You’re not the first parent to inquire about which is the best humidifier to use in their babies room. The biggest debate comes down to whether on not to purchase a cool mist or a warm mist machine. As we already know a cool mist will disperse room temperature moisture while a warm mist will actually heat the water and disperse heated moisture or humidity.
Now if you search other resources online, (which I encourage you do) the general consensus is that a cool mist is the ideal machine to choose for your child. The reason is that it doesn’t include any heated mechanisms and therefore is less of a danger to your child in two ways. One, if they manage to get their hands on the unit it could burn their hands. Two, if they are too close to the unit while in operation it could be too hot for their nasal passages.
There is another debate though. As per Mayoclinic.com it doesn’t matter if you use a warm mist or a cool mist unit to treat colds because by the time the mist reaches your child’s lower airways it ends up being the same temperature anyway. So, if you’re set on a warm mist unit and are able to place it in an unreachable position that’s safe, then it might not be such a bad idea.
I currently use cool mist machines with our children and so far they have no complaints. Our kids are now coming to the age where they understand that these machines are not toys. So if one day they ask to try a warm mist in their room I will feel a little more comfortable.
I hope this article has helped you with your decision on which is the best humidifier style for your baby. Crane makes a wide selection of units meant for use with children and you can read a detailed review on their Hello Kitty model here.