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The best baby humidifiers to keep your baby breathing easily

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The best humidifiers to keep your baby breathing easily

Every parent always wants the best for their babies and there’s nothing worse than seeing your little one struggling at night when they have a cold, causing them to be tired from lack of sleep and uncomfortable from the difficulties of breathing.

Humidifiers are a great way to help keep moisture in the air and prevent mold or bacteria build up, meaning you can sleep better at night knowing your little one can breathe easier through the cold and flu season.

Should I use a baby humidifier? 

Babies come with a lot of products and finding room for more might be difficult; but adding a humidifier on to your list of ‘baby must haves’ will show benefits for the whole family and not all will take up that much room on the shelf! 

It might seem like a big investment too, but the benefits of a humidifier are great, as they can help ease a range of symptoms from allergies, eczema and colds and flu, dry air so why not have a browse? 

There are a number of different types of humidifiers including aromatherapy, cool mist and warm mist humidifiers and we've included a range of them here for you to take a look at. 

Sleep Consultant Lucy Wolfe says, 'they can be helpful to add moisture to the air that can support clearer breathing and avoid drying out your fragile skin, especially when the air is dry due to climate and central heating. It is certainly becoming a more popular parent purchase, but I don’t typically recommend them unless the parents themselves feel strongly about them.'

'My understanding is that moisture is gentle distributed into the environment that helps to avoid the mucus in the nostrils from drying up which may help to avoid congestion, or avoid common coughs and colds. As a result of the moisture, that is balancing out a dry atmosphere, largely caused by insulation and central heating, this may also help to avoid their baby skin from also drying out and becoming itchy. So helpful for children prone to coughs, colds and congestion and maybe also children with skin irritation. Some models make a slight sound too and this may act as a “white noise” background sound that can be comforting for some children as it is reminiscent of the womb. I don’t feel that there are any disadvantages per se, but whether it is a necessary purchase I can’t say.'

The best baby humidifiers for your baby's nursery

This noiseless humidifier is expertly designed to provide clean and healthy air for your baby. You can monitor the temperature; humidity rate and even diffuse essential oils. It’s also helpful for reducing congestion and flu symptoms, keeping you assured your baby is in the healthiest environment.


  • Weight: 750g
  • Dimensions: 26.8 x 24.2 x 35 cm
  • Key feature: Nightlight with 7 colours 

One reviewer said: I think this humidifier is brilliant! I tried a Vick one before and wasn’t good. My son has enlarged adenoids and uses a humidifier all night. This one is great because you can turn the direction of the air easily without moving the whole appliance, you can remove the plug when you need to empty the appliance, no filter is needed and it provides a great level of vapour.

The only thing that I would like is to have a level less of steam and I also found the instructions quite poor so I had to watch the videos on YouTube. 

The 2 in 1 humidifier is safe to use around children, as there is no risk of burns. It’s also compatible with Vicks VapoPads that can help clear children’s airways, meaning they can breathe easier during the night. During cold season, it can help reduce the survival of cold and flu viruses too, so if you have a cold it can help keep your little ones healthy. 


  • Dimensions: 33.8 x 28.9 x 28 cm
  • Weight: 2.5 Kg
  • Key features: 3.8 Litres tank that can last up to 24 hours

One reviewer said: Very quiet. Easy to use. It is quite large. Great for a little one that has a persistent chest cough/constant colds! Vapor plug ins are expensive but great when needed for that extras bit of airway clearance. I do think it’s a little over priced really but still a great product.

Your little ones will sleep and breathe easier at night, as the humidifier emits a cool and calming mist. It helps to relieve cough, cold and flu symptoms as well as nasal congestion and dry coughs. It also helps to reduce mould and bacteria growth, so you can sleep knowing your little one is in a clean environment.


  • Suitable for room size 23m².
  • Dimensions: Size H34, W22, D22cm
  • Easy clean filter

One reviewer said: Read lots of reviews and 99 per cent all positive, it's a well known brand so I bought it. Using it for about 3 months and it's great. The amount of mist it produces it excellent, capacity is huge and will last all night. I use it at night to help with my hay-fever and my sons and it does help. Found that the overnight mid setting leaves floor/carpet a bit damp from the huge amount of mist it creates and pity we can't use oils. 

