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Jennifer Talks on Asthma Diagnosis & Home-Schooling Through a Pandemic

An interview with Jennifer, a JOIZI Brand Ambassador, and mum of two! Find her on Instagram.

What’s been your biggest parenting challenge so far?

Jen: I think the most challenging time we have had as parents is both children having Asthma. When my son was little, from around 6 months of age, we spent a lot of time in and out of hospital with breathing difficulties. At times we would be in hospital every couple weeks, for either Evie or Joe, spending 2/3 days there at a time. This was a very worrying time. The majority of the time the issues were caused from the common cold or recurrent croup so I would worry about seeing friends and family who had a cold just in case it led to another hospital visit. Eventually we were referred to the asthma clinic and we now have their breathing issues under control for the most part.

What’s been your biggest parenting success so far?

Jen: I think my biggest success has to have been over the last 12 months having to juggle home-schooling, working and looking after a pre-schooler. Like many parents over the last 12 months we have had to become teachers along with everything else we would usually do. It was very challenging at times but I feel it was a special time to look back on. I enjoyed having the opportunity to be more involved in my daughters learning and finding fun ways to engage her with the work. I was lucky to be able to focus on home-schooling during the day due to working from home in the evenings. We had lots of lovely feedback from her teachers and I could see the improvement in her reading and writing after having that 1-1 time. I take my hat off to any parents who had to work 9-5 and support their child's learning at the same time.

What’s your #1 parenting product and why?

Jen: My number 1 product had to be our myHummy bear (white noise bear). When my son was little it was the only thing that would help him settle, and stay settled. It was a huge help when we were in hospital too, helping him get lots of restful sleep because it would drown out all the noise on the ward.

What’s your bedtime routine?

Jen: Our bedtime routine has changed over the years slightly. When the children were really little we would always start it with a relaxing bath, lush sleepy cream, fresh pj's and a story in bed with the lights low and a cup/bottle of milk. Now the kids are bigger, bath time is not a relaxing experience and there is no nice lavender cream after, although I do add a little lavender bubble bath to the bath sometimes. Then we get pj's on, clean teeth, they will have their brown inhalers and then a story or two in bed before they race each other to bed to see who can get in first.

When did you start sharing your journey on social media, and why?

Jen: I started using Instagram when it was all funky filters and borders way back in 2012. Prior to having my children, my grid mostly consisted of food and holiday snaps. When my daughter was born I started using it to document our memories and milestones, and over the last couple of years my account has grown in many ways but I still share our favourite moments and the things we love, but my photo taking and editing skills have improved slightly over the years.

 

What Jen thinks of PeapodMats:
       
"We have been using the PeapodMat from @joiziuk for over two weeks now. It has done exactly what it promised and kept the bed dry, and it has stayed in place offering the best possible protection despite Joe being quite a wriggler. The mat washes well and dries quickly meaning I can get it back on the bed ready for another dry nights sleep."

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I WISH I’d found this sooner. I have an 8 yr old boy that still has accidents at night and sleeps in a top bunk. I did NOT want to put him back in some sort of nappy, and this is the best solution. This has now saved me completely waking up during the night.

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We haven't started braving night time with no nappies yet - BUT we currently have this on the sofa so any "accidents" dont absolutely ruin it. Wow, my sofa is soft and comfy and any misshaps are sucked up without damaging the fabric. It doesn't slip (like the puppy pads we tried) and is obviously way way more environmentally friendly (Greta would be proud). No nappy nights actually seem like a less daunting prospect with this bad boy on our team. Top marks Peapod, defo recommend.

Hello EC,
We're happy to hear that PeapodMats protect your sofa, don't move and make night time potty training a less daunting prospect!
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Good product

Wanted to get this as son is sometimes wet at night and wanted to protect the mattress and it does

Hello Jenny,
It's great to hear that you're happy with your PeapodMat and it protects the mattress!
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Team JOIZI

So I ordered the large as my daughter still co-sleeps in my bed with me and she fidgets so much in the night! I received my mat last week and put it straight onto my bed. Haven’t had a wet night so far so I can’t comment on the absorption but the mat is great! Size is perfect for a fidget bum and doesn’t move in the night or make noise and the material is soft and comfy!

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We're happy to hear that your PeapodMat doesn't move or make a noise and it's soft and comfy!
Thank you for your feedback and all the best,
Team JOIZI

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