These Clever Hacks Will Help You Survive Cold & Flu Season With Your Kids

How to Help Your Baby Through Cold & Flu Season

These Clever Hacks Will Help You Survive Cold & Flu Season With Your Kids

Cold and flu season is upon us, and it’s time to get smart about protecting yourself and your baby. You’ll want to be extra careful from December to February, the peak time for illness.

Most people are surprised to learn that sickness is usually spread by you touching something (viruses live for many hours on counters, toys, escalator handrails, etc.) rather than by droplets in the air. Doorknobs, in fact, are crawling with germs. You enter the house, then unconsciously rub your eye or nose, and you may have just set yourself up…to get sick!

Steps to Protect Your Baby from Catching a Cold

Here are a few super-practical tips to keep sneaky germs away from your precious, new little human.

  • Wash your hands…a lot! It’s your best defense and especially effective if you wash immediately upon returning home from public places. Regular soap does the trick (don’t use antibacterial soap, it contains harsh chemicals) but do scrub a good bit…friction helps to knock the bugs off your skin.
  • Try not to touch public handles and doorknobs that many others touch.
  • It’s fine to go out with your baby, but avoid crowds where there may be coughing/sneezing.
  • Reduce visitors. With a newborn, it’s important to reduce your guests to very close family/friends and people who will help you cook or clean.
  • Keep little kids your house as much as possible (they carry more colds).
  • Hang a sign outside your door telling all visitors to immediately wash their hands and slip an oversized T-shirt over their clothes—keep a stack of clean ones by your front door—before they hug you and cover you with the germs that are glommed on their hands/clothes from their kids at home.
  • Breastfeed if you can.
  • Have everyone get the flu shot and make sure your baby has all the other routine vaccinations, too!

But if your child does fall ill, you’ll want to make sure she gets the rest she needs to kick her cold quickly.

4 Sleep Tips for Babies With Colds

Use any of the following to help your little patient sleep more comfortably:

  1. Nose Washers. An odd but effective little remedy…Collect some breastmilk from your nipple with an eyedropper, then tip back your baby’s head and put a drop or two into his nostrils. (Breastmilk contains antibodies that can fight off colds!)
  2. Nose Suckers. Babies only to breathe through the nose, so thick boogers can make them go ballistic. To clear the nose of mucus, I suggest first swaddling with the arms securely down, then putting a drop of your breastmilk or saline nose drops (sold at any drug store) in one nostril, and then using a nose sucker/nasal bulb syringe, to suck out the water…and loosened mucus. (Then, repeat on the other side.)
  3. Slight Elevation for Sleep. Ask your doctor about elevating the head of your baby’s bed—1-2inches—to help your baby breathe easier. With SNOO Smart Sleeper, you can do this easily with our special Leg Lifter accessory. With a standard bassinet, ask your doctor how to safely elevate your baby’s head.
  4. Humidifiers. Cool mist humidifiers are a must-have to keep mucous loose—especially if you live in a dry climate or high altitude. Remember to use distilled water and clean your humidifier.

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Disclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any medical questions and concerns about your child or yourself, please contact your health provider.

Disclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any medical questions and concerns about your child or yourself, please contact your health provider.


5 Smart Ways to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

These Clever Hacks Will Help You Survive Cold & Flu Season With Your Kids

This post is in partnership with Trane Residential but all words and selections are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands we love that support the blog.

Luckily I have dodged the perils of cold and flu season so far, but I feel it lurking around every corner. When a friend goes down, I am always good to stop by with soup… but I might leave it on your doorstep and run. And when the kids get sick, I tend to their every need, only to wash my hands once or twice after every hot tea delivery and temperature taking.

In regular life, I swear I’m not a germaphobe. Really, I’m not. But when it comes to cold and flu season, I don’t mess around. Staying healthy means I’m able to do everything I need to do— work, travel, shuttle kids back and forth, make hearty dinners— and take care of members of my gang who might get sick.

Getting sick myself? Nearly the question.

So for me, cold and flu prevention is to be thought about holistically and ahead of time. No, you can’t control the fact that all kinds of disgusting germs are going to be circling in the air around you for the next several months (ew). You can, however, boost your body and home defenses to try to protect yourself from the ick that threatens your happiness with days of bedridden misery.

Trane Residential, who partnered on this post with me, can help too. Read on to see how their smart thermostats can keep the temperature ideal for a healthier indoor air quality and a system that can help pull tons of those germs the air. Start with these five smart strategies below, and you’ll be putting your best foot forward during cold and flu season.


Don’t even roll your eyes. Yes, this one is obvious, but most people cheat in terms of washing their hands often and thoroughly enough. And while it’s simple, it’s also one of the most scientifically sound ways to prevent the spread of germs.

How to do it right? Water, soap, and 20 solid seconds (count, seriously!) of scrubbing. In between, keep your hands away from your face.

If germs happen to linger on your fingers, they won’t necessarily cause an issue until you thoughtlessly rub your eyes or brush your nose, for instance.

Again, I’m not the biggest germaphobe, but I have become MUCH more conscious of what I touch when I’m out in public, and I’m trying (TRYING!) to teach my kids that they don’t have to hold every railing, and that they can push the bathroom door open while holding a Kleenex. It’s the little things that just might make a difference between “all good” and missing a few days of school.


Trane’s Connected Thermostat helps you save money on heating bills and maximize coziness. It also helps keep you and your family healthy.

Some research suggests, for instance, that if the temperature in your nose is too low, your body might not fight viruses as well, and that super cold air might in inhibit mucus and hairs in your nose from keeping germs your body.

(shout out to mucus and nose hairs— the good guys!) A smart thermostat Trane’s allows you to keep your house at the perfect warm temp 24/7, without having to remember to even press a button.

