I have been cloth diapering my kids for over 2 years. I am currently cloth diapering my 6 week old.
First I highly recommend www.diaperswappers.com
There is a WHOLE board full of questions and answers that will be most helpful to a newbie.
It can be quite overwhelming too so for the first few weeks try and keep your diapering as simple as possible...
Here is what I personally use on my newborn and it works well--these are things that are not too expensive to buy new and can get them used and they will still hold up well.
6- XS Sandy's Bambo Fitted (super trim, absorbent, and fit him on the smallest setting so they will fit for a while)
3- XS MotherEase Airflow covers (again fit on the smallest setting so lots of room to grow and don't have leaks)
3 dozen- infant prefolds (I really didn't want to do prefolds but when we got thrush and he got the bad rash I needed to change him every 30 minutes or so to help it go away and these were a must--I have to say I love the prefolds the most now--especially since I was shown how to put them on and have some snappi's)
4 Snappi's (makes putting on the prefolds a breeze)
5 Mommy's Touch Newborn All In Ones--these are great for the first days too as the aplix closure makes them super simple-especially when you 'dont know what you are doing' in the beginning)
4 dozen or so cloth wipes (leave these in a basket in the bathroom and at changing time will wet with warm water)
A number of 'wet' bags. I simply put the soiled diapers/wipes into the bag and every 2-3 days I take the bag and let everything just fall right into the washer.
I do a cold rinse with nothing added to the water. Then I was on HOT/Cold and add 2 tblspn of Borax (we have hard water) and about 1/3 cup of our detergent (use any detergent that you've been using if it works well on your clothing-just make sure it does not have any built in fabric softeners or bleech/bleech alternative or optical brightners) and I do an extra cold rinse. When I remember I will put about a cup of vinegar into the wash--added cleaning and softening power. Then throw them into the dryer or if I have time will hang out on the line. Sunshine is the best for any stains that may happen.Super simple-
When baby is older and starts having solid poops just scrap (or let it plop) the solids into the toilet and care just as you would above...
Then when your baby (about 3-4 months) grows out of the sized diapers you can sell or trade them on Diaper Swappers for the next size up. If you ever need help feel free to PM or email me
Also---if you decided that disposables are for you PLEASE get ones that do not have the bleech or chemicals--and PLEASE PLEASE put solid poops into the toilet instead of wrapping it up into the diaper and tossing it.
It is illegal to throw human waste into the garbage (just my little PSA)