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What is the Best Humidifier for Kids?

What is the Best Humidifier for Kids?

We all want what is best for our children: the best food, the best school, the best life has to offer… 


What if you could keep your kid healthy every season and give them a better night's sleep? Using a humidifier in your child’s room is a surefire way to improve their overall health, soothe itchy skin, a dry or scratchy throat, and improve congestion. 

What is a Humidifier?

First and foremost: what actually is a humidifier? 

A humidifier is a home improvement tool that converts water into water vapor, which is then released from the device and into the air. The purpose of a humidifier is to increase the moisture levels or “humidity” of a particular space in order to maintain a healthy environment. 

Weather and seasonality are the primary culprits for dry, harsh air. When humidity levels drop to lower levels during the fall and winter months, you may observe symptoms like:

  • Dry, chapped skin
  • Eczema or psoriasis flareups
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Dry or itchy throat
  • Chronic cough and sore throat
  • Dry, flaky scalp

Optimal humidity levels fall between 40% and 60% year around. Optimal indoor air quality should be a priority regardless of season. So, before packing up your humidifier for the season, think again. Similar to forced heat, air conditioners pull moisture out of the air, reducing humidity in the room making the air dry and stale. When the air is dry, it begins pulling the  moisture from your skin. To avoid this discomfort, when the heat or AC is on, your humidifier should be too.  Where exactly your home should fall on this relative humidity (RH) scale is based on outdoor temperatures, indoor factors such as heat or AC, or personal preference.

Benefits of a Humidifier for Kids

You may be familiar with the general benefits of a humidifier, but how exactly does a humidifier help kids and what are the benefits of regular use?


The key benefits of using a humidifier for your child’s room include, but are not limited to: easing congestion, soothing a sore throat, and improving dry, itchy skin. 

Ease Congestion 

As you probably know, children are especially prone to stuffy noses and dry sinuses. You have inevitably experienced the uncomfortability of a stuffy nose more than once in your life, and we can all agree that it is frustrating, exhausting, and just plain annoying. 


When your child experiences nasal congestion, they are likely to have disrupted sleep and overall frustration and fussiness. Using a humidifier in your child’s room can help to increase moisture in their nasal passage and reduce inflammation for easier breathing. 

Soothe Sore Throats

A dry, scratchy, and painful throat can make a good night’s sleep merely a lofty dream. A humidifier adds lubrication to your little human’s throat, which releases mucus buildup, alleviates dryness, and reduces coughing. 

Alleviate Dry, Itchy Skin

Youthful skin is delicate and sensitive. While our adult skin can weather a storm, literally, our children’s skin is far more volatile to the surrounding environment. When air is dry, your mini may experience itchy or flaky skin on their body, eczema flare ups, dry scalp, and more. 


Incorporating a humidifier into your home can improve dry, inflamed skin by improving the moisture barrier and reducing TEWL (transepidermal water loss) as a result of dehydrated air. 

What is the Best Humidifier for a Kid?

One of the most overwhelming parts of being a parent - that no one ever tells you - is the stress of making the “right” decision for your child. Luckily, the “right” decision is unique to you and your situation. 


So, how do you choose the right humidifier for your kiddo? We recommend considering the following features when choosing your humidifier: cool mist vs. warm mist, device output, run time, and cleaning requirements. 

Cool Mist vs. Warm Mist

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), using a warm mist humidifier or vaporizer poses a potential risk for infants or young children. The actual mist emitted from a warm mist humidifier is perfectly safe for children since the mist cools to room temperature before reaching the room surfaces. The water tank of warm mist humidifiers can be hot to the touch as a result of boiling water in the water tank. If your infant or toddler touches the water tank, or pulls the warm mist humidifier down from the shelf or nightstand, they can get seriously burned. 


The AAP recommends the use of a cool mist humidifier in your child’s room.. Finding the right cool mist humidifier is important. The safest humidifier for your child is an evaporative humidifier such as Canopy. Canopy’s anti-microbial filter catches bacteria and metals, and uses a no-mist technology to produce invisible, clean moisture. Canopy is easy to use, easy to clean, and will look great in your children’s bedrooms, playrooms or nurseries. For extra safety, make sure that the cord is also out of reach from your child, or completely hidden from view. As you know: children will get into anything. 

Output

When searching for the best humidifier for your child’s room or nursery, you need to consider the output of the device. You want the output of your humidifier to cover the entire square footage of your little one’s room. If the room size is 200 square feet, you need a humidifier with at least a 200 square foot output. If the room size is 500 square feet, you need a humidifier with 500 square foot output. 

Run Time

Run time is a key feature when choosing the best humidifier for your kid. The longer the run time on your humidifier, the larger the tank size. The larger the tank size, the less frequently you need to refill your device. 