Trane’s CleanEffectsTM Air Cleaner can be added to your Trane system to provide even more ways to stop a cold in its tracks. It removes 99.98% of harmful bacteria and allergens to keep you healthier and let you breathe easier— it’s even been certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

HEPA filters are great at trapping dust mites, mildew and other stuff floating in the air, but they get clogged over time and let less air circulate.

CleanEffects technology can reduce the presence of all that junk in your air, while keeping the air flowing freely, keeping you more comfortable (and sick-free).


There isn’t a lot of conclusive evidence that eating one exact food or kind of diet will protect you from getting sick, but if you eat healthy overall, your body is going to be able to fight off illness more effectively. Think of it this way: Do you want your body to use it’s reserves to tackle that incoming bug, or be so busy dealing with that late-night take-out episode that it misses it?

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is key. Focusing on a healthy gut is also smart. That means minimizing simple carbs, maximizing fiber, and eating fermented foods sauerkraut, miso, and kimchi. A large portion of your immune system is in your GI tract, so keeping your gut happy is a great idea.


Seriously, who hasn’t had the experience of feeling totally run down by a crazy work situation or life trauma…and then ending up sick? Research shows stress really is associated with a weakened immune system. One great way to manage stress? Get enough sleep! If you get in your seven to eight hours a night, you’re better able to manage stressors throughout the day.

That Trane Connected Thermostat can help too: Fluctuating temperatures can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep, and a smart thermostat will make sure that the temperature stays at your ideal setting throughout the night. In fact, it’s possible to schedule a cozier temp when you settle into bed and then lower it later in the night to avoid becoming too warm (it’s they KNOW me!)


Another simple tip to end on, and this one’s actually easier than mastering hand washing, since you only have to do it once.

You’re ly to hear all kinds of reasons for not getting a flu shot, the fact that it only protects against certain strains of the flu (correct) or that some people get sick from the shot (also correct).

The truth is that despite all of those arguments, evidence still shows it’s the most effective way to protect yourself (and maybe more importantly, vulnerable people around you, babies, or the elderly) from nasty flu viruses.

Tell Alexa to put it on your calendar, okay?

How are you staying well this season? Let me know in the comments!


Home Remedies and Cold and Flu Hacks for Winter

These Clever Hacks Will Help You Survive Cold & Flu Season With Your Kids

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Have you noticed that Spring and Summer are usually full of activities, but not sickness? This is the perfect time of year for fun, but it is also when cold and flu are at their peak.

Sickness is not inevitable, but there are a few things you can do to arm yourself and today I am going to share a few of those and a few tricks and tips for when you do get sick. I hope you don’t have to use any of these, but you’ll have them in your mom arsenal if you need them.

I also really some of these home remedies that don’t pump your kids full of medication when something natural will do the trick.

Let’s see those cold and flu hacks for winter…

Okay… this is post about Being Prepared for the Stomach Flu is super important. You need to be prepared when the stomach bug hits. For those of us in a crowded workplace or kids at school, it isn’t if, but when! There are some fabulous tips here that will have you prepared and ahead of the game should the stomach flu invade your home.

Gammie from Gammie’s Corner is a genius. When those noses start running, take a rubber band and connect an empty kleenex box to a full one and use the empty box as a trash can. Gammie… you totally rock!

These 7 yoga poses for when you are sick actually make so much sense. I know what you are thinking… exercise when you feel terrible? She Knows goes into great detail on how some yoga poses help to release cortisol which actually helps boost your immune system. Check out the article and with your doctor first before you decide if this is a good route for you!

So if you have been struck by a cold, don’t worry. There are some options that don’t involve pumping your body full of meds. Common Sense Home shares their knowledge of herbs and spices that can fight the common cold. I’d be willing to try anything not to have that swimmy feeling that cold medications can often bring.

We all get to the point sometimes where medication is a necessity. During those times, Lovezilla is a complete genius.

Marking the medication bottle with dosages and times given with a sharpie is definitely a “Why didn’t I think of that” moments.

As moms, we have the best intentions of giving medication when it is needed, but even I find myself thinking…. did I give him his medicine this morning? Such a fabulous hack.

Leave it to Lifehacker to show us that you can fill a crock pot with water heat it up and then remove the lid to use it in place of a humidifier. So smart and no extra home appliances needed. I love this idea!

The Krazy Coupon Lady always has the best ideas! This time she shows us how to make our very own Pedialyte. How many times have all of the kids in the house been sick at the same time and there is no possible way to get to the store. This always seems to happen when daddy is town for work. These items are typical items you already have in the pantry.

Learn how to make your own DIY Vapor Rub with the Pink Pistachio Project. I can’t wait to try this one out. She does say that this is only for ages 10 and up, so it isn’t suitable for the little ones. I love the way vapor rub can really soothe a cold and a homemade version makes it all the better.

Make your own vaporub shower bombs from Little Blog in the Country are such a great idea for a cold and flu hack. Everyone loves to craft bath bombs, these are just going to help if you happen to have a ton of congestion. Crafting for some relief in the days to come is a double bonus!

Here is a fun fact from 1000 Life Hacks… eat more Marshmallows! Who knew they could relieve toothaches, asthma, sore throats and arthritis. You don’t have to pressure me on this one folks!

For those of you who suffer from headaches… I know this is such a huge struggle. If you are most, you’ve tried just about everything.

Simply Stacie has come up with a headache balm that is an all natural alternative to headache medications.

She describes it as “Help soothe a headache with this simple DIY Headache Balm made with coconut oil, peppermint, lavender and frankincense essential oils.”. I think it is a great idea to try this one out!

Any of these ideas seem a good idea to you? I hope you don’t have to use any of these hacks and that you stay well all through this difficult cold and flu season. If not, I hope these ideas help you a little!

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