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Lots of "bells & whistles", but does it work? Nope.
on March 18, 2011
I purchased the Graco battery-operated nasal aspirator from Walgreens because my daughter needed something right away and I had not received my NoseFrida Snotsucker in the mail yet. So, I was able to try out both systems and do a comparison.
Day One: Daughter's "snot" was plentiful but very thin, almost the consistency of saliva. Used the Graco battery-operated aspirator. It worked OK at removing her "snot". I liked the fact that it can be operated with one hand and it plays music to distract the baby. The tip is also very soft and does not irritate the nose. She did not fight me suctioning her at all.
Day Two: Daughter's "snot" is much thicker today. Tried the Graco aspirator first. No luck. Found that it only works to remove the thin, watery mucus. It DOES NOT remove anything much thicker than saliva. I then tried out the NoseFrida Snotsucker (available on Amazon.com). The NoseFrida was MUCH more effective at getting out the thicker snot but is difficult to use without another person. It requires two hands to operate, so you need someone to hold the baby still while you suck. You must use it correctly - as another reviewer mentioned start off with just your mouth muscles and make several quick, sharp sucks, then long vacuum-like sucks with your lungs. It really does work well.
Summary: The Graco has more "bells and whistles" but when it comes down to effectiveness, it misses the mark. I would not re-purchase. No matter ho "cool" something is, if it does not do the job it was intended to do, then it is worthless.
Although a bit more difficult to use, the NoseFrida REALLY WORKS. The fact that it requires two people is the only con. One person could operate it if the child was older and able to hold still, but with a squirmy infant, it requires two sets of hands. If you want a simple product that will get the job done, purchase the NoseFrida Snotsucker.