So we’ve been hit by some sort of snotty bug this week and while it’s no fun I’m glad I invested in some essentials at the start of the cold season.
Olbas Oil is a staple for me. Not just for the baby either – when I’m feeling congested I pop a few drops in an oil burner or a hot bath. For Baby Button, a few drops on a muslin which is either in his cot or tucked somewhere on his outfit is the best option as I don’t feel comfortable dabbing it on his clothes like I would for myself.
I’m actually new to Snufflebabe — but I love it. We currently have the nose drops and the vapour rub, and they’ve been a lifesaver so far. Interestingly, someone recommended I put the vapour rub on his feet before bed and.. Well I’ll be damned. It worked. Coincidence or black magic? The nose drops aren’t popular for Baby Button at all — he will squirm and cry as you try pop them in, but seems eternally grateful when he gets a reprieve from congestion during the night.
The Calpol Plugin is amazing, but it’s so expensive.. The plug is £5, and the refills are just short of £5 (you get five in a pack). Each refill lasts eight hours which just isn’t long enough some nights — I like making sure it’s plugged in an hour before Baby Button goes to bed so the room is thoroughly scented. I’m not a fan of the blue nightlight either, but… They work. Sometimes this little plug is the difference between a long night of congested screaming or a night broken up by stints of sleep.
Finally, tissue tissue tissue. I have a toilet roll in each room at the moment to try control the rivers of snot my baby seems to exude. I don’t even ‘do’ snot, and feel sick at the sight of my own or someone else’s — thankfully, I seem to cope with Baby Buttons just fine. Mum powers!
What are your cold bug staples?