9 Best Humidifiers for Babies of 2022
Best Humidifiers for Babies of 2022
February 1, 2022

Best Humidifiers for Babies of 2022

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Best Humidifiers for Babies of 2022.
There’s not a lot you can do when your baby has a cold. Moist air helps, so enter baby humidifiers.Best Humidifiers for Babies of 2022

We won’t lie to you: it’s so hard to watch your little one suffer through getting sick.

Whether it’s congestion, a sore throat or that dreaded barking cough that comes along with the croup, a sick, cranky baby or toddler is no fun.

When it comes to babies + lots of common colds and viruses, there’s not a whole lot you can do except provide as much comfort (and snuggles) as possible. And that’s where a humidifier comes in.

Do You Need a Humidifier for Baby?

For lots of parents, a humidifier for baby is a must-have, especially during cold and flu season. Moist air can help ease upper respiratory symptoms and soothe sore throats while your little one sleeps. It can also help dry, itchy skin and help create a more comforting sleeping environment all around.

What Is the Best Humidifier for Babies?

There are two basic types of humidifiers: cool mist and warm mist. Both are great at adding moisture to the air, but cool mist humidifiers are recommended for use around small children. That’s because your little one could get burned by the steam or hot water produced by a warm mist humidifier if they get too close.

While many parents consider humidifiers an essential nursery item, there is a downside: keeping them clean. (Which is a major pain. Sorry.) For most humidifiers, the cleaning process involves taking things apart, scrubbing, soaking with white vinegar, etc. … on a weekly basis. (Insert collective groan here.)

But it’s also massively important, because the consistently moist climate a humidifier creates is a mecca for mold and bacteria that can then get dispersed into the air, which isn’t great for anyone, but especially not for a baby or young child. So although it may not be your favorite to-do item, it’s important to stay on top of keeping your humidifier as clean as possible while it’s in use.

When Do You Use a Humidifier for Baby?

There’s no rule around when you should (or shouldn’t) use a humidifier in your baby’s nursery; it’s more a matter of personal preference. Some parents like to keep a cool mist humidifier going 24/7, especially if they live in a colder climate where the air gets dry as the temperatures plunge. Other parents break out the humidifier when baby is sick or congested to help ease their symptoms.

How We Chose Our Best Humidifiers

We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the baby products they love the most, then took the top products they shared with us and added our own research and insight to tell you about the best humidifiers.

Best Filter-Free Humidifier for Baby

Why We Love It

This popular pick from Crane is as adorable as it is effective. With 15 colors and fun animal shapes, it fits any style. It uses ultrasonic technology to push moisture into the air using sound vibrations, which means no loud fan (yay!) or filters to replace (double yay!). It works best in rooms up to 500 square feet and features an automatic shutoff when it runs out of water.

Keep in Mind

The Crane Drop has a nightlight so you can adjust the mist level in the dark; however, it doesn’t shut off. (We’ve been known to wrap a swaddle blanket around the body of the humidifier to dim the light for little ones who prefer a darker sleep environment.)

What Babylist Parents Say

“We purchased this one right after our baby got sick. She was having trouble breathing through her stuffy nose, and once we plugged in the humidifier she slept better.” -Vivianna P.

Best Humidifier Diffuser for Baby

Why We Love It

FridaBaby is known (and loved) for smart, innovative baby products—and this humidifier is no exception. In addition to providing cool-mist relief for your congested baby, it’s also a diffuser and a nightlight, too. Other thoughtful features include an auto shut-off feature, a mist adjuster and a 12-hour run time.

Keep in Mind

To use the humidifier as a diffuser, just add the brand’s Vapor Drops or any other aromatherapy-grade essential oil.

What Babylist Parents Say

“The Fridababy 3-in-1 is smaller than most humidifiers, stylish, extremely quiet, and packed with useful features.” -McKinzie

Easiest to Clean Baby Humidifier

Why We Love It

So before you get too excited, yes, you’ll still have to clean this baby humidifier—but much less often than many others on the market. And it’s a lot easier to do. Huge wins!

This cool mist baby humidifier has antimicrobial LED technology that kills 99.9% of bacteria and prevents mold growth. There’s also a large tank for 24 hours of run time and an auto shut-off feature.