Especially during the cold, winter months you need to keep the humidity levels of your child’s home at optimal levels. This means you need a device that covers not only the 12-14 hours of sleep at night, but 1-3 hours for naps, and 3-4 hours of play time in their room. At minimum, you need a humidifier with 16 hours of run time. Ideally, you want a humidifier with 20+ hours of runtime to reduce the frequency of refills. Canopy’s 2.5 liter tank has a 36 hour runtime, keeping your children hydrated day and night.

Cleaning Requirements

Let’s be honest: you could place your child in a life size bubble suit, and they would still manage to make a mess of your home. You have enough to clean without the stress of a complicated humidifier device with 47 parts. No, thank you. 


When choosing the best humidifier for your child’s room, you need a humidifier that is easy to take apart and most importantly easy to clean. Since it is recommended to  deep clean your humidifier weekly or monthly depending on the frequency of use, easy cleaning is a necessity. It’s important to regularly clean your humidifier to reduce the risk of any mold growth. Most humidifiers on the market are difficult to clean and the process can be tedious.   


Unlike the rest, Canopy is easy to take apart and dishwasher safe (I mean..wow). Simply take apart your Canopy, toss it in the dishwasher, sit back, relax, and pour that glass of wine you finally have time for. 

The Best Skincare Routine for Babies

The Best Skincare Routine for Babies

Maintaining healthy skin for your bundle of joy can be slightly overwhelming. How do you care for brand new skin


Baby skin has never been exposed to city pollution nor been burnt from laying out in the sun too long. It has never suffered PIH from premature pimple popping or been scratched so hard it bled. Baby skin is fresh and perfect. Unadulterated, if you will. 


You can keep your little darling’s skin fresh, vibrant, and clear by adhering to a few healthy skin tips along the way. But first, let’s dive into skin function and the importance of healthy skin. 

Importance of Maintaining Healthy Skin

Before we delve into why healthy skin is so important and crucial to your overall health, let’s define healthy skin. 


Healthy skin is smooth, hydrated, and warm with no visible cracks, bumps or lesions. Healthy skin has abundant collagen and elastin. Think of pinchable baby cheeks… Babies have loads of collagen and elastin in their skin, which contributes to those chubby cheeks we all know and love. 

Why is Healthy Skin Important?

The skin is your body’s largest organ and serves the following functions:


  • Protects the internal organs from external threats
  • Prevents germs and bacteria from entering the body and impacting internal organs
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Alerts the body of external threat through your sense of touch (think: pain and extreme temperatures)
  • Converts sunlight into Vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium (a crucial mineral for bone development)
  • Prevents body dehydration by regulating TEWL (transepidermal water loss)

Have a little more appreciation for skin now? Good! Skin plays a crucial role in keeping the rest of your body healthy and disease free. 

5 Tips for Maintaining a Baby’s Healthy Skin

Aside from being plump, silky smooth, and downright squeezable, baby skin is ultra sensitive. One day your tot has a perfectly healthy tummy and bum, and the next day you’re staring straight into a painful-looking rash. Sometimes you just can’t win. 


Here are a few tips to keeping your baby’s skin healthy and smooth:

Keep Baths Simple

Up until your love bug starts crawling around the house, you really only need three baths a week. While this seems counterintuitive to our adult daily showers, baby skin is very sensitive and prone to dryness and irritating rashes. 


After moving to daily baths to remove the dirt, sand, poop, or various other sticky textures from your child’s hands and feet, you may feel tempted to use ample amounts of shampoo to remove the goo. Not so fast! You only need to use sensitive, baby-specific shampoo every other bath (unless there’s a blow-out) and you don’t need very much to get the job done - about a teaspoon-sized amount should suffice. 

Opt for Natural Ingredients

While natural isn’t always better, choosing natural or plant-derived ingredients to use on your bean is the best option. Organic skin care or body care products are more likely to be free from irritants like synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and more. 

Say “No” to Powder

Diaper rash is an inevitable reality. Whether you just started solid foods and a particular ingredient did not agree with their tummy, or you tried a new brand of diapers since they were out of your go-to brand, your cutie pie will get a rash. 


You may be inclined to use baby powder after wiping the area clean with a wet wipe, but experts now advise against the use of baby powder. Instead, opt for an organic or natural diaper rash cream and wipe clean every change. 


If you have loads of baby powder sitting in your baby’s nursery, baby powder actually works great as a dry shampoo in a pinch, so save that full bottle of powder (maybe put it in a fancy glass jar) and keep it on your vanity. 

Dress in Layers

Not only are your baby’s brain, appendages, muscles, and countless other things developing in the early stages of life, their sweat glands are also in development! This fun fact makes your tiny more inclined to develop an uncomfortable heat rash. Dressing your little one in layers allows you to control the temperature by removing or adding layers as necessary according to the thermostat. 

