When you first leave the hospital to take your little bundle of joy home, you are usually sent with a few “goodies”.
One of those is usually a blue bulb syringe. You are usually instructed to use this to get mucus/excess saliva out of baby’s mouse, but more common, you’re told to use it to get out baby’s boogers when they are congested.
Well, maybe I’ve been using it wrong all these years, but let me tell you, it is not very powerful.
Not only that, but it can easily irritate baby’s nose, and I have yet to meet a baby who doesn’t scream and scream until you are done using it!
Fortunately, there are a lot of other options available when it comes to the “baby nasal clearing” department.
I was recently sent the BabySmile Nasal Aspirator to test out- I actually talked about it on Facebook Live back in December. When I was first contacted about it, I was pretty jazzed, because our boys have had their fair share of respiratory illnesses (such as the nasty RSV virus), and I know first-hand the importance of a quality nasal aspirator.
So, here is my review of the Baby Smiles Nasal Aspirator, as well as a comparison of similar products so you can decide which one is best for you!
I have personally owned all of the products in this comparison. The star rating is based on my thoughts.
Baby Smile Nasal Aspirator Review
It seems to be made of pretty high-quality materials. When the boys had RSV, they both had regular suctioning from the hospital grade machine, and it was definitely very similar in style to this.
The suctioning tube seems to be thick and like it won’t break easily, which is a good thing. It is a bit bulky, which can make it harder to travel with – or to just throw in your diaper bag (I almost always have a nasal aspirator in my bag). I think it would be great if there was a more compact version, but since it was hospital grade, that might be a bit more difficult!
Ease of Use
You certainly don’t need a medical degree to run this machine, which is always nice. You just plug it in and turn it on to one of the levels, and you are ready to go.
One major plus to this is that it doesn’t require you to use your mouth to suck out the boogers, which is how you use the Nose Frida and similar products. While those are very effective
Unfortunately, (well, fortunately) neither of my boys have been congested enough for us to use this product since it arrived, so I haven’t been able to try it out in that fashion yet.
When we do have a chance to try it out, I will definitely be updating this. However, I have no doubt that it will do what it is supposed to.
I did take some time to read all the reviews on Amazon, and it has an almost five-star rating. People seem to say that it is very effective and strong. One person mentioned that the machine is loud and scares one of her kids, so that’s a good thing to keep in mind if you have sound-sensitive children.
I did try it on myself, and I could barely notice that it was even on, which makes me believe it is very gentle.
This is the part that makes me hesitant to recommend this product with a 100% endorsement. It is expensive, and I don’t believe that every single parent needs to buy it. It definitely goes on my “nice to have” but not “must-have” list, simply because of the price.
It usually is around $140, which is quite a bit more expensive than other products in the same category (as you can see above). However, it is obviously built to last, and I’m sure it will span the baby/toddlerhood of all of your children. It’s much gentler than most products, and, if the reviews on Amazon are to be believed, it’s quite effective.
If you have a child who has chronic congestion, excess mucus, or even gets an illness like RSV (which can take several weeks or even months to get past), this would definitely be an investment worth making. Oliver was very congested for about the first six months of his life, and we would have to use a nasal aspirator on him multiple times a day. This would be have been a situation where I think this would have been worth having.
Someone mentioned in the reviews that they used it for their disabled daughter who is unable to blow her nose on her own, so I think that’s great. Even if your child is not disabled, it can take awhile for them to learn to blow their own noses, and since this doesn’t require you to do the sucking with your mouth, it could make things easier for everyone!