Being ill and having a cold has never been one of my strong points, I have to admit that once I’ve tried to be brave and it finally takes hold of me good and proper, I’m flat out in bed for a few days. Obviously that was until I had a baby because they don’t tell you this, but you’re not allowed sick days! I mean, I sure as hell didn’t sign up for that! Mama needs her time to recover! Anyway, when I’m ill it’s one thing but having a baby who is ill is a whole other ball game! A poorly babe is horrible to deal with (in more ways than one) and I thought I’d share some of my favourite products at the moment that help me deal with a little Snufflebabe!
Funnily enough, these products are also from a brand called Snufflebabe, which you may have heard of. Snufflebabe is the number 1 brand in the UK for baby nasal decongestant and I 100% understand why. Ever since she’s been born, when Madison has had a cold or blocked nose, this is the brand we’ve turned to for help.
As some of you may know if you’ve been reading my parenting blog posts and updates on Madison (which I’ve been seriously lapse on – sorry!) Madison has slept through the night pretty much since she was 5/6 weeks old and nothing has really ever gotten in the way of that except from when she’s poorly. Even her teeth haven’t ever really woken her up through the night *TOUCH WOOD*. For us, when she’s poorly with a cold or tummy bug, it’s when she’s at her most uncomfortable and really struggles to stay asleep for much more than a few hours at a time. It’s really horrible to see because she seems to get so stressed out about it too – during the night, this girl loves her sleep (not so much through the day… Aghh!).
And this is where Snufflebabe comes in… When Madison is poorly with a cold and blocked nose Snufflebabe has become our go-to for decongesting her and getting her to sleep soundly! Our favourite product has to be the Vapour Rub which is suitable for 3months+ ; it’s basically a more gentle version of your usual vapour rub that us adults can have and it works absolute wonders! I rub a little bit of this onto Madison’s chest and back before her bed-time bottle and it seems to really help her settle and calm down. Not only does this help her breathe easier through the night but also whilst she’s having her milk before bed, she’s able to drink far easier and is much happier to go to bed!
For days when Madison’s nose is really blocked up and she seems to be having a pretty sh*t time of it, we love using the Snufflebabe Nasal Spray. It’s a quick-working decongestant that you spray up your baby’s nostrils and even though Maddy’s never been too thrilled about it at the time, give it around 30 seconds and she’s happy as Larry, breathing easier once more. Because she doesn’t really like the sensation of the spray going up her nose (I mean who does?) we use this every now and again when things are pretty bad and mostly only just before bed to ensure she gets a good night sleep, but when we do use it, the results have been almost instantenous and for that reason I’ll literally shout about this product from the rooftops. Its INCREDIBLE.
We’ve also been using the Vapour Oil which again is an amazing product for helping de-congest Mads and give her the best nights sleep possible under horrible poorly circumstances. We pop a few drops of this into a bowl of boiling water and set it up in her room as she’s getting off to sleep or pop a few drops into the shower and let it get all hot and steamy whilst sitting her in the bathroom (away from the splash of boiling water obviously). It really helps to steam her out and get her breathing clearer again. I also love dropping a bit of this onto a muslin and tying it to her cot or even just putting a few drops onto the sheet in her cot – it’s almost a bit of an insurance policy for her to breathe in if she does wake up in the night and so far… it’s worked!
One product that I’ve sadly not gotten on with is the Nasal Aspirator and I genuinely think this is because we’ve only started using this recently and Maddy is a little older and just hates having things shoved up her nose a bit. Completely understandable. I think if we’d used this when she was a newborn it would’ve totally been the best thing since sliced bread. Hands down. I love the idea of it and if she’d happily have it done now then I’d be sucking up bogeys all day long. As gross as that sounds! Ha ha.
I honestly can’t recommend Snufflebabe enough and if you have a newborn or even a toddler that is snuffly even just the slightest bit you should 100% go out and get you some of this gold! You can pick up Snufflebabe products in most supermarkets and drugstores.