Winter colds are a nightmare for children who can’t blow their own noses. Rinsing the nose with salt water and using a baby nasal aspirator can help. Around age 2 ½, toddlers can start learning how to blow their noses. Here are some games to help your child understand how to blow air from his nose:
- Have him blow into a straw while blocking the other end with your finger. This will force him to let the air out from his nose.
- Place him in front of a mirror holding a feather under his nose and ask him to blow with his nose to make his moustache move.
- Place a little cotton ball on a table and ask him to blow through his nose to make it move to the other end of the table.
With a bit of practice, he’ll get there and will simply have to repeat the action more forcefully to blow his nose like a big kid!
It’s a special moment when you read to your child, nice and snug on the sofa, as the snow falls gently outside. To make the activity even more magical, why not go read outdoors? Grab a warm blanket and some hot chocolate and choose a story. Any favourite book or magazine will do, but one with a winter or snowy theme is ideal.
13. Lonely mittens
Who hasn’t had a child come in from the cold with one mitten missing, two mittens of different colours, or even two left-handed ones? Not losing their mittens is one of life’s great challenges for young children. Buying several pairs of identical mittens would be the ideal solution, but it’s not the most cost-friendly. A better idea is to take a long woollen cord and sew each end of it to each mitten. Insert the cord through the sleeves of your child’s coat so that the mittens hang slightly from each sleeve. You can also teach your child to always put his mittens away in the same spot, for example in his hat, which he then stuffs into the sleeve of his coat!
14. Night-time escapades
During winter, it’s already dark come suppertime. Walking the streets after dark is seen as a big-kid privilege, so your child will feel all grown up if you take him out. Take a flashlight and explore the local streets with him. Kids love to see their neighbourhood in different lighting, and since there are always a few neighbours who keep their Christmas lights up until the spring, there’s sure to be a little extra magic along your walk.
Source : magazine Naître et grandir, january-february 2017
Writing : Josée Bournival
Photos : iStock.com/Imgorthand (up) et Shutterstock/Andrew Mayovsky (below)