Thanks ladies, this is very encouraging! I am getting excited about making the switch now! Budget-wise, I think I'll begin in December, since that's when it will be time to buy more diapers. We've been buying Huggies and Kirkland wipes in serious BULK at Costco every two or three months and I will run out of current stash at the end of this month. I think what I'll do is buy some more Huggies and wipes but also buy some CDs, covers, etc and begin. Then next time I run out of Huggies I'll buy like one box for night time and fill in the rest of my CD stash. In the meantime I think I will order a sample diaper or two or a few so I can start to try it out in the mornings or afternoons. Anyway, reading all your responses got me really excited to do it! And DH and I calculated the yearly cost savings, not to mention later cost savings if (hope hope hope) we have another baby and CD from the beginning, and may I say WOW!
I have a couple of general questions at this point:
1. What do you use to wipe their bottoms? I currently use, as I say, Kirkland wipes, enclose them in the Huggies, and then it all goes into one of two Diaper Genies (which by the way are plenty stinky and don't let anyone tell you different, so I think I'll be ready for the CD diaper pail
). I have lots and lots of "cloth diapers" (DH refers to them as "cheesecloth" - I will NOT be diapering the children in them!) from Walmart that we've used for burp rags, towels, etc etc but currently they are just sitting there. Could I cut those up and use them as bottom wipes, or are they too thin? I don't want to throw them out since the whole point of this enterprise is to save money, but I don't want to get poop on my fingers either...
2. What is your routine with disposing the poop? I am practicing even though I don't have cloth yet, and I couldn't figure out how to do the dumping of the poop. For example just after lunch today I had two poopy babies, changed them, and took the poop to the toilet one at a time since they like to get into the dirty diapers
. I dumped poop and flushed, then dumped poop and flushed. I figured if I THEN had to rinse, spray, etc, that's A LOT of water. Do you: change everyone then off to the toilet, dump all poop, flush, rinse all diapers, flush, and into the pail? What are the children doing while you are doing this? Will I get fast at it? What about rinsing poopy wipes?
Earthchick - thanks for confirming my thoughts that one system is plenty! I was getting a little dizzy reading posts from people that have one of this, two of that, five of the other, etc etc etc. I think uniformity is the way to go for me, at least for now! I will remember to get enough for two days (is that about 24 or so?) and wash accordingly. I live in a hot humid climate and don't want to encourage smell any more than necessary, not to mention mildew.
Magnoliamama - I'm so glad you wrote about your conversion routine! I was thinking of doing something like that but wondered if it was practical or if it would give me a good idea of what was ahead. I am planning to do pretty much exactly what you describe beginning in December and then work into full time (except maybe for night times) by, say, February. Thanks for the offer of pming you with questions, I will do this soon. Converting DH is key here and I will want specifics on this, he loves the cost savings but is not convinced of the work load and hygiene. Since I live in the tropics I'm not so worried about bulk, though my IRL CDing friend who uses ME says you can't use onesies anymore (or at least not snapping them closed) so that will be an issue. I had a hard time getting good info on Sugar Peas since reviews here were decidedly mixed and the company website is under reconstruction. I will continue to check back with them though, thanks for the recommendation.
sbgrace - thanks for the info on how often to change. I am going to be practicing changing every two hours from now until I start using CDs. I do change pretty close to every 2 hours but don't make myself do it if they are playing and there's no poop. But I don't like the Huggies to balloon too much so I try to do this. I'm going to do it for the rest of the month so that's already in my routine when I start changing in December. I hadn't checked out muttaqins but will do so, I want to check out as many as possible before ordering. So far ME wins my vote but I have a few more weeks to decide. I checked out the Potty Pail and it's quite a contraption, wow! I need to look at it a little more closely I think.
OK ladies, just know you've given me great info and I've started practicing a couple of things already and am mapping out my change-over process thanks to you! Woohoo!