When the babies were still in the NICU they had shockingly enormous boogers. I was baffled at how such tiny noses could produce such disgusting stuff. The NICU boasts a nifty device called the neo-suction where a tube is gently inserted into the baby’s nose and a powerful suction pulls the boogies loose (it’s similar to the suction used by dentists). George was so enamored with the hospital grade neo-suction he searched high and low for a home version of it. Because neo-suction is incredibly powerful, it’s not considered safe for home use without a prescription. No luck for George. Instead he found human-powered nasal aspirators online. Being a rookie mom I was totally disgusted with the notion of using my mouth to clear out the babies’ noses. I was convinced I’d get a mouthful of yuck, which was not appealing. I scoffed at them and settled for the standard issue blue bulb nasal aspirator.
Over the past 15 months we’ve had our share of stuffy noses and various methods for helping clear them. I even whipped up my own nose wipes because the quad’s noses were getting raw and irritated with frequent tissue wiping. It wasn’t until recently that the quad’s noses were truly blown. BabyComfyNose sent us their nasal aspirator to sample, and I was completely satisfied with the results.
Here’s what I love about this product:
- really effectively removes even the stickiest, deep, and most disgusting boogies
- a gently wadded facial tissue serves as the filter, which is super cheap and easy to replace
- the bulb shape and tissue filter prevent any mucus from passing to the parent (Amen to that! My fears of getting a mouth full of snot are G-O-N-E.)
- available in three colors so siblings can have their own ( I’ve been guilty of sharing a single nasal aspirator between the quads and that is totally unhygienic. However, I hope Baby Comfy Nose will add a fourth color to their fleet because two of our kiddos have to use the same color.)
- includes a mesh bag for storage, which keeps the parts together and away from surfaces (I personally don’t like boogie removal parts touching say, my counter top)
- pieces are soft and easy to clean in the dishwasher or with hot soapy water
- sold on Amazon for about $11 (have I mentioned how many things we order from Amazon???)
- made in the USA (that is something that will make my Dad happy)
BabyComfyNose Nasal Aspirator is my new go-to snot sucker. However, I can’t toss the less preferred versions out just yet. I’m hanging onto them for when the quads are left with babysitters since we can’t share the Baby Comfy Nose.
What do you think about human-powered nasal aspirators? Would you try one to help your little one breathe easier?
P.S. I’d like to extend a special thank you to BabyComfyNose for providing us with their nasal aspirators to sample. I received no other compensation and all thoughts/ opinions are 100% my own.