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#1 of 5 Old 05-27-2008, 10:56 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm so new to this, and I've read the tutorials and lots of threads here, but I'm still clueless about so many things!

One of the things I'm having the hardest time understanding is what each diaper actually *is*. Like, if I buy it, will I also need to buy an insert, a diaper cover, etc.

The Thirsties Fab Fitted Diaper, for example. Is it a diaper that needs nothing else? I can't tell from the description.

If I understand right, prefolds and flats would require a diaper cover. They can also be used as an extra insert for diapers.

Pocket diapers require an insert. But do they also need a cover?

The AIO diapers are everything you need all in one.

But a lot of the brands don't come out and say, "this diaper requires an insert or a cover." Or sometimes I'm looking at a diaper cover and I think it's a diaper, not a cover. So I feel fairly lost...

But I really want to get the hang of this and use CD for my first baby! Anyone who can point me in the right direction, I would really appreciate it!
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It really should be spelled out, shouldn't it? I found that frustrating.

Needs a cover:

Pocket: needs an insert (check to make sure it comes with one), doesn't need a cover

All in one: open up and put on baby.

diaperjungle is a good source of information (if you need more information--maybe you're overloaded).

What helped me is to find a retail store with a good selection. They're hard to find. Go to BumGenius, FuzziBunz or other brand names and look for brick and mortar in your area (if you live in/near an urban area). The lady there showed me what they had and I could touch them. Made sense after that.
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You can also find an online retailer and find their contact info. is super helpful...she'll answer all kinds of questions.
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The Thirsties description says they're too cute to cover (hehe), but to go leak-proof, use a cover. We use Fab Fitteds with the Thirsties covers. I've gone cover-free with fitteds for a bit, but I don't recommend it. Some sites like either have a little "no cover needed" graphic or a line in their description. Most of the time, if the diaper is soft and fluffy, you'll want to put a cover over it. If it feels, well ... plastic-y on the outside then it will hold water (there are some fancy ones that are soft on the outside but laminated on the inside to keep wetness in, though!) I didn't have any physical stores near me that carried cloth dipes when we were starting out, but I'm sure that would help you get the [literal] feel for things!! Good luck!
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Thanks for the tips, all! That gives me a little better handle on which diapers need what. I'm definitely going to search my area to see if anywhere local sells cloth diapers. It would help a lot to actually see and feel the diapers before buying!

Thanks again for helping out a newbie. I'm sure I'll have more questions soon!
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