A whole month has (almost) passed since my last post. It’s been a busy month for various reasons, not least PG getting a stinking cold (which I’ve now got, but who am I to complain). Given that she’s slept brilliantly since she was about 6 weeks old, this was a bit of a shock to the system when it came to nighttime. After a few rough nights of her trying to suck her dummy and breathe through a properly blocked up hooter, realising she couldn’t, and crying at hourly intervals, a suggestion was made to give the Calpol Vapour Plug and Nightlight a try. Being the tight Yorkshireman that I am, it was necessary to do a bit of store hunting first, as these aren’t the cheapest things. After spending nearly 7 quid on one in Boots, the device had some proving to do (it turns out it’s the refills that cost so much, but for anyone wondering, you’ll soon learn that £1 a night, which is basically what it ends up costing you, it’s WELL worth it for the sleep).
We try not to rely on medicine too much, and I think we do pretty well at not just resorting to Calpol at the first sign of trouble. This isn’t medicine, just made by the same company.
The device is a plastic plugin with a blue nightlight that points to the floor. If your baby is anything like my daughter, you’ll want to cover it up as it’ll cast spooky shadows on her wall that cause unnecessary night time fear – that’s what I decided the problem was when she randomly started screaming the other day anyway, having a dim nightlight is actually useful). The lavender and chamomile vapour strips simply slide into it through a little opening. When opening the box you’re reminded several times that you shouldn’t handle the vapour strips with your bare hands. I’m not sure what happens to your hands if you do, perhaps they fall off, but I’m not going to test it out – my skin’s bad enough without adding extra problems. You get 5 of the refills in the box when you first buy it, which is why it seems a bit pricey.
Now fast forward to bed time.
The stuffed up beast has her milk as normal – dummy in, can’t breathe. The plugin has been on for about fifteen minutes (the refills last about 8 hours, so don’t turn it on too early, and you can’t leave it on for more than 16 hours either. Not sure why, perhaps your house burns down if you leave it on any longer than that).
Into the cot she goes and the magic starts to happen. Wifey and I take ourselves off to bed pretty much straightaway as we’re so sleep deprived we don’t even know what day it is. We close our eyes, expecting to be up every hour until morning, drifting into a land of peaceful sleep.
Beep beep, beep beep. BAM! She’s slept through and there’s the alarm going off. Right through, without so much as a peep from her, until 6am. This, my friendly blog readers, is why £7 is a completely acceptable amount of money to spend on this product. Parents usually have to spend ten times that on a hotel room or pack the kids off to a relative to get a decent sleep – if that’s what they want to do anyway 😉 so you could compare the plugin to a really cheap night away from home.
Always on the lookup for deals on the refills. The cheapest I’ve seen is five for a fiver on Amazon which for the mathematicians among us is a quid each. Not bad at all.