Hospitals favor the bulb because it's so cheap that it can be used once and tossed in the trash, and parents use it because that's what hospitals do. One of the biggest problems with the bulb syringe outside the hospital setting is the repeated usage itself, and that’s because it's nearly impossible to clean and sterilize with its super thin tip and large closed reservoir which causes it to harbor bacteria, viruses and fungi. YUCK! That's pretty much exactly the opposite of what we're going for, ya know? And of course parents are going to reuse it!
It's also worth mentioning that bulb syringes are a notable contributor to plastic waste in landfills from ubiquitous hospital use, which, as most of us know has become a massive problem. The question becomes then, is it better for hospitals to use water, soap and manpower to wash, sterilize and reuse more expensive nasal aspirators, or should they continue using and tossing bulb syringes? What do you think?
Other significant downsides to the bulb syringe are that it can easily be inserted too far into the nostril causing tissue damage to the delicate inner nose with its long, skinny tip. It can also cause irritation through repeated use, and offers comparably weak suction. Can you tell we're not fans?
Enter NoseFrida, the Ultimate Snotsucker
So you may be asking, what's so great about the NoseFrida? In short, it's a simple but very effective nasal aspirator that can be thoroughly cleaned and reused. It comes apart and has replaceable filters which makes it a breeze to keep clean. The suction is strong and controlled by the user. You decide how gentle or hard the suction needs to be because you use your own lung power in reverse to suction your baby's nose. SAY WHAT?! You heard me. You put a tube in your mouth and suck the snot out!
Okay, okay. That's not technically accurate because the NoseFrida is beautifully designed to prevent any nastiness from being suctioned up and into the mouth. I don't know about you, but mucus makes me GAG – it's my kryptonite, and there's no way I could use this thing if there was even the *slightest* chance of snot contact in my mouth region. The suctioning tip is also blunt which prevents it from being inserted too far and all but eliminates the chances of inner nose damage. What's not to love??
We're sold on the NoseFrida and give it to all of our mommy and daddy friends. Have you tried it yet? What did you think? Be sure to check out our NoseFrida video to see how easy it is to use!
Another Fridababy product we totally love is the Windi Gasspasser. It's a functional, medicine-free way to help your baby instantly get rid of painful gas for a calm tummy and less fussiness.
And for any die-hard bulb syringe groupies, there's a silicone model available now that opens up for more effective cleaning, so try one like this instead of the hospital kind.