we did begin using cloth diapers as soon as hudson was born. for anyone wondering what an hour-old baby looks like in a cloth diaper, here's a photo of our boy in a kissaluvs size 0.
we began cloth diapering lucy as soon as her meconium passed--around 3 days old or so. with hudson, we decided to bring our own diapers to the hospital. even as an experienced cloth-diapering mom, i was a little apprehensive at the idea. it turned out to be no big deal at all--especially because babies don't typically eat too much in those first couple of days. we didn't need a cover with our fitted diapers, and only needed 10 diapers in our 22-hour stay at the hospital. as usual, i overpacked!
one reason that many opt not to use cloth diapering from the get-go is dealing with that black, tarlike meconium poo. i have to say that i expected to lose a few diapers to stains, which is why hudson wore only kissaluvs during our stay. but a simple cold soak, hot wash, cold rinse washing routine took care of most of the stains. a few hours with the diapers laid out in the sun took care of the rest--they seriously look brand-new again. so for any expectant moms out there, cd'ing from day one is totally do-able. and the nurses all fell in love with our diapers!
funny then, isn't it, that we ended up taking a bunch of disposable diapers home with us from the hospital? it seems that anything in the room provided by the hospital gets tossed after a family leaves--including unused diapers, wipes, the nasal bulb, maternity pads, etc. which means we ended up packing up those 20 or so diapers and taking them along home with us. of course, we plan on donating them. he's never worn a disposable--why start now?