Parenting comes with a lot of Bs – babies, blood, barf, and today’s topic: boogers.  Boogers are a hot issue in Facebook mommy groups: How do I get boogers out of a baby’s nose? I need a safe decongestant for my baby. What is the best snot sucker? Easiest way to ease a stuffy nose in my child? Inevitably, the NoseFrida Snot Sucker by fridababy comes up. And the three solid camps of thought are

  1. Best invention ever!
  2. Hell no.
  3. I just can’t bring myself to use it.
Nasal aspirator NoseFrida

The NoseFrida Snot Sucker by fridababy

The first group clearly knows their stuff. The other two just haven’t experienced the greatness of the doctor-invented NoseFrida yet.

 What came before the NoseFrida? The good old-fashioned nasal aspirator bulb (aka bulb syringe, bulb aspirator).



This little gadget is a classic. It comes home from the hospital with every baby and is a timeless tool for sucking the snot out of gnarly nostrils everywhere.  It seems simple enough to use, but any seasoned parent will tell you that it’s all too easy to stick that stem just a little too far up little Junior’s nose.

Recently, local mom, Marissa Campbell, shared, “Shoving the old school bulb up my kid’s nose freaked me out and I was sure with his flailing I’d end up stabbing him in the brain.”

You also have to time your squeeze-release-remove sequence with the bulb just right to actually pull the booger out of your kiddo’s nose beyond where it can dangle in the lower passage and wave at you sardonically. If I had a dollar for every time I gritted my teeth and grumbled, “Come on, you little shit, I can SEE you! You were RIGHT THERE! Just come OUT already!” to some marginal mucus, I wouldn’t be sitting in my office writing blogs about boogers. I’d be sitting on some private beach with a mai tai in hand writing blogs about boogers.

But even if you’re a master aspirator, there’s one sticky little issue left. The nasal bulb is impossible to clean properly.

The photos below, taken two years ago to this day, prove my point. This bulb was only used for a few months. It was washed in hot soapy water and sanitized with alcohol after each use. It still had sticky, horrible-smelling mold inside.

inside-bulb-syringe  inside-bulb-aspirator


Without a doubt, that thing had to go. Adios, bulb! Hello, hygienic NoseFrida.

As luck would have it, my son came down with a cold shortly after our purchase. It was now or never. I assembled the tool (easy peasy!), placed the collection tube against his nose – not inside of it like the old way, and scrunched my eyes closed tight. With one long draw, it was over.

The sound! It was glorious! I could literally hear the snot flowing out of his face and then he breathed THROUGH. HIS. NOSE. He hadn’t done that in a week! I opened my eyes to see the fruits of my labor. I was as happy to see that green-tinged slime as I was with the first yellow poop so many months ago. My lips smacked together and I ran my tongue across my teeth – no stowaways!

I was an instant believer.

I was the new leader of the “Best invention ever!” camp.


So what holds parents back? Only what they don’t know.


  1. What if I get boogers in my mouth?!

Not possible. First of all, the collection tube is a solid length, and it attaches to the suction hose which ensures plenty of distance between the source of the snot and the source of the suction. More importantly, between the two sits a blue foam filter, which physically blocks anything from crossing the barrier.

You’re more likely to gain a clinger from kissing your kid. Promise.


  1. I’m afraid I’ll suck so hard I’ll hurt my sweetheart.

Nope! Again, there is enough distance between you and baby that it tempers the strength of the suction. The hose is a very small diameter, limiting the volume of air that can pass through at once.

Your baby’s brain will stay put.


  1. I don’t understand how to make it work effectively.

I recommend attacking different problems at different speeds. To clear sticky mucus, long draws of suction are best at removing large volumes. For those stubborn crunchy bits, short bursts of suction will move them through.

There’s no wrong speed to clear a nose. When in doubt, check the directions.


  1. What’s more sanitary about the NoseFrida than the standard bulb aspirator?

Mama’s favorite words: Dishwasher safe. Each of the pieces comes apart and can be sanitized in the dishwasher. Or you can boil them, or use the fancy microwave sanitizing bags for breast pump parts. The manufacturer, fridababy, says it just takes hot water and soap.

As far as the little blue filters, just toss them in the trash! Don’t worry, you can buy refills independently of the full product.


So really, there’s no reason NOT to try it. Your child will thank you.

In case you need one more reason: for every NoseFrida purchased, fridababy sends one to a clinic, doctor, or donation center that serves families in need. Share the wealth, not the snot.

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