Babies get blocked, snuffly noses a lot and being able to help them breathe easier means better sleep, easier feeding and a happier babe. This is where a baby nasal aspirator (which many parents know as a ‘snot sucker’) comes in so handy.
Sometimes babies need a little helping hand to clear the congestion. Their lungs are immature and their airways are super small, so clearing the mucus makes them much more comfortable. A nasal aspirator is a gentle, easy way to help clear your baby’s airways with no mess and no fuss, and there are a few to choose from.
What to look for when buying a nasal aspirator for baby
There’s isn’t just one type of nasal aspirator – there are battery operated options that do all the work, styles that require a squirt of saline and other manual ‘snot suckers’ that help to extract all that built-up mucus.
Here are some of the things to look for when you’re looking to purchase one for your baby.
Battery operated or manual: Battery-operated aspirators are simple to use – just pop in bub’s nose and press the button. Manual aspirators usually need a squirt of saline to help lubricate and loosen mucus before either using a bulb aspirator or a one-way tube which is sucked on by a parent. Yep.
Age limits/restrictions: Not every aspirator is suitable to use from birth so just check it’s suitable for your baby’s age.
The best nasal aspirators for clearing tiny noses
We asked our Pregnancy and Baby group members to recommend the best nasal aspirators in Australia and, in no particular order, these are the brands they recommend:
Created specifically for the needs of newborns, infants and small kids, this rechargeable aspirator has a flexible silicone tip that helps clear mucus from baby’s nasal passages with its simple one-touch operation.
“Oricom Nasal Aspirator has worked great on our little one, fast and easy when he is flicking his head around.” – Jess
As the name suggests, this device is all about sucking all that mucus out of baby’s nose! TheNosefrida forms a seal on the outside of baby’s nostril creating a vacuum, and then you literally suck the mucus out.
“Ladies if you do not have a NoseFrida get one! The NoseFrida has saved my life – my babe is so snotty at the moment as he’s recovering from a cold. The idea of the NoseFrida made me sick but now I’ve used it I love it! It got so much out of his poor little head. Life-changing I tell you!” – Kylie
“NoseFrida is amazing! I find it is best with saline spray used first and then you can suck those boogers right out.” – Penny
3. Fess Little Noses
A non-medicated saline solution that is sprayed into the nostril and then removed along with loosened mucus using the aspirator.
“I used it for bubs at 3 weeks. Was a godsend. I needed to do a double pump to make anything come out. Also works better if you point to the opposite ear of the nostril your in, rather than pointing straight back.” – Beth
“I have found Fess Little Noses drops work really well for us! Clears his nose and throat and then I gently use a bulb sucker if needed.” – Emily
4. Snotty Three
A battery-operated vacuum that sucks snot and mucus out of baby’s nose. It’s also waterproof so if bub is nice and distracted in the bath, it’s a great time to get the Snotty doing its thing!
“Snotty electric nasal aspirator! It sucks those boogies out like no one’s business! I love it!” – Lydia
“Snotty electric nasal aspirator! Hands down the best device, so handy to use on my toddler and newborn with the different attachments.” – Erin
“Snotty Three for sure! I tried a few others but this is way more efficient and my bub actually giggles while I use it now. We use it a lot! Worth every penny.” – Nicky
“Snotty electric nasal aspirator has made such a difference to both my children when they have needed to overcome the dreaded runny nose! So quick and easy to use and clean and very effective. I couldn’t believe how much gunk was actually in there once I gave it a good suck out!” – Tamara
5. Tommee Tippee
Suitable from birth, this is a small but handy nasal aspirator that’s simple to use and sized just right to keep in the baby bag when bubba gets bunged up.
6. Snotty Boss
A quieter, stronger nasal aspirator that has been two years in the making. Featuring stronger suction and a flexible nozzle, this essentials kit has everything parents need to help baby breathe, feed and sleep better.
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