Disclosure: I was provided a NoseFrida Snotsucker, the Windi, and a Fridet to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.
As parents, sometimes the only thing we have to fear is fear itself…or ingesting your kid’s snot. Getting over the initial hump can be difficult, but I’ve found that a ‘try anything’ attitude can actually lead to some pretty amazing parenting discoveries. In keeping with that thought, here are three products from Swedish company Fridababy that used to scare the living daylights out of me, but that I now absolutely cannot live without! While these products may seem frightening (or just plain icky) at first, I encourage any parent with runny-nosed, fussy, gassy, potty-training kiddos to give them a go. They may not be traditional, but they are certainly effective!
NoseFrida: The Snotsucker
I remember building my baby registry when I was pregnant with my first child. During my exhaustive research into the gazillions of baby products on the market, I had come across NoseFrida the Snotsucker. While I understood the
physics behind the it, the idea made me gag. Granted, at the time, the smell of chicken, the thought of sour cream, the sight of bananas and the taste of purple Skittles also made me gag, but that was an entirely different issue.
The Snotsucker is exactly what the name implies. Unlike traditional nasal aspirators, a large tube is placed against the child’s nostril, then parents use a mouthpiece connected to a smaller tube to actually suck the snot right out of their kid’s nose using their own lung power. Before you freak out at the thought of it, let me just say that the tube is really long, and there is a filter to ensure that the process is 100% hygienic.
This winter, both of my kids had HORRIBLE colds. I mean, the amount of snot coming out of their little noses was really quite astounding. To make matters worse, both kids would FREAK. OUT. at the very sight of our blue bulb aspirator. After a few laps around the house, and a considerable amount of screeching and flailing, I’d finally be able to get the aspirator into their noses. But there was still snot. Lots and lots of snot.
Frustrated with the ineffectiveness of the bulb, I searched for new options. Then our NoseFrida arrived. I didn’t know what sort of reaction I was going to get from the kiddos when I whipped out this odd little contraption. Ironically, the very first time I used the Snotsucker on my daughter, she giggled. She just sat there, let me suck out the snot, and she giggled. It was such a far cry from the blue bulb battles from the day before. Then I tried it on my son. Same thing…giggles. I was amazed at their reaction AND how well that goofy little gadget worked! Now, when my daughter is stuffy, she specifically requests the Snotsucker! Not only is the NoseFrida non-invasive (and therefore non-threatening), it’s also incredibly effective. A few good, strong sucks and sayonara, snot! It’s dishwasher safe, BPA free, and super easy to use….and if you ask my kids, it’s also hilarious. And just to put your mind at ease, snot really doesn’t go anywhere near your mouth. Promise.
The NoseFrida has truly been the answer to our stuffy nose woes. Once I got over the initial mental hump of physically sucking the snot out of my kid’s nose and gave the Snotsucker a try, I knew I would never use a traditional aspirator ever again.
The Windi is another unusual product from Fridababy, but in my opinion it is the end all, be all in baby gas relief. The Windi is a nifty little contraption that instantly relieves gas-related discomfort. A soft, disposable catheter, the Windi is inserted into Baby’s bottom just like a rectal thermometer. The Windi is designed to move past the area of the bottom that traps the gas, but also has a ‘stopper’ to prevent it from being inserted too far. Phew! It’s also a single use product, so no need to wash it – just toss it! It’s also BPA, latex and phthalate free and completely recyclable.
The first time I used the Windi, I was apprehensive. Frankly, I didn’t want to add to my son’s gas discomfort by cramming something up his butt, but I was determined to give the Windi a shot. I’m so glad I did! I followed the instructions and whoosh! My Little Guy’s gas was GONE. Seriously…just like that. Whoosh.
The Windi is now my go-to for baby gas relief. It is simple to use and highly effective. No waiting for drops to start working. No massaging an uncomfortable, writhing baby. Just….whoosh! Again, getting over my initial trepidation was key, but once I did there was no turning back!
The Fridet: The Buttwasher
Fridababy’s newest product, the Fridet (aka The Buttwasher), is a portable, pint-sized bidet for potty-using tots. An eco-friendly alternative to baby wipes, the Fridet is an ergonomic squeeze bottle that rinses Baby’s bottom with water. Simply aim the Fridet’s hooked neck where you want to rinse, and squeeze! Simple, effective, and chemical-free. No wipes = no waste!
While the Fridet makes a fantastic addition to our potty training routine, it also translates well to cloth diapering. We have always used cloth wipes and a spray bottle filled with water and a few drops of tea tree oil. I decided to try the Fridet during diaper changes, and it proved highly effective! It’s easy to direct the flow of water without a massive amount of overspray, and just does an overall better job of rinsing than the spray bottle. The Fridet has now replaced our spray bottle entirely during diaper changes.
I didn’t have the same anxiety about using the Buttwasher as I did the Snotsucker and the Windi, but I’ll admit I was skeptical about it’s effectiveness. My skepticism has now been laid to rest, and I am now a loyal and devoted Buttwasher…or something like that.