Baby won’t sleep? Top tips for helping your congested baby

Sleep is a tough one for bunged-up babies, so getting them to sleep can be a tad challenging. But don’t panic, there are many easy things you can do to sort out their blocked noses and get them off to sleep in no time.

Calm their bedroom

First up, it’s a good idea to prepare the area where they’ll be sleeping. Running a humidifier is a great way to keep the air moist and stop dryness in the room (which can irritate their airways). Pop a few drops of Snufflebabe Vapour Oil into a bowl of warm water or on a wet towel on a radiator to calm the air around your baby. The gentle blend of lemon, pine and tea tree oil has natural decongestant, antiseptic and antibacterial properties and releases soothing vapours to help clear your baby’s airways.

You can also help make their cot more suitable. Simply pop a folded towel underneath the mattress (but never in the bed with the baby) to slightly raise one end of the bed and move your baby’s head upwards. Blockages should slide out on their own during the night. 

Calm their nose

A helpful way to calm a baby’s blocked nose is with  a soothing bath. The warm steam helps to calm and clear your baby’s ’s sinuses and can even sort out mild cases of congestion on its own. But to give it a little more help, add some Snufflebabe Vapour Bath Bubbles to the water, and its blend of natural eucalyptus oil, camphor, thymol and menthol will get to work.

After your baby’s bath, you could try and clear their nostrils yourself. To do this easily, try using a saline solution like Snufflebabe Nasal Drops for infants which can be used from birth and Snufflebabe Nasal Spray that can be used from 3 months. Simply read the instructions, lay them down, tilt their head back slightly and drop 1 or 2 drips of the solution into your child’s nose and it’ll get to work loosening any mucus. When using the spray, place the nozzle gently in your baby’s nostril (be careful not to scrape the inside of their nose or go too deep) and spray it once or twice for it to get to work. You can even gently massage the top of their nose to get it working. Make sure to never put anything else up your baby’s nostrils (like cotton buds or cotton wool).

You can also try the Snufflebabe Nasal Aspirator, which has the effect of blowing their nose for them. All you need to do is place the nozzle at the opening of their nostril (again, not too deep), gently suck and the mucus will gather in a sealed container (don’t worry about it getting anywhere near you!). Dispose of it safely, wash it out and it’s ready for next time.

Calm their cot

It might be a good idea to get your little ones into their bedrooms slightly earlier than usual, as they may take longer to drift off. Once in their cot, you could try massaging some Snufflebabe Vapour Rub onto their upper chest and neck, or putting some on a tissue or cloth out of your baby’s reach. The natural blend of eucalyptus oil, menthol and thyme oil releases vapours throughout the night to ease your little one’s nasal congestion so they can sleep more soundly. And make sure never to lay your baby on their front, always on their back.

Snufflebabe® Vapour Rub is a topical ointment to relieve nasal congestion. Suitable from 3months. Contains Eucalyptus oil 2.0%, Menthol 1.5% and Thyme oil 0.5%. Always read the label.

Keep calm

Although these methods will do wonders for your baby, it’s still going to be a little tough for them, and you. If you’re worried, sleep in the same room as them so that you’re on hand to deal with any night-time disturbances. Aside from that, keep up the feeding and let them nap more. And remember that your doctor of health visitor is always on hand to help you out. Now relax…

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