I prefer poppers, or nappy nippa style nappies.
I do own a couple of aplix/velcro fastening nappies, but they've all gone curly on the corners, meaning they just don't sit flat
Plus even on the "soft" side of velcro (the eye part), if I don't manage to uncurl it properly and it sits against Erin's skin, she'll get a red (& often sore) patch of skin
As if that wasn't enough, we've also got long haired cats, whose fur gets everywhere, including wedged into the velcro
I've not used cloth nappies on a new born, so maybe I'll change my mind if we ever get round to having no.2... but from what I've seen after using the nippa style nappies, I can imagine that they would give as much flexibilty fit wise on a new born as a velcro fastening one would.