By Katherine M. Tomlinson
Does your baby’s nursery need a humidifier? Consider this: The cleanliness and humidity of the air your child breathes may have an affect on her comfort. When your little one comes down with a cold, the dry air of winter can aggravate her symptoms. Adding moisture to the air with a humidifier can help act as a natural cough remedy and clear her congested nasal passages.
Choosing the best humidifier for your baby’s nursery
These moist air-making machines are available in tabletop, console-style and plumbed-in in-duct models. To remove dust, smoke, pollen and other particles from the air, air purifiers are also available in portable styles and whole-house models. Factors to consider when selecting a purifier include the size of the space for which it is recommended and the speed at which it cleans the air. We love the affordable Crane Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier, which runs quiet for 24 hours on a gallon of water (using less energy than a standard lightbulb!) and has a modern, teardrop-shape design ($50, crane-usa.com). And once you’ve made your choice, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s cleaning and filter/cartridge replacement instructions to prevent unhealthy bacterial growth and promote optimal results.
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