Wednesday Morning “The Things We Do for Our Children” Blips (4/25 edition)

April 25th, 2007  |  Published in etc  |  3 Comments

Nosefrida-Sm That’s a Nosefrida nasal aspirator.

From the CoolTools writeup:

The Nosefrida is a remarkably effective tool for sucking snot out of a kid’s nose. It’s basically a flexible plastic tube with a mouthpiece on one end and a snot-collection chamber on the other. You put the mouthpiece in your mouth, press the open end of the snot-collection chamber against your kid’s nostril (it doesn’t go very far inside the nose), and SUCK. An inline filter prevents the snot from ending up in your mouth. The filter only needs to be changed when it gets gunked-up. Such gunking can be avoided by stopping periodically and blowing the collected snot out into a sink or emesis basin. Otherwise, if you keep filling up the snot-collection chamber, it eventually makes its way up to the filter. To clean, I just disassemble it and run warm water through it. Real easy.

It sounds disgusting and bizarre, but it works like a charm. If you’ve got a snotty kid, it’s the best $15 you’ll ever spend.

Yes. It does sound disgusting and bizarre, even if it does have “an inline filter [that] prevents the snot from ending up in your mouth.”

Ben and I got haircuts yesterday. I think this was his fourth or fifth trip to May’s. The first time was a trial and he hated it. Last time he had to sit in my lap but wouldn’t wear the towel because it spooked him. This time he still had to sit in my lap, but accepted the towel. He also held off on the traditional DumDum until after the haircut, so no hairs sticking to the sucker slop on his lips.

I thought he was going to just do the chair on his own, and going in he thought so, too. But we got there and there were two people in front of us, so he heard the clippers and lost his nerve. He was pretty brave in my lap, though. He didn’t swat at the clippers or jerk his head around when May got near his ears.

The end goal is “Ben gladly climbs into the barber chair and tells May to do her worst because he’s got some shit to think about and oh, by the way, he doesn’t need her yapping to distract him.”

This time next month, I’ll be pretty happy with “sits in the chair on his own.”


  1. k. says:

    April 25th, 2007 at 12:15 pm (#)

    I first read this as the “Nosferatu nasal aspirator,” which isn’t a bad name for it.

  2. Bittan says:

    April 26th, 2007 at 9:57 am (#)

    I have a Nosefrida, I ordered one after seeing it on Daddytypes many months ago…. it’s unbelievably good! It sucks out every single piece of boogies and keeps the nose clear for hours… Love it

  3. Jane says:

    April 27th, 2007 at 3:03 pm (#)

    Nosefrida is a great aspirator, I got one in Europe when my baby had a bad case of RSV, and now I buy them here in the States as baby shower gifts. It is better than any other aspirator, they use it at all the children’s hospitals in Scandinavia and other countries. It can prevent ear infections and make it easier for babies with RSV to breathe. A must-have for all parents.

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