Nasal congestion, dry skin and coughing are all sure signs that winter is upon us. But by adding extra moisture to the air, steam vaporisers and humidifiers help keep the winter blues at bay.
Classified as types of electric humidifiers, steam vaporisers convert hot water into soothing steam, while cool mist models use ultrasonic technology to create vapour from cold water. Both machines emit gentle moisture to the air that helps clear bunged-up little noses, restore humidity and help the whole family breathe that little bit easier.
And it gets even better because many models are even compatible with your favourite essential oils, which means you can drench your home in heavenly scent all year round. Ah, bliss.
11 steam vaporisers and humidifiers for babies and kids
Ready to get the kids’ stuffy noses in check? We’ve scoured the country and consulted with our community of Australian mums to find the best steam vaporisers and cool mist humidifiers for easing the icky symptoms of colds and flu.
Compatible with regular tap water and equipped with a running time of up to 14 hours, the Vicks Warm Steam Vaporiser uses natural steam therapy to ease the symptoms of allergies, colds and flu. It is safe to use for all ages and comes with an automatic shut-off and unique anti-scalding design.
Read this Vicks Vaporiser Review to find out what a mum of seven thought when she put it to the test!
Whisper quiet and suitable for all ages, the Euky Bear Vaporiser emits a gentle stream of warm steam for relief from blocked noses and chest congestion. Simply twist off the lid, add water and Euky Bear inhalant (sold separately), plug in and enjoy natural steam therapy right through the night.
With double-wall insulation for extra protection, the Taac VaporPro Vaporiser uses natural steam to relieve pesky congestion in the nose, lungs and bronchial tubes. It features a deflector for a steady flow of steam and a very handy night light for easy finds in the wee hours.
Unlike steam vaporisers, the Oil Garden unit humidifies the room without the use of heat, which means it’s cool to the touch, while still effective at relieving congestion. It boasts a timer and alarm function, various light settings – and yes, you can even use it to disperse your favourite essential oils.
Feature-packed for years of use, this beauty from Oricom operates as a dreamy aromatherapy diffuser and cool mist humidifier that helps prevent dryness and ease the symptoms of colds. You can also use it as a 7-colour night light and a wireless speaker for playing baby’s favourite tunes.
Designed especially for easier sleep, the Lively Living Aroma Snooze-Aid Vaporiser emits up to 18 hours of ultrasonic cool-mist to purify and humidify the air. It comes with pre-recorded sounds, pink noise and lullabies and even records mum’s voice to help settle bubba.
With no heating element or condensation, the child-safe Able Asthma Vaporiser releases 10 hours of whisper-quiet vapour to settle and soothe little ones – or yourself. The automatic shut-off makes bedtimes easy and the eight-clour night light adds a big dose of fun.
Using clever heat activating technology, the Vapor-Eze relieves the symptoms of colds, flu and allergies without needing a drop of water. Instead, this smart unit uses a controlled heating element to warm essential oils on the included pads and create soothing vapour that clears airways and snuffiness.
Offering mums and bubs up to 20 hours of cool mist vapour, the Medescan Rainbow Humidifier fills from the top for easy use and simple cleaning. Whisper-quiet so as not to disturb sleeping babes, it has an auto shut-off and 7-colour night light.
As cute as they are comforting, Crane Adorables come in a range of quirky creatures and emit up to 15 hours of gentle cool mist moisture. Each model is compatible with essential oils and comes with three different speed settings and a colour-changing light.
Crafted without a heating element, the Aroma Natural multifunctional cool mist vaporiser is suitable for use with or without essential oils to bring relief from cough, colds and winter bugs. It automatically switches off when the water levels run low and it creates absolutely no condensation.
Are vaporisers safe to use for babies and kids?
Because steam vaporisers contain a heating element to boil water and release it as hot steam, they do require an extra level of caution when used around little ones. Leading brands recommend parental supervision when using a steam vaporiser, and placing it out of reach of babies and children.
Are vaporisers and humidifiers the same?
While they both add moisture to the air, steam vaporisers and humidifiers usually release the moisture differently. Humidifiers typically use ultrasonic technology to create cool mist, whereas steam vaporisers boil water to create clean, soothing steam.
Still confused? Read what other mums have to say about choosing a humidifier or vaporiser.
What are the benefits of steam vaporisers?
We all know how frustrating a blocked nose is, but clinical studies have proven that steam helps alleviate cold symptoms and improve nasal congestion. Of course, steam doesn’t cure cough, colds and flu, rather it helps thin out and drain the mucus that causes the symptom of stuffiness.
Can I use essential oils in a vaporiser?
Some multi-use vaporisers are designed especially for use with essential oils, others are purely created exclusively for use with water or particular inhalants for creating steam. Of course, if you do choose the aromatherapy route, make sure you reach for kid-friendly essential oils.
If you want to try a different way to clear baby’s nose of snot and mucus, give a nasal aspirator a go.
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