and welcome to the tree
We're near your way - we're in Urmston, so not far from the tc either! We've found the easiest nappies to use are pockets or (my dh's favourite) are itti bittis.
Have you heard of the Manchester nappucinos? Shame you didn't post a couple of days ago, as there was one on yesterday at the tc! It's a good place to go to see a few egs of different nappies, have a feel, ask any and all questions you want (none are too silly!) and even buy some if you wanted to! They normally happen on the last Tues of each month, so not for a few weeks yet, but Sarah (who runs them) will happily come over to you to give you a demo and answer any questions for you too I'm sure! Here's a link to the website:http://www.realnappiesmanchester.co.uk/home
Hope that helps a little! And sorry for the LONG reply!!