Chica - like you, I have been totally "geeking out" about cloth diapers (love that descriptor). It's kind of embarrassing how much time I have spent learning about the different options. In my defense (to my husband usually) it is really freaking complicated if you have no experience with it or have a close friend or family member who has diapered a baby recently!
I have acquired a few things so far, and am putting some of the rest on my registry, will see what I get, then order the rest if I have too. I am a little concerned of what some of you have mentioned about people getting you plastic crap you don't want instead of practical stuff. I'm going to go with the Encore Baby registry which hopefully encourages people in the opposite direction but we'll see. We're getting most of the stuff we need ourselves so there really isn't much we actually "need." Plus we are on team green which means people can't go overboard with blue or pink.
Prefolds (12 newborn, 24 small - asking for GMD types on my registry, we'll see....) + snappis
2 kissaluvs 0's that I picked up on clearance
roll of biodegradable liners so we don't ruin diapers in the early days
Doublers/inserts (I've been sewing these out of flannel and washcloths I picked up for cheap)
couple packages of flips disposable inserts that I picked up at a garage sale
2 small/newborn diaper covers (bummis super lite, thirsties)
4 one size diaper covers (3 flips, 1 econobum, 1 thirsties due wrap)
1 BG 4.0 AIO (free with my cottom babies order, thought I'd give it a shot)
3 or 4 wool soakers that I plan to make out of sweaters
cloth wipes (between my mom and I we've made about 3 dozen out of flannel scraps)
wipes solution - either straight water or water mixed with a little Dr. Bronner's.
I'd like to make some fitted/contoured diapers out of old tshirts and flannel but it seems like the best course of action might to be to wait until the baby is here so I know what size to make? Thoughts? I also have the same worry about the wool soakers - that i'll make 'em and then they won't fit right!!
So that's my plan. I'm pretty set on the idea of using natural fibers against the baby's skin as much as possible, plus to avoid stinking issues that I hear occur with synthetics.
Lulu - good questions on the cleaning. I'd be curious on what others have done as well. My plan right now, based on what I've read, is to just use our regular natural detergent that we use for our clothes (ECOS) and see how that goes before investing in expensive special detergent. Also, we have a top loader washer and and ANCIENT dryer right now. Definintely plan to get a nice HE combo, but may actually keep the washer just for diapers. A. because I heard they are way more effective, and B. if we have a roommate no one will be grossed out by doing laundry in the same machine that had poopy diapers in it. :)