I've tried my fair share of nasal aspirators, or as I like to call them, baby nose suckers. And let me tell you, they are not all made equally. Some of them have great suction power, while others simply suck. Before my full review of my new fave, let me do a quick run down of the pros/cons of those I've tried so far:
Bulb Nasal Aspirator ($3) - the cheapest and most traditional, and the one they'll likely use on your newborn the second he or she is delivered. It does a good job but can be quite tedious to use as you only get one suck per squeeze. And once your baby starts fighting nose cleanings, fuhgeddaboudit! Not to mention it doesn't open up for easy cleaning and drying, so it can get DISGUSTING inside it - we're talking snot that stays in there, and mold. Yes, mold (same with those rubber ducky bath toys - beware!!).
Safety First Electronic Nasal Aspirator ($27) - I tried this and promptly returned it. The suction power was a joke. An evil joke on a new mother dealing with baby's first cold. Ugh. (It could be I got a defective one, who knows, but it failed me big time).
NoseFrida ($20) - this one has a LOT of fans, but I just cannot imagine sucking my baby's snot out manually, with my mouth. I imagine you would feel the vibrations, and OMG, I just can't. I CAN'T!!! It also doesn't seem hygienic, but I have no idea, maybe it is? I mean, it wouldn't be so popular otherwise, right?
Baby Vac ($30) - I fell in love with this one the second I tried it. It does an AMAZING job and is very easy to use. There some negatives, however: 1) it hooks up to your vacuum so depending on what vacuum you have it can be super loud scaring your baby and waking neighbors in the middle of the night, 2) the snot sometimes makes it's way down the hose and if you're not careful it can actually go into your vacuum, yuck, and 3) because you need a vacuum cleaner, it's not great for travel or on the go use.
So you've seen my pros and cons of the top runners, are you ready for one I've recently discovered that is my (and my toddlers') new favorite!??
Say hello to the BabySmile Portable Nasal Aspirator!!!
Because I'd tried a similar style that hadn't worked well, I was quite wary to try this one but it totally surprised me! Full disclosure, we haven't had a chance to try it out on a nasty cold (knock on wood, my lil' guy hasn't had one in about a year!!), but my toddler's nose gets HUGE dry boogers that completely block the back of both nostrils and we have to clean it out daily. With two saline spritzes in each nostril, the BabySmile is able to quickly suction out his nose, and to top it all off my son actually likes using it!!! He would scream and fight during nose cleanings before, but now he actually asks for his nose sucker and we let him do it by himself (with a little assistance as needed)! You can see it in action here (be warned, there is a full snot shot!!!):
The BabySmile has a quiet but effective suck, takes 2 AA batteries, weighs about 6oz, and is 8" tall. So, very easy to keep in your diaper bag or take with you while traveling. It's pretty simple to clean as well - you just take off and wash the nose tip and the clear plastic top. The price point is also pretty nice, just $28.29 on Amazon!
Disclaimer: Although I did receive these products free of charge, all thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.
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