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CD has come a long way since his first. My oldest is nearly 12 and I CD her and the rest of them. Now you can do the system he used which is basic and cheap or you can go a little more modern with fitted diapers and covers or AIOs that go on just like a disposable. I usually save those for the diaper bag until my last few babies where I've used them exclusively. The cover, absorbent center and a stay dry liner are built into one diaper. They have the bonus of being super cute! Cute diapers make me happy! You can get cute covers as well to go over prefolds or fitted diapers. My DH loves using CD too! I think that the most important thing is having enough diapers for a good rotation so its convenient. I couldn't afford many with my first two and I made them! I made a lot for my third and have more than doubled my stash this time for twins! I might have made too many! I just want to be successful with twins and keeping up with the other four!
Laura, homeschooling mama to Christine 1-02, Nicole 5-03, Everett 4-09, Alister 9-10, Moira and Giselle born October 24, 2013!
Let me ask you about your washing situation. Do you have hard water (get buildup on your sinks and faucets, etc)? Do you have a regular top loading washer, or an HE? Front loader or top loader? Does the water get really hot and do you ever have trouble getting very dirty clothing clean? (I imagine with 2 older boys you have some very dirty clothing at times )
The #1 reason I see moms quitting cloth is because they have trouble getting them clean. The more old-fashioned types of diapers (the primitive one-layer "flats" and the prefolds, that have no elastic, velcro, snaps, waterproofing, etc) are by far the easiest to wash, and the most durable.
If you don't have hard water and have a good washer (like an old inefficient top loader), you can easily get away with the fancier, easier diapers. But if you have hard water and an HE washer, you might want to consider sticking to prefolds.
Hope that helps my favorite site for getting started is Green Mountain Diapers