I can only tell you what I did - and it wasn't fancy at all !
I bought the cheapest fitted diapers I could find. They are the ones that are similar to a disposable in shape and that they do up with either velcro or snaps. Then I bought cheap waterproof covers. Nothing fancy like wool until I knew I was going to stick with cloth diapering.
I changed every couple hours, rinsed any major poops off, stuck everything in a pail for a couple of days and ran them through a hot wash/cold rinse. I've learned since that I REALLY need to do an extra rinse fairly often to get rid of build up.
I also found out quick that I get a lot LESS odor from cloth diapers than from even 1 disposable diaper in my apartment.
I have tried many different brands of diapers, some worked well, some didn't - some did at one time and didn't at another, depending on Boo's shape at the time.
So - in a nutshell - to start :
- do NOT spend a huge pile of money because what worked great for one family will not work well for another. You have to find your baby's "fit".
- change often
- wash atleast every 2nd - 3rd day
- do NOT stress about it, the lingo comes in time
Any questions about SIMPLE and CHEAP - ask me.
Any questions about fancy and expensive - I haven't got a clue (though I do have some wool now, which I really like, but it's more care than plastic-y covers).