There is no point trying to avoid it - the weather is that bit colder and you're little one's immune system will have to fight all sorts of nasty bugs over the coming months. The best way to deal with colds, flu’s and congestion is to prepare and prepare hard, so that you are ready for whatever the Winter throws at you. From one mum to another, here are some top tips for facing the sniffle season head on:
1. Don't panic.
Try not to feel deflated or frustrated when you hear that first adorable yet dreaded sniffle coming from your child's room. Tell yourself that sniffles are normal, that you’ve faced them before and you’ll face them again-like a boss.
2. Boost their little immune system naturally
This means getting some vitamin D into them in the mornings, any way possible. Whether it's segments of oranges or juice, see what works and stick with it. Blend some spinach into homemade pasta sauce. Add some extra garlic or ginger to your recipes if possible. Give them some yoghurt after dinner as dessert. The more you encourage them to eat healthy foods, the more ready their immune system will be when the infections come knocking.
3. Stock up
Don't kid yourself, your little one will sniffle at least once during the cold season. Be prepared and stock up on items that will help your child through those nights of nasal congestion. Thank goodness for Snufflebabe who have a full range of products for all your sniffle needs. From the only Vapour Rub created for babies from 3 months to their new Vapour Bath Bubbles, which help to relieve their stuffy noses so they can breathe easier, feed comfortably and hopefully sleep for longer!
4. Keep em' snug
Layer up with scarves, hats and gloves. Investing in a warm, hard wearing coat and waterproof gear will ensure you never use the weather as an excuse to keep your kids indoors. Send them out whatever the weather- but make sure they appear to be embarking on an expedition to Antarctica every time they leave the house.
5. Rest up
Yes mum, I mean you. Don't make sacrifices. Get your six or seven hours sleep while you still can. Go for that run now while you still have the energy. Put your mental health at the forefront so that when the sniffles season attacks, you're ready. If you keep healthy, this might even prevent the classic mum gets sick as soon as baby is better scenario. Parents can get overwhelmed and exhausted when those tiny humans are sick. Avoid this by putting yourself first this winter.
What are your top tips for the sniffle season? Make sure to share them with your fellow mums.