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What is the Best Humidifier for Kids?

Humidifier Being Turned On

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. 

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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. 


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 Simply take apart your Canopy, toss it in the dishwasher, sit back, relax, and pour that glass of wine you finally have time for. 

Humidifier Safety: How to Safely Use a Humidifier

Canopy Humidifier on Table Being Turned On

Humidifiers are game-changing devices that can radically improve your health if used properly. Practicing proper humidifier safety will ensure your device operates at maximum capacity and creates a healthy, flourishing environment for you and your family. 

Are Humidifiers Safe?

Humidifiers are perfectly safe for use in your home if you follow your device’s maintenance requirements.  

Ultrasonic Humidifiers

Ultrasonic humidifiers operate by vibrating a metal disk at sonic speed, which pulverizes the water in the water tank into a fine mist, which is then dispersed into the room. 

The downside of ultrasonic humidifiers is that any bacteria, mold, microorganisms, or chemical cleaning supplies present in the device water tank will also be dispersed into the room. 

If your ultrasonic humidifier is not properly maintained, it can lead to adverse health effects. Ultrasonic humidifiers perform best if you use distilled water in your water tank and follow your device’s maintenance guide. 

Warm Mist Humidifiers

Similarly, vaporizers or warm mist humidifiers boil the water from the water tank to create a warm vapor, which is released into the surrounding environment. When you boil water, it kills any minerals, bacteria or microorganisms that thrive in moist environments. As a result, you can use any type of water in your vaporizer: tap, bottled, or distilled.  If using a warm mist humidifier, you must proceed with caution. The water tank can be extremely hot to the touch as a result of boiling water in the tank. Warm mist humidifiers are not recommended for children’s rooms or nurseries. 

Evaporative Humidifiers

Evaporative humidifiers do not run the same risks as ultrasonic or warm mist humidifiers. 

Evaporative humidifiers like Canopy operate by drawing in air from the room, pushing it through a moistened filter and releasing newly hydrated air back into the room. The filter componentry in evaporative humidifiers prevents any unwanted contamination from being released into the room. 

Canopy’s evaporative no-mist technology produces invisible clean moisture. Forget the weekly trip to the store and added expense of distilled water, Canopy’s anti-microbial filter catches bacteria and metals in the water while it’s SPA (Smart Persistent Airflow) technology stops mold from growing. Canopy is safe for children’s bedrooms and nurseries. 

Tips to Properly Use a Humidifier

Humidifiers are perfectly safe home appliances. In fact, a humidifier can augment your overall health and wellness if used properly! 

Below are a few helpful tips for proper humidifier use: 

  1. Regularly monitor home humidity levels
  2. Clean your humidifier regularly
  3. Use distilled water (if required)
  4. Avoid sitting water

Tip #1: Regularly Monitor Home Humidity Levels

Do you know the relative humidity (RH) level in your home right now? You can check your smart thermostat or grab an inexpensive hygrometer from Amazon to assess the humidity levels in your home. 

Lower temperatures, persistent wind, and regular use of the furnace are common causes of dry, indoor air. Chances are, the RH in your home is lower than the optimal range, which can lead to a slew of health conditions and uncomfortability. The recommended range of RH in your home is between 40% and 60%; the higher the RH in your home, the more moisture content in the air and vice versa. 

While dry, indoor air can wreak havoc on your sinuses, skin, hair, throat, and increase your chances of illness, home humidity levels that are too high can create a harmful living environment. High humidity levels can lead to the development of mold and bacteria and make your home space unbearable. 

Tip #2: Clean your Humidifier Regularly

In order to ensure safe use of your home humidifier, regular cleaning and maintenance is an imperative step. 

You should always check your device manual for maintenance schedules and recommendations before cleaning your device. It is generally recommended to clean your humidifier once per week with a white vinegar solution and wipe down your device daily after use. 

For most humidifiers, this can be a very tedious process. If you’re a regular humidifier, you’re probably familiar with this. Well, we’re here to change that. Drum roll please...Canopy is dishwasher safe! Just toss your Canopy in the dishwasher, and you’re good to go! (We really mean it when we say hassle-free hydration).   

