“BabyComfyNose is thrilled to offer a giveaway on The Leaky Boob. Our company is such a great fit with this community! There are those who say “YUCK, I would never use that!” and then there are those who say “YES! FINALLY! It makes so much sense to use your own suction to clear out my baby’s mucus. (as long as I don’t get it in my mouth)” I’m certain that the Leaky Boob constituency will appreciate a chance to win the best-designed, most effective aspirator on the market today.” ~ Peter, BabyComfyNose owner.
In the following interview, Peter tells us about his company and product, BabyComfyNose, and offers his perspective on how to deal with baby sniffles. Below the interview, you’ll find your chance to win one of these remarkable products.
TLB: What sets BabyComfyNose apart from other infant nasal aspirators?
Peter: The BabyComfyNose nasal aspirator uses your own suction power, which makes it stronger than bulb and battery-powered aspirators. A lot stronger. Lab testing has shown that it can generate about 10 times as much suction as bulb or battery aspirators (depending on your suction strength) and it produces more sustained suction, so it really gets out the deep mucus that conventional aspirators can’t touch.
Also, the BabyComfyNose is designed specifically to use standard tissue as a filter. There are other self-suctioning type aspirators that use plastic foam rubber filters. But there are several advantages to the tissue system. Household tissue is an inherently absorbent material with small pore size, whereas the foam rubber has large pores and does not actually absorb liquid. This makes tissue a better filter material. And of course, tissue is free and always available.
TLB: What motivated you to create this product and start your company?
Peter: When my son was about a year old he developed RSV and was constantly congested and miserable. We realized that conventional aspirators did not work very well because they don’t have the suction power to effectively remove deep nasal mucus. So I went down to my shop, got some tubing and some duct tape and fashioned a snot sucker. I was amazed at how much mucus I got out of his little nose using a tube and my own suction. But I had to design it so that snot could not get up the tube and into the mouth. The result was an egg-shaped receptacle that, because of the larger volume in the middle, slowed the velocity of the air, preventing snot from getting up the tube.
TLB: Have you had the chance to use your snot sucker on your own kids?
Peter: This past weekend, my 6 year old daughter Uma had a bit of a cold and she requested the BabyComfyNose. I was happy to oblige. I still feel tremendous satisfaction seeing great globs of mucus being pulled out of the nose and into the aspirator.
TLB: Ok, the question that’s on everybody’s mind that first hears of your product: Are you actually sucking your baby’s snot through a tube connecting their nose to your mouth? That sounds gross.
Peter: There’s really no way to get snot in your mouth using the BabyComfyNose. As I mentioned above, because of the larger volume of the middle of the aspirator, the air velocity slows down so that it just can’t suck liquid up to the tube. That’s kind of a principle of fluid dynamics. And if you put a lightly wadded tissue in the body, it’s a guarantee that mucus gets trapped.
TLB: Other than using a Baby Comfy Nose, what other tips do you have for helping make small children comfortable when dealing with an upper respiratory infection?
Peter: Our son Benjamin often had croup when he was a little baby and it’s scary. The respiration rate goes up and they sound like struggling little seal pups when they cough. The Dr. Sears Bible suggests, and we found to be very helpful, to put them in a lot of steam, like a hot steamy bath or even better: a steam shower, and then bundle them up and take them outside. The temperature change has the effect of opening up the airways. And we found that it really works. But if respiration gets too labored, you might have to take a trip to the ER for oxygen and steroids. Yuck, avoid that if you can.
Peter is giving away a full set of BabyComfyNoses (Blue, Magenta & Crystal) WITH additional nose tip and mouth piece to one lucky Leakie. If you can’t use them all yourself, give them away at your next baby shower! Retail value: over $50.00
Leakies can find videos on how to use the BabyComfyNose and discount coupon codes at www.babycomfynose.com
Good luck to everyone! Please use the widget below to be entered. The giveaway is open from February 21, 2013 through February 27, 2013. A big thanks to Peter and BabyComfyNose for their ongoing support of TLB and all breastfeeding women; please be sure to visit their Facebook page or follow them on twitter (@babycomfynose) and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.
This giveaway is restricted to U.S. residents only.