Babies get blocked, snuffly noses a lot. And being able to help them breathe easier means better sleep, easier feeding and a happier babe. As a parent, I found a Baby Nasal Aspirator to be super handy for unblocking little noses, especially during those early months when babies predominantly breathed out of their mouth.
A nasal aspirator is a suction device that hygienically unblocks and removes the mucus caused by colds. Tiny airways and the inability to clear the snot themselves make congestion particularly upsetting for little ones, but aspirators can help babies breath again, and us parents feel more comfortable.
What to look for when buying a baby nasal aspirator
Type of aspirators
- An electric nasal aspirator is either rechargeable or battery-operated and simple to use.
- 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 – We found some electric aspirators to be a little noisier than manual ones, so keep this in mind if your child is easily upset by strange noises.
Suction levels – Some of the electric aspirators we’ve seen only had one suction level, while others had several level settings which are good for tiny babies with little noses.
Age restrictions – Not every baby nasal aspirator is suitable to use from birth.
Accessories – Some nasal aspirators come with spare nozzles of different sizes which was handy, and some even came with handy carry cases.
OUR PICK OF THE CROP
6 baby nasal aspirators for blocked noses
To help you find the best snot sucker for your baby, we consulted our huge Facebook community of Australian mums and listed their most popular choices below.
In no particular order, here are 6 of the more popular baby nasal aspirators for 2023:
The Snotty Boss electric aspirator comes with strong, scientifically tested suction and a super quiet motor. A complete kit that includes four 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.
Suitable from birth, the Medescan L’il Booger Buster comes with two comfy silicone tips and adjustable suction levels, so it’s a perfect fit for your cutie-patootie. Plus, it has a snazzy built-in LED light, 60 minutes of non-stop suction power, and a nifty cap to keep everything squeaky clean.
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.
Perfect for those babies who don’t want something inserted in their nostril. This handy device doesn’t require any battery power, just the strong and adjustable suction of the user. We were surprised by how easy it is to clean with the disposable filter.
Able to be used in any orientation, the Braun Nasal Aspirator provides quiet, fast and gentle relief via two suction levels. With two comfortable-sized nasal tips included for a snug fit, the parts are easily cleaned and dishwasher safe – handy!
FESS Little Noses
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.
FAQ: Your questions answered
Finding a nasal aspirator you’re comfortable using can be tricky, so we’ve answered some of the most common questions.
Are nasal aspirators safe to use?
Used correctly, nasal aspirators are safe 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 with a doctor first.
When should you use a nasal aspirator?
Nasal aspirators can be used when your baby has a stuffy or congested nose due to colds, allergies, or other respiratory conditions. It can help relieve discomfort and improve breathing. Some parents suggest using an aspirator before meals to clear airways and help little people feed easier.
What are the benefits of using a nasal aspirator on 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.
Know an aspirator we should add to our list? Contact us and let us know, the team at Mum’s Grapevine have been collating Australia’s best baby products into handy lists for new mums for over 15 years and we’re always happy to support new brands and businesses.
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