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 (also called a ‘snot sucker’) comes in super handy.
A baby nasal aspirator is a handheld suction device that hygienically removes the mucus caused by colds. Immature lungs, small airways and the inability to clear mucus themselves make congestion particularly upsetting for little ones, but aspirators help babies (and parents) feel more comfortable.
In Australia, nose aspirators come in a few different forms, including automatic units that do all the work for you and budget-friendly manual ‘snot suckers’. To help you choose the best baby nasal aspirator for your needs, we’ve listed some of the key points to consider before you buy.
What to look for when buying a baby nasal aspirator
Type of aspirator – An electric nasal aspirator is battery-operated and simple to use. Just pop it in your child’s nose, press the button and watch it create suction and gently extract the mucus into a separate chamber. Manual aspirators usually require nasal saline drops to help loosen mucus before either using a bulb aspirator or a one-way tube that is sucked on by a parent.
Noise levels – Electric aspirators are obviously a little noisier than their manual counterparts, so consider this if your child is easily upset by certain noises.
Suction levels – Some electric aspirators have only one suction level, others have various levels, which can be handy if you’re sharing the aspirator between other members of the family.
Age restrictions: Not every baby nasal aspirator is suitable to use from birth, so just check that it is suitable for your baby’s age before you purchase.
Accessories – Some nose aspirators for babies come with spare nozzles of different sizes and other useful accessories like carry cases.
OUR PICK OF THE CROP
6 baby nasal aspirators available in Australia
With so many aspirators available in Australia, it’s hard to know where to start, so we asked the HUGE Mum’s Grapevine Facebook community which brands they love. In no particular order, here are the baby nasal aspirators they recommend.
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The Snotty Boss electric aspirator comes with strong, scientifically tested suction and a super quiet motor. A complete kit that includes three flexible silicone nozzles, a spray bottle for saline nasal drops and a carry bag, it has everything parents need to help baby breathe, feed and sleep better.
Created specifically for the needs of newborns, infants and small kids, this rechargeable aspirator has a flexible silicone tip that extracts mucus from nasal passages with a simple one-touch operation. It’s easy to clean, quiet and features two suction levels.
Australia’s original portable battery-operated aspirator, the Snotty Three provides constant suction to extract nasal congestion from baby’s nose in a matter of seconds. Fully waterproof, it comes with a set of batteries and three nozzles.
Nosy is a gentle, manual decongestant aspirator that can be used with or without a saline solution to suck mucus from baby’s nose. It’s dishwasher safe, BPA-free and comes fitted with a hygiene filter to prevent any bacteria from travelling into parents’ mouths.
Easy to control and simple to clean, the Bubzi Co manual aspirator gently clears stuffy noses in as little as 30 seconds by transferring mucus into the collection cup. It has a unique tube that maximises suction, an ultra-soft tip made from hospital-grade silicone and it comes with a handy carry case.
Designed especially for little noses, this handy kit contains a non-medical saline solution and aspirator. Simply spray the solution into baby’s nostril and then remove it along with any mucus using the gentle rubber bulb syringe.
Is a nasal aspirator safe for babies?
Used correctly, nasal aspirators are not only safe but used by medical professionals to loosen stubborn mucus and help babies breathe easier when they have a cold. Always follow the instructions carefully and if in any doubt about its suitability, chat to a doctor first.
When should you use a baby nasal aspirator?
Use an aspirator when your little one is congested and having trouble breathing easily through the nose. Some parents suggest using an aspirator before meals to clear airways and help little people feed easier.
What are the benefits of a nasal aspirator for babies?
Because babies are unable to blow their own noses, an aspirator helps to clear out the mucus causing the blockage. As a result, little ones settle easier, feed better and generally feel more comfortable.
What’s the best way to clean a nasal aspirator?
The good news is that most aspirators are designed for easy cleaning. Some units can be disassembled and are completely dishwasher safe, others require hand-washing with warm soapy water.
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