Hi everyone, Megan is 11.5 months old and has always hated having her face or nose wiped. I have found that if I do it gently a bit at a time (eg forehead, cheeks, mouth, chin for face washing, or one nostril at a time for nose wiping), she seems to tolerate it better. I have also found that if I get her attention and wiggle my eyebrows or something while I gently wipe, she tends to stay still and watch my face. I use a cloth nappy for wiping her nose.
I use Otrivin Junior Nasal Drops when she has a cold. One drop up each nostril works a treat - it clears her nose for the whole night. They're medicated, but I only use them just before bedtime when she's really blocked up. I lay her on my lap and drop her head back a bit. If I'm slow and careful, she lets me put the drops up her nose.
If she's not in the mood and not letting me wipe, then I just swoop in and get the job done.
Hope this helps!
WA, daughters born May 2005 and June 2007