The holidays are over and I feel like we may have barely survived. Even though I started shopping early, there seemed to be a never ending checklist of things to do. My husband works extra hours during holidays so it was up to me to tackle the list alone. Now that I can breathe a sigh of relief for our successful holiday, I wonder how we actually made it through. The colds and sicknesses have been plentiful this season and I may have self-diagnosed myself thanks to Dr. Google. While I thought my oldest was over her cold it came back full-force, leaving her miserable and confused as to why her nose wasn’t working and she couldn’t sniff through one side.
After countless attempts of getting her to blow her nose, I realized that she just didn’t know how to blow out. If this sounds like your toddler, then these tips for teaching them how to blow their nose are for you. Be sure to grab a large pack of Kleenex tissues from Walmart before getting started because it does take plenty of practice. Kleenex are our favorites due to their ability to kill 99.9% of cold and flu viruses right in the tissue along with the moisture layer to keep little noses soft.
How to Blow Their Nose
1. Birthday Candles
We made a game of it by grabbing a treat (soft cookie or cupcake will work) and sticking a lit birthday candle in it. Show them how to hold one side of their nose and try to blow out the candle with the other side.
2. Bathtub Bubbles
While they’re in the bathtub, instead of blowing bubbles with their mouths, have them try to blow out using only their noses.
3. Mirror Practice
Some of the issue for toddlers, is not realizing what happens when they blow their noses. Have them look in the mirror, hold one nostril closed, and blow out with the other side. They should then see mucus coming out which should be wiped with their Kleenex.
Kleenex tissues can be found at Walmart at every day low prices. Save even more time by stocking up with their easy online ordering, free delivery or pickup options! We like to always keep Kleenex on hand just in case of colds or just for every day use. You don’t have to wait until your toddlers are sick to start teaching them how to blow their little noses! It’s good practice to start now and keep germs at bay while making sure to show them how to properly discard used tissues right away.
Have you used any of these methods to teach your kids how to blow their nose? I’d love to hear any other suggestions as well!
Click here to select your Kleenex tissues from your local Walmart. Walmart also has some great prices on our favorite Scott brand paper products too.
Check out this post for tips on keeping little ones comfortable when they’re sick with colds.