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If it weren’t for our friends buying us a humidifier for our baby shower, I don’t think we would have thought to buy one until Rylee first got sick. Thankfully our friends thought about those possibilities and bought one for us. I absolutely love our Vicks Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier, Model V3700, 1 gal – Purple. We hooked up the humidifier immediately after bringing Rylee home from the hospital. I knew eventually it would be needed and I wanted it set up ready for that day. Plus it had a nifty night-light. It wasn’t until I was reading off the set up instructions to Brandon that I noticed we had a cool mist humidifier. Huh… What’s that and were there different options? Well I of course had to check it out. I went on the hunt checking for others and different types. Was a cool mist humidifier better for Rylee?
Well, whats the point in a humidifier? During the winter or cold nights when we are running our heaters, the air gets dry. Using a humidifier helps add some moisture in the air. For babies, this helps when they are sick. During babies first year, there is no real way to treat colds, so a humidifier can really help in making your baby more comfortable by helping their air ways open up and feel less congested.
And now…THE DIFFERENCE?
Warm mist humidifiers house an internal heating element to raise the water temperature in the tank, which is then released into the area in a warm steam.
Cool mist humidifiers obviously do not house an internal heating element. There are different types of cool mist humidifiers.
Evaporative humidifiers use a fan that blows air into an internal wick filter which absorbs water that is placed inside the tank. It causes the water to evaporate and release an invisible mist.
Ultrasonic humidifiers use ultrasonic vibrations to break down water which is then released into as a cool mist.
SO WHICH ONE IS BETTER?!
BOTH! Personally, I think both cool and warm mist humidifiers do the job they are supposed to. For each family there will be different circumstances that will help in deciding which humidifier will be best for their family. If your baby is going to be close to the humidifier, you may want to think about getting a cool mist humidifier so they won’t be burned by the steam. If the humidifier will be out of reach from the baby, then looking into a warm mist may benefit you. Both the warm mist and the ultrasonic cool mist are less noisy for all my light sleepers. For those who are like me and are almost always hot and need an extra boost of cool air, I love that our cool mist blows out cool air that makes the room a little more comfortable.
Having a humidifier has been crucial and so beneficial for us and really helped Rylee’s symptoms improve when she has been sick. Just last week Brandon could not stop coughing and had Rylee and I up all night. I decided to put the humidifier in our room for the night and he hasn’t coughed at night since. Make sure you keep your humidifiers clean and are changing filters and the water constantly. I think in the long run, cool mist and warm mist humidifiers both will benefit your family.
Until next time…