Best Humidifier for Your Baby (2018 Reviews)

Best Humidifier for your Baby

Choosing the right humidifier for your home can be a pain in the neck, and when you have a baby it can be an even harder choice as you need to make so that it won’t disturb your baby while it is sleeping. After all, you’re probably up at every hour known to man to feed your baby, so you shouldn’t have to deal with your baby being woken by a loud humidifier.

This article has reviews of the best humidifiers of 2018 to use in your baby’s room. We compare cool mist and warm mist humidifiers and also explain what to expect when using a filterless or filter-equipped humidifier. The next section of this article covers the ways a humidifier can help your baby and some special considerations when using one in a nursery.

Why are humidifiers important for babies?

The biggest reason a humidifier is essential to have in your nursery is to help prevent and relieve nasal congestion when your baby has a cold. Babies are almost universally not able to take decongestants. Decongestants are known to cause dehydration even in adults.

One of the easiest ways to help a baby or infant with congestion is to expose them to properly humidified air. A quick solution to this is bringing them into the bathroom when a hot, steamy shower is running. Of course this is only a temporary fix. To help with congestion while your baby is asleep, place a humidifier in the nursery.

The extra humidity in the air helps to thin the mucous in a baby’s nasal passages. As mucous is exposed to air it will slowly lose moisture and become thicker as it dries out. Humid air reverses this process. This can help reduce sinus pressure and relieve the discomfort your baby is experienceing.

At Unhumid we primarily recommend cool mist humidifiers for nurseries. Since they do not heat the water in their reservoir to produce extra humidity, there is no risk of scalding or burns if the humidifier happens to tip over or spill. It is a rare occurrence that a humidifier would spill in the first place, but there is a small risk. However, we still do provide information and reviews for warm mist humidifiers that are appropriate for use in a baby’s room.

Appliances with cords do pose a risk to small children and infants.  For example, there are child safe slow cookers. The cord will disconnect if it is pulled or tugged on. This prevents the hot liquids in the slow cooker from spilling. Unfortunately there are no humidifiers on the market today with this feature, so it will be especially important to ensure the cord is safely tucked away behind a dresser or something similar.

The next section of this article is devoted to reviewing three different humidifiers. Each humidifier has unique features and mechanisms for adding humidity to the air. The first is an ultrasonic humidifier, the second is a warm mist and the last is a wicking humidifier. Read on to find out which is the best humidifier for your baby.

Crane Drop Shape Humidifier

This cool mist humidifier is great for adding moisture back into the air over a long period of time with its ability to hold up to 1 gallon of water at a time, making it suitable for your baby. The humidifier has a stylish design and comes in a number of different color options to coordinate with the decorating style in your home. Crane has developed an optional demineralization filter cartridge compatible with this humidifier.

  • This humidifier can provide top results by holding up to 1 gallon of water at a time and is capable of pumping out 2.3 gallons of moisture per day.
  • Its whisper quiet ultrasonic operation runs continuously up to 24 hours, so that it won’t ever disturb your baby. The ultrasonic operation is an important feature since it does not heat up the water like a warm mist humidifier. Instead, the humidifier produces inaudibe vibrations to agitate the water. The agitation turns the water into a mist that diffuses into the air in your baby’s room. This makes it safer to have in your baby’s room since there is no risk of scalding if the water spills.
  • Helps to increase moisture in the air which helps you to breath and have an easier night sleep, as well as helping to reduce cold, cough and flu symptoms for your child.
  • It has a 360-degree mist nozzle and control nozzle for an easy way to change the setting so that your baby will have the exact amount of moisture in the air that they need.
  • It does not require filters that require regular maintenance and replacement. This can help keeps costs down. However, if you use unfiltered water the humidifier may produce a white dust. We talk about why this is and what to do about it in the next section of the article.

Best Ultrasonic Humidifier for your Baby

The Crane Drop Shape humidifier wins our recommendation as the best ultrasonic humidifier for your baby. It has good features that are baby friendly, such as being quiet, as well as having a large capacity and a stylish design in a color of your choice to fit in perfectly within your home. This is a very good option to have.

Be sure to check out the cute animal shaped humidifiers Crane makes as well. They have the same technical specifications but come in different shapes like the elephant version we feature in the ads below. A nice feature of the Crane USA Filter-Free Cool Mist Humidifiers for Kids is the adjustable mist output to give you fine tuned control over the humidity levels in your baby’s room.

