Review Part 2: NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator for Babies

Marketing photo of a mother using a NoseFrida on her baby.

Last year I reviewed and praised the NoseFrida super-baby-snot-sucker.

It was a theoretical review with my wife as a test subject. Today I have a sick baby boy with a week-long cold accompanied by gobs of mucous.

His torment is your educational gain. Let’s take a look, shall we?

American parents are well acquainted with bulb aspirators that you squeeze and insert into a nostril, release and then wipe clean… repeating the process a dozen times to extract snot. They are extremely inefficient and nearly impossible to clean and dry properly.

On the other hand, a tube aspirator is what parents often use in Europe, Asia other parts of the world. The idea is slowly spreading in the US, but unfortunately has been twisted into battery-operated contraptions.

I’m here to say the NoseFrida tube aspirator is fast and efficient, and you don’t need batteries. You control its relative strength using your own lungs. (Crazy idea, right? Whodathunkit?)

Photo of my wife holding her hand on my infant son's forehead as she applies a NoseFrida cylinder to his nostril. My son is red faced and screaming.

Baby Use

The NoseFrida consists of a 5-inch-long cigar-shaped plastic cylinder placed at the base of one of your baby’s nostrils. Attached is a smaller 15-inch flexible tube with a mouth piece that… goes in your mouth. You start sucking and mucous magically shoots into the cylinder chamber.

In practice, each nasal passage gets well cleaned with one or two sucks. Between sucks you move the cylinder to a snot cloth and blow its contents onto the cloth. The cylinder is transparent so you know exactly how much yucky stuff is inside.

Our son wails as you would expect, but for less time than if we were using a bulb aspirator because NoseFrida is more efficient.

A small replaceable filter connects the cylinder to the tubing, but in our experience mucous comes in contact with the filter perhaps 10 percent of the time. You’re supposed to toss and replace the filter, but we usually just rinse it.

You clean the cylinder with warm soapy water, but half the time we just place the cylinder under running water and any remaining mucous immediately flushes out.

Close-up photo of the NoseFrida in the palm of my hand.

Thick Mucous

When mucous is especially thick, NoseFrida and other aspirators become less effective. Per our pediatrician’s recommendation, a few times we have used a saline nasal spray or “drops” to loosen things up. We applied a small amount to each nostril, it drained out and NoseFrida beautifully performed the clean-up.

Caution: some over-the-counter saline sprays indicate they are not for use with infants under six months. Read your labels and consult your pediatrician before doing anything.

Close-up photo of the NoseFrida inside its carrying case.

Toddler Use

Our 3-year-old daughter is well aquainted with NoseFrida after several colds this past year. Why? Because although she can blow her nose, she doesn’t have the strength to handle serious congestion.

Unlike her little brother, my daughter knows what’s coming next. The thought of NoseFrida puts a tremble in her voice and she cries while I cradle her in my lap and hold her down as her mother aspirates the nose. There has been no residual discomfort after the snot is sucked out.

If all this seems shocking, you may feel differently after you’ve slept on your child’s floor and comforted her as she wakes up every hour throughout the night because she can’t breathe. One minute of NoseFrida fear saves her hours of suffering.

It’s a little peculiar because sometimes she will consent to having her nose sucked when we ask, and negotiate the situation by insisting that Dad holds her down and Mom sucks her nose. It’s as if she knows it’s good for her, but will throw a fit nonetheless while we’re clearing her breathing passages.

Money / Mouth

My NoseFrida was provided to Thingamababy for review last year. The test of any positive review is the question: would I actually buy the product? Yes. Last month, I bought a NoseFrida as a baby shower gift for our neighbors from Benin. Of course, they were well acquainted with the idea of tube aspirators and thankful to have one now.

In short, I am an enthusiastic supporter of this nifty little baby snot sucker.

NoseFrida is made in Sweden (the word translates to “nose relief”), but is available in the US via NoseFrida.com. The main unit is $15 plus $5 shipping while 20-piece filter packs are $2.50 (shipping included). Or you can pay slightly more via Amazon.

Update: Kaisa from NoseFrida informs me that NoseFrida is now being sold at Whole Foods Market’s 22 San Francisco Bay Area locations. Slowly, but surely, the armor of the bulb aspirator cabal is being chipped away.

