The season of sniffles and snuffles is upon us and soon, all of us mamas will greet each other with exclamations of how little sleep we had last night. Our hearts will break at the sound of tiny coughing and we will hope for a dryer winter, to keep the worst of this season's bugs at bay.
To let you know that you are not alone, here are the 6 stages every mum goes through when her little one has the sniffles.
That first sniffle. It's a soft noise. It doesn't arrive with a bang or a pop, nothing startling or terrifying. It's subtle. It’s barely there. It may just be the way your little one is lying. Except it's not the way she's lying. It's a blocked nose.
No way, you think. How is that possible after I spoon fed her oranges and multivitamins and kept her cosy? It isn't possible, so it must be something else? You scout the room for signs of damp or even check the pollen count (In Autumn??) Anything to avoid accepting the truth: your baby has the sniffles.
3. Attempted damage control
Okay, so it's just a tiny sniffle, more of a snuffle really. Time to contain it. Maybe if you turn the heat on and feed her more superfoods full of vitamins tomorrow morning, this will just be a distant memory. A moment of panic.
There goes another sniffle. A snuffle. A full-blown blocked nose. Eventually you are needed, at her bedside. This will last for a few nights at least. Time to batten down the hatches and prepare for sleepless nights and cold feet as you creep from your bed to hers with water bottle in your hand and love in your heart.
Then, the adrenaline kicks in. You are supermom and you can do this. You stock up in your local pharmacy and get ready for the nights ahead. Snufflebabe at the ready, you survive the storm. Snufflebabe have a full range of products from Vapour Rub to their new Vapour Bath Bubbles which help to relieve stuffy noses so baby can breathe easier, feed comfortably and hopefully sleep for longer! Do your research and beat the sniffles head on.
6. The Lull
You've completed this level of parenting and are darn proud of yourself. Your little one has her first peaceful night, in what feels like a million years. You close your eyes and feel the calm wash over you like a wave. Your eyes are heavy from the last few active nights, so you take a deep breath to send you off to sleep... And there it is. The undeniable sound of a blocked nose. And it's yours.
What do you think, mums? Let us know how you deal when your baby has the sniffles.