Ideal for larger nurseries or bedrooms, this diffuser works for up to 16 hours to convert your favourite essential oils into a cool mist, to help relaxation, relieve stress, ease allergies and more. It can be controlled using a remote control to easily turn it on and off and change the settings and mood light. Alternatively, you can set a timer to suit you. 


  • 500ml capacity 
  • Dimensions: 5.3x5.3x4.5in
  • Weight: 10oz

One reviewer said: I have one of these now for almost every room in my house. This was for my sons room as it served a dual purpose, both offering light and fragrance. He's a teenager so it was hard to get an oil that he agreed was nice smelling so I went into pound land chose my favourite smelling man's fragrance and bought that. I give it about 10 sprays to 300ml of water. And his, room smells like heaven, no more toxic smells. They work really well with the plug in airfreshner oils too just one or two drops lasts hours (approx 3). 

Designed with kids in mind, this small, cute whale humidifier could be used as an aromatherapy diffuser or as a humidifier to keep moisture in the room. It has a colour changing light with 7 colours, and is made to automatically shut off after 5-7 hours. The ultrasonic technology also means it is extremely quiet when it is working to not disturb you when you are studying, working or sleeping. 


  • Dimensions: 20.4 x 18 x 10.2 cm
  • Weight: 450g
  • Waterless Auto-Off: shut off automatically after 5s when water runs out

One reviewer said: We have been having problems with my niece she has had a really bad chesty cough but would scream if we tried to put Vick or similar on her pillow, but we wrapped this up as a little gift for her and she immediately loved it, even though we had put a few drops of olbas in that I don't think she even noticed. She was just so happy to see the steam coming out of the dolphins head haha, then when she saw the night light changing colours she was amazed.

Her Mum sat with her for a while watching the colours change but in no time she was fast asleep and slept the whole night. Her chesty cough has still got a way to go but it is getting better. She was going down for a nap yesterday afternoon and asked cld she have "Blowey" on that he was her new best friend and even commented that he smelt nice, now that came as a big shock 🤯. She has been told that she is not allowed to touch him that he is Burnie hot and that he is blowing hot steam but to be extra careful he has been placed on a shelf that is out of her reach. Fab present, now the only thing is her brother wants one now too haha definitely no moths in my purse, my money does not last that long, I really don't mind buying these for them at all, used as a night light is fab in it self but helping them to breath easier when poorly this lovely little product is definitely a must.

Despite being a rather powerful tool, this humidifier uses silencer technology for quiet operation to make it super quiet for sleeping babies. It has different modes and timer settings for sleeping with 8 different coloured lights and sleep mode. You can also add aromatherapy oils to the diffuser making it ideal if your tot is struggling with a cold. It's also portable so you can take it away with you too. 


  • Weight: 300g
  • Up to 9 Hours Working Time
  • 150ml Capacity

One reviewer said: This has been an absolute lifesaver for my coughing toddler with olbas oil added. Makes it through most of a 12hr night on 'sleep' setting, Or a few hours on the 'mist' setting when he's been particularly bad. Night light is good too, especially like the fact you can choose a colour.

Where is the best place to put a humidifier? 

You want to place it somewhere in your baby's room where they will not accidentally knock it over or be able to reach any wires. You'll also want to place it somewhere where the mist can disperse well into the room so you don't get a build up of moisture on any surfaces or the ceiling. 

Be sure to check what size room your humidifier is made for. If your room is too small, you could find the humidifier causes condensation and damp. If the room is too big, it could be ineffective. 

How often should you clean it?

As with anything in our homes, it's important we keep it clean to reduce the spread of bacteria. To keep our humidifiers clean and our rooms clean, it's important to clean out the water tank every one to three days and to change the water daily so it's not distilled tap water. 

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  • Author: Samantha Ball Samantha Ball
  • Job Title: Freelance writer

Samantha is a mum of one, in a house full of boys. Her hobbies are long hikes, coffee tasting, and being a bit of an *obsessive* cleaner.

She also runs a blog Student Mum Diaries about what it’s like to be a student mum. 


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