|Little Man at 4 weeks.|
I would have to say yes. The added cost of AIO and Pocket newborn sized diapers is worth it...as long as you get what you need. The reason it is worth it is because they are so easy to use. Those middle of the night diaper changes can be done practically in your sleep. You don't have to worry about folding, tucking, pinning or remembering the cover. You can get help from others without too much fuss. Your husband, mother, nurses, or whoever else is around to help won't mind the simple put on and snap (or velcro) shut the diaper....one step, just like a disposable. There is no intimidation like with prefolds and covers.
|Little Man at 6 weeks.|
The diapers are only used for a short time. Some go for 8 weeks, others can last 12 weeks. Some you can't use until 2-4 weeks, some you can start right away. But, because of this...the diapers are not usually worn out after they are done being used. So, the reason why I think that AIO and Pocket newborn diapers are worth it is because you can pass them on! You can sell your diapers for a reasonable price and I'd expect that if they were well cared for, you could get 65-80% of what you paid for them. Or, if you had a friend or two that are expecting a few months before or after you, you could buy a stash together and split the cost! You can also find some really great rental programs for newborn cloth diapers. Some of them have just one type of diaper, others have multiple different brands and styles to use so that you can find the right diaper for you. The rental programs are great because you use the diapers as long as you need them, then you send them back. It's a fraction of the cost of having a full stash and you don't have to deal with the leftover diapers when you're done using them.
Now, I'm not saying that prefolds and covers are not a good choice. You could always have half a stash of prefolds and half of AIOs. You could also choose to just use prefolds and covers too. Prefolds and covers are easier to wash for the most part and they are more economical. They can also be intimidating to use because of the extra steps. I have to admit that I haven't given prefolds and covers a good try, but I am hoping to get the opportunity to soon.
The other side of the coin is to go with one size diapers. That is what we did with Little Man. This is the most economical choice of all. The biggest downsize is that they are so bulky on a little one. You have to use a size larger clothing to accommodate all the extra fluff. Plus, many of them are not easy to use on a baby before 6 weeks. That is where newborn sized diapers come into play....to bridge the gap.
I'd love to hear about what choice you make!