Lil Miss caught Buggy’s and Buddy’s “cold” starting on Tuesday. She has been quite congested and clearly needed her nose “suckied out” so I was excited to put to use our Baby Vac nasal aspirator that I was asked to review.
None of my kids have ever cared for the bulb aspirators and I had seen the aspirators where you suck on the end. In all honesty, I thought the Baby Vac was one where you suck out the snot. Boy, was I wrong!
Hubby pulled out the pieces which include two “nose” pieces (they’re duplicates and called evacuators) that you put into the sucking end; a piece that comes out for easy cleaning in the sucky end (the collecting cylinder); and then the tubing with the non sucking end being the vacuum cleaner adapater.
I have to admit, we were quite taken aback that the “non sucking end” was a vacuum adapter. Yes, you read that right. A vacuum adapter.
It plugs into the vacuum hose, you turn on the vacuum, you suck the snot out of baby’s nose.
I have to tell you, I was quite… apprehensive to say the least (and that is putting it nicely). I really was not keen on the idea of putting this plastic piece into my one month old daughter’s nose, turning on the vacuum and vacuuming out her snot.
At first, we had to make sure that our vacuum was suitable. The directions say to use an 800 to 1800 watt vacuum. To say I was slightly irritated to try and figure that out would be an understatement. I was already nervous about using a vacuum as a snot sucker, but then to figure out how many watts our vacuum was only to find it only tells me amps so I had to find out how many amps are in a watt. Let’s just say, I was slightly frustrated by the time I figured it all out.
For the record, I used this conversion calculator. You will need to know the amps and the volts of your vacuum, but ours listed it on the actual vacuum. We found that our vacuum is 1440 watts which falls into the range for use.
Aside from the fiasco of ensuring our vacuum was okay to use…
This is our new favorite go-to for “sucky ducky” (that’s what we’ve always called the bulb aspirators when we need to “sucky duck” the kids’ nose).
It’s quick to suck the snot out of Lil Miss’ nose; it’s effective; and my favorite part – Lil Miss doesn’t mind it at all!
The evacuators are made small enough to fit in baby’s nose (even at one month old), but grows wider so that it cannot be inserted too far into baby’s nose, thus prevents any harm being done from the aspirator being pushed too far into the nose.
There is no crying, no fussing, nothing. She doesn’t mind the sound of the vacuum so it doesn’t startle her and the whole process is so quick that it doesn’t phase her at all. In fact, I think she might actually enjoy the entire process!
I will admit, the only thing we do not care for is pulling the vacuum out every time we need it (which has been quite frequently the last two days with Lil Miss being congested). Other than that, we have no other complaints and we surprisingly really like this nasal aspirator and Lil Miss appears to agree.
It is easy to clean as well which makes it really nice and especially comforting to me. Have you ever tried cleaning those bulb ones? It’s like impossible and I have seen way too many pictures of the mold that grows inside. Gross!
With the Baby Vac, the pieces all come apart and can be washed in soap and hot water. All the pieces are super easy to take apart and put back together. Plus, the whole thing is clear plastic which allows you to see and gauge what you are collecting, consistency, and amount.
I would highly recommend this to any new parent, parent to be, or even parents that use the nasal aspirator often. Lil Miss likes this method better and we do too!
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