Andrew is almost 3 1/2 months old. I don't think there's been a day since he was born that he hasn't had a cold (five year olds bring a lot of germs home from school with them) ranging from awful viral infection to a simple stuffy nose. I do have a bulb syringe like this one,
(Except that mine is two pieces so you can actually clean it, and the tip is not only clear (so you can be sure it's clean) but also a wider, rounded tip so you're not sticking something right up their little noses in order to get suction.)
(Where was I?)
Right, so Andrew always has a stuffy nose to one degree or another. The bulb syringe works well enough when it's thick enough to actually be sucked out, but what about the whistlers?
You know the ones.
Those hard, crusty little boogers that eventually cover the entire nasal opening, making it difficult to breath. And eat. And sleep.
The amount of time it takes to get those buggers out with the bulb syringe usually has Andrew SCREAMING, increasing mucous production and thus defeating the purpose of the bulb syringe entirely.
Enter this little gem...
the basic bobby pin
I know the old saying about not sticking anything in your nose that's smaller than your elbow...
(or is that into your ear?)
...but desperate times call for desperate measures. The bent end of a bobby pin actually makes a really great nose picker for tiny noses. It's small, thin, has rounded edges, and is good for precision work.
Now calm down, I'm not sticking it all the way up into his nose. Just for those little hangers-on about 1/8" in (or less). I also cover the end with a thin receiving blanket just in case, and for absorbency.
One of the biggest benefits to this is that I can get the whole thing over with in a matter of seconds as opposed to the lengthy ordeal with the bulb syringe.
So what Works For Me? Picking my baby's nose with a bobby pin.