Coolest and Cutest Humidifier on the Block
The Crane Frog Humidifier is not only cute, but extremely quite. It does not require filter replacement or daily cleaning. You can find this humidifier from anywhere from $31.99 – $43.99 all depending on the store you purchase it from. The only down fall is you still need to purchase distilled water, which we now purchase gallon jugs. This humidifier comes in other cute animals, so if you are not into frogs you have other options. Here are some of the Crane collection.
Why a humidifier? Are they necessary for a new born? No, I don’t think that they are necessary, but boy they can help when your child gets a cold. When C2 got his first head cold, we were told by our advice nurse to purchase a cool mist humidifier. Apparently a cool mist humidifier helps relieve congestion, which it did for C2. Of course, like any parent would after work I headed over to Buy Buy Baby to purchase one. There are so many different brands of humidifier, plus you can choose between a cool or hot humidifier. I thought I made a great purchase; I walked out with a Vicks Cool Mist Humidifier.
I never had a humidifier before, so I was not quite sure what to expect. It cost about $30, which I thought was reasonable. We used it for about 6 months before purchasing the Crane Frog Humidifier. The reason we switched is four fold.
1) It required filters that are $15 a piece and they need to be replaced every three months.
2) The humidifier needs to be cleaned out daily or else pink bacteria would grow, which defeats the purpose of purified air. Cleaning out the filter was not easy because it has nooks and crannies that were difficult to clean, so I felt like it never got clean enough.
3) A white dust film started to develop in my son’s room; I was dusting almost every other day and the film would just come back. Apparently, these machines are quite efficient at dispersing the minerals, which was causing the white dust to coat my son’s room. So, distilled water should have been used, but the instructions did not relay this information.
4) The Vick’s Humidifier was extremely loud, which did not really bother me because we used it as white noise in my son’s room.
Six months later even though my son no longer had a head cold, we continued to use it every night, and I needed something quieter and cleaner humidifier. That is when we got the cool Crane Frog Humidifier. My son is nearly 2 and still sleeps with it and he loves it. No, it hasn’t prevented head colds, but in my opinion, it helps him sleep more comfortably when they do occur.
Please note, I am not a medical professional, I am just a mom who likes to share. While humidifiers can often give nice relief to a child who is stopped up from a cold, from what I have read the humidity in the air can allow for mold growth within the carpeting or other areas of the house. For children with asthma, this increased exposure to mold can often actually make matters worse. So, if your child has asthma or other chronic respiratory difficulties, I would consult your pediatrician before spending the money on a humidifier.