As a mother or a father, it goes without saying you want the best for your baby.
You may not realize it but the air you breathe in your home is as crucial to their health as any lotion or product that you rub on your baby’s skin.
If you’re thinking of buying an air purifier or a humidifier for your baby’s room you need to know the difference between the two.
What functions differ one from the other.
You may find that you need both depending on the season.
The main purpose of a humidifier is to add moisture to the air.
Humidity is definitely not something you want all year long.
But in the winter months when you’re stuck indoors and the heater is going 24/7, the indoor air can become extra dry and that can mean a whole lot of heartache for your baby and for yourself taking care of your baby.
Dryer air is particularly hard on a baby because it causes the mucous membranes in the nose, eyes and throat to dry out.
This can add up to it being a lot harder for your little one to stay asleep.
The primary type of humidifiers are evaporative, the mist, and the ultrasonic.
They all work pretty much the same, turn water into mist and distribute it through the air.
They’re generally no replacement parts on these types of machines. The only maintenance is to keep them clean and do not let mold grow in them.
An air purifier, as distinguished from a humidifier is an appliance that purifies the air.
Most air purifiers feature a HEPA filter that is capable a filtering out indoor air pollutants up to 97 percent.
Most people do not realize that the same heating and air units that distribute warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer, also distribute mold and bacteria.
So along with the dryer air that comes from having the heater going indoors, there is also the component of the heater blowing around bacteria and germs, adding to the problem of not resting and feeling fussy.
An air purifier versus a humidifier for a baby may outweigh the need of a humidifier but the truth is, especially during the winter months both working in concert is the best plan.
Unlike humidifiers, air purifiers do require replacement parts. Typically the filter.
Another point to consider is that air purifiers and humidifiers are a little noisy. There are companies that spin the sound the units make as a blanket a white noise to help your baby sleep.
So as long as you do your due diligence and find one that is not overly noisy, that may be a good thing.
Babies and children can have a hard time and be especially susceptible to irritants and triggers that come with airborne allergens and bacteria. Combining these pollutants with dry air can make your babies and yourself miserable.
Do yourself a favor and acquire an air purifier and a humidifier to keep in your home and help give your baby a healthy airspace and better chances for long nights of sleep and good restful naps.