The reason I want Tye to let me know when she's wet is because I want to learn to pick up on her signals that she's about to go. In an ideal world, I would love to go diaper-free with her, something many people are able to accomplish. It's called Elimination Communication, or EC. The idea is that caregivers can listen to a child's cues that she needs to eliminate, much like she gives cues that she is hungry or tired, and in the same way, attend to her needs to go by allowing her to eliminate in an appropriate location. It sounds far out to many people, and yet it works for many parents. More than just intrigued, I bought Ingrid Bauer's book Diaper Free!, though I haven't gotten through much of it yet. Today, Tye and I went to Babies'R'Us and purchased a potty chair and a tiny bamboo toilet seat. I'm not sure which we'll use, but we'll use both for potty training later if, for some reason, ECing doesn't work out. But I really hope that it does. ECing would make life easier in so many ways... And the debate on the environmental effects of cloth versus disposable is won over by option of using fewer, or possibly even no, diapers. Wouldn't that be amazing?
Apparently my grandmother had all 3 of her daughters toilet trained by the time they were a year old. While my mom jokes that really, they had her trained, I think she was on to something great. If only she had written a book on it back then!