Then a friend tipped us off
to the sucker nasal aspirator by Pigeon.
Popular in Asia and Europe, nasal suckers, for some reason, never took off in the States. Maybe the idea is off-putting to most Americans...
You put one end of the aspirator at baby's nostril and the other end in your mouth. Your sucking action clears baby's nose. The beauty of it is that you control the intensity of the sunction.
And the answer to your question is NO, you don't get a mouthful of snot; it stays trapped in the vial.
We've seen other sucker nasal aspirators as well, but like the design of Pigeon's sucker best. The clear vial and tubing is easy to clean with soap and water. The apparatus also comes in its own clear case for hygenic storage and easy portability.
You can purchase one from Galtak, a Canadian retailer, for $10 CAD.