Sunday 3 October 2010

Cleebo Baby Bogey Tweezers !

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OK, admit it - what was your first reaction when you saw that picture ? Was it : "awwwwww what a cute little baby. And the poor little love's got a cold" or was it "Yeucckkk that's disgusting, it should be made illegal, get out of there!" ?! Well, this review - just like the photo - will divide my readers. Those of you with babies and toddlers who haven't yet mastered the art of blowing their noses will go "Ooooh that's a fantastic idea, I want one", but the rest of you will stop reading this review before it puts you off your cornflakes !

Personally speaking, I think it's a less stomach-churning option than the nasal aspirators I reviewed a while ago, although I have to say, they do really work on runny noses. They're no good with dried nasal mucus though (that's bogies to you and me !) so that's where the Cleebo comes in.

It's basically just a funked-up pair of tweezers but they have been cleverly designed to be ultra-safe and gentle on your little one's nose. As they explain on their website, "Cleebo’s main objectives focused on: safety, hygiene, robustness, user-friendliness, child-friendliness, and ultimately effectiveness. Cleebo is essentially a pair of uniquely shaped ABS plastic tweezers with inter-changeable Medical Grade Silicone end tips. The end tips come in 5 different vibrant colours to encourage the child’s participation and co-operation. The ends also include many safety features including: depth limiting design with end tabs to prevent excessive insertion, an absence of any sharp ends, tight fit to tweezers to prevent them coming loose, and they are made from silicone which is a relatively soft material." You can tell that these have been created by real parents who know all the difficulties of unclogging a wriggly, uncooperative baby's nose !

I did chuckle to myself at one point when reading the press release. "The tweezers come with a range of five brightly coloured end tips aimed to stimulate interest from the child, making the mucus-clearing job a more fun-filled experience." Now hang on ! While I totally agree that the Cleebo is a handy tool that will make parents' lives easier, I still wouldn't go as far as to say it makes bogey-removal into a "fun-filled experience" ! However, I did wonder how easy (and disgusting) it would be to clean the ends of the tweezers to get off all the baby bogey residue that sticks better than superglue when it dries ! That's where the coloured ends really come in. "They can be disposed of after each use or cleaned in a dishwasher or bottle steriliser and re-used, making them 100% hygienic."

I'm sure many of you are still shaking your heads (and pushing aside your breakfasts !) and thinking that it's a lot of fuss about nothing. Generations of parents have survived quite happily without one. Well, this piece of research may make you think twice. "As there are no safe and effective options on the market today for removing dried nasal mucus, parents are resorting to options such as: finger nails, cotton buds, metal tweezers, paper clips, pencils, twisted tissue, hair pins, pliers (only kidding!) – you name it !!! Most of these options are generally ineffective, unsafe, unhygienic and not child-friendly." Well, I have to admit to using the twisted tissue and fingernail options on many an occasion (although I would never dream of using paper clips of pencils !). I'm not sure I should admit to this but on one occasion, I even used baby Pierre's own fingernail to do the deed because mine was to big to fit up his nostril and his was perfectly sized !! Bad mummy !!

I apologise if I've make you feel sick but I'm sure more than a few of the parents of tiny tots will be scrolling down quickly to see where they can get one !

star rating : 5/5

RRP : £9.99

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