what's the difference in the "diaper cover" and "cloth diapers" they both look the same to me? This is what I'm thinking of starting with http://www.theluvyourbaby.com/categories/Diaper-Cover/ what do you ladies think? They are sold out of the inserts, but I know I've gotta get those too.
A diaper cover is just the waterproof portion. Under a diaper cover there needs to be a prefold, flat, contour, or fitted. Something to absorb. You do not want to use the Kawaii inserts in the Kawaii diaper cover. They're microfiber which some babies are very sensitive to, it dries out their skin, etc. I use prefolds snappied under my Kawaii covers. Covers can be reused several times, just replace the prefold/fitted/etc with each change.
In this picture DS is in a prefold held together with a snappie:
Then I put the Kawaii cover over the prefold to act as a water proof barrier or else his clothes and everything else will get wet as soon as he pees:
Kawaii also has pocket diapers. These diapers are basically a cover that has an inner soft cloth layer that goes against the baby (all one piece). Between the soft layer and the waterproof cover is a pocket that you stuff an insert into. So they inserts Kawaii sells are extras for their pockets (their pocket diapers should come with inserts). Then you put the diaper on as a whole. When it's wet, you have to replace the whole diaper.
Here's DS in a Kawaii bamboo minky pocket:
I hope this helps!
I have two Kawaii covers. I use them daily and they've held up well so far. I don't like them over fitteds at all, but they'er fine under a snappied prefold like i showed above for during the day. They're definitely not my favorite cover, but they do work. They were among the first purchase I made when I started CDing because I didn't want to be out much money if I hated it.
It drove me nuts when trying to figure out cloth diapering how I could find good descriptions of the different types, but then had to go googling images to really figure it out.
Looks like Jackie's got you covered!
Awesome answer. I just wanted to chime in that since you don't need all that many covers (I have four covers and it's been plenty, washing every 3rd day), if you are able to spend a little bit more, the Flip covers are great. They are also OS like the Kawaii ones you posted, so they grow with the baby, but they are really, really nice covers with a good, trim fit--Personally I like them by far the best of any brand I've tried. I do love my Kawaii Overnight Heavy Wetter Pocket diapers for night, though. Prefolds and covers aren't so great for night, because they feel wetter to the baby and cause more waking up.