Use a Humidifier

The fall and winter months bring colder weather and dry winds. We combat those cold temperatures by cranking the heater to stay warm. The combination of cold weather and higher thermostat temperatures can lead to a serious case of dry air. 


Extended exposure to dry air can cause a bevy of health issues for not only you, but your munchkin as well. Some of these health issues include: dry eyes, dry skin, congestion, sore throat, a proclivity for catching the flu or cold viruses, and more.


Using a humidifier in your baby’s nursery can help raise humidity levels to a comfortable range, which will help your precious baby battle the elements with ease. In order to reap the benefits of humidity, a humidifier must be used for the nursery to reach optimal humidity (40-60%). Always use an evaporative humidifier, to avoid the spread of bacteria and potential mold growth. 

How Can a Humidifier Help a Baby?

A humidifier is one of the most useful tools for your baby’s nursery. Whether you are a first-time parent or a seasoned veteran with multiple children, a humidifier is an important device to have on-hand. 


Regular use of a humidifier in your baby’s nursery can help to ease cold symptoms including congestion and sore throat, improve dry or irritated skin, and a humidifier can serve as a preventative tool to keep your bundle of joy safe and healthy all year long.  

Ease Cold Symptoms

When your little one  catches a cold, which most children do at some point in their early life, it can be heart wrenching to watch them struggle. Congestion interferes with their breathing, a dry and itchy throat leads to excessive coughing, and they wriggle in uncomfortability.


A humidifier can help to ease cold symptoms in both adults and children. The increased moisture content from your humidifier device will help to lubricate the throat and nasal passages resulting in congestion relief and the improvement of a dry, scratchy throat. 

Improve Dry, Irritated Skin

As we discussed in the previous section, baby skin is very sensitive and requires a little extra TLC. For new parents, it can seem like dry skin or rashes appear out of thin air. 


Regular use of a humidifier in your child’s nursery can reduce TEWL resulting in higher levels of moisture on the skin. TEWL is the process of the skin releasing water into the surrounding environment by way of evaporation. Dry and cold weather conditions increase TEWL while warm, humid environments decrease TEWL. 


Optimal humidity can improve the moisture content of the skin, which hydrates the skin and reduces the likelihood of eczema flare ups (atopic dermatitis affects 13% of children under 5-years-old). 

Prevention

You don’t have to wait until your little angel gets sick or has an unpleasant eczema flare up to run your humidifier. Humidifiers can serve as a preventative tool, as well. 


Maintaining optimal levels of humidity 24 hours a day, 365 days a year can ensure a comfortable, safe, and healthy environment for you and your family. Optimal humidity levels can help to:


  • Reduce the spread and survival of viruses
  • Ensure proper lubrication of throat and nasal passages to prevent infection, congestion, and cough 
  • Keep the skin moisture barrier in tact, preventing dry or dehydrated skin

Use your smart thermostat or a handy hygrometer to measure your home humidity levels. Optimal humidity range is 40-60% 


Which humidifier is the best for your baby? 

When it comes to choosing the right humidifier for your baby, safety is of utmost importance. Canopy is the cleanest humidifier on the market making it perfect for your nursery. Canopy’s no-mist technology provides invisible clean filtered moisture making it safe for your baby’s fragile skin and lungs. No need to worry about potential mold exposure, Canopy’s SPA (Smart Persistent Airflow) technology prevents mold growth, so you never have to worry about mold causing any harm to your baby. Not only is Canopy the cleanest humidifier on the market but also the easiest. When it’s time to clean, throw your Canopy in the dishwasher for a hassle free cleaning experience.

What Does a Humidifier Do for Babies?

Kid's Nightstand with Canopy Humidifier

The efficient planner that you are, you likely used a combination of BuyBuy Baby, Babylist, Pinterest, and What to Expect When You’re Expecting to create your baby registry. 

While developing your robust registry, you may have encountered a few humidifier recommendations among the “must-have” lists. You might be thinking: why would you request a humidifier for your baby when you don’t even have a humidifier for your own personal use? 

Both you and baby can hugely benefit from the use of a humidifier. The recommended level of humidity for your home is between 30% and 50%. The average home has a humidity level of 10% during the winter months, which can cause a heap of inconvenient side-effects like dry throat and skin, congestion and more.

What is a Humidifier?

A humidifier is a device that releases water vapor into the air to increase the moisture level also known as “humidity.” The primary purpose of a humidifier is to replace moisture in the air that is lost as a result of the weather or seasonality. 

Humidity levels vary depending on temperatures, the month of the year, and geographical location. In general, the summer months bring with them a higher level of humidity, particularly in Southern states and on the East Coast. The winter months, on the other hand, create lower levels of humidity with the dry, bone-chilling temperatures.

