LONGMONT - No more baby steps for Peter Champe's company, Baby Comfy Care.

The Longmont-based engineer who four years ago designed a nasal aspirator for infants, has taken a big step signing a deal to have the product sold at Walgreens' 8,500 stores.

Champe began pitching the Baby Comfy Nose to Walgreens in 2010. Fast forward to 2014, and the Baby Comfy Nose, a self-suctioning nasal aspirator, is available online and at all Walgreens retail locations. It sells for $14.99.

Champe said Walgreens made an opening order of 25,000 units, or about three units per store. He will receive weekly refill orders from Walgreens. The product is manufactured in Longmont.

"Our son suffered from frequent nasal congestion, and out of necessity I created a nasal aspirator that worked better than anything else that was on the market," Champe said. "We are thrilled that Walgreens has taken interest in offering our nasal aspirator. This is a great step in the right direction on where we want to take our business."

The aspirator uses the parent's own lung suction, which makes it more effective than bulb- and battery-type aspirators, Champe said.

It is designed to use household tissue as a filter, eliminating the possibility of user contact with mucus and germs. The nose tip is soft and designed so that it cannot be inserted too deeply into the baby's nostril. It comes with a dishwasher/storage pouch that allows the unit to dry hygienically and keeps all the pieces together in the diaper bag. It is available in three colors to keep siblings' aspirators separate.

"Taking a product from an idea to manufacturing and marketing it has been interesting, challenging and rewarding," Champe said. "We have our foot in the door at one major store chain. We are looking to the horizon to see what will be the next."

For more information on the company and the product, visit www.babycomfycare.com.