When it comes to outfitting your baby or child’s room, parents typically think of the big stuff, i.e. crib, changing table, bookshelf, sound machine, and some very cute wall decals. But one of the most important items that will keep your baby, and in turn, you, sleeping well is a baby humidifier. And don’t wait until your child has their first cold to invest in a humidifier for babies since it’s a helpful tool to use year-round in some homes.
Kids get an average of six to eight colds per year and a humidifier for babies can help reduce their level of congestion and sleep more soundly. Humidifiers can also help add moisture to children with dry skin and reduce the occurrence of sinus pressure or nosebleeds caused by allergies and dry air.
What To Look For In A Baby Humidifier
While warm mist humidifiers may help clear airways, they are dangerous to keep in a child’s room because they can lead to serious burns. Always use a cool-mist humidifier for babies in a nursery or child’s room.
Cleaning a humidifier with soap and water after every few uses is essential to reducing minerals released into the air and combatting mold and bacteria growth. Opt for a baby humidifier that is easy to clean.
If you’re short on space, choose a humidifier that can pull double or triple duty. Some of the models on our list work as a nightlight and vaporizer as well.
How We Chose The Best Humidifiers for Babies
All the humidifiers on our list produce cool mist, which is safe for children. We included units that had auto-shutoffs and other safety features and could last at least eight hours, eliminating the need for parents to refill a tank in the middle of the night. Our top choices are all highly reviewed and rated by satisfied customers and some we have tested ourselves.
1. Crane Adorables Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
Crane continues to top baby registry lists and for good reason. The company makes a huge variety of fun, kid-friendly designs. Parents can choose from a wide variety of colors, animals, and even a train. The ultrasonic cool-mist humidifier for babies shown here is a great addition to any train enthusiast’s room, complete with real steam (mist) coming out of the engine. The train is made using antimicrobial material that helps to reduce bacteria and mold growth by up to 99.96 percent and has a removable one-gallon tank for easy filling. The filter-free tank is large enough to cool 500 square feet for up to 24 hours. The water sensor and cap can be removed to make cleaning easy.
2. Pure Enrichment MistAire Cloud
INCLUDES CLEANING BRUSH
For a humidifier for babies that both kids and parents will love, there’s the Pure Enrichment MistAire Cloud. The MistAire comes in a whimsical cloud shape that can change to eight rainbow colors and act as a nightlight. The award-winning humidifier includes a generous tank that holds enough water to last for up to 24 hours of variable mist. The humidifier features a variable mist control and the tank has a large opening that provides easy access for cleaning. An auto-shutoff and ETL-Certified AC Power Adapter are just some of the safety features that have made the MistAire a favorite among parents.
3. Safety 1st 360 Degree Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier
BEST FOR TWINS
Whether you have twins or kids sharing a room, finding a spot for two humidifiers may be difficult. That’s why we like the Safety 1st 360 Degree Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier, which has two mist outlets that can each be rotated 360 degrees. The generous tank provides up to 24 hours of misting power and doesn’t require a filter. We also like that the tank is easy to fill, easy to clean, and has an adjustable knob that allows users to easily set their mist level. A great choice for light sleepers, the Safety 1st is quiet and doesn’t include a bright light that can be distracting.
4. GENIANI Portable Small Cool Mist Humidifiers
BEST FOR CAR TRIPS
The GENIANI Portable Small Cool Mist Humidifier is a great option for anyone who needs to take cool air with them. If you have a sick child or live in an especially dry climate, this USB-powered humidifier for babies is ideal for taking just about anywhere, including car rides to the doctor’s office. The compact baby humidifier can fit inside a drink holder and features two mist modes. The 250 mL tank can run for up to eight hours and has an optional nightlight to help continue your bedtime routine wherever you are. At only 0.55 pounds, the Geniani is lightweight and easy to carry in a diaper bag.
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5. HOPEME Cool Mist USB Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode
Hopeme is giving Crane a cute run for its money. The company makes an adorable kid-friendly humidifier in five colors with matching antlers and a furry friend inside. Not only will kids love the design, but they’ll also like choosing from the seven LED lights that turn the humidifier for babies into a night light. The small size of the Hopeme means it won’t take up much room, but it also has a smaller tank that is better for intermittent misting, which allows it to last eight hours. The USB-powered humidifier emits less than 30dB of noise and is ideal for use in small rooms.
6. GENIANI Top Fill Cool Mist Humidifier
BEST FOR LARGE ROOMS
If your child has a large room, they need a large humidifier. We use the GENIANI Top Fill Cool Mist Humidifier every day and find it easy to fill (one full tank typically lasts two nights) and easy to clean. The four-liter humidifier for babies has a one-button system that allows users to adjust the level of mist between three levels. The Geniani only emits 38dB of noise, giving off a soothing hum. The humidifier does have a bright light, which is good news for kids who prefer sleeping with a nightlight.
7. Honeywell Mistmate Cool Mist Humidifier
BEST FOR SMALL ROOMS
For a powerful humidifier for babies that can cool a small-sized room, is easy to fill, and easy to clean, we like the Honeywell Mistmate Cool Mist Humidifier. We’ve been using this model for about a year and it still looks gunk-free inside, which is not common for a humidifier that gets used on a weekly basis. The Honeywell has an impressive 20 hour run time even though it only times up a small amount of space on a nightstand. The tank has a wide opening that makes it easy to clean and fill and an adjustable mist rate. We also like that it doesn’t have a bright light, which is important for kids who are easily kept up by nightlights.
8. Ourry Mini Personal Humidifier
BEST FOR TRAVEL
Babies and kids require a lot of stuff and if you’re traveling to a dry climate or with sick little ones, that means more stuff. Keep your luggage from overflowing with a travel-friendly humidifier for babies that takes up less space than a tube of toothpaste. The Ourry Mini Personal Humidifier is an extendable humidifier that turns a bottle or glass of water into a humidifier tank. The ultra-portable Ourry emits only 30 dB of sound and has a USB interface for easy power. The Ourry will work for eight hours at a time before automatically turning off and has a dim light that won’t disturb light sleepers.
9. Levoit Humidifiers for Bedroom
You’ve done the impossible and finally settled a baby for a long winter’s nap. Or at least a few hours of uninterrupted sleep. But alas, you forgot to turn on the humidifier. Do you dare go back into the nursery and risk waking a child you just spent 45 minutes rocking to sleep? No! Use what strength you have left in your arms to lift your phone and turn on the Levoit Humidifiers for Bedroom app, which allows users to turn on the baby humidifier and set the humidity level remotely. The six-liter top-loading tank can hold enough water to mist a large room for up to 60 hours on a single refill, so even if you forgot to add water, your baby will still breathe well.
10. Frida Baby Cool Mist Humidifier with Diffuser and Nightlight
Frida Baby is known for its products that make life easier for parents and babies (the Windi is a lifesaver) so it’s no surprise they make a baby humidifier that is ideal for nurseries. Their cool-mist humidifier for babies can run for up to 12 hours and gives a wide range of power options depending on how dry the climate/sick the baby is. The BPA-free water tank pushes out enough mist to cool the air in a 320 square foot room and parents can also add Vapor drops to the 0.5-gallon tank. We also like that the humidifier has a nightlight function with its own on/off control, meaning parents can still use the humidifier as a nightlight even if their little one doesn’t need the air moisturized.