I was icked out by the thought of washing them out (major germaphobe) But like you I really wanted to try it out. I decided to go for it & see what I thought. I could always change my mind if I wanted. I went to local CD shop and I talked w/owner & she recommended one size covers instead of pocket diapers so wouldn't need as many. I bought 2 at first. A Flips brand and a MonkeyDoodlez Tuck and Go with inserts made by her (called g-flappers). Didn't love the Flips (it used snaps to close & I found I preferred velcro). For the first week, I alt between dispos & CD since only had 2 covers & 5 inserts. I decided I liked it & bought more--committed to permanent switch. I have been doing it for almost 4 mos. I am not committed to any brand but I found I like the covers & inserts instead of pocket diapers--I get to reuse covers over several changes so less washing & less to buy.
I just bought a SoftBums & a Blueberry & so far I like them both, although the SoftBums is less user friendly. Mine almost never leak--little at the beginning but I am sure that was user error :-) I actually love CD and get excited about it every time I go to the store. I see them in other ppls carts & secretly gloat cause I don't have to buy any.
Hows the CD going for you?
Hey Sarah, I just now noticed your post. CD is going great!!! I found a local store that had a trial program for a deposit and small($15) fee. The trial lasted a month and had many different kinds so I had the opportunity to try many out before making a purchase. I started the trial last June and from the first day loved it!!! At first I liked the pocket diapers, which led me to buying mostly pockets. But since then my favorite has changed to all in one with organic cotton(the BumGenius is my fav). So I plan to sell or trade most of my pocket diapers.
My little one surprised me by showing lots of intrest in the potty at 18months and in the last month(20mo old) convinced me she's ready to really get down to the potty training buisness. I know without a doubt the cloth is a big reason she's started using the potty so young.
My next adventure with cloth will be trying to make my own!! I've gotten a few patterns and some PUL fabric. But now it looks like I won't need any new until the next one comes along!! In the mean time I'm going to practice the pattern by making some cloth diapers for my girls babydolls:)