I really want to cloth diaper our first baby (due 11/14) and I've been researching endlessly to figure out what system to choose as a novice! I'm starting to get overwhelmed with the options. I had no idea there is so much out there. I've read suggestions that first-timers build a beginning stash of a variety of diapers, so I'm thinking I should do that.
My husband and I definitely want to go with a snap version for AIO's or covers. I'm really interested in OS AIO's but see some cons to using them based on observation alone. I was looking at BumGenius 4.0 and Fuzzibunz but they look kind of bulky to me and are pretty expensive. I've found people in my area who are selling their used ones cheaper on CraigsList, so that could be an option, although I think my husband prefers we use new diapers. The more I researched, the more interested I've become in Rumparooz and Thirsties with either prefolds, inserts, or fitteds (undecided). The Rumparooz are my favorite so far from what I've looked at. Their leg gussets look like the best leak-protectors and I love the styles. Rumparooz are so expensive, though... For fitteds, I'm interested in the Kissaluvs. I also learned about these AI2's, the Flip system and Softbums. They both look great. I've also seen some Econobum OS diaper covers on CottonBabies.com that look much more economical than others, but does anyone have an opinion on whether or not cheaper is worth it?
If I'm going to spend any money at all, I at least want to make sure I'm getting some good use. I'll invest more money in my diapers if it means better leak protection, better fit, etc. How is a first-time mama to choose?! I have little experience even diapering a baby, so I feel really in the dark with all of this. I don't think I'd mind using a snappi, so I'm open right now to using prefolds or non-closured fitteds. I like the idea that covers can be reused more often without washing than AIO's. I think the main feature that is still a toss-up for me is whether or not to get one-size diapers! Does anyone have experience with any of the diaper systems I listed above in OS, and which were the trimmest looking and feeling on your baby? I've read so many bad reviews about bulky OS diapers, I'm hesitant... but I do love how OS will get me from infant to toddler stage! Even though I am *willing* to spend more money on some diapers, I still am trying as hard as possible to keep costs low since I'm unable to work right now and funds are low.
How many diapers should I start out with having on hand for a newborn? I want to be fully prepared! There are quite a few skeptical people around me who think cloth diapering is going to be so much work and I don't want to add fuel to their fire with me struggling at all with first-time CDing... I'm excited to cloth diaper and I feel it'll be healthiest for my baby, not to mention better for the environment and less costly! I want it to be a good experience. (Well, as much as diapering in general can be, haha.)
Any advice on the above mentioned items MUCH appreciated!