Baby Humidifier

Benefits of Humidifiers for Babies

“Humidity 101” is not a typical class offered in pregnancy or parenting classes, though it should be! 

Stable humidity levels by use of a humidifier can drastically improve cold symptoms and reduce congestion for your little one. Humidifiers can also temper mild skin conditions like eczema or dry, itchy skin, which are extremely common as a result of baby’s exceptionally sensitive skin.

Relieve Cold Symptoms

Unfortunately, getting sick is a normal part of a maturing immune system, and all babies will get sick at some point in their first year and onward. 

During the first two years of your bean’s life, over-the-counter medications like cough syrup and cold medicine are generally prohibited. The increased level of humidity created by a humidifier device can reduce dry coughing, calm sore throats, ease congestion, and help them sleep through the night with ease and comfort. 

Watching your child suffer is excruciating and incredibly stressful on parents. The regular use of a humidifier during the winter months, or the temporary use of a humidifier when your mini is sick, can speed up the recovery process and regulate their respiratory functions.

Ease Congestion

Just as the change in weather conditions alters the efficiency of your sinus function, the same thing can happen with your baby. 


According to the Mayo Clinic, changes in humidity levels or temperature can signal a swelling of the membranes in your nasal passageway, which causes stuffiness and/or a runny nose. The use of a humidifier to maintain a humidity level between 25-40% during the winter months can prevent congestion or ease the symptoms.

Improve Dry Skin

Transepidermal water loss (TEWL) is a natural skin regulation process that explains the evaporation of water from the skin into the environment. 

In dry or low humidity environments, water evaporates at more rapidly from the skin causing chronic dryness and irritation. For babies with eczema, dry conditions trigger eczema flare ups, which can be extremely irritating.

Humidifier for Baby

What is the Best Humidifier for a Baby

When searching for the perfect humidifier for your smooshkin’s nursery, there are a few key features you should add to your checklist: low noise, easy to clean, cool mist, and moderate tank size. Read on to learn why these crucial features will make your life easier.

Low Noise

Repeat after me: “Never wake a sleeping baby.” 

During the first year of a baby’s life, sleep is a volatile habit at best. When your baby successfully accomplishes some quality shut-eye, the very last thing you want in the whole world is to interfere with that precious slumber.  

A silent or low noise humidifier is imperative to keeping your baby asleep while providing the incomparable benefits of increased moisture levels.

Easy to Clean

What is brown or green and thrives in moist environments? You guessed it! Mold. 

Humidifiers require regular maintenance to ensure safe use and prevent the formation of mold or “white dust,” which is caused by mineral build-up in the water tank. It is recommended to deep clean your humidifier every 2-3 days and wipe down the external components after each use. As a new parent, this may sound like a daunting task between cleaning the Diaper Genie, washing countless bottles and picking up toys every four seconds. 


Cleaning your humidifier does not have to be a laborious task if you choose a model that is easily disassembled. Just plug your sick and fill it with a 3:1 hot water and white vinegar mixture (you can add a few drops of lemon essential oil for good measure, which is perfectly safe for children) and dunk those components into the solution. Bonus points if you let the baby watch! They need to learn cleanliness at some point; why not now?

A Cool Mist Humidifier

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns parents of the potential dangers regarding the use of a warm mist humidifier for infants and young children. The AAP recommends cold or cool mist humidifiers for your child’s nursery, instead. 

Warm mist expelled from humidifiers is perfectly safe for children; the warmness of the mist is not the issue in question. The issue, however, is that children touch every single thing they can reach with their sticky hands! (How are their hands always sticky?!) Warm mist humidifiers boil water from the water tank to produce the warm mist. The humidifier components can be hot to the touch and run the risk of burning your precious little one’s hands or face if they get up too close. 

If you have a ledge or shelf that securely out of reach from your child, you can safely use a warm mist humidifier while avoiding a pull-down situation. It is always best to take extra precaution and make sure the cord is either safely secured to the wall or hidden from your child’s eye.

Moderate Tank Size

When selecting a humidifier for your little bundle of joy, it is best to find a device with a moderate-sized tank and an auto shut-off feature. 

You want your humidifier tank to last through the night to ensure your munchkin gets the full benefits of humidifier use. A tank with a 2-4 hour fill will need multiple water refills throughout the night. No, thank you! An 8 to 12 hour tank will prevent middle of the night wake-ups, which, let's be honest, you would like to avoid for the rest of your life after baby's first year.

The auto shut-off feature comes in clutch when the water tank runs out in the early morning or when your baby wakes up. Count this as one less thing on your overflowing to-do list!

Sleeping Baby