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Today, you can hear so many contradictory things on humidifiers that it gets confusing. Their moment of glory has been replaced by mistrust and suspicion. So, is it useless? Does it help bacteria to multiply? Or is it a must-have in a baby’s room?

Air humidity is crucial

Winters in Quebec can be pretty tough so we are used to put the heating on as far as it will go. Regardless of your home’s insulation, odds are that it will cause minor health issues among your family. Eyes and skin irritation, breathing problems, bleeding nose… They all indicate that the air you are breathing is too dry. Adults can be more or less sensitive to this phenomenon so imagine how babies can feel.

Temperatures are dropping and I know that you already dread the colds and other viruses that will soon reappear. If you are sick of spending your winters struggling with endless coughs and running noses, using a humidifier could be a life-changer.

Dubious, yet? Yes, the use of humidifiers can involve some risks. However, if you choose the right type and thoroughly follow the instructions of use, you have nothing to worry about. They might even help you to get through winter without losing your temper.

How to chose the right humidifier?

Avoid hot steam humidifiers. Indeed, their boiling water will kill bacteria but it will also potentially burn yourself or your child and will warm up the room. Let’s remind you that the ideal temperature for a child’s room is between 18 and 21°C / 64.4 and 70°F.

Be careful with essential oils. Some humidifiers can spread essential oils in their mist, but not all of them! Do not put essential oils in a humidifier that is not designed for it. Besides, these products have to be handled with caution. Some are not recommended for babies and children so please, make sure that you are well-informed before using any.

Choose a humidifier with a built-in hygrometer. The level of humidity for a child’s bedroom is between 35 to 50%, as recommended by pediatricians and health organisations. Some humidifiers measure the air humidity so you can adjust your use of the apparel accordingly. You can also buy a hygrometer on its own.

Have a preference for silent humidifiers. After all, you want to improve your child’s sleep and health, not keep them awake with a constant purring.

Finally, favor humidifiers that do not need filters. Therefore, you will not have to worry about when and how you have to change it.

At the end of the day, whatever choice you make, we recommend that you thoroughly clean your humidifier on a daily basis. Empty the water tank after each use and only fill it back up when you are ready to turn on the humidifier. Do not provide bacteria with the stagnant water they need to multiply! Sometimes, white dust can be found around your humidifier. Rest assured, this is not toxic or anything but if you are concerned about it, use distilled water instead of tap water.

We care about what you think

What about you? Do you use humidifiers? Please share your experience and anecdotes in the comment section below. It is always interesting to confront point of views and you might even change the minds of those who are still hesitating.