We finally caught the sicky bugs that have been going around, and this week we've been up to our elbows in fussiness, poopy diapers, Boogie Wipes, and laundry. While we've seen everything from fevers to puke, one thing that has remained consistent is the always-ambitious RUNNY NOSE.
With a two year old who doesn't exactly blow his nose with amazing efficiency, a little trick my cousin taught me has come in quite handy: Melting boogers.
I'm sure many of you know this and employ it, but it was news to me when she told me about it and it's made our snotty situations much more bearable.
Firstly, you soak a washcloth in hot hot hot water. Then you tell your squirmy toddler that you're going to "Melt boogers! And if you're good ... you get to SEE THEM!" Press the washcloth against their nose (as though you were wiping it) for a few moments and if there is snot or boogers in there, they will come out on the washcloth. Cub hates having his nose wiped, but seeing the huge boogers that come out of his nose is pretty much the coolest thing ever, so he complies. I use the nasal aspirator if there are some pesky ones still stuck in there, but, for the most part, the washcloth does the trick. At the end of it all, his nose is clean and he's happy because he's seen some awesomely cool snot. A little shot of Little Noses before commencing is helpful as well.
Then, of course, throw the washcloth in the washing machine!
Boogie Wipes are good to use in the interim, too.
And yes, I totally wrote a post about boogers. That's how I roll these days.
Have a lovely day.