I have 4 Bitti tuttos I got when they were on Babysteals and we love them! The 3 inserts are great and sometimes when it's just wet I can even get 2 uses out of one diaper. Plus, they are so soft and cuddly! They are not the cheapest but if you find them on sale I would splurge for one or two.
We used newborn GMD prefolds and Thirsties covers. My DH says they are just as easy as disposibles but he is an engineer and likes figuring out how stuff works so he might be the exception. I think my Bitti Tuttos would have fit right away but I didn't try them until DD was about 4 weeks.
I also got a couple fuzzibunz and blueberry seconds from their websites to try. You might look for deals like that to see what you like. I have an odd stash now but it's nice sometimes because I can play with different inserts and such.
We used prefolds with covers and BG AIOs from about 2 weeks. DH loved the prefolds- he'd never really diapered before and honestly couldn't figure out a disposable, but he had no problem with the prefolds. We used the Bummis infant size- just the one set until she was 6 mos. And our BG AIOs have always been our night diapers, and they fit my DD (who was 8lb1oz and 19 in at birth) at two weeks. I'd go prefolds and pockets (not AIOs) if you're looking at a two part plan.
Mara & Joel, 2009
Ditto what Hilary said. We used disposables for the first month or so because I was just overwhelmed since this is my first baby. When I was still pregnant, I took the advice here and bought a few of several different kinds and I tried my hardest to find them used, though I discovered I am not very good a finding used diapers online. I got a dozen small prefolds (new) with 3 Thirsties covers (used from eBay), 12 Sunbaby pocket diapers (new), 3 bumgenius pockets and some Grovia shells (used from a local mom) to start. I used the prefolds for a little while because the pockets didn't fit her right away. I don't mind the prefolds, but DH struggles with them. I can tell he's not very comfortable using them. I ended up really liking the Sunbabies and I ordered another 12. DH uses these pretty easily and that is a big factor because he stays at home with her. I don't really like the bumgenius. Maybe I will like them better when she is a bit bigger but right now they leak and I think they are too big around her legs. I also don't like the Grovia shells...they just have a weird fit. Since I found the diapers that I really like (the Sunbabies), I ordered some smaller inserts for them because the inserts that come with the diapers are pretty bulky...so I have the small ones for now and will use the bigger ones when she gets bigger. I also bought some hemp inserts because I wanted to try them and I use them as a doubler at night, since she is sleeping through the night now. So, I mostly use my Sunbabies pockets and my prefolds with Thirsties covers. Sometimes I even stuff the pockets with a folded prefold. I think I am going to try that at night because my microfiber inserts seem to leak more often.
I know it seems really overwhelming at first, but once you find something you like and after a little trial and error, it's pretty easy! Good luck!!
Thank you all bunches and bunches for your advice!! I managed to find a local cloth diapering store right in my area - actually it's right down the road from my house - I'm not sure how I never noticed it before!! So I stopped in there and spent a while talking to the owner, and touching and feeling the different kinds and brands of diapers, and I feel SO MUCH BETTER! It's an awesome resource, and the information that you ladies gave me here really made me feel good and I felt much more prepared when I went in there. I was able to ask the right kind of questions...
So, I'm pretty sure that I will use mainly prefolds - but I may try a pocket diaper or two, also... I kind of fell in love with the minky pocket kawaii diapers and they are super cheap compared to a lot of others! The store also sells preowned diapers, has a newborn diaper buy-back program, and also does diaper service, so if I want to try out a few different brands at first, I can without buying anything.
So anyway, I was pretty excited between everything I learned here and what I discovered there. Oh, and they also hold free classes once a month, so DH can learn from a professional! He's really excited about that!
Wow, that's a fantastic CD store! I'm pretty sure if I run across one like that I'd faint right away.