There are times in a baby’s life that their nose can be constantly running. Allergies and teething are among the biggest cause of runny noses. The only way to bring your baby some comfort is to clear their nasal passage so that they can breathe easily.

And the only way to do that is to use a baby nasal aspirator. This article outlines the best baby nasal aspirators to help you chose the best solution for your baby.

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Best Baby Nasal Aspirators Reviews

The following are 6 of the best nasal aspirators in the market;

1. Watolt Electric Baby Nasal Aspirator

Watolt Electric Baby Nasal Aspirator

The Watolt Electric Baby Nasal Aspirator has a baby-friendly design and soothing music meant to out your baby at ease. It is also very easy to use and comes with an LCD screen that allows you to choose from three different suction levels. You can then use three silicon tips of different sizes based on the suction level you select.

Why We Like it

  • We love the fact that it comes with three different reusable silicone tips,
  • The LCD display makes it very easy to operate
  • It plays gentle soothing music that can help the baby through the process
  • It also has a neat portable case, handy when travelling

Keep in Mind

If you find that the suction slows down or weakens when using it, check if all the removable parts are on tightly enough.

What Other Moms Say

Moms especially love the fact that the Watolt Electric Baby Nasal Aspirator plays soothing music. The baby will love it too.

2. FridaBaby NoseFrida the Snotsucker

FridaBaby NoseFrida the Snotsucker

If you would rather use a manual aspirator rather than an electric one, then we would recommend the FridaBaby NoseFrida. Like most manual baby nasal aspirators, it comes with the standard tube and syringe. It requires oral suction to work, but you will find that unlike other manual aspirators, it is actually very easy to clean.

Why We Like it

  • Despite the fact that it is electric, the suction on it is pretty strong
  • All its parts including the mouthpiece, lid and nasal tube are all dishwasher friendly
  • It comes with replacement filters that can keep snot from getting into the nose hose

Keep in Mind

While most of the parts on this aspirator are dishwasher friendly, the nose hose is not. You can however clean it quickly using a few drops if alcohol.

What Other Moms Say

Most moms find the FridaBaby NoseFrida to be a great replacement for those times when an electric aspirator just isn’t working as it should.

3. The First Years American Red Cross Nasal Aspirator

The First Years American Red Cross Nasal Aspirator

The First Years American Red Cross Nasal Aspirator is a classic bulb syringe aspirator that is as effective as it is easy to clean. Once you’re done using it, you can simply take it apart and clean it, sanitize it and keep it dry to await the next time you need it. It is also completely dishwasher safe.

What we Like

  • It is very easy to clean
  • It has great suction for a manually operated aspirator
  • It is made of hospital grade latex
  • At $2.99 it is quite affordable

Keep in Mind

You may not always have control over the suction power that you have with this aspirator. And it may fall apart sometimes when in use,

What Other Moms Say

Moms love how it doesn’t hurt the baby and it is relatively simple to use than both electric and manual aspirators.

4. OCCObaby Baby Nasal Aspirator

OCCObaby Baby Nasal Aspirator

This is a battery-operated baby nasal aspirator that is a great solution for babies who still haven’t learnt how to be still. If you were afraid of using a manual aspirator because you feared hurting the baby then the OCCObaby Baby Nasal Aspirator is the best choice. It was made for newborns and toddlers and comes with three different silicone tip sizes.

Why We Like it

  • It has three silicone tips in different sizes
  • There are no filters to tangle with
  • The angled head makes it ideal for infants and toddlers
  • It also has an oral sucker, just in case you run out battery power

Keep in Mind

This aspirator’s battery will make a sound when in use. But most moms say that the baby will get used to the noise.

What Other Moms Say

Moms praise the fact that it is just as effective an aspirator when batter operated or when used manually.

5. Braun Nasal Aspirator

Braun Nasal Aspirator

The Braun Nasal Aspirator is an electric aspirator that has an ergonomic design to provide adequate suction from any angle. All of its components are all also dishwasher safe and since it is easy to take apart, it is very easy to clean. It comes with two adjustable nasal tips and suction levels and is therefore ideal for children of all ages. You can also choose from two different suction strengths.

What we Like

  • It is dishwasher safe
  • Easy to take apart and clean
  • It has a god battery life
  • Two suction levels and adjustable nasal tips

Keep in Mind

It may not be as powerful as other electric aspirators, but you can increase the suction slightly using the other two power settings.

What Other Moms Say

Most moms especially love that the Brun Nasal aspirator is much quieter than many other electric aspirators.

6. Nosiboo Pro Nasal Aspirator

Nosiboo Pro

Of all the Nasal Aspirators on this list, the Nosiboo Pro is the most expensive. But for its price, you get the best suction power of any electric nasal aspirator. It comes with an electric base with a tube attached to a bulb and a silicone tip. Developed by Ear, Nose and Throat specialists, Nosiboo Pro is safe for both newborns and toddlers.

