There have been a couple of threads recently over on Diapering about whether or not the is a "need" for newborn covers.
My personal take... yes. And I don't have particularily "small" babies either. Tori (DD) was 7.14 pounds and Jack (DS) was 8.4pounds. And both of them swam in "newborn" clothes. I had to buy 2-3 "preemie" outfits so that they didn't look so "lost" in their clothes. I didn't use cloth with Tori until she was almost 4 months old. Jack was using cloth from the afternoon we came home from the hospital on day 2 (luckily he passed all his meconium at the hospital!). Small covers would have been up to his armpits. :LOL
I have a handful of newborn (with the dip) Prorap covers. I also have 2 NB Bumpy wool covers. But I found it was hard to use them with prefolds because he was always leaking a little bit of poop onto them.
: A PUL cover is easy to quickly clean up but wool takes at least half a day to dry. This time I'm not going to use prefolds as a main staple, I just really don't like them that much. Once in a while is fine, especially when the constant BF-poop explosions aren't almost every nursing. :LOL I just never get a snug fit with prefolds... but then I don't have the greatest patience either.
I've gotten a bunch of fitteds, it's just one less stress and hassle for me.
Do you want to do the prefold route or were you interested in fitteds?
You want to have a minimum of 4-6 covers for the newborn stage. Some people say they are too expensive for the time that you use them. We used them for 6+ weeks. One advantage with newborn covers, since they are only used for a short time, they are usually in excellent condition and most people get a good resale value for them. Especially on the TP. So you came get some for a good price and resale them for almost the same price. Not too bad in my book.
Proraps are a good cheap standard (white and some solid colors). We used the "classic" and it worked with Jack and his chubby thighs.
Some people like Bummi's (they have prints).
One of my favorite places to order bulk stuff (prefolds, fitteds, creams and covers) is either NaturalBabies.com
(Colleen is fabulous to work with) or NaturalEBaby.com
(unfortunately Amanda is closed because of family issues). Check out both sites though to see a neat selecetion of what's out there.
I personally didn't like the Kissaluvs. I don't care for how the terry feels wet. Like a soggy wet towel. Yuck, I didn't find they were terribly absorbent either. Both my DC were avid nursers and super soakers so they were drenched within an hour.