I can't believe I was so concerned about cloth diapers! I remember how much I stressed out about which choice to make in the beginning. In the ended up choosing the more expensive and wasteful route against my better judgement, but we have been slowly making changes around these parts.
I believe altogether the cost so far is approximately $200, maybe $225... (that's roughly what we were spending in diapers every 3 or so months)I started with 6 diapers (just to be sure I was willing to do this) and now have approximately 20. 2 diaper pail liners, 2 diaper bins (one for my house and one for my moms)as well as one diaper sprayer, laundry detergent, and two all natural (cloth diaper safe) tubes of diaper rash ointment.
While I really like bumgenius and I've heard only good things about them, I do think they are a bit pricey. We tried the Kawaii brand with the first 6 and to be honest they work just fine. Occasionally (usually at night) we have a littl bit of leakage...but nothing that's worth switching back to disposables. The Kawaii diapers are about $13 less per diaper than the bumgenius.
My friend found an excellent website where they even have them without shipping and handling costs! www.sweetbottomsbaby.com
Jaden had been dealing with some diaper rash quite frequently and since switching he hasn't had near as much diaper rash as he did before.
The only complaint that I have is the fact that the pee pee smell is hard to get rid of. Since you cannot use regular detergent, it never really eliminates the smell. I'm thinking about trying the Thirsties pre-soak treatment to start with and go from there. I am shocked that even after all the poopy diapers...the diapers aren't the least bit stained! I was very impressed!
So far so good!