Baby products have gotten a lot better since our mothers’ generation. In fact, for a chuckle, take any woman over fifty to the aptly-named Buy Buy Baby and watch her eyes bug out of her head as she scans a modern mother-to-be’s wish list, complete with wipes warmer, pacifier pod, diaper genie refresher tablet…
Still, when asked recently about my favorite parenting “must-have,” I thought immediately of the Snotsucker – the name alone makes this a great first-thing-in-the-morning post. Yes, that’s really the name of this nifty baby nasal aspirator, which looks like a fat pencil with 15 inches of clear plastic tubing attached to a red “mouthpiece.”
Yup. It’s got a mouthpiece.
Rest assured, if used correctly, the Snotsucker promises your mouth never comes in contact with any snot. And you will use it correctly – the packaging guides anxious parents to a website, and if you’d rather watch fellow novices try it out, type “Snotsucker” into YouTube (there’s one on there that lasts 4 minutes!).
The Snotsucker is currently the sixth best-selling baby product on Amazon.com and has spent over 700 days in the top 100. And it’s Swedish. I purchased it on the recommendation of my friend Gymboree Liz (not to be confused with Work Liz, Cousin Liz, or Music Together Liz). After watching me struggle to clear my newborn son’s newborn sinuses, which were still congested from his (ahem) entry into this world, Gymboree Liz informed me that nobody actually used those little bulb thingamajigs to clear their precious cherubs’ noses. I asked around and confirmed that indeed nobody – not my sister, not my next-door neighbor, not my best friend – had ever gotten the bulb to work and I promptly ordered my very own Snotsucker. Thanks to Amazon Mom’s nearly-instantaneous delivery, I was sucking snot less than 72 hours later.
It sounds harsh (not to mention a bit gross), I know. But it’s actually not. You rest the “pencil tip” gently at your babe’s nostril, take a deep breath in, and, voila! Some gooey, sticky gunk your little one never had a need for is gone from his life, and his nose, forever. He’s breathing easier and so are you.
I’ve used the Snotsucker many times. Whenever either of my boys sounds stuffy, out it comes — the sucker and the snot! I’ve got “two under two” (actually, for a week last spring, I had “two under one”…but I’ll save that story for another time); for me, a wipes warmer is a luxury, a pacifier pod would take up too much space in an already-crowded diaper bag…but the Snotsucker is the one product I can’t live without!
Disclosure: Neither compensation nor complimentary product were received in exchange for this review – all thoughts and opinions are those of the writer.