
The easiest way to do that is by switching out the filter every time you refill the reservoir. This gives the filter a chance to completely dry out, and in doing so it should eliminate the chance of mold growing.
This humidifier (click here to check price on Amazon) has a UV light that is claimed to kill over 99.9% of bacteria.
While that sounds good and does give some peace of mind, I’m not entirely convinced that it does anything. It doesn’t seem like the light comes into much contact with the water,
The light is also said to burn out after about 3,000 hours of use, after which it has to be replaced with an expensive replacement. Truth be told, I wouldn’t even bother replacing it after that happens. I don’t think the UV-killing light is really much of a selling point, although Honeywell seems proud of it.
Some people want a completely silent humidifier. That’s fine, but you just aren’t going to find that in an evaporative humidifier, and I would never recommend an ultrasonic (for reasons I’ll get into later.)
The fan has a total of three settings: low, medium and high. In my experience, the low setting is almost silent. There is a slight, pleasant white noise that it emits, and if you ask me, it’s actually a positive feature. The sound is actually quite soothing, and white noise is proven to be a sleep aid for people (including your little one!)
The medium setting is slightly louder, but still not unbearable.
Regardless, I find that it works well at the lowest setting. Even when I used it in a very dry room (30 relative humidity) it easily put it up to comfortable levels (45 R.H.) in about an hour.
The lack of a humidistat. Some people have brought up the issue of how this humidifier doesn’t have a built-in humidistat to turn itself off automatically when the room is humid enough.
Let me tell you this: it doesn’t even matter.
Since this is an evaporative humidifier, it’s physically impossible for it to put too much moisture into the air. Once the room is humid enough, it simply won’t be able to add any more, and you’ll notice that the water level in the reservoir stops dropping.
The Honeywell HCM-350 is by far my favorite choice for a nursery humidifier, and I think you’ll love it too.
If you’re interested, I find that Amazon is a great place to buy it: click here to check price on Amazon.
They have free returns up to 30 days, no questions asked. If it doesn’t work for you, you can just send it back!
Update: I no longer recommend this humidifier. The reason being that ultrasonic humidifiers emit a fine white dust. Get the Honeywell I recommended above instead!
My second favorite baby humidifier is the Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier (click here to check price on Amazon), for many reasons.
First of all, this is a cool-mist humidifier, which we always recommend for the reasons listed below (warm-mist humidifiers can be a breeding ground for bacteria).
It’s also almost completely silent when running on low-medium, and emits only a very faint white noise, which is actually soothing to most babies and ideal for a nursery. In fact, I now use one in my own bedroom because it helps me fall asleep at night. Bonus!
It should run for a minimum of 10 hours straight on a full tank of water, meaning it will run all night without having to worry about it, and you just fill it up again in the morning. If it does happen to run out of water, it has an auto-shutoff feature, so it’s not even a big deal.
It doesn’t have filters and doesn’t require them, but you can buy a separate demineralization filter if you’re going to use hard water. You should also know that you’ll have to clean the unit about once a week, which is simple enough to do by hand in 5-10 minutes of time, tops.
My favorite thing about the Crane Drop humidifier? It looks so nice; it’s by far the nicest looking of all the humidifiers out there! It comes in a variety of colors, but I personally like the pink and blue designs for boy’s and girl’s rooms. It looks nice enough to even use it in any room, too.
Like I mentioned, I now use ours in my bedroom, but it wouldn’t look out of place in any room of the house, so thumbs up to Crane for that. It’s small enough to fit on most surfaces; I’d recommend putting it on a drawer or changing table, and stick the cord away out of sight.
This machine is really easy to set up and use, but I’d recommend reading the manual first. Some people report problems with it, but it’s usually because they didn’t read the manual.
This is also a really great deal for the price. There are a lot of expensive humidifiers out there, but this one is a lost more affordable and works great for the money.
It comes in a bunch of different colors and they’re all really nice. Highly recommended for any baby nursery!
If you want to see more reviews of this humidifier or check the price, click here to see it on Amazon which is also the cheapest place to find it.
Trying to decide between my top choices? Here are the things to consider:
|Gallons Per Day||2.3||2||3||2||2|
|Water Tank Size (Gallons)||1||1||1.5||.08||0.8|
|Humidification Area (sq feet)||250||360||600||215||700|
|Dimensions (inches)||9.8 x 9.8 x 14.2||14.4 x 9.5 x 11.6||14 x 11.6 x 11.6||14.5 x 8.75 x 8.75||18.6 x 10.4 x 13|
|Warranty||1 year||3 year||3 year||1 year||3 year|
There are four types of humidifiers, and each work in different ways. Here is an overview of each.
I would never recommend you get a warm-mist or ultrasonic humidifier to use in your nursery. Here’s why I’d recommend an evaporative model:
In general, there are a few features that most parents would love to have in a humidifier for their baby. There are also some very important issues that you need to think about. Here are some of the things you’ll probably want to look for in your search.
Humidifiers are also wonderful because they help babies sleep better through the night. Most babies tend to sleep better when the room isn’t completely silent, and some humidifiers emit a soft humming sound known as “white noise” which can be very soothing.
You might also be happy to know that you don’t just have to use your humidifier in the winter. You can use it all year-round in some parts of the world; maintaining a humidity level of about 50% can prevent your baby from getting a dry, stuffy nose at night, which also helps them sleep better.
As we mentioned above, the Honeywell HCM-350 is what we consider to be the best for most nurseries. You can click here to read more reviews of it, or click here to see more humidifiers if this one didn’t make you happy!
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