1. Do some research. A bit of online website hopping will do. Some people go the whole hog, buy a birth to potty kit (ie all the
nappies you will need from birth to potty) and then find that they don't like the nappy system they have chosen. It really does make sense to find out what the options are. You could start on our 'Washable Nappies - In Detail' page.
2. See if you can find a washable nappy ally. This could be just a fellow parent who already uses washables or a nappy advisor who can show you some nappies 'in-the-flesh' (look out for 'nappuccinos'). Do be a bit wary of those who are employed to promote a certain make though. It is good to get an independent overview (if possible). The important thing is to look at them in the flesh and have someone to share tips and knowledge with.
3. See if you can buy a trial mixed pack. This is not essential - after the research you have done, you may be able to decide. However, if you are still a bit uncertain, see if you can get a few different types to try. You will end up with e.g. 4 nappies, 2 of which won't be your favourite. However, they will still be good back-up alongside the full set you decide to buy. And example of one of these can be found here (NapNap Voucher accepted!).
4. Don't expect to be supermum/dad. Just start by using a few until you find your own rhythm. Having a baby is a big deal and you don't need extra stress! But introduce them over time (don't worry about using them from birth..... 6 months is a perfectly respectable time to start) and you will soon wonder what all the fuss was about.
5. Did we mention the NapNap Voucher? It gets you money for nappies from friends. You will have over 15 shops to choose from and you won't just save money when you're buying; you may never have to buy disposables again! Now that's a practical present and a half! Also look into any incentive schemes your local council might be running. You might be eligible for cashback or trial packs through them.
How does that sound? If you have any thoughts on this we would love to hear from you. And good luck in your washable nappy adventures.