Dealing with PND and Toddler-Led Potty Training
An interview with Tracy, a JOIZI Brand Ambassador, and mum of two! Find her on Instagram.
What's been your biggest parenting challenge so far?
Tracy: My biggest parenting challenge was getting help for PND (postnatal depression). I think I knew deep down that how I was feeling wasn’t right. The constant feeling that I was failing as a mum along with not being good enough. It took me nearly 10 months to get help. 2 months later and I’m feeling so much happier already.
What do you do to make sure your child is comfortable overnight?
Tracy: I use Ailie’s PeapodMat to make sure she’s comfy overnight. It gives us both confidence that if she has an accident during the night then the rest of her bed is dry so it’s just a quick change of pyjamas and take the mat off and we can both get back to sleep.
Do you have any toilet training tips?
Tracy: For toilet training Ailie we tried a couple of times but just felt she wasn’t ready and stopped as it was upsetting her. After a month or so she asked to use the potty herself and went unprompted from then on. So I would say follow their lead and they’ll let you know when they are ready. Don’t rush or stress and there’s no harm in having a break and trying again at a later date. For night time, again, follow their lead. It may take longer than day training, just take it slowly.
What’s your bedtime routine?
Tracy: Our bedtime routine normally starts with a bath, the girls pyjamas are on the radiator so they’re warm when they put them on. Ailie picks a couple of stories to read and then listens to her tonies box. We also still use white noise for both girls because it drowns out the noise and they don’t wake each other if one of them wakes up.
What has surprised you most about being a parenting blogger/influencer?
Tracy: The thing that has surprised me most is the support network and genuine connections with other mums. Especially with things the way they are, being a stay at home mum can be quite lonely and isolating so it’s nice to have an extra support network that you can rely on.