I think this is the only time in my history of motherhood that I've been awaiting my baby to have a cold--and the wait is over. I haven't lost my mind (despite yesterday's post) but I have wanted to test out the highly-touted NoseFrida, a gadget that helps extract snot from a baby who is yet to be tissue-trained.
Maybe some people would get the jeebies over something like this (you use your mouth to safely suck out the snot, and there's a disposable filter in the device so you don't inhale it yourself), but if you're a parent, what kind of gross stuff haven't you personally witnessed and waded into?
NoseFrida is extremely efficient at extracting the snot that makes it difficult for your baby to breathe, eat, thumb-suck, and basically function. Getting the hang of holding a wriggling baby, sticking the end just inside his nose, then holding the other end while sucking it out can be a challenge, but it gets out so much more snot than a bulb aspirator.
I highly recommend this, as do quite a few other parents (yes, you Shana and Ms. Christina Applegate). It's not too pricey and can be found online and at big-box retailers.
One other interesting device the FridaBaby folks sell is called The Windi.
Disclosure: I received a sample NoseFrida for review purposes. All opinions are mine mine mine.