The Preliminary Potty Work

Yay to our potty adventure! I have been waiting to find the right time to start. I honestly thought other mothers were crazy when they told me, "You'll know when to start". However, I totally had this moment!

This realization to start came when William started getting very interested in everyone going to the potty. The kicker was when he came into the bathroom with me and tried to make me stand up to pee. Obviously a clear sign he had been watching Daddy potty. So I began monitoring the times he peed in his diaper. I constantly watched him go hide when he needed to go. This was my "Aha Moment". So the decision was made, it's time to potty train. 

So um what do I do? That was my first question. So like any mom, I started researching on the web. How to train? What potty to buy? When to train? Oh my. All these questions I have no answers to. On top of searching online, every mom has their own opinion on what method I should use.

I decided to take a trip to Buy Buy Baby to explore options. I thought maybe being in the store would help me make a decision.  End result=feeling completely overwhelmed!

Do I buy a basic potty? 

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Do I buy the Potty that looks similar to most toilets? 

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Do I use a seat that goes on a normal toilet?

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Do I buy books + use stickers as rewards?

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I'm the person who frequently attends classes to learn new techniques. I need continuous guidance, especially when I'm parenting alone this month. I almost felt torn as whether a baby professional I should come up with my own way to potty train William or follow someone else's guide. As an advocate I find it important for me to follow what I preach. I need support and I don't want to go through it alone. So I decided to enroll in The Potty School

Logo via: The Potty School

Logo via: The Potty School

The Potty School holds group classes, independent consultant, and now online classes. Located in Orange County. The method used is Go Diaper Free. The focus is teaching potty training without prizes. I immediately wanted to learn more. After missing the last in person class, I thought it'd be perfect to take the online class starting tonight. Convenience is key in the Restrepo house. I can grab my tea and watch the class from 8-9:30PM. After the class, you can access the class for 30 days. You also receive a guide and potty plan. There are also weekly mom support group meetings for potty training through The Potty School. Sounds perfect for me. 

Now feeling relieved, I have everything ready to begin the class tonight. Look for my next post chatting about how the class went and the next step in our adventure!