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The best newborn baby gift – Advice from a new dad

by Vivien Mah    

Baby holding his parent's hand

So, I became a Dad last week, and what an awesome experience. But having some time at home to reflect on everything, the experience didn’t start and finish in the hospital on the 9th of May… oh no, it started about 7 months ago, when my super romantic wife told we were having a baby in the middle of a food court. Needless to say I was ecstatic and bursting with excitement.

In the early months, we spent a lot of time talking and planning colour choices, names, hair styles, morals, outfits… the list went on and on. It took me about 2 months to work up the courage to walk into a Baby Bunting store, credit card in hand, ready to set the world on fire.

Believe me, the world of baby accessories baby monitors, prams, cots, high chairs and all things cute and cuddly can be a little daunting the first time, but I made it out alive.

After our shopping frenzy, I tallied the grand total of what we had purchased, everything from comforters, prams, bibs, wraps, the stroller… the works. Over $7000 in baby stuff, all of course worthwhile to ensure the comfort and safety of our little treasure.

After setting up the baby’s room and washing all the clothes and sterilising all the bottles, it dawned on me.

We spent a lot of money ensuring we could wash, dry, sterilise the bottles and comforters, and even when purchasing a washing machine we made sure it had a ‘medic baby’ cycle to ensure every thing our little treasure came into contact with was clean, fresh and safe.

All of this seemed good and well and fairly ‘normal’ for new parents, but we didn’t think of everything.

What about the quality of the air in our house???

Having clean clothes and sterile bottles is great, but if the air in our home is not clean, we were only looking at half the picture.

Little baby sleeping

So what’s the best gift to a newborn baby?

Clean air. 

The health of our baby boy is paramount, so investing in a really great quality air purifier was essential and lucky for me, I am fortunate enough to work for an air purifier company.

To think of all the air borne allergens, mould spores and dust that would find themselves very happily at home in my son’s lungs, is not something I wish to entertain.

So I have now got a great little Ionmax air purifier in his bedroom, but figured because he spent time with us in the lounge room, I grabbed a larger Ionic air purifier to ensure that space has clean, crisp, healthy air for our baby boy.

And as we go into the colder months, I’ll also be getting a humidifier to ensure we avoid the sore eyes and dry throats as a result of our central heating… a healthy baby is a happy baby after all.

An air purifier helps to clean and filter the air of dust, hair, dander, as well as airborne allergens and harmful chemicals.

Babies and small children still lack a fully developed immune or respiratory system, so an air purifier is especially useful to them to help them breathe better as well as prevent future respiratory problems such as asthma.

By having an air purifier in your home and in the baby’s room, you are preventing any harmful contaminants, bacteria and other impurities in the air from being breathed in by you or your baby.

Things to consider when buying an air purifier for your baby:

  • Size of the room – Check the coverage area offered by the air purifier and choose depending on the size of the room it will be used in.
  • Noise level – If the air purifier will be used in the baby’s bedroom, make sure that it has minimal noise level.
  • Filters – HEPA filters are essential to efficiently filter out harmful bacteria, pollen and mould from the air. 
  • Negative Ions –  Especially useful to clean and revitalise the air. Ionic air purifiers are also extremely easy to maintain. 


Our popular air purifiers listed below are perfect for babies. Quiet operation, incredibly easy to use and highly efficient, they are great for large areas such as the living room as well as smaller rooms such as the nursery.

Ionmax ION390 UV Air Purifier

Ionmax ION390 UV Air Purifier

The Ionmax ION390 air purifier features a comprehensive purification system that includes carbon filter, pre-filter, UV light and TiO2 filter and negative ioniser to completely clean and purify the air.

Its built in UVC lamp also efficiently kills mould, bacteria and viruses in the air, and is protected by an anti-exposure cover that prevents you from any direct exposure to the UV light.

Read more on the Ionmax ION390 Air Purifier >

Coway AP-1008DH Air Purifier

Coway AP-1008DH Air Purifier

The Coway AP1008DH (Discontinued) air purifier is highly efficient with a four step filtration system that eliminates 99% of bacteria, 80% of dust and 40% of bad odours.

Its filters have been proven to remove allergens such as yellow sand, legionella, and human influenza.

The AP1008DH’s air purification performance is certified by the British Allergy Foundation.

Ionmax ION401 Air Purifier – Silver

Ionmax ION401 Air Purifier – Silver

For something that’s lower maintenance and whisper quiet, go for the ION401 Air Purifier. It’s an ionic air purifier that cleans the air without filters, motors or fans, so it has no costly filters to replace.

As an ionic air purifier the ION401 traps and cleans the air of particles as small as 1 micron, odours and smoke, and pollen, dust and pet dander.

Read more on the ION401 Air Purifier >


Humidifiers are a winter essential as they help to alleviate dry air conditions that can cause irritations to the nose, throat, eyes, skin, and respiratory ailments.

Ionmax ION90 Humidifier

Ionmax ION90 Humidifier

The Ionmax ION90 is a must during winter. With various features including UV sterilisation and deodorisation, pre-set humidity levels, dual mist outlet, timer, sleep mode and safety settings, the ION90 not only keeps the humidity in your home at an optimum level, it also ensures that the water being used is clean and sanitised.

Learn more about the ION90 humidifier >

Vivien Mah

Vivien is a Marketing specialist with over 7 years of experience in the health and safety industry. After graduating in psychology and communications, she grew to love educating readers and unraveling complexities behind difficult topics through extensive research. Apart from sharing her love for infographics, she also posts regularly on new products, announcements, media mentions and the latest news.

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