Does your baby often cry for no apparent reason? Babies cry for a variety of reasons and its often hard to work out which need your baby wants you to take care of. Besides making sure your baby is fed and doing well, you should consider equipping your baby’s nursery with a humidifier to create a healthier and safe environment. Keeping the humidity level in your baby’s nursery between 30-60 percent, as recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency, has many health benefits, and modern humidifiers make it incredibly easy to create a perfect environment for your baby. This article at “It’s not the heat but the humidity that causes Flu” by NPR nailed the significance of having the right humidity at home.
You can easily measure the current humidity level in your baby’s nursery using a hygrometer, an instrument used for measuring the amount of humidity and water vapor in the air. Despite the fancy name, hygrometers are very simple instruments. But even without a hygrometer, there are many other signs that you need a humidifier:
There are two main types of humidifiers: warm and cold mist.
Warm mist humidifiers are simple and easy to maintain. They use a heating element to boil water and produce stream—just like your kettle. For obvious reasons, you might not want to have boiling water in your baby’s nursery, which is why most parents stay away from warm mist humidifiers.
Instead, they go with cold mist humidifiers, which increase the humidity in the room either using ultrasonic sound vibrations to break water particles or through a process of fan-aided evaporation. The only downside of both ultrasonic and evaporative humidifiers is the fact that they are more difficult to maintain than warm mist humidifiers.
Air purifiers are useful as well, but they work completely differently than humidifiers. Air purifiers are basically sophisticated traps that help reduce the number of irritants in the air. They can capture dust, pollen, pet and human air, bacteria, some viruses, and sometimes even unpleasant odors.
Every nursery needs a humidifier to keep the air humidity at an acceptable level. The benefits of maintaining an optimal humidity level are numerous, add a humidifier to boost your nursery’s moisture level and keep your baby happy and restful especially during the winter season.
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