The top two questions I'm always asked are:
"How many diapers do I really need?" and "Do you have to change the baby more often with cloth diapers?"Naturally, there are varying responses to each question because it depends on whether you will commit to full or part time cloth diapering.
**One should also keep in mind it is recommended to change newborns (0-3 months) every 1-2 hours and 4 months and older every 3-4 hours.**
To find out how to keep cloth diapers in rotation click here.
If you anticipate using cloth diapers full time expect to have 3 dozen or more assorted varieties. This allots for washing every third day.
It is estimated newborns go through 8-12 diapers in a day and older babies 6-8.
Given a dozen diapers a day seems like a lot of changes, but, you'll always want to account for the "just in case." Like when your baby goes potty just as you're getting the clean diaper under his/her bottom (Trust it has happened to me) OR the moments where they'll soil the diaper as soon as you take them off the changing table (yep this too.)
For part time cloth diapering you can easily cut your stash in half to about 1.5 dozen.
Try different varieties of cloth diaper styles and routines to find your best fit!