Keep in Mind

The antimicrobial light emits a soft glow between the base of the humidifier and the tank that can act as a night light. Just note that it doesn’t turn off.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It’s easy to use. I love how the LED lights kills bacteria and removes mold growth. I don’t have to worry about constantly cleaning it.” -Seattle Mom

Best Baby Humidifier for Small Spaces

Why We Love It

This quiet, low-maintenance cool mist humidifier is just right for smaller spaces. There are no filters, so it’s easier to keep clean than some other humidifiers for babies, and you can insert a VapoPad for soothing menthol vapors.

Keep in Mind

The water tank on larger humidifiers can be tricky to fill if you have a small sink. (Think: bathroom.) That’s not the case here, as this .5 gallon tank is easy to manage thanks to its more compact size.

Best Baby Humidifier for Large Rooms

Why We Love It

This baby humidifier has a lot going for it, starting with its size. The one-gallon tank can humidify rooms up to 200 square feet. Next on the pro list is how easy it is to fill and clean. The top-fill design makes getting water in fast and mess-free, and the wide opening means you can easily reach your hand in to give the tank a good scrub.

Keep in Mind

There’s also an aroma diffuser and an optional nightlight.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I can honestly say this is the best large room humidifier I have ever used. It really does give enough humidity in a large space and is almost silent which is great if it’s in a bedroom.” -Nat

Best Customizable Baby Humidifier

Why We Love It

Complete with a touchscreen, a programmable temperature sensor and nightlight, the Hygro+ from Babymoov is a step up from the standard humidifier. Our favorite feature is the programmable humidity sensor; simply set your desired humidity and the sensor will automatically shut off when that level is reached and turn on again if it dips. (There’s a manual option, too.) The Hygro+ runs for up to 22 hours and can also be used as a diffuser.

Keep in Mind

All of these features will cost you. The Hygro+ is one of the more expensive humidifiers on our list, but some parents think it’s well worth the price tag.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I like the sleek look and design - lots of features!!! I can set how much humidity I want in my son’s room and if I want a nightlight, I can choose which color light I want!” -Courtney

Best Dishwasher-Safe Baby Humidifier

Why We Love It

There’s a lot to love about this Canopy x Lalo Humidifier collab, but let’s start with the standout for busy parents: the water tank, cap and tray are all completely dishwasher-safe. Zero scrubbing required.

With that out of the way, we also absolutely love this clean moisture humidifier’s minimalist design, the embedded UV LED light that helps kill bacteria in the water and the auto sensor that lets you know when it’s time to change the filter and even kicks the humidity into lower gear when it senses light and ups it when it’s dark inside the room. This special edition comes with an all-natural Aroma Kit just right for your nursery.

Keep in Mind

This baby humidifier comes with a hefty price tag. You’ll also need to replace the filter periodically.

What Babylist Parents Say

“So so so happy with our Canopy x Lalo purchase! The scents are fresh, clean and feel healthy. Having a humidifier, especially during AC season is a game changer. No pesky light and a quiet diffusion. 10/10 recommend!” -Cory

Best Baby Humidifier with Lots of Features

Why We Love It

What can’t this humidifier do? The Hubble 5-in-1 is a cool mist humidifier, an aromatherapy diffuser, a Bluetooth speaker, a nightlight with seven colors and an LED digital clock all rolled into one. We love a good multi-use product, and this humidifier is just that. There’s also an app you can download for more info and advice.

Keep in Mind

If you want to use essential oils with this baby humidifier, they’re sold separately.

Best Baby Humidifier for Roomies

Why We Love It

If you have two kids sharing a room, this Safety 1st humidifier is an excellent choice. It features two fully rotating mist outlets, making it easy to make sure each kiddo has one directed their way. The humidifier can run continuously for up to 36 hours to moisten the air of rooms 300 to 500 square feet in size. It also features auto shutoff and doesn’t require a filter.

Keep in Mind

Keeping all humidifiers clean and free of mildew and mold is a challenge, and Safety 1st is no exception. You’ll need to clean and dry it on a daily basis.

What Babylist Parents Say

“This has worked great in the nursery. And we bought one for our bedroom too!” -Barbara G.

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