Don't let them scare you off! Beginning CDing can be a little intimidating at first, but it really is not that hard, or that gross.
We didn't start Cloth Diapering (CDing) until Cameron was born, mostly because my husband was against it. I eventually tried it out anyways and loved it! There was a learning curve -- especially with the lingo -- but now I am fluent in another language.
Here are 2 website resources that give definitions and many of the acronyms that you might come across when CDing. They will help you differntiate the types of diapers there are and then you can get a clue of what others are talking about to narrow down the type you want to use.
Awesome Cloth Diapers
The Cloth Diaper 411
The web has so many sources to help you learn to CD but I'm lucky enough to have a store near me that specializes in CDs, so look around your local area to see if you have a specialty store. Holding a CD in your hand before actually committing makes a world of difference since you'll be able to see and feel first hand how easy it is.
Here is my little guy at about 4 months in some of his CDs. Oh I miss him being this tiny. These still fit him just as good today over a year later-- now that is what I love about CDs.
Are you looking at my bum?
Check out more on Cloth Diapering over at Growing Up Geeky