I think I am going to change this series to simply Love It. I will occasionally throw in a Leave It, but I have realized that I have a lot more loves than leaves, which I guess is a good thing. Today though, is both.
Elias has been a very congested baby. We have yet to get to the bottom of it. First we thought it was a cold, then allergies, then maybe me eating dairy, reflux, then back to allergies… Needless to say, we have tried a lot of nasal aspirators to try to clear the little guy’s nose out. These things are pretty gross, but when you find one that works, life is good.
American Red Cross Nasal Aspirator
This thing works great. The tip is a bit more narrow than the basic blue ones we got from the hospital. The best part though is not the tip, it is that the bulb opens on the bottom so you can clean it. I love that. Makes me feel so much better knowing that it has been rinsed out thoroughly.
You can get these at Target for $3. They are in the baby area, not the pharmacy area, along with a bunch of other red cross items, like nail clippers and what not.
I have bought several- one for the diaper bag, one for Elias’s room, one for day care… you can’t have just one bulb syringe! I’m weird, I know.
Bebesounds NasalClear Nasal Aspirator
Disclaimer: on the Toys R Us website, most people love this thing. But I am telling you, it does not work on Elias.
I bought it because as much as I love my red cross bulb syringe, I always feel like I don’t get everything. This battery operated aspirator’s description says: “Able to play 12 tunes to help distract your child while in use, the NasalClear Nasal Aspirator from BebeSounds quickly, easily, and safely clears your baby’s stuffy nose and helps her or him to breath more freely. The aspirator also provides you with suction that is stronger than that of a traditional manual aspirator, yet gentle enough to use safely and comfortably on your newborn.” When I read that, I thought, gosh, if this works, it will be miraculous!
Well the music hardly distracts Elias and the aspirator doesn’t get anything out of his nose. I guess miracles don’t come in nasal aspirators.
When I bought it I thought, I am such a first time mom, this is totally not going to work and I was right. It didn’t. But, like I said in the disclaimer, a lot of people have reviewed it and said that it did work for their child. My vote though: leave it.
So, what are your thoughts on the yucky bulb syringe?