By: Morgan Annandale
There is nothing worse than seeing your baby struggle and not being able to do anything to help. Whether they are having trouble feeding, they are sick, or they are colicky, it is hard to figure out what is going wrong and how to help.
Did you know that your baby might be feeling extra uncomfortable and frustrated while feeding and sleeping due to congestion in their nasal cavity, even if they are not sick?
Babies and toddlers have very congested noses due to their small nasal passages. This does not always mean that they are ill, but it does make them uncomfortable and affects how they are breathing, eating, and sleeping. In the first few months of life, babies are “obligate nose breathers” meaning that they preferentially breathe through their noses. This is an evolutionary adaptation to aid in feeding. All of this frustration during feedings and sleep affects their mood and makes them more irritable and frustrated, causing even more stress for tired parents.
According to Dr. Henry Bernstein M.D., parents can use a nasal aspirator 20-30 minutes before a feeding time in order to improve the baby’s ability to suck and swallow, which creates a better feeding experience. Please note: parents should not use the aspirator more than 2-3 times a day to avoid irritating the liner of the baby’s nose.
There are many side effects for babies and children who continuously breathe through their mouths due to obstructed nasal airways, including:
- slower than normal growth rate
- increased crying episodes at night
- large tonsils
- dry, cracked lips
- problems concentrating at school
- daytime sleepiness
Learning more about the importance of these tools and what they prevented, I knew I had to find a nasal aspirator that worked efficiently and was safe for my baby. I wanted to ensure that even when my little one was having issues breathing on a normal healthy day, I was prepared to reduce the congestion and provide a clear nasal airway for my baby to comfortably breathe and breastfeed. After doing many hours of research and checking out and even trying numerous options, I came across the BabyComfy Nose by BabyComfy and decided to give it a try. I am SO glad I did!
Unlike traditional bulb and battery-powered nasal aspirators, BabyComfy Nose is Parent-Powered, which allows you to control the amount of suction used to extract all the snot. Doctors highly recommend oral suction aspirators since they are much gentler and more efficient. As a matter of fact, Dr. Sears on The Doctor’s TV Show, specifically recommended BabyComfy Nose!
BabyComfy: The Snot Sucker
I know it sounds crazy…You get the snot out how?! But I promise you, this product is AMAZING and I don’t know what I would have done without it. You will be thanking me the next time you are trying to get your baby’s snot out with those disposable bulb aspirators or an expensive electric one that barely sucks anything out.
I already know what your first question is…No, you will not get any of your child’s snot in your mouth! Thanks to the product’s unique design, which uses standard household tissue as a filter, parents will not be exposed to sucking up any snot, this I promise!
If you do not believe me, check out this video and watch as parents use the product efficiently and easily with no threat of the snot getting through the breathing tube.
The tissue filter is my favorite aspect of this aspirator. Other oral suction aspirators come with a limited supply of small disposable filters that you must continue buying with use, whereas tissues are always on hand and very easy to travel with. Even better? A tissue is much more absorbent than the plastic foam rubber filters that come with other nasal aspirators. Check out the photo below comparing the filter from a popular nasal aspirator to a tissue.
The BabyComfy Nose also comes with two soft nose tips, standard and newborn. These tips are made of silicone and are very soft to avoid irritating baby’s nose. Other aspirators are made of hard plastic, which creates a big problem when attempting to get the boogers out of your squirmy baby or toddler. BabyComfy Nose also comes with a mesh pouch that makes the product dishwasher-safe, making it super easy to clean which made my life a lot easier.
BabyComfy Nose pairs great with mimijumi baby bottles to create a successful breastfeeding and bottle-feeding experience. Our pattern was to use my BabyComfy Nose before our night feeding with the mimijumi and before our morning feeding on my breast. I saw a huge improvement in my baby’s feeding experience. He was such much easier to feed and much happier after, staying asleep longer during the night!
Though snot sucking is a somewhat gross part of caring for our babies. The BabyComfy Nose is a phenomenal product and really does help to make baby’s life so much more comfortable and can significantly impact their overall health and well-being. I am still surprised by how much my husband and I use it and what a difference it makes when our son is sick or extra congested!
To learn more about the BabyComfy Nose, and more products by BabyComfy, check out the website: www.babycomfycare.com