Ah, the nasal aspirator. This ubiquitous bit of baby gear has a place in most nurseries for good reason: babies inevitably get congested and must be “suctioned” so they can breathe properly while they nurse and sleep. Problem is, most bulb syringes are hard to maneuver, especially when the suction-ee is wildly protesting. (I’ve never met a kid who will willingly allow the tip of a bulb syringe anywhere near his or her nose.)
The NoseFrida is a pen-shaped chamber with flexible tubing and a filtered mouthpiece attached. Yes, mouthpiece. (Stay with me here.) Chamber goes next to kid’s nostril, mouthpiece goes in parent’s mouth, and with a little gentle suction, out comes the snot, er, mucous, into the chamber. A filter keeps the whole operation hygienic.
According to the NoseFrida press material, the variability of the suction makes all the difference. I must say the idea gives me the willies, but then, the snot sucking days are behind us — our nasal aspirator is living its second life as a bathtub toy. Apparently this device is common in Europe (the NoseFrida was developed in Sweden).
AJ of Thingamababy tried it out himself, while Greg of Daddy Types had his own funny commentary.
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