Today, my Rosebud has been battling a stuffy nose. One of those that isn’t quite runny, but you winch every time she sneezes, because you know you now have a small mess to clean up.
Luckily, after seeing the sneezies, stuffies, and runnies (and all other kinds of baby ickyness) for over 25 years with 9 siblings, a little bit of baby snot doesn’t bother me. In the past month or so, I have gathered a bit of a “stuffy nose toolbox”, if you will, that I find myself reaching for on the first day of a stuffy nose.
The first thing in my toolbox is actually the biggest. It’s a lavender bath. 🙂 I just give Rosebud a warm bath to which I have added a few drops of lavender essential oil. She loves it. In fact, unless it is a morning bath right before church or work, most of her baths are lavender baths. The vapors really help to calm her and quiet her before bedtime. Also, the warmth and the vapors help loosen up her stuffy nose for the next step.
The second thing is probably the strangest and the one that needs the most explaining. It’s called Nosefrida: The Snot Sucker. And that is what it is. A snot sucker.
It looks like this:
The blue tapered tube goes in the baby’s nose and the red part is the mouth piece. Yes, it is exactly what it looks like. You stick it in the baby’s nose and suck out the snot. 🙂 But I can tell you, it works! It works much better then the bulbs and is super easy to take apart and clean. You wash out the blue tube with soap and hot water, and put a few drops of alcohol in the hose.
Now, I know what you are thinking. How do you suck out a nose full of snot without getting a mouthful of baby boogers, as well as not contracting any germs?
Well, because of this:This is the filter. This little piece of foam goes in the top of the blue tube, at the base of the blue hose leading to the mouthpiece. This keeps all the germs and mucus away from mommy. After you are done using the Nosefrida, you remove the blue filter and throw it away. This piece you replace every single time you use the Nosefrida.
The third item in my toolbox is LuSa Organics Chest Rub.Think of it as a petroleum-free, organic, all-natural alternative to Vicks VaporRub. This stuff is amazing. And it is not just for babies. It is a formula that is gentle enough for little babies and strong enough for big babies (bigger kids, sick daddies, etc. :P). It is an all-natural blend of olive oil, castor oil, beeswax, and essential oils of eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree. I just rub a little on her chest and a little on her back. She loves and and thinks it smells yummy! It is not greasy, and can be put on under clothes, since it washes right out.
The fourth thing that I make sure to have on hand at all times are Boogie Wipes.
These are simply saline wipes. They are great for runny noses and work much better than plain wipes or tissues. I keep one canister in her room or the living room, one canister by my bed, and one small pack in her diaper bag. I consider these such a necessity that I buy more as soon as I see I am running low.
And there you have it. My favorite remedies for stuffy noses.
If you click on the links in the post, they will take you to the websites of these products, where you can purchase them, or find retailers.
Or, here are the links of my favorite places to get them, since the first 3 I can get at the same place. 🙂
Nosefrida (Retails for $14.99 from Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique.)
Nosefrida Replacement Filters (I would purchase a pack of these with the Nosefrida. The Nosefrida comes with 3 filters, but since you have to replace it after every use, you will go through those pretty fast. Retails for $4.99 for 20 from Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique.)
LuSa Organics Chest Rub (Retails for $8.50 for 1.75oz from Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique.)
Boogie Wipes (Target is my favorite place to purchase these, as they many times have a Target coupon for them that you can combine with a manufacture’s coupon. Every 30ct pack comes with a code that you enter online for a coupon. Coupons range from $0.75 off a 90ct canister to a free 30ct pk. Retail Price: $3.99 for a 30ct pack, $8.99 for a 90ct canister. Or, if you have a Sam’s Club membership, they currently have a 2pk of 90ct canisters for $9.98! That is pretty much buy 1, get 1 free compared to the Target price.)