Regularly cleaning your humidifier device after use prevents the build-up of mold, bacteria, grime, and other potentially dangerous residents of your water tank. 

Tip #3: Avoid Sitting Water

Sitting water is a breeding ground for bacteria, microorganisms, and more. Never use your humidifier if the water has been sitting in the tank for longer than 24 hours. 

Rinse out your humidifier water tank and wipe down with a clean cloth after each use. Replace the water tank daily with fresh water (distilled or tap based on your humidifier’s requirements). 

With Canopy, you’ll never need to worry about water sitting in the basin. Canopy runs until the filter is completely dry to avoid sitting water, build-up, and potential mold growth.

What is the Safest Humidifier for a Baby?

You would do anything for your little one to keep them safe and free from harm. Anything. Choosing a safe and high quality humidifier is no exception!

When choosing the safest humidifier for a baby, you should look for a cool mist humidifier that is easy to clean with a disposable filter. 

Cool Mist

Cool mist humidifiers are recommended for babies and young children as opposed to vaporizers or warm-mist humidifiers. Vaporizers create warm mist by boiling water in the device’s water tank. As mentioned above, vaporizers can get hot… Hot enough to burn! You know who just loves to touch everything? Babies and young children. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends using cool mist humidifiers in your child’s nursery to avoid burns. If you have a secure ledge or shelf that is out of reach from your child and you can effectively hide any device cords, a warm-mist humidifier may be an option. 

Easy to Clean

Let’s be honest: children are a lot of work. While you surge with pride at each new milestone, you also learn that milestones tend to bring new responsibilities and stressors. You have enough to do, there is no need to add yet another responsibility of cleaning a complicated humidifier device. 

In order to safely use a humidifier, you need to follow a regular maintenance schedule: daily wipe downs and weekly deep cleans. This can be a very laborious task if your humidifier has complicated componentry or hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. 

Choosing a humidifier that is easy to clean is crucial to keeping your device in tip-top shape and creating a healthy environment for your smalls. Canopy humidifiers have completely dishwasher safe componentry, which means that your weekly deep clean just got incredibly easy. Load up your dishwasher, press start, and scratch humidifier cleaning off your to do-list. 

Disposable Filter

In the same vein as the maintenance feature discussed in the previous section, choosing a humidifier with a disposable filter makes your device that much safer. 

A filter will trap any dirt, debris, or bacteria that forms in your humidifier water tank. Canopy’s antimicrobial disposable filter is incredibly easy to maintain; just toss your old filter every 45 days and replace with a new filter. Easy, peasy. 

Canopy offers a filter subscription service that automatically sends you a brand new paper filter every 45 days. No thinking necessary! 

The Benefits of Sleeping with a Humidifier

Woman Sleeping with Canopy Humidifier

According to the CDC, an average adult between the ages of 18 and 60-years-old needs 7 hours per night. 

While some may function at full capacity with 5 hours of sleep per night and others need closer to 10 hours, the quality of your sleep is a crucial factor. A good, restful night’s sleep provides ample benefits to your overall health and well-being. 

Humidity levels play a noticeable role in the quality of your sleep. Optimal home humidity levels sit between 40% and 60% based on personal preference. When humidity levels drop below 40%, the quality of your sleep can be affected. 

Humidity levels below 40% can cause dry or itchy skin, trigger allergy or asthma symptoms, itchy eyes, scratchy or dry throat, congestion, and more. Placing a humidifier in your bedroom can help you avoid the negative symptoms of low humidity and improve your nightly snooze.   

What Are the Benefits of Sleeping with a Humidifier?

Sleeping with a humidifier in your room can provide a multitude of benefits for the overall quality of your sleep. In particular, raising RH to the optimal levels while you sleep can improve snoring and increase comfort for those who suffer from sleep apnea.  

Benefits of Humidifier for Snoring

Upwards of 45% of adults experience occasional snoring. That is nearly half of the adult population! Snoring is a very common problem ranging in severity from light vibrations to loud, disruptive sounds. 

