One of the great things about Modern Cloth Nappies, is their similarity to disposables in shape and ease of putting on. That's great, as it has introduced a load of people to the idea that cloth nappies are worth investigating, BUT it has also led to the belief that terry squares are bulky, outdated, old fashioned, difficult to use, inefficient, will need changing more often and are generally not as good as MCNs. IMO this is far from fact or the truth.
I am of the opinion that terry squares still can't be beaten for efficiency, length of time between changes, fit, economy, durability, ease of washing, and speed of drying (although I'd never go back to plastic pants
LOL) OK, they need a bit of practise to get the fold right, but once you've done a few they are simple. Granted, for out and about, babysitters, nurseries etc MCNs have an invaluable part to play, but for every day, around the house use, terry squares (especially bamboo ones) are the best. They wash and dry superbly, there's no elastic to rot or for babies to be allergic to, they dry really quickly - even bamboo ones - and you always get a good fit, whatever size or shape your baby is.
If you get 60cm squares, they will fit from birth to potty training, unless you have a huge toddler or very late trainer. Yes, a 60cm square will be bulky on a newborn, and if you can run to some 50cm squares for the first few months, that would be better, but for those on a tight budget, 60cm squares are a really good option.
For overnight nappies, just fold 2 terry squares together as one nappy, use a wool cover, and you have an unbeatably efficient combination, which also dries quickly.
The only thing I want to add to this is that poor quality cotton terry squares are probably NOT worth getting, unless you intend to change after every wee. It's REALLY worth getting the very best quality, high density cotton or better still bamboo ones.
So if you've tried terries, please add your thoughts, and if you haven't they are so worth at least a try.