After dabbling in some good ol' fashioned online research, and simply a desire to try something new, I've finally figured I want to give cloth diapers a whirl. My little epiphany is fantastically timed; I've just ran out of my last Bambinos, and the disposables seem to be lacking a bit for me, too.
But, here's the problem: I don't know the first thing about cloth other than, well, it's cloth, and it's environmentally friendly, so to speak. So, here come the long onslaught of questions about this, because even though I have read quite a few sites, I'm still jogging my brain here.
1- Cloth types: What's the most comfortable? I've seen the terms 'birdseye', 'flannel', 'terry toweling', and such, what is all of it? Do some wear quicker or longer? Do some stiffen or get uber fluffy after a few washes?
2- Pre-folds & Such: I've read on these, and I'm not really sure what to do about this. I'm shooting for maximum absorbency here, but easily cleanable as well. This link I found while pouring through some old posts on here gave me a foot in the door, but now I'm not really sure what to make of all of this. I'd love someone with experience in both pre-folds & fitted. Bonus if you've tried more versions that those two and care to share.
3- Costs: What really got me thinking about this was the terry toweling on Cosyndry (a new home-ground for my shopping since I got that onesie and love it to death!) and I have to ask; what's the typical cloth diaper going to run me, and is it worth it if I ended up buying something like a fitted velcro diaper with a cover off of ebay or even the toweling squares off of Cosyndry?
My ultimate goal here would be to find something that, either it be a pre-folded cloth diaper with a cute plastic pants cover or a fitted one with the cover already on it, would be look like a child's cloth diaper. Any help at all in narrowing this down for me and giving me some information/tips/pointers/etc. would be fantastic!