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This Swedish snot sucker is the best baby shower gift — here's why

Might seem gross, but it's actually useful.
Little Ruby, 2, with her NoseFrida
Little Ruby, 2, with her NoseFridaCourtesy of Donna Freydkin
/ Source: TODAY

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In theory, a snot sucker sounds vile. I get it.

But parents, hear me out. Let me tell you about the magic of the NoseFrida. You will become a connoisseur of boogers. I promise. And with school starting nationwide, there's never been a better time to get the one thing that kept my snotty kid's nose clear.

What is the NoseFrida?

It’s an ingenious snot-sucking device made in Sweden. It's painless and gets it all out. Without medication. Without those plastic aspirators that never seem to work. Let me repeat: When a baby is stuffed up and too young to blow his or her nose, this thing can suck out every bit of snot.

NoseFrida the Snotsucker Baby Nasal Aspirator and Saline Nasal Spray Kit, $20, Amazon

Here’s how it works

The NoseFrida is a long blue plastic tube. You put the tip just inside your baby’s nose. You put the the red end into your mouth. And you suck. And suck. And you watch all manner of nastiness come out. Does it get into your mouth? No! There’s a filter acting as a stopgap — change it out regularly. You rinse out the blue aspirator, and it's done. Your child can breathe freely again.

I gave a NoseFrida to my brother-in-law when his first daughter was born. My husband and I kept one with us at all times, both in New York and in Texas, where my his family lives. I gave it to pregnant friends, who would stare at me, bewildered, that something as basic as a stuffy nose could ruin their nights. Live and learn, folks!

Is it worth it?

A million times, yes!

There’s something oddly intoxicating and mesmerizing about seeing the amount of green and yellow gunk you can get out of a child's nose. I always felt like I’d achieved something tangible and important, because after a two-minute session, he would inhale and exhale without sounding all stopped up. My son never walked around with crusty yellow gunk on his face, or something foul pouring out of his nose.

Plus, he slept. As any parent knows, a full night's snooze without interruption is priceless.

Now, fair warning: Some kids are more tolerant than others. Mine was on the more, shall we say, obstinate end. He’d freak out. Not because it hurt. My husband and I tried it out on each other (seriously) and there’s zero pain or discomfort. It just feels a little odd, especially if you’re used to blowing your own schnoz. And, you do have to hold your kiddo in place so he or she doesn’t move. I think that’s mostly what mine objected to.

On the flip side, however, his disdain for the NoseFrida also hurried him into learning how to blow his own nose so I wouldn’t have to do it for him.

It was a game changer for me and my mom friends. I'm sure it will be for you, too.

NoseFrida the Snotsucker Baby Nasal Aspirator and Saline Nasal Spray Kit, $20, Amazon