We use and love GMD workhorse 100% cotton fitted diapers with snaps, covered by either PUL covers (proraps or bummis) or wool covers (especially love the pull-up ones my SIL knitted for us when baby is 4+ months, but before then, snaps or velcro covers are easier to put on).
- They hold in breastmilk poop SO well. We have never had a "blowout" with either of our two, I can't relate to that phenomenon at all.
- The cotton fitteds are the easiest thing in the world to wash, you don' have to use special detergents or have odors that synthetic materials can get. We use Charlie's because we have sensitive skin around here in general, but the diapers can be washed in whatever detergent you normally use.
- If you're just around home and baby's otherwise naked from the waist down, you don't have to cover the diapers and you'll know much more quickly when they have a wet diaper. Plus allows for good air flow for their skin, no diaper rashes for us.
- They are easy/intuitive to use as the shape is the same as disposable diapers, no folding or stuffing or anything else involved.
- They are fairly inexpensive and hold their resale value well as GMDs have a bit of a cult following, for lack of better terminology. We were able to sell our newborn fitteds for the same price that we bought them for (we bought them during a sale) so they only cost us in terms of washing laundry.
- Diaper covers don't have to be changed every time you change the fitted diaper, they only need to be changed when they get poop on them or smell like pee.
- Snap diapers are the easiest to wash because there's no velcro to get caught on anything in your laundry. The velcro (aplix) catching on other diapers or clothes was a big PIA to me so I either replaced all velcro items with snap items (including baby bibs) or I put them in those "delicates" bags before throwing them into the machine.
- Fitted diapers by themselves are not waterproof, you need a cover on them for that (but that does make them wash easier & dry more quickly than AIOs).
- The laundry honestly can be a drag some days. There are indeed moments when I ponder how easy things would be with disposables. But ultimately, the convenience of disposables isn't worth their negative impact in landfills and production and we avoid petroleum products (such as plastics) as much as possible. Also we think that our babes avoided diaper rash (knock on wood) because they were in cloth, although that isn't true for everyone.
- There is that upfront cost, but you can mitigate it by 1) buying used, 2) making them yourself if you're crafty like that, 3) only buying the size you're on now so the cost is spread out throughout the year like it is when buying disposables. And the cost of fitteds & covers seemed very reasonable to us, our entire stash purchased almost entirely new and including covers and cloth wipes was less than $1000 birth through potty training.
Alphamom has a lot of good discussion on diapers & types of cloth diapers with pros & cons, here's one of many:
http://alphamom.com/parenting/baby/clot … r-do-over/
Donor 7070, births 2012 & 2013