|Tye using the toilet in August|
We have had several weeks during the past year when Tye was in underwear all day, with a wet pair here or there, but eventually, Tye decided she would rather play than sit on the toilet. And I'm afraid my mistake is that I let her follow those desires, not realizing it wouldn't be just a passing phase. At two, Tye is in diapers, as most two year olds are.
What ECing has given us, though, is a huge lead in potty learning. Tye still poops exclusively on the toilet, no matter where we are when the urge hits her. Not having to change a toddler's poopy diapers is something I greatly appreciate. And when Tye regains interest in using the toilet, she still remembers how to go. The only skills left to learn are identifying the urge to eliminate with enough time to make it to the toilet, and dressing and undressing herself for true bathroom independence.
I have to admit, diapering Tye (again) and thinking about how close we were to graduating from ECing to wearing underwear can be discouraging, especially with the prospect of diapering two come January. But then I remind myself: I haven't changed more than 3 poopy diapers since Tye was 3 months old; we have saved immeasurable resources from reducing our number of soiled diapers; and we learned to communicate with Tye and meet her basic needs at a very early age. I'm absolutely planning to use Elimination Communication with Baby Girl #2. Whether we have more success or less than we have had with Tye, the journey itself is worth every bit of effort.