What we Like

  • It is designed to be easy to clean and highly effective
  • It offers full suction control for very effective cleaning
  • The ball shape may even help to distract the baby

Keep in Mind

The battery-operated machine may make it a bit loud and it has been known to startle newborns.

What Other Moms Say

Even though it is very expensive, most moms love the fact that it is proven safe and easy to use for children of all ages.

When to Use a Nasal Aspirator

A nasal aspirator is used to suck mucus out of a baby’s nasal passages. It is therefore most useful to you when the baby’s nasal passages are congested such that the baby is unable to breathe, speed or sleep. Babies are not usually able to blow their noses to ease the congestion and therefore sometimes only a nasal aspirator can help.

What to Look for When Purchasing a Nasal Aspirator for the Baby

It is important to note that there are different types of nasal aspirator in the market and they all work differently. The following are some of things to keep in mind regardless of the kind of nasal aspirator you choose to purchase;

  • Nasal Tip Size

Different aspirators will have different nasal tip sizes. Some of them will even have several nasal tips in different size.  You want to choose a nasal tip size that is suitable for your child. Although, you can choose an aspirator will different nasal tip sizes if you plan to use it for longer.

  • Cleaning

The tip should also be very easy to clean with water. Ensure that the tip’s opening is wide enough to dry easily. This will help prevent the growth of mold within the tip.

  • Suction Strength

The suction strength of any aspirator that you would like to use is also very important, Oral suction and bulb syringe aspirators may have a much gentler suction pressure than electric ones. The one you choose will depend on the tolerance of the baby and how congested their nasal packages are.

How to Use a Nasal Aspirator

How you use a nasal aspirator will depend on the type of aspirator you’re using. Whatever type you use; it is always a good idea to use saline drops or saline spray before suction. Saline helps to loosen the mucus, making the process of removing it that much easier. Here’s how to the three main types of aspirators;

How to Use a Bulb Syringe Aspirator

Step 1: Squeeze the bulb to expel all air

Step 2: With the bulb still compressed, insert the tip into the baby’s nose. Make sure that it is inserted far enough that the out edges of the nostrils touch the end of the syringe to form a seal.

Step 3: Release the bulb and the vacuum created will suck the mucus into the syringe.

Step 4: Remove it from the baby’s nostril gently and the squeeze the bulb into a tissue to remove the mucus.

How to Use an Electric Aspirator

Step 1: Select the desired suction level (most electric aspirators will have more than one). If you are unsure, choose the lowest level and increase as needed.

Step 2: Put the tip into the baby’s nose, far enough that the edges of the nostril touch the tip to create a seal.

Step 3: Press the button to begin suction

Step 4: Release urge button when finished and then clean the filter as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

How to Use an Oral Aspirator

Step 1: Put the “mouth” of the aspirator between your lips

Step 2: Gently insert the other end into the baby’s nose, careful to ensure the edges of the nostril touch the tip to create a seal.

Step 3: When you’re ready, gently suck to create a vacuum that will expel the mucus.

FAQs About Nasal Aspirators

  • Why Should I choose an Aspirator when a child can just blow their nose?

Newborns and toddlers may have a hard time understanding how to blow their noses and an aspirator can help give them quick relief.

  • At What Age is it Safe to Start Using an Aspirator?

Most nasal aspirators are safe even for newborns. But it is still a good idea to read the manufacturer’s instructions before using an aspirator on any child of any age.

  • Is it Better to use an Electric Aspirator or a manual One?

In most circumstances, they all work the same way. It therefore comes down to your preference and situation. There are some parents who prefer the added suction strength that an electric aspirator can have. And other who prefer bulb oral aspirators because they can be easier to keep clean.

  • Can I use Nasal Spray When Using an Aspirator?

Nasal spray can be very helpful in that it can help loosen the mucus. But it is important that you do your research to find the ideal nasal spray or your child depending on the age. If you choose to use one, allow the nasal spray to loosen the mucus for about 30 seconds to a minute before using the aspirator.

  • How Often Should I use an Aspirator?

You can safely use a nasal aspirator up to 3 times a day on babies and toddlers. It is important however to keep the aspirator as clean as possible in between uses to prevent infection.

Final Words

Congested nasal passages can be very uncomfortable for a baby. Since the only way they know how to communicate this discomfort is to cry, this period can be stressful for the parents as well. Aspirators can therefore be just the thing you need to ease your child’s discomfort as well as your own. If you have never used an aspirator before, you can choose from the 6 we’ve reviewed above and then follow the instructions outlined in this guide to use it. Keep in mind that a nasal spray may help the aspirator work much faster.

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