She may be Emmy-nominated for her role as a narcissistic stepmom on Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," but as an actual mom Jane Krakowski is anything but. In honor of the launch of Pampers Cruisers Diapers and their #SagToSwag Tour, Parents caught up with Krakowski about her son Bennett, 4, his most hilarious potty moment, and back-to-school business.
P: On days you're not feeling quite as peppy how do you go from sag to swag?
JK: Obviously this is a child-focused event, but every morning I see my son and his smile brings me from sag to swag every single day. He just turned 4, and that joy is something that every day it gets better and better.
P: What was the most ridiculous thing that happened while potty-training your son?
JK: This was post-potty training, but it was one of my favorite experiences. We were recently in a very nice hotel, courtesy of my current job at Netflix, and my son said he had to use the potty and he went into the bathroom and—I can't believe I'm telling bathroom stories about my son, this is not good—but he came out and he was soaking wet everywhere. And he said, "Mommy I just flushed the toilet and look what happened." And it was...a bidet. He was covered in the water that came up! We were all laughing. He was not traumatized by it. It was literally so funny. We took pictures. He had never seen ones of those before. I hadn't until I was in my late 20s, so my son is doing alright.
P: What's the best parenting advice you've received?
JK: I'm still learning every day. Bennett was very good about letting you know when he was ready for the next step along the way. I guess what I hear a lot is don't compare to other kids on their time schedule versus your child's own time schedule.
P: Are you able to lean on other moms for advice? You're back working with Tina Fey on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." Do you find support in each other?
JK: 100%. We were both pregnant at the same time during "30 Rock," which was a great help and she already had a child. So if there were days where as I got tired through the pregnancy she was very understanding and knew all the steps I was feeling along the way. And then of course she conveniently got pregnant three months after me. I had Bennett two weeks after we finished filming, which was lucky timing, although I really think Alec Baldwin was hoping I'd go into labor on the set because it was the sixth season. And then Tina [gave birth] three months later so we had an extended hiatus. Instead of the normal 2-and-a-half months off I got almost 6 months, which was amazing to be home for the first 6 months. Once again Tina Fey helping my life and career all the way.
P: Bennett goes back to preschool in the fall. What are you doing to get ready?
JK: He's returning to the same school but it's his pre-K year. I think he's excited to go back and see all his friends, but I am entering the enrolling for kindergarten period—which might be New York-centric—but the pressure-of-getting-my-child-into-kindergarten application process. I actually went to a kindergarten fair, which was identical to a college fair. It was quite funny. I left with a tote bag and everything from all the schools. I've been told to "cast a wide net."
Ruthie Fierberg is an editorial assistant at Parents. Though she does not have children of her own, she's practically been raising kids since her first babysitting job at age 11. She is also our resident theater aficionado and has interviewed over 40 celeb parents. Follow her on Twitter @RuthiesATrain.
Photograph: Jane Krakowski; Credit: Diane Bondareff/Invision for Pampers/AP Images