Yes, this is my first baby, though I feel like less of a novice cause I've spent a ton of time around babies! I was a preschool teacher (infants 6 weeks - 12 months & 12 - 24 months) and preschool Director for 7 years, and a live-in nanny for a year to a toddler & preschooler - so I've put in some time already (the nanny job was 24/6)! I've already done the "drag butt out of bed in middle of night" routine, lol! Much happier to be doing it soon for my OWN kid, woo hoo!
I've also cloth diapered twins in my preschool for 2 years, so I've changed thousands of cloth diapers and look forward to cloth diapering my own babe. The twins folks used prefolds and simple wraps, so that's what I'm familiar with and what I'll use. I admit though, that I have a full prefold diapering package, two dozen Mother-Ease dipes for a future wiggly toddler, and a few nice fitted dipes for nighttime diapering. I also may use some biodegradable disposables when I'm out and about and cloth might be difficult (if I'm working again as a nanny). If I do use disposables on occassion, I will use fleece inserts with them so that only cloth of some sort touches my baby's butt. I think the Wal-mart brand diaper has no gel in it, so I may use those a bit during the day. But they don't call me "Diaper Addict" for nothing. I have about a dozen different kinds of diapers and wraps - I can tell you what I think will work nicely if anyone wants to talk about it in the diapering forum.
And I've been here at Mothering for about 2 1/2 years???? I think?? Maybe longer, LOL. I don't consider it odd that I hang out here without having children of my own yet, I consider it a sort of preconception/prenatal training and information gathering to best make informed decisions. I wish more people thought about their impending parenthood before they actually found out they were with child!