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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.


What Tracy thinks of PeapodMats:

"We’ve been using it for about a week now and it’s so easy! If Ailie has an accident I don’t need to strip the whole bed, just take the mat off and wash. It dries quickly so it’s ready for bedtime the following night."

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I bought the large one for when my grandaughter came out of nappies, she is a fidgety sleeper and this has not move. I now have a second one for her little sister both are excellent. Saves my mattresses on new bed and stay in place for a comfortable sleep. Can’t Recommend enough. Brilliant!

Peapods are an absolute life saver. I have both the large and the medium.
With a urostomy it’s inevitable there will be leaks; just a fact of life.
Having one of these on the bed does away with the stress of airing the mattress etc when “a big one” happens.
It doesn’t feel clinical and thankfully doesn’t give that horrible sweaty feeling others do.
Amazing amazing amazing!

Hi GG, it's great to hear that you're happy with PeapodMats and that they take the stress away for you. Thank you for a great review. All the best, Team JOIZI

Absolutely incredible! We used to buy at least 2-3 new mattresses a year! This magical matt has saved us so much money. Never leaks and lovely soft towel texture. Highly recommend for mummy's or adults with incontinence issues.

Hi Aimee, thank you for your lovely review and recommending PeapodMats to others! It's great to hear that PeapodMat helped you save money on mattresses and you love its leakproof qualities! All the best, Team JOIZI

I purchased 2 of the medium sized Peapods (after a personal recommendation and then reading the excellent reviews) for my partners bed, she has incontinence due to early onset dementia. I am generally pleased with their performance and they have made life easier in this situation. However, usually a small amount of urine does pass through the Peapod with the result that I back it up with two layers of normal towels underneath to absorb this small excess. This system works well and the bed sheet always seems to be dry. It is for this reason that I have given 4 stars.
I would still say that they are worth the cost, obviously I alternate the two Peapods each night and am thinking of getting a third one as extra backup.

Hi David, thank you so much for your review and your lovely words about PeapodMats! Because PeapodMats are breathable (but leak proof) the water from urine may evaporate, causing the sheet underneath to feel cool to touch and giving it a damp feeling. Please also be advised that we generally recommend large size of PeapodMats for adults. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at hello@joizi.com.

After doing loads of research, we purchased a medium sized PeapodMat for my son who is still in pull-ups at night age 5 and a half! We're two nights in and there have been accidents both nights but the mat has worked - it didn't move around in the night and the sheet underneath remained dry so the matress is well-protected.

Hi Hannah, thank you for a great review. We're so happy to hear that PeapodMat has protected your little one's bed so well and stays in place all night. We wish you and your family all the best, Team JOIZI