Facing Winter With Little Ones – Snufflebabe Ad
Being trapped in a tent with an angry stoat, hiking across The Andes in slippers, licking chilli flavoured sandpaper; I could name many an undesirable task I’d be more agreeable to doing than facing winter with a little one.
My first son was born in the middle of October. Fine! I thought, it means I won’t be worrying about overheating, I’ll get loads of toasty clothes prepared and if he gets bit of a sniffle it won’t be a problem.
It was a little bit worse than that. And now this year, we’ve got the fun of one baby and one toddler to keep us busy. Is there no end to the fun? There sure isn’t!
Here’s a few ways you can face the cold winter (and autumn, let’s face it) months with a baby/toddler, and things I’ll almost certainly be doing myself to make sure we make it to March with our sanity relatively intact.
Embrace the weather
Staying in, for me, is far worse than going out. And soft play is only somewhere I trudge off to when everything else has been exhausted because y’know, it’s a germ-breeding pit of hell. Of course, there’ll be days when the bad weather strikes and it’d just be silly to do anything other than tent on down in the living room & hope no-one gets cabin fever but on the days when it’s just a bit of drizzle, out come the wellies (or the baby carrier and cosy jumpsuit for my littlest). Puddle jumping, getting covered in mud in the woods, building dens, ducking for cover in between showers… it wears out my toddler, it gets us all some fresh air and then it leads to…
Yep. Bath times in winter are a full-on event. If you’ve been out and got messy, there’s nothing quite like a good, warm shower or bath to look forward to once you’re home. We invest in bath bombs on the regular during the colder months and try to make some sensory play out of getting in the tub. Green bath bombs can revolve around monsters/dinosaurs, blue can bring out an under the sea theme, glitter for space. Throw a few toys in geared around the theme and a good 45 minutes can be splashed away.
So, Milo caught his first cold at 7 weeks and it was AWFUL. As new parents, we didn’t realise that very young babies don’t know how to breathe through their mouths and essentially almost suffocated the poor thing (we won’t go in to it but we thought we were helping him to breathe. We weren’t). It wasn’t until my mum rocked up with some Snufflebabe Vapour Oil that he actually managed to get some proper sleep/be able to feed properly and prior to having Rex, we stocked up on a load more (which turned out to be very handy because he fell ill 2 weeks in to being on the planet). There’s very few products available to mums & dads which are suitable for newborns so this was an absolute godsend and finding out there’s now also a nasal spray and nasal drops which are both fine from birth, means colds aren’t now something to worry about (which we were, because honestly, we were terrified that night back in December 2017 when Milo was struggling to breathe). Snufflebabe takes the whole thing from snot-infested nightmare to indeed, a snuffle, and are armed and ready with five effective solutions to get everything back on track.
Cooking Up A Storm
I’m not sure why, but baking with Milo always feels more tolerable during the colder months. I think it’s probably because cooking with a toddler takes longer than normal and during summer, the kitchen gets so hot my eyebrows almost slide from my face in to the mixing bowl. If we do need to stay in thanks to shoddy weather, we nearly always plump for cooking up a storm and then we get to enjoy a hearty meal together in the evening knowing we made it together. And while we’re doing that, Rex can snooze away in his bed from the doorway.
In addition to this, there’s plenty of fun stuff you can do (for free, pretty much) at home which will keep little ones (and you) entertained for an hour or so and doesn’t involve The TV Guilt. There’s some great sensory play accounts on Instagram and Google’s awash with suggestions but our favourite go-to’s are playing shops, water beads, putting on dance shows, doctor’s surgery and anything involving Play Doh. There’s SO much you can do. Never underestimate what your child can imagine something totally mundane to be and don’t ignore how brilliant role play can be for them. I know a lot of us feel guilty for not really doing anything on a day spent indoors but all of us need some down time and there’s nothing wrong with a bit of simple, easy fun. Stuff like this is especially great if you’ve got more than one child to look after too; there’s been plenty of times I’ve set Milo up with a task and then joined in once I’ve got Rex latched on to a boob. Quiet pursuits are sibling’s nap times’ best friend (not the catchiest of sayings).
GOODBYE to ‘but mummy, it’s not dark outside so it’s not bedtiiiiiiiime’. HELLO to ‘right, well it’s been dark a while now so mummy thinks it’s time for a story’ *looks at watch* *6:03pm*
There’s nothing much better than watching your children see or play in snow, presumably because it’s such a rare occurrence for us. And if they’re too young to actually appreciate the stuff, there’s always the capacity for a glorious Instagram photo of them laying in it, perplexed.
Any excuse to inch ourselves further towards bedtime while sitting down doing something everyone enjoys is a no-brainer. Even the most tired of parents can get stuck in to creating a mini cinema at home and with any luck, it means an easy transition from awake to asleep for the children. With the nights drawing to a close earlier, there’s no feeling like you should be outside, cramming just little bit more in to your day. It’s all about grabbing some blankets, having a sofa dinner and throwing on some good old fashioned family flicks. And if you’re just dealing with the one, singular newborn, it means YOU get to choose the film! Enjoy, because in a year’s time you’ll be kicking off a lifetime of Disney (not that any of us actually mind that)
So never fear! While, yes… the summer months mean sun, bright mornings, light evenings and lack of sniffles, there are plenty of ways you can flounce in to winter prepared and ready. There’s lots of wonderful parts to parenting in the U.K winter, even if for the most part it’s just an abundance of hot chocolate.
*Post sponsored by Snufflebabe, however as always, I only work with brands I use on my own family and genuinely love. As a mum, I know the importance of good health and these are products I trust*