From our friends at Crane USA
When you bring your new baby home for the first time, you take note of every movement, noise and bodily function. One of the most common worries is if your baby is congested…have they already caught a cold? Stuffy, congested noses are often not the result of a cold, but simply the fact that for the first 4-5 months, babies can only breathe out of their noses.
That can make breastfeeding difficult during those first five months if babies can’t breathe while their mouths are full. Nose-only breathing can make sleeping rough, too. That’s where cool mist humidifiers come in—the addition of moisture and humidity to baby’s room helps to open nasal passages, making it easier for babies to feed and sleep. Pediatricians specifically recommend cool mist humidifiers instead of warm mist humidifiers because the cool air can help to prevent croup, a persistent cough infants and children can get, as well as colds and the flu.
Another great reason to run a humidifier in baby’s room: Germs travel faster in dry air, so the presence of moisture makes germs heavier, which means they move slower. This actually helps reduce the number of germs in the air, making the air in your home cleaner. And since cool mist humidifiers don’t get hot, you don’t have to worry about curious babies burning their fingers.
For regular maintenance, Crane recommends dumping out excess water from the base and water tank each day and adding fresh water before running it again. About once a week, rinse out both the tank and the base of the humidifier with white vinegar and water. Simply mix two tablespoons of white vinegar and two cups of water and pour into the tank and the base. Let it sit in the base for 20-30 minutes to clean out any mineral or bacterial buildup. In the tank, add the white vinegar and water solution, put the water tank cap back on and shake, shake, shake! Doing this dance just once a week will help keep your humidifier and the mist it produces clean.