Of course there is always the time/effort issue. Yes, you do have to deal with "poopy" and you do have another couple loads of laundry a week. I started when Will was 6 months, and don't know if I'll start at the newborn age or not if the Lord blesses us with another child. We''ll see. Anyhow, it all deals with what you want and are willing to do. : ) And I know, I know, I just have one child so far, but I really plan to continue to use cloth and have talked to many mommies with man children that have used cloth for them all, so I know it's possible! ; )
Just wanted to share this little bit of info, as I know many mommies and new mommies out there. Also, there is a TON more info I have if anyone is truly interested, just let me know, and I'll share. : )
These are what I regularly use when we are out and at home. It is a regular "old style" cloth diaper (a prefold), but they are made out of bamboo or hemp, which is just the choice I made instead of cotton.
Inside of them I fold up a microfiber car towel you can buy in packs of 7 at Walmart for $5, for a little more absorbency added. Not everyone does this, it's just my choice.
On top, I put a little strip of fleece fabric (bought and cut myself) to keep the moisture off Will's skin. You can get microfiber inserts that are naturally moisture-wicking, and they are great, but not the right fit for Will (long story).
Then I put the whole thing inside of a waterproof cover that I can use again and again, just wiping it out, so I don't have to wash it after every use (unless it gets dirty of course). All my diapers need a waterproof cover, so I use these Flip covers that snap and are adjustable, one-size-fit's-all.
These are bamboo diapers that are one size, that you pin. I LOVE these, but they are a little bulkier (but VERY absorbent) and a little more expensive, so I use them at home, for longer trips, and for bedtime.
These are the types of diapers my sister-in-law uses, which are Bumgenius and are probably the most well-known cloth diapers. They are a one-size "pocket" diapers, so you stuff them with inserts on the inside, and then they work much like a normal disposable diaper. Cloth is really all about personal preference and what works best for your baby.
Okay, that was a lot of information! I LOVE using cloth diapers, so sorry if it was too much, but figured someone may find it useful and others can just skip this post. : )