Snoring is often caused by a restriction of the airways, which results from the relaxation of facial and throat muscles while you sleep. Increasing the humidity levels in your bedroom while you sleep can help to reduce inflammation in the throat and nasal passage and soothe irritated airways.  

Benefits of Humidifier for Sleep Apnea

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, the most common complaints from sleep apnea sufferers using a CPAP machine are:

  • That the CPAP machine leads to dry mouth
  • That the CPAP machine causes a stuffy nose, which impairs breathing
  • That the CPAP machine causes a burning in the nasal passage that interferes with the quality of sleep

A CPAP machine works by drawing in air from the environment and delivering that air directly into the nasal passages (and the mouth if you use a full face mask). If your home humidity levels are lower than 40%, the air drawn into your CPAP machine has low moisture content. Low moisture content can cause dry mouth, stuffy nose and congestion, and a burning in your nasal passage as listed above.

These complaints are easily mitigated by the use of a humidifier. Increase relative humidity (RH) in your home, and you can improve the moisture content of the air delivered through your CPAP machine. 

What Are the Risks of Sleeping with a Humidifier?

The health benefits of sleeping with a humidifier far outweigh the potential risks. There are two completely preventable risks of sleeping with a humidifier. 

The first risk is the potential development of “white dust” by using tap water in a humidifier device that requires distilled water. The second risk is the potential for excess humidity in your home, which can occur if RH levels are not properly monitored. 

White Dust

“White dust” is a build-up of microscopic minerals that can build up in your humidifier from the use of tap or unfiltered water. When mist is emitted from your humidifier device, the mineral deposits left behind on surfaces create a thin, white layer that looks like a white dust. 

Most humidifiers require the use of distilled or filtered water to operate efficiently. Be sure to read your device manual before adding water to the water tank to avoid any issues. 

Canopy humidifiers have two layers of protection against the build-up of minerals or bacteria in the water tank. UV lights embedded in the device tank kill 99.9% of bacteria in the water while the wood pulp paper filter kills any remaining bacteria. The result: you can use tap, distilled, or filtered water in your Canopy device! Less fuss, more results. 

Excess Humidity

Running your humidifier every night can provide exceptional benefits for your body while you sleep. 

It is imperative to monitor the humidity levels in your home, however, to ensure that humidity levels remain within the optimal levels. If the RH of your home exceeds 60%, you may start to feel physically uncomfortable. With excess humidity in your home, you also run the risk of developing mold or bacteria on your walls, curtains, or any item in the direct line of the humidifier mist. 

You can measure humidity levels of your home by using a hygrometer. If the hygrometer reads 50% or higher, it is best to avoid using your humidifier. If humidity levels get too high, you may need to use a dehumidifier to reduce moisture in the air. 

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How Close Should a Humidifier Be to Your Bed?

An ultrasonic (or misting) humidifier should be placed no closer than 3 feet from your bed. Placing an ultrasonic humidifier too close to your bed can cause the mist from your humidifier to dampen your sheets, pillows, or comforter. Over time, this may cause mold or mildew to develop, which can be harmful to your health. 

Depending on your preferences, the gentle white noise from a humidifier can help with sleep. 

Canopy humidifiers are designed to be placed in any room, as close to your bed as you so desire. Due to Canopy’s no-mist technology, you can place your humidifier merely inches from your bed without fear of water damage. Canopy’s fan generates a gentle white when on the high setting. 

Additional Health Benefits

Adding a humidifier to your home appliance arsenal is a great move for your health and wellness. In addition to improving the overall quality of your sleep, regularly using a humidifier in your home can provide the following benefits: 

  • Improve dry, itchy or flaky skin
  • Improve dry and flaky scalp
  • Heal severely dry or cracked lips 
  • Restore the skin barrier
  • Reduce the signs of aging including fine lines, crows feet, and wrinkles
  • Clear congestion
  • Improve sinuses 
  • Reduce irritation suffered from dry and itchy throat
  • Improve common cold symptoms
  • Reduce the survival rate of airborne viruses
  • Improve breathing in babies
  • Improve dry, itchy skin in babies
  • Help indoor plants to thrive