Comments

17 Responses to “Review Part 2: NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator for Babies”

  1. liberrian says:

    Agreed! We bought one last year after seeing here, or on Parent Hacks, or somewhere. I can’t imagine trying to clear my daughter’s nose with a bulb aspirator again. Big difference. And the initial yuck factor goes away after one use–when you see that no, the snot is not going all the way up the tube to your mouth. :)
    I’m glad you posted this review because it reminds me that I should buy one for a couple of expectant mamas I know. Thanks!

    May 2nd, 2008 at 5:48 am

  2. Chief Family Officer says:

    I’m sorry Wilson already has a cold! It’s amazing how quickly baby #2 gets sick compared to #1.

    I wish I’d known about the NoseFrida before Tyler was born!

    May 2nd, 2008 at 12:26 pm

  3. Cindi says:

    Happy Friday! Our youngest son was full of mucous for the first year of his life! At first we had to set him in his bassinet in a baby carrier so he could breath better! The bulb aspirator was used off and on for the entire year on my poor baby. He is great now. Cindi

    May 2nd, 2008 at 1:39 pm

  4. ginger says:

    That looks like a really smart tool… I’ll be ordering one!

    May 3rd, 2008 at 6:23 am

  5. Whitney A says:

    We love the NoseFrieda! After a few tries with a bulb aspirator after my sone was born I was on the lookout for a much more efficient contraption. I ran into your review of it last year and bought one. Now we have two in the house and I give one to every friend I know who is having a baby, along with a box of Little Remedies Saline Solution to loosen the sticky gunk. Works like a charm all the time!

    May 3rd, 2008 at 1:56 pm

  6. Tiffany says:

    We were living in Japan when our son was born (he’s now 2 and we’re back in the States) and we used a Pigeonbaby (a Japanese brand) nose sucker- pretty much the same thing. Worked SO much better than the stupid bulb thing, which really didn’t work at ALL.

    May 3rd, 2008 at 5:42 pm

  7. kelli says:

    Ooh, I’m off to Whole Foods! Maybe this will allow us to sleep at night…

    May 4th, 2008 at 4:36 pm

  8. suzanne says:

    I bought one too after your review last year, it is the best thing ever. At this point my son doesn’t even struggle any more. Thanks!

    May 5th, 2008 at 6:19 am

  9. Nancy says:

    Interesting item. I was shocked to see our babysitter, from Burkina Faso, put her mouth on my son’s nose to suck out the snot. I’m not kidding.

    May 5th, 2008 at 1:09 pm

  10. Alisha says:

    This looks really fantastic! We have to use the bulb aspirator pretty often, and the little guy haaaates it, and we have to do it over and over. May have to try this.

    May 6th, 2008 at 12:52 am

  11. Stacey says:

    After your firat review I went ahead and ordered one. Having one baby with a snot problem is one thing…but we have twins and this thing has saved me many bad nights.

    Our daughter will rub her nose and when I get Frida out she will shake her head yes. A little saline and a suck or two and she is clear.

    Our son is another story…he screams and crys no matter what.

    Some of our friends think it’s gross but it’s on my list of things to buy for the next baby shower I go to!

    May 8th, 2008 at 7:57 pm

  12. Michelle says:

    After having a 5 week old baby with a cold and chronic congestion…Nose Frida proved it’s worth 10 times over!! It also gets the boogers in the way back that the bulb does not. Quicker and less scary for baby too.

    June 22nd, 2008 at 2:34 pm

  13. jackie says:

    my husband came across this review and ordered the nose frida right away. It was a lifesaver and still is! I’m happy to share that my baby girl doesn’t scream anymore when she sees it and stays pretty still to let us suck her boogers.

    July 11th, 2008 at 7:11 am

  14. Sarah says:

    You can get this in the UK too, see

    http://www.nosefrida.co.uk/

    It’s fantastic! Within a few minutes my son was breathing without congestion.

    October 2nd, 2008 at 6:19 am

  15. mom, again says:

    It’s been over 20 years since my first parenting cycle (she’s getting married this summer) and this time around (18 months old) I’m parenting in the UK. I’m never quite sure if something is different because I’m overseas vs. just spiffy new.

    I’m very surprised to find out that this sort of nasal aspirator is NOT common in the U.S. I have a non-branded one from the ‘chemist’. I was suspicious, but the thing really works, though the initial worries of grossness can be hard to overcome.

    February 18th, 2009 at 10:42 am

  16. kate hogeland says:

    I have heard wonderful things about the NoseFrida! All my friends love it. I hope to purchase one soon.

    January 27th, 2011 at 9:22 am

  17. Danaehernandez says:

    We love ours! It has been a life saver for our reflux baby when she was smaller

    January 27th, 2011 at 9:34 am