I know that disposable diapers are easy, but in a time when there is such a need for helping our environment, I'd like to encourage you to take a second and consider cloth diapers!
Now, if you're a little intimidated by cloth diapers, don't be! We're no longer in the age of safety pins and poking babies, so you can rest easy! Let me see if I can help shed a bit of light on this cloth diaper enigma. You should've seen me with my mom and aunt trying to sort through different types of cloth diaper covers when I was pregnant: "What do you do with this one?!" I'm not an expert after 4 months, but I can tell you what I've learned.
My daughter, as is the case with so many babies, has no diaper rash ever with cloth diapers. When she wears disposables for too long, her bum will get a little irritated. Keep in mind that we only use natural products in our house for the baby, so that is even the case with Babyganics and Honest Co. diapers. We still use those for bedtime, and she does fine with that, but when we're out of town and use only disposables, we definitely see a difference. (Side note, if you're looking for an eco-friendly disposable diaper comparison, I'd recommend this one: click here.)
Now, how do you decipher between G Diapers, Bum Genius, Imagine, Bumkins, Thirsties...? It's honestly just a personal preference.
Imagine is another one we like a lot. The benefit to these is that they are size adjustable with a snap system. When baby is little bitty, you use the tightest snaps, and then expand them as they grow. They come in a side snap option or a velcro option, both with the snap adjustable sizing. There is not a rubber insert like g diapers, so the cloth diaper can wiggle, but really only while you're putting the diaper on. I have never had a cloth diaper shift once it's on- assuming you're tightening the cloth diaper cover properly. I will say, the blowouts have been a little messier in these than the g diapers simply because of the lack of liner. However, it's usually just on the sides of the cover and not actually leaking out. When that happens, again because we use a diaper service yay!, I just put the messy cloth diaper in a diaper bag, tie it up and put it in my diaper service bin for pick up once a week. I don't even have to rinse it out! I don't have to put it in the bag either, but I prefer to do that so there's less smell when I open the diaper bin. Then I rinse the diaper cover in our laundry room sink, spray stain remover on it and throw it in the washer.
Bum genius is another that we have tried and like. They also have the adjustable snap sizing as well as a side snap option or velcro side option.
cloth diaper service
If you're in the Seattle area, I would highly recommend using Baby Diaper Service. It really is so simple, and not more expensive then natural/organic disposable diapers. Once again, you just throw the dirty diapers in the diaper bin they provide for you, set the bag at your front door on your pick up morning and the driver replaces that bag with a bag of fresh diapers.
I hope this has helped you understand cloth diapers a little bit better. It really isn't as confusing as you think! My daughter likes the feel much better, no rashes, and with a diaper service, hardly any mess! Not to mention, we're helping reduce over 1,000 pounds of landfill garbage! We still use disposables on trips and at night, so I can't claim the full 2,000, but hey, every little bit helps!