A common complaint for ultrasonic humidifiers is the white dust they can produce. This comes from minerals in the water following the mist out of the humidifier. An easy solution to this is only using filtered for distilled water. Alternatively, you can use the Crane Filter for Drop Shape Humidifier available on Cool mist humidifiers with filters can use unfiltered or tap water and will not produce the white dust commonly seen with filterless cool mist humidifiers.

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Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Automatic Shut Off

This Vicks humidifier helps to add moisture back into the air. This is ideal for if you live in a cool dry area or your baby is experiencing dry skin in winter. One of the main downsides is that it is a warm mist humidifier. It does have a nice design so that you can see exactly how much water is left in it.


  • The tank has a 1 gallon capacity, and when fully filled to capacity it can operate for up to 12 hours.
  • It also has a quiet operation which makes it easier for you to comfortably fall your baby to fall asleep, as well as the soft glowing nightlight, which allows it to combine as a nightlight for your baby.


  • The only downside is that with use it builds up with mineral deposits. This is a common occurrence if your water has a lot of minerals in it. You will need to clean it, usually every month, depending on how often you use the humidifier. Check out our humidifier cleaning article for easy ways to do this.
  • Alternatively you can use filtered or distilled water to avoid mineral deposits altogether.

Best Warm Mist Humidifier for Baby

The Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier wins our recommendation for the best warm mist humidifier for your baby. It is very easy to refill, by simply unscrewing a cap and lifting it off its base. It is a basic option without a lot of extra features. This helps keep costs down while providing a valuable product.

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Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier

The Honeywell humidifier adds much needed moisture back into the air while  removing harmful germs and bacteria at the same time, which helps to keep your baby healthy and free of colds. Running very quietly, this humidifier is stylishly designed and comes in two different colors, white and black.


  • Uses an ultraviolet light to help kill 99.9% of bacteria, mold and spores with its patented germ killing chamber technology.
  • QuietCare technology helps it to run 25% quieter than the previous model, so that your baby will never be woken (by the humidifier at least).
  • One full tank that adds moisture to the air for up to 24 hours.
  • It also has an antimicrobial treated filter and automatic moisture balance filter.
  • It is also break resistant and has a dishwasher safe water tank, making it easy to clean.

The Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier uses a wicking filter. Wicking filters add another mechanism to remove impurities commonly found in water before sending these impurities into the air in your baby’s room. They work by absorbing water from the reservoir. Next, a fan blows dry air from the room across the filter so it can pick up moisture. Using this method helps the humidifier operate at a very low volume and stay quite.

Best Cool Mist Humidifier for Baby

The Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier offers a number of great features for both you and your baby and earns our recommendation as the best cool mist humidifier for your baby. The easy to clean design helps you and the quiet working sound with germ killing technology help your baby. These features help keep your baby healthy and fast asleep. This is a premium humidifier that is stylishly designed to look great in your home in either color.

The best humidifier for your baby is…

There are a number of great humidifiers on the market that are suitable for your baby. The best baby humidifier we reviewed today is the Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier. The fun shapes offered in the Crane USA Filter-Free Cool Mist Humidifiers for Kids lineup and the fact that it is a cool mist humidifier are the two points that make this product stand out. Cool mist humidifiers are the safest kind of humidifier on the market today.

The second best humidifier for your baby is the Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier. This has a number of similar features to the Crane, such as the low noise level when it is operational.

In third place is the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off. This is because it is very quiet and it also includes a unique nightlight feature to keep your baby asleep. However, this is a warm mist humidifier which means the water can be very hot inside the appliance.

All three are good options to choose, so it really depends on what exactly you are looking for in the humidifier for yourself and your baby.

Cool mist humidifiers for your baby’s room

We generally recommend cool mist humidifiers to anyone looking for a humidifier to use in their baby’s room. Since they do not heat the water in their reservoir there is less risk of scalding if the humidifier is tipped over. One downside to cool mist humidifiers is that they can suspend minerals and other deposits in the mist they produce. These minerals settle on objects in the room, sometimes so much that there is a visible white dust.

An easy way to avoid this problem is using either filtered or distilled water. Both types of water solve the problem of ‘mineral dust’ by removing the minerals from the water in the first place. Another benefit is fewer mineral deposits on the water reservoir.

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How to Clean your Humidifier with Vinegar

How to Clean your Humidifier

How to clean your humidifier

In this post we talk about how to clean your humidifier and keep it running efficiently. Based on feedback we received, we added a Fast Cleaning Method section. These instructions will help you get the job done sooner but do require a little more effort. Keep scrolling past it to find the Easy Cleaning Method.

A humidifier is one of the most useful pieces of equipment you can have in your home or workspace, particularly if you live in cool, dry conditions. Humidifiers add moisture back into the air, which is clean and helps to provide you with a number of health benefits, such as reducing cough and cold symptoms and helping you to sleep more easily.

However, there comes a time when your humidifier needs a clean to keep it working to its maximum potential. So, here are a few tips and tricks when you are cleaning your humidifier to make sure you have done it right, without damaging it.


Fastest Cleaning Method

If you are short on time, use the instructions in this paragraph to clean your humidifier.

Required Materials

  • Dirty humidifier
  • Toothbrush (don’t use this on your teeth anymore)
  • Small cup of white vinegar
  • Towel
  1. Disassemble and inspect your humidifier
  2. Dip the toothbrush in the vinegar and scrub any deposits until they disappear
  3. Rinse off the vinegar scrub
  4. Dry and reassemble your humidifier

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Easy Cleaning Method

The instructions below take more time, but much less work. The difference is that we let the vinegar do most of the work by dissolving away the deposits instead of using a brush to speed up the process.

Dismantle the Humidifier

The first thing you are going to want to do is dismantle your humidifier. Take a look at the manual that it came with this should show you exactly how to dismantle it correctly without breaking or damaging any components. Usually the first step you need to do is remove the water tank. Make sure you empty all the water before moving on.

Place All Components in a Bowl of Vinegar

Put all the pieces in a bowl (or tub). Add some vinegar so that the parts completely covered. We recommend starting with a 1:1 ratio of vinegar to water. This means for every cup of water, add a cup of vinegar. The ratio is not especially important since you could use pure vinegar to clean off the deposits. The 1:1 ratio is the minimum strength that we have successfully used.

If the container is too big, soak a cloth in vinegar and apply a generous amount to all deposits. Some deposits will take a long time to dissolve. In this case you can leave the vinegar soaked cloth in contact with the deposits. Check in to monitor progress once in a while.

The vinegar will help to clean the components and remove any build up of deposits. Then add vinegar to the water tank and the base to ensure that these are both clean as well. If you find that the vinegar is not getting rid of all the deposits, add some more vinegar. This is much better than trying to use a sharp object to try and scratch it out. However, only do this if the vinegar is not fizzing. If it is fizzing it is a sign that it is working and removing the deposits from your humidifier.

Brush Away Any Deposits

The vinegar soak will remove most of the deposits but some stubborn ones may linger. At this point you are going to want to get a small brush, your humidifier may have come with one, and if not then you will just have to find one. Then once you have your brush use it to simply dislodge any deposits that are stuck in any cracks or corners within any parts of the humidifier. This should ensure that your humidifier is completely clean and free of any deposits.

Rinse off All the Parts

The next step in cleaning your humidifier is rinsing off all the parts you just scrubbed. Make sure any lose minerals and deposits come off at this point. This is a good time to inspect for any deposits you might have missed. Having to take your humidifier apart a second time is probably not how you envisioned spending your afternoon.

Add water to all components and give them all a good shake to try and dislodge any last bits of deposits within the water tank or any other part of the humidifier. Rinse all the parts thoroughly to make sure that all the vinegar is gone, including the parts that you removed and put in the bowl earlier. Leftover vinegar is harmless but adds a distinct smell to your room.

Dry Humidifier and Put it Back Together

Once all the components have dried you can begin to put back the humidifier to how it was originally. You should find that your humidifier will now work much better. It will add more water back into the air over a longer period of time. Keeping your humidifier clean and in optimal condition will give it a long life.


I would recommend repeating the vinegar cleaning method every 1-2 months in order to keep it thoroughly clean. This should prevent large deposits built up within the humidifier that take longer to dissolve. The manufacturer may have other things to say about their specific models. This is a general guide to follow.

If you want to keep it super clean you could wipe out the water tank on a weekly basis. If you have hard water with a lot of minerals you may need to clean more often. Your humidifier may last longer between cleanings if you have a water softener in your home.

This is a good method to use. It is a very cheap option to keep your humidifier running for a long time.

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