My two younger children have been battling a cold for over a week now and it has been so rough.
Rough on them, and rough on me.
Dealing with a sick toddler is one thing, but dealing with two… well, let’s just say its not ideal.
I’ve been largely absent from social media while my little ones have been sick because my hands have been full. Literally! I’ve had many people check in with me to make sure we’re doing ok and the one thing I keep hearing is, “I don’t know how you do it” so I figured now was as good a time as ever to write up a little post about how we have spent the last week surviving our secluded days indoors with a few tips and tricks that I have learned throughout my years of motherhood.
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1. Comfy PJ’s. I don’t know what it is, but there is something about wearing comfy PJ’s that seems to send a signal to your brain that it is time to get some rest. This is obviously not a scientific fact, but it really seems to work for my children so I like to roll with it! My little man suffers from eczema so I lean toward organic clothing when possible, which is why I LOVE Finn + Emma! Their clothing is all G.O.T.S. Certified Organic Cotton and made with eco-friendly inks and dyes. They also happen to be super cute too!
2. Cold Necessities. When your toddler has a cold, these are absolute necessities that every parent should have on hand. A good humidifier, saline nose drops and the Nose Frida. I get lots of questions from moms out there about the Nose Frida. So many people are curious about it. I will say, it is pretty gross – but it works wonders. It most definitely is the grossest thing I have ever loved!
3. Cute Floor Pillows, Good Movies and Fun Books! My children absolutely love their new floor pillows from Floor Bloom, and how could they not? They are so fun and colorful and the perfect size for the two of them! My kids love to lounge around on these while playing on the floor, reading and also on the couch while watching their favorite movies!
Need some ideas on good toddler friendly books and movies? These are some of our current favorites:
4. Indoor Activities. Because we all know that you only get so far with movies and books with toddlers… They crave movement, fun and games! My good friend Jacki from Crazy Life With Littles recently did a post about sensory play with rice. I decided to give it a shot and it was a HUGE hit. The kids love playing in their sensory bin and have asked to do so every day since I introduced them to it!
To learn more about how to put a sensory bin together, see Jacki’s post here.
5. Good Old Fashioned Snuggles. Because let’s face it, there is nothing better than snuggling up with mom.
I hope some of these tips are able to bring you some relief the next time your little ones are sick! Do you have any helpful tips to share? I’d love to hear all about them in the comments below – especially since we are still dealing with a double